Oct 30th Leeds chairman agrees to sell club to fans Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has agreed in principle to sell his share in the club to supporters’ group Leeds Fans United. The Italian, who is currently appealing against a Football League ban, met with fans on Friday. He said he would sell his majority share, without making a profit. “100% I will sell to the fans, if they want to buy it and look after the club. The fans are the only asset the club has,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “I’m sad and embarrassed. My dream was to do my best but I’ve achieved nothing and family aren’t even with me. “I’m trying to protect the club but at the same time it means I have exposed myself. The result is that the fans say ‘Massimo it’s time to go’.” Leeds Fans United launched in April with the aim of buying a minority stake in the club and securing representation on the board. They tweeted: “Leeds Fans Utd has today reached agreement in principle with Massimo Cellino to purchase a majority stake in Leeds United Football Club.” Many supporters called on Cellino – who has been banned from running the club twice since his 2014 arrival – to leave Elland Road after a 2-0 home defeat by Blackburn on Thursday left them 18th in the Championship. United would be the highest placed English club to be owned by their fans.


Time for Cellino to go

Sat Oct 31st Massimo Cellino: Leeds chairman agrees to sell club to fans – Adam Pope BBC Leeds  Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has agreed in principle to sell his share in the club to supporters’ group Leeds Fans United. The Italian, who is currently appealing against a Football League ban, met with fans on Friday. He said he would sell his majority share, without making a profit. “100% I will sell to the fans, if they want to buy it and look after the club. The fans are the only asset the club has,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “I’m sad and embarrassed. My dream was to do my best but I’ve achieved nothing and family aren’t even with me. “I’m trying to protect the club but at the same time it means I have exposed myself. The result is that the fans say ‘Massimo it’s time to go’.” Leeds Fans United launched in April with the aim of buying a minority stake in the club and securing representation on the board.

They tweeted: “Leeds Fans Utd has today reached agreement in principle with Massimo Cellino to purchase a majority stake in Leeds United Football Club.” Many supporters called on Cellino – who has been banned from running the club twice since his 2014 arrival – to leave Elland Road after a 2-0 home defeat by Blackburn on Thursday left them 18th in the Championship. United would be the highest placed English club to be owned by their fans. Leeds United are winless at Elland Road since March

Analysis: Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

“This is coming at the same time that he is facing another ban from the Football League. There has been a lot of pressure on him from the fans and the national media this week. I think it is the fans chanting against him at Thursday’s game that has made up his mind. He sounded genuinely distraught. “There is a real malcontent around the club at the moment. He’s done some good in his time there but I believe the time is right for a change. “I’ve spoken to Leeds Fans United and I don’t know how much money there is there now but I know that there are people willing to back their initiative.”

Cellino’s biggest controversies: a timeline

April 2014: After initially being prevented from buying the club he successfully appeals and becomes the majority owner.

May 2014: Manager Brian McDermott leaves the club after the end of the season.

August 2014: His surprise replacement David Hockaday is sacked after just six matches.

October 2014: Slovenian Darko Milanic is sacked after six games and just 32 days in charge.

December 2014: Cellino is banned from running the club by the Football League after an Italian court finds him guilty of tax evasion. He appeals against the decision but is unsuccessful.

March 2015: Cellino’s ban is extended from March to the end of the 2014-15 season.

May 2015: Replaces Neil Redfearn as head coach with former Brentford and Wigan boss Uwe Rosler.

October 2015: On the same day he sacks Rosler and replaces him with Steve Evans the Italian is banned from running the club by the Football League for a second time. He has submitted his appeal against this decision. It is understood he faces further legal cases in his home country



Evans believes United need five or six players in

Sat 31st of Oct Evans planning on shake up at Leeds STEVE EVANS is targeting the addition of ‘two or three’ signings before the closure of the emergency loan window on November 25 to desperately try and reinvigorate Leeds United’s increasingly troubled campaign. Crisis-hit United are doing it tough on all counts and slumped to their fourth successive defeat at Elland Road in Thursday night’s limp 2-0 Roses loss to Blackburn Rovers, extending the club’s winless streak to a worrying six matches. Eighteenth-placed Leeds just three points above the drop zone ahead of today’s Championship programme return to action at home to Cardiff City on Tuesday, when they will be without suspended captain Sol Bamba and midfielder Tom Adeyemi, ineligible under the terms of his season-long loan from the Bluebirds. Picking up the pieces from United’s latest Elland Road defeat, Evans acknowledged that the club requires five or six new players, adding that a ‘massive’ January transfer window of surgery was required to seriously turn the club’s fortunes around. In the short term, the Scot is focusing his attentions on bringing some loan recruits before the deadline in 26 days as he aims to emulate the mini-renaissance that some key signings afforded him at Rotherham just over 12 months ago. Just prior to last year’s window closure, Evans brought in Tom Lawrence, Reece James, Emmanuel Ledesma and current United defender Scott Wootton, with the Millers subsequently embarking on a six-match unbeaten run to the turn of the year to steady the ship after a poor run. Evans is now striving for another quick fix to prevent the on-pitch crisis deepening further after a meagre return of just two wins in 13 league matches in 2015-16 thus far. He said: I don’t think it’s five or six (signings) by Tuesday or five or six in this window. The window in January will be a massive one. “But before then there’s lot of points at stake. Maybe two or three before the (loan) window (closes) and that might take you from where we are to suddenly being a very good side. “But to go where we want to go, we have to be much better in a lot of areas. “If two or three can get us to where we want to be, then it’ll be two or three. I can certainly bring in two or three.” Evans, who turned 53 yesterday, will attempt to make headway on the transfer front this weekend, with a new goalkeeper, a fresh centre-half and striking option likely to be high on his list. Off the pitch, United irate supporters made their feelings known in no uncertain terms in calling on owner Massimo Cellino to quit the club on Thursday with the situation becoming increasingly toxic. Evans, whose birthday ‘celebrations’ are likely to have been considerably muted yesterday, given Thursday’s events, said: One hundred per cent, I’ve not allowed myself to get involved in the off the field situation. “I’ve kept myself away from it and I’ll continue to do so, whatever decisions the board or the owner make. That’s their remit. “All I can do is report up the line that we need to do certain things. I’m not one of those to drive home, say ‘it’s my birthday’ and forget about Leeds United. It’s my job to be working to on bringing players in to add to what we have. “Conversations with the owner will continue. It has to be done in as very measured way. We’ve got some good players in there, but I said to them, the minimum we demand is that we have 11 or 14 players who come into the dressing room and they’ve given absolutely everything for the cause. “I didn’t really see that in the first half if I’m being honest. I saw people shy away from the ball, people shy away from making positive runs, from defensively doing a job. That’s when people talk about being brave and playing for Leeds United.”


Cornman agrees to sell his shares to fans group and finally do the right thing by Leeds…..GO

Fri Oct 30th Cornman “agrees to sell his shares to fansgroup” Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino last night offered to sell his majority stake to supporters group Leeds Fans United in a sensational development which signalled his intention to quit the club. Cellino made his offer during talks at Elland Road on Friday, less than 24 hours after facing calls to abandon his tenure during a 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers. The Italian’s fraught period in charge of Leeds reached a new depth as a crowd of more than 19,000 chanted en masse for Cellino to sell the club amid a poor run of form and fresh off-field turmoil. Cellino is facing a Football League ban for the second time in his 18 months in charge and will be disqualified until June of next year unless he overturns the ruling. The 59-year-old has appealed his ban but his decision to offer his shares to Leeds Fan United is a clear indication of his willingness to walk away. Cellino told the BBC: One hundred per cent I will sell to the fans, if they want to buy it and look after the club. The fans are the only asset the club has.” A statement from Leeds Fans United said: Leeds Fans Utd has reached agreement in principle with Massimo Cellino to purchase a majority stake in Leeds United Football Club.” Leeds Fans United was formed earlier this year with the aim of buying a minority shareholding in Leeds. It has raised in the region of £500,000 through supporter donations. The group has been in regular contact with Cellino recently and he made his offer following fresh discussions on Friday. Leeds Fans United is yet to comment on whether it has the necessary backing in place to take up his proposal. Cellino has not named a price but he is understood to have told Leeds Fans United that he will sell his stake “without profit”. The former Cagliari owner purchased a 75 per cent shareholding in Leeds from Gulf Finance House through his UK firm Eleonora Sport Limited in April 2014. Cellino paid an upfront fee of £5m to buy out GFH and was due to pay a further £5m in December of last year. His original deal involved the repayment of more than £20m of debt owed to GFH, though he spent his initial months at Elland Road trying to renegotiate that sum. Amid rumours of takeover bids late last year – at a time when Cellino was facing his first Football League ban – he was rumoured to have valued his stake at around £60m. Large sums of cash, meanwhile, were injected in United in return for equity earlier this year. That money is believed to have come from Cellino and Eleonora Sport Limited. Cellino’s spell at the helm of United has been dogged by constant controversy, disruption and legal battles. The Italian has sacked no fewer than five managers and head coaches in that period and last night’s defeat left United facing up to a relegation battle in the Championship.

Fri Oct 30th Club It’s high time we stuck by a manager at Leeds – Ricthie WHAT is going on behind the scenes at Leeds United has got to be impacting upon the players and with this possible new ban for the owner, people are probably talking about that more than what is going on in regards to things on the pitch. If players are not talking about Massimo Cellino having another ban, they are probably talking about him sacking another manager. It is all a bit of a circus, we keep talking about it in this column, but what more can we do? As for players maybe thinking: ‘Well, a manager here won’t last that long’ and try and hide under that, they should not be thinking that way, for me. Maybe one or two will, though. It is difficult for players. Obviously, Uwe Rosler had so many months at the club trying to instil what he wanted into the players and then a new manager comes in. Managers have different views and ways of wanting to play and Steve Evans will have. It is difficult for players; one week, they may be told to play it out from the back and the next week, it could be a case of ‘don’t do’. After three games, Steve is still without a win. You do feel for him in his situation. But at the end of the day, he wanted the job here too. He knew what he was coming into when taking the job. He will know that he has got to get it right quickly with Massimo Cellino in charge. You have a bit of sympathy for Steve in that he did not know about this new ban for the owner coming up. But Steve is experienced enough to take things on the chin. He has just got to get on with it and work things out with the players. Leeds players got plenty of stick from fans following the Blackburn game on Thursday night, which was understandable. But what I will say is that I don’t think any player goes out on the pitch not to try. The situation that Leeds find themselves in, the players would be forgiven for (not) having a semblance of what they are really supposed to be doing. That said, there is no excuse for not running your socks off in every single game. Sometimes, the fans think they don’t see that happening. For whatever reason – and there are several – it is just not happening for Leeds. Not just in football, but in other professions, people want stability and that military regulation. In football, it’s a case of this is the way we play and what we do within that system. If the way you play changes every two months, then you can’t get things settled and you basically you usually don’t get results consistently. The Blackburn performance was poor. For a new manager coming in, it is difficult in terms of whether to rip into the players in the dressing room at half-time or after the full-time whistle and the confidence of the Leeds players will be especially fragile at the minute. There’s a time for doing it, otherwise it loses its effect for me. You have to be very, very careful as a manager to pick your times when you do have a real pop. Sometimes, you have to be philosophical about certain results and respond in an easier and technical way. If you get a rollicking every three minutes about what you are doing, you will turn off. Confidence is low at Leeds at the minute and it will take some work to get it back. A draw, say when you are losing 3-1 and draw 3-3 or a narrow win against a top club might just help Leeds. They won at Derby earlier this season and beat the likes of Bournemouth last year too. It might just be something like that gets Leeds going again. But at the minute, the consistency level is just not happening. It’s tough for the fans, it goes without saying I feel for them and I have said it many times before. Leeds are the biggest club outside the Premier League. The biggest thing for me is that they have simply got to keep a manager for a while and finally let someone have a good run at it. I am not talking about six months, but a season. If he doesn’t get it right, then fine – look at someone else. Consistency in players comes from them knowing the way to play and the system and to know what they are doing.

Thurs Oct 30th “It’s a nightmare” – Cellino considering his future at Leeds LEEDS owner Massimo Cellino has admitted he is considering his future at the club and that his spell in charge is proving to be “a nightmare”. The 59-year-old Italian lodged his appeal against a second Football League ban in 12 months on Wednesday, having failed its owners’ and directors’ test last week following another tax conviction in Italy. Steve Evans recently became the club’s sixth head coach since Cellino took control of the club in April 2014, but he has yet to win in three games and Leeds are without a home victory in nearly eight months after Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Blackburn. I’m losing my balls,” Cellino told The Times, who have reported rumours of renewed interest in the club from Red Bull. Ten years ago, I had more balls, but since I came here it’s been a nightmare. “Now I have a low quality of life. I feel shame when I walk to the shop to buy cigarettes if we lose a game. “I convinced my family to come here and they have run away. “It’s like being at a party where you’re not welcome. It’s killing me. Every night I lie awake, asking myself, ‘Am I good enough?’.” If Cellino loses his appeal he will be banned from office until June next year. His previous disqualification in relation to a tax conviction in Italy ran from January to May. On his latest conviction, for failing to pay VAT on an imported Range Rover, Cellino said:It never went out of the garage. “I sent it back to America and bought my son a diesel car the day after.”The holding company cannot keep this club without me running it. To save money I do 20 jobs. If they ban me and someone else comes in who does not fight for the club, it is dead.Cellino said he did remember Lucy Ward, partner of former head coach Neil Redfearn and the club’s former welfare officer, who has filed a case against the Italian for sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal. He had previously said he did not know her. Listen, you don’t know how many names I see every day,” he said. “But yes, I remembered – the blonde girl who works in the academy.” The former Cagliari owner, who pleads his innocence in relation to an outstanding charge of embezzlement in Italy, added: I’m not a coward. Life is not just about enjoyment. But I ask myself if it’s better if I leave. Only failing to make the fans happy can hurt me. “You think I can sell a club in five minutes? Who gets hurt in the meantime? Last season someone sent me a lot of bulls***ters.”

Oct 30 Evans reaction Steve Evans has told his United players that they “control their own destiny” after calling upon his side to halt their worrying home form. Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Blackburn meant United are now 12 games without victory at Elland Road – an unwanted record which dates back to March of this year. Speaking after the game , Evans said: “This football club has a history that demands a future. “I said to the players they will control their own destiny, whether they are part of the future, or whether they are very quickly going to become history. “First and foremost you have to be able to handle playing at Elland Road. “They handled playing at Fulham quite easily. They handled going across to Bolton and playing quite easily. “But in defence of them, it’s very difficult for them to be brave and to be strong in terms of getting on the ball when you’re 2-0 down at Elland Road in six minutes.”

Thurs Oct 29th Leeds 0, BLACKBURN 2 (Conway 1, Rhodes 6)  Report from official website

United team: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Dallas, Adeyemi (Botaka 51), Murphy, Cook (Mowatt 85), Antenucci, Wood (Doukara 68). Subs: Horton, Bellusci, Wootton, Buckley. Referee: Tim Robinson Booked: Bamba (United), Evans (Blackburn) Att: 19,666 (520 Blackburn)

Steve Evans’ first game in the home dugout at Elland Road came in the shape of a televised clash with Blackburn Rovers, and the new United head coach named an unchanged team for the third consecutive game. But proceedings couldn’t have got off to much worse of a start for Evans, with his side falling behind inside the opening 20 seconds as Craig Conway was found unmarked inside the area to hammer into the bottom corner from the first attack of the game. And the stunned silence around Elland Road turned to disbelief just five minutes later when the visitors doubled their lead through Jordan Rhodes’ low strike. A disastrous start in front of the Sky cameras could have been made worse on 13 minutes as Tom Lawrence strode forward with intent, only to lash his strike high and wide of Marco Silvestri’s goal amid boos from the home crowd. But, from that point, United did start to see more of the ball and Evans’ side showed signs of springing into gear. Lewis Cook carved out the hosts’ first sight of goal, turning away from his marker before firing into the arms of Jason Steele from range, while Mirco Antenucci was just beaten to Sam Byram’s dangerous ball over the top by the onrushing Blackburn ‘keeper. United continued to improve as the half drew on and many inside Elland Road thought Antenucci had pulled one back on 33 minutes as the striker volleyed into the side-netting after evading the offside trap to latch onto Stuart Dallas’ flick over the top. The nearest Evans’ men came to mounting a comeback inside the opening 45 minutes came on the stroke of half-time through Tom Adeyemi’s header, with the midfielder glancing Luke Murphy’s free-kick from deep onto the far post before Sol Bamba was unable to turn home the rebound. Both teams re-emerged unchanged from the break, but Evans was prompted into his first substitution of the evening just six minutes into the second half, replacing Adeyemi with Jordan Botaka as his side searched for a way back into the game. But Leeds were showing little goal threat since returning from the break, and it was Blackburn who looked more likely to grab the game’s third, with Silvestri holding efforts from Chris Taylor and Conway. Souleymane Doukara was introduced in attack for Chris Wood after 68 minutes, while Blackburn were forced to play with 10 men for a brief period while Grant Hanley received treatment for a clash of heads. Half chances for Lewis Cook and Antenucci kept Blackburn on their toes, but there was little to suggest United could force a way back into the game with sufficient time remaining to claim a result. Botaka did threaten late on, though, rising well inside the area before nodding Dallas’ cross over the bar, before substitute Alex Mowatt saw a long-range strike deflected agonisingly wide as the game entered five minutes of added time. But there proved to be no late consolation on a night to forget at Elland Road. Absolute shite !

Sat 24th BOLTON 1 (Ameobi 32), Leeds 1 (Antenucci pen 71) United team: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Dallas (Buckley 74), Adeyemi, Murphy (Mowatt 45), Cook (Phillips 87), Antenucci, Wood. Subs: Horton, Bellusci, Wootton, Doukara. Referee: S Hooper. Booked: Byram (United) Sent off: Prince (Bolton) Att: 18,178 (4,419 United)


Antenucci nets from the spot at Bolton

As a “whirlwind” week for Steve Evans drew to a close, the new head coach and his United side made the relatively short trip across to the Macron Stadium to face Neil Lennon’s Bolton Wanderers. Evans named an unchanged starting line-up from the encouraging midweek draw at Fulham, with Wednesday night’s goalscorer Chris Wood passed fit after being forced off through injury during the second half at Craven Cottage. The only change to the substitutes bench saw Jordan Botaka (illness) miss out to be replaced by Souleymane Doukara. The game began at a lively tempo but the opening 10 minutes passed without incident as both sides tussled for possession. The hosts were dealt a blow just 12 minutes in, though, as striker Gary Madine was forced off through injury, making way for debutant Shola Ameobi in attack. Darren Pratley had their first sight of goal just two minutes later, towering a close-range header over the bar after rising to meet a left-wing cross, before United could well have opened the scoring at the opposite end following Luke Murphy’s corner. Liam Cooper rose to meet the midfielder’s delivery at the near-post, flicking the ball towards the danger zone, where Adeyemi was arriving to crash a first time effort against the base of the post. A real end-to-end game was starting to break out and Murphy and Sol Bamba were both forced into crucial blocks inside the area, while Liam Feeney fizzed a low strike wide of the far post after driving the hosts forward. Stuart Dallas then saw his low effort deflected behind from the edge of the area after another Murphy corner had fallen into his path, but it was the hosts who managed to break the deadlock on 32 minutes through that man Ameobi. The former Newcastle United striker met a corner inside the area to hammer an unstoppable strike beyond Marco Silvestri and open the scoring in front of the visiting United supporters. And Ameobi slotted Feeney through on goal just moments later, but Silvestri got down sharply to hold his low attempt at the second time of asking, before United ended the first half strongly following a flurry of attacks. Wood passed up the best opportunity on the stroke of half-time after the ball had fallen for him on the turn, but goalkeeper Ben Amos stood firm with a fine block to preserve the lead going into the break. Both sides made changes at the break, with Alex Mowatt replacing Murphy in midfield for United and Bolton introducing Stephen Dobbie in place of Mark Davies. Evans’ half-time team talk had clearly made an impression on United, who made a lively start to the second period as Mirco Antenucci burst forward before hammering into the side-netting from a tight angle just two minutes after the restart. Now attacking the goal in front of the travelling fans, United were urged forward and Adeyemi – for the second time of the afternoon – was denied a second goal of his Whites career by the woodwork, as the slightest of touches from Amos diverted his 20-yard strike onto the post. A deserved equaliser eventually came on 71 minutes following a frantic period of play which began with Silvestri making a superb, sprawling save to push away Dobbie’s low effort. United broke and Antenucci was tripped inside the area by Prince-Desire Gouano, prompting referee Simon Hooper to point to the spot. The Bolton defender was shown a straight red card and Antenucci dusted himself down to coolly dispatch the spot-kick, sending Amos in the opposite direction. Will Buckley was introduced in place of Dallas on the right wing as United looked to make their numerical advantage count, but there proved to be no further goals despite late pressure from both sides.

Weds Oct 21st FULHAM 1 (Dembele 23), UNITED 1 (Wood pen 64) United team: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Dallas (Phillips 85), Adeyemi, Murphy (Botaka 58), Cook, Antenucci, Wood (Buckley 70). Subs: Horton, Bellusci, Wootton, Mowatt. Referee: K Hill Booked: Dembele, O’Hara, Burn, Garbutt (Fulham), Cook (United) Att: 19,969 (3,789 United) Report from Official website

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Woods scores v Fulham

New head coach Steve Evans made three changes when picking his first United starting line-up, most notably handing a recall to Sam Byram in place of Scott Wootton at right back. Elsewhere, Luke Murphy came into midfield for Alex Mowatt and Mirco Antenucci replaced Jordan Botaka to partner Chris Wood in attack. Ahead of kick-off, Evans had called for his side to up the intensity in their play and that was visible within seconds of referee Keith Hill’s opening whistle as United mounted an immediate attack, with Fulham just managing to clear their lines after Stuart Dallas had scuffed a strike into the area. The hosts then broke at speed and former Whites captain Ross McCormack flashed a low effort against the side-netting in a lightening start to proceedings at Craven Cottage. Ryan Tunicliffe dragged well wide from 25 yards out moments later, but United were seeing more of the ball and the chances soon came their way. Dallas had the first sight of goal for Evans’ men, stinging the palms of goalkeeper Joe Lewis with a rasping strike after the ball had rolled into his path on the edge of the area, before Chris Wood’s close-range attempt was smothered by Lewis after being picked out by Murphy’s back-post free-kick. But an encouraging start meant little on the 23rd minute as Fulham broke and opened the scoring through Moussa Dembele, working his way into the area before squeezing the ball beyond Marco Silvestri at his near post with a low strike. Leeds looked to respond and threatened through Dallas, who lashed high and wide from the right after his initial cross was blocked, before Ben Pringle, coming up against his former Rotherham United boss, drilled a 20-yarder into the stand behind Silvestri’s goal after driving Fulham forward. Lewis Cook and Gaetano Berardi both called Lewis into action with low strikes from range, while Sol Bamba towered a back-post header over the bar from Murphy’s free-kick on the stroke of half time. Both sides re-emerged unchanged and Liam Cooper was forced into a crucial block just two minutes into the second half, sliding in to deny Lasse Vigen Christensen a sight on goal as Fulham started in a positive manner. Leeds soon started to put their hosted under a sustained spell of pressure, though, and could have had a penalty when Tom Adeyemi burst into the area before going down under the challenge of the onrushing Lewis, but referee Hill waved away the appeals. Botaka was introduced shortly before the hour mark, replacing Murphy in midfield, and gave United a further injection of energy with his direct running at the Fulham defence. Evans’ side were the ones asking all the questions, and on 63 minutes were awarded a penalty following a handball inside the Fulham penalty area. Wood stepped up calmly from the spot and found the net to pull United level despite a touch from Lewis on its way in. However, that proved to be the striker’s final involvement as he was forced off minutes later to be replaced by Will Buckley following a heavy challenge in the middle of the pitch. Buoyed by their equaliser, United continued to press for a second and some dazzling footwork on the edge of the area from Cook carved apart the Fulham defence before Antenucci was slotted through on goal, but Lewis was quick off his line to deny the Italian from a tight angle. Dallas then thought he had given his side the lead with 10 minutes remaining, curling a left-wing effort towards the top corner, only to see Lewis somehow claw it away when it appeared destined to find the net. A Leeds onslaught in the closing stages could have seen all three points return to Yorkshire, but Man of the Match Lewis was again on hand to deny Antenucci with another stunning save to ensure the spoils would be shared in the capital. A very good start from Evan’sde. He promised passion and a ‘have a go’ style and Leeds dominated the match without getting three points their performance merited. A poor keeper, slow central defence and centre forwards that aren’t prolific enough are the problems that face him. Bolton awaits him next followed by Blackburn at home. The German was a bluffer, with the wrong former Brentford manager  hired. We got Rosler and Rangers got Warburton  Fulham manager, Kit Symons: “We got a draw and in the end we’ve got to be thankful for a point. Leeds had the better chances and Lewis had a great game.”  Steve Evans : “I told the players tongue in cheek I had a contract until Friday and said they would leave before then if they did not give me passion. “We came here tonight and put in a real determined performance. I wanted passion and effort from the players.”   “I’m not going to say we deserved two other penalties but I’ve looked at them and we should have had two other penalties.” At half-time I asked players to be big characters. I said ‘I don’t care if Fulham score a second goal if we play with that spirit.’” Evans said Byram was the only player who knew in advance he’d be playing tonight.  He wanted to give him an injection of confidence. On Adeyemi: “I said ‘if you think you’re a sitting midfielder, you’ll be playing in League 2. Go box-to-box and you’ve got a big future.” When asked if asked if the players will feel they’ve turned a corner. “I think they see a corner turned when Steve Evans walks in.” Good Interview.


Byram appears a big part of Evans plans

Weds October 21st. Evans can “already see a difference” in Byram Steve Evans noticed a “massive difference” in Sam Byram over his first two training sessions, with the Whites head coach hoping he holds the key to rejuvenating the club’s young talent.Byram was criticised by chairman Massimo Cellino for not signing a new contract last month and has started United’s last three games from the bench but was highlighted by Evans as a player who had picked up notably in this week’s second session. Alex Mowatt is another talented youngster that has been struggling for form but Evans hopes to nurture all of United’s young stars back to optimum form. Evans said: “When youngsters have had a load of games they can be terrific but there is always going to be a dip. That’s when they need their manager, when you have a chat with them, you go out on the training ground with them and you lift them, you raise these youngsters. You certainly don’t bury them when they are out of form. You can be harder with them when they are in great form, you can be more at them, but not when they lose it a little bit and I’ve seen a massive difference from Monday to Tuesday in young Sam Byram. “We finished the session with the staff that attended from a couple of days ago who came in and said ‘we have seen some things from the players that we have not seen recently’. That doesn’t mean they have not been doing it before but they have not been doing it recently. That’s our job.” 


Evans tells fans to “expect new arrivals”

Weds 21st of October Fans told to expect a few arrivals Steve Evans is looking to make additions to Leeds United’s squad – and says identifying targets will be my decision.” The club’s new head coach played down the possibility of a big influx of players following his appointment on Monday but said he and head of recruitment Martyn Glover were already discussing potential deals. Glover – the former West Ham United employee who was added to the management team at Elland Road in the summer – officially unveiled Evans at a press conference yesterday and said the club were open to the option of making changes to a squad who are currently 19th in the Championship. United’s transfer policy has been under scrutiny throughout Massimo Cellino’s 18 months as amid questions about the authority given to successive head coaches to make their own signings. But Evans said: “Myself and Martyn have identified one or two areas and I’ve spoken to the president. It’s my decision about whether we go ahead. “Then it becomes Martyn and the board’s decision as to whether it’s affordable. I’ve identified one or two I’d like to add. Me and Martyn are deep in analysis of that now.” Rosler was backed by Cellino during the summer transfer window, investing heavily in players like Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas and signing Will Buckley on loan from Sunderland this month. Evans insisted there was no need for major changes at Elland Road, saying: “I’ve never been the sort to go in and say I want five or six new players. I’ve never taken that approach.”

Weds Oct 21st Massimo Cellino: ‘I used to hate Steve Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has admitted that he “used to hate” new head coach Steve Evans because of the way that he got his sides to play against the Whites.The former Rotherham United boss has been appointed as the club’s sixth head coach since Cellino took control at Elland Road in April 2014, after Uwe Rosler was sacked on Monday.Evans, who led Rotherham from League Two to the Championship before keeping them there last season, had been out of work after leaving the Millers at the end of September. “I used to hate him because he is a fighter,” Cellino told The Mirror. “I didn’t like playing against him because he gives his teams his personality. ” He’s a tough coach and I want that character in our team. He manages with passion and our team has not been playing with passion. “Everything I do is to try and make Leeds better. It’s easy to blame the coach and it is not just his fault. I was the one who brought him here, so I have to take responsibility also. It was my decision to bring him and so I have to take responsibility if things are not working.” Evans’s first game in charge will be at Fulham on Wednesday night.

Weds 21st of October - Leeds United perform U-turn over away tickets after meeting with fans- Phil Hay  MASSIMO CELLINO has backed down in the row over away allocations and ended Leeds United’s restriction on tickets after talks with supporters group Leeds Fans United. The club announced tonight that Cellino’s decision to limit United’s away allocations to 2,000 tickets would be reversed immediately following intense criticism of his move to slash ticket numbers last week. Cellino provoked anger among Leeds’ supporters on Friday by setting an upper limit for away tickets, justifying the restriction as a protest against the number of televised matches imposed on the club by Sky.Leeds are in line to be shown in live broadcasts 10 times before the turn of the year and their fixture list this season has already seen 13 rearrangements, most of those a direct result of Sky’s involvement. Cellino argued that televised games at home were costing the club money in lost commercial revenue and said the Football League and Sky had refused to respond to several complaints from him. The 59-year-old said the limit on away allocations – resulting in a direct cut in the income of other clubs – would highlight the issue and force the Football League to act. But Cellino, who on Monday was hit with another ownership ban by the Football League, has relented rapidly after discussing the issue with Leeds Fans United, the group which is working towards the purchase of shares in the club. The drop to 2,000 away tickets was due to come into force for the trip to Huddersfield Town on November 7 but will not now be imposed. Leeds took more than 6,000 fans to MK Dons last month and received allocations of over 3,500 for this week’s games at Fulham and Bolton Wanderers. In a joint statement with Leeds Fans United, Cellino said: “We are frustrated by the fixture changes but we never intended to penalise our own supporters at away games. We have listened to their concerns and acted on them. “We also considered their safety as we understand that many would attempt to buy tickets in home areas. “We will now work with the fans to find a peaceful way that shows our disappointment without taking something away from them. That will be crucial if we are to achieve what we need to.” Leeds Fans United chief executive Dylan Thwaites said: “We look forward to partnering with Massimo and the club to make this work for everyone. “Our away support is second to none for their commitment to following the team all over the country. We hear the frustrations from supporters who have to miss games or pay extra money because of amended fixtures. “We will all work together to come up with a solution that works for everyone.” Cellino’s original decision provoke a furious response and the move was painted in a worse light after it emerged that the Italian took the step two days after being notified of the Football League’s decision to ban him from running the club. Cellino has until October 28 to appeal against his disqualification but faces being barred until June of next year. The joint partnership with Leeds Fans United, however, indicated a positive step forward in its relationship with Cellino. Leeds Fans United has been raising money since the early part of this year with the intention of purchasing a minority stake in Leeds.The group revealed during the summer that it had amassed close to £500,000.

Tuesday October 20th Steve Evans Press conference The key parts

. Evans on the job : “My job is to meet the challenges that come on the grass. To the supporters, give me a chance.””You can sleep at night if your team have had a go.”

Evans on the home form: “Maybe it’s not the players. People behind them have to manage the situation better.”

Evans says he’s at the biggest club in the Championship. “We could do a straw poll from here to China and they’d tell you that.”

Evans adamant that Leeds are “not in any trouble” in the league. “There are some good players here.”

Evans says Charlie Taylor will be out for two to three weeks.

Liam Cooper trained this morning. “He’s on the team coach for Fulham”. Big surprise.

Evans: “The president was very clear that I’ll get first and last say. The moment I don’t then I won’t be here.”

Evans: “You start to realise how frightening it is. I thought we’d take 1,000 to Fulham. It’s 4,000. It’s incredible.”

Evans: “I have to believe that if I win matches, enough people including Mr Cellino will want me here.”

Evans: “I could have gone into a Championship club last Thursday. But it wasn’t right and it wasn’t the right time.”

Evans says he’ll inject passion into the squad. “There are maybe characters who need managed a little bit more.” he’s the man’.”

Evans: “The supporters should get ready for winning football because it’s going to come.”

Evans implying that he won’t go 4-3-3. “You can sleep at night if your team have had a go.”

Evans says he has spoken to Brian McDermott who said “produce a team for that can win a game then you’ll be onto something special.”

Evans : “I have identified one or two players to Martin Glover who we could bring in subject to finances being right”

Evans: “But everywhere I’ve got results and they tend to dictate whether fans love you or if they don’t want to see you.”

Evans: “Steve Evans doesn’t lie in bed and dream. I’m a realist. It’s not a name that if you polled LUFC fans they’d say ‘he’s the man’.”

Evans says loads of British managers have phoned him to say “don’t change”.

Evans: “Steve Evans is a manager opposition fans won’t like.”

Evans said #lufc in 18th place after 11 games “isn’t good enough.” “That would be true whoever was here.”


Evans on his biggest ever job

Heavy metal, county rock? “I like a bit of jazz. Mind you, my wife tells me I can’t dance.”

Evans on the home form: “Maybe it’s not the players. People behind them have to manage the situation better.” #lufc

Evans adamant that Leeds are “not in any trouble” in the league. “There are some good players here.”

Evans: “The president was very clear that I’ll get first and last say. The moment I don’t then I won’t be here.”

Evans: “I have to believe that if I win matches, enough people including Mr Cellino will want me here.”

Evans: “But everywhere I’ve got results and they tend to dictate whether fans love you or if they don’t want to see you.”

Evans: “Steve Evans doesn’t lie in bed and dream. I’m a realist. It’s not a name that if you polled LUFC fans they’d say ‘he’s the man’.”

Tuesday October 20th Phil Hay looks back on a day of drama at Leeds United and attempts to answer some of your questions.

Why has Massimo Cellino  been banned again?

For the same reasons as his previous suspension. On June 23, Cellino was found guilty by a court in Sardinia of failing to pay VAT on a Range Rover he imported from the USA to Italy. He was fined 40,000 Euros and the car was seized by the authorities. After taking legal advice and studying the written judgement from the court, the Football League ruled that the offence constituted a ‘dishonest act’ and breached its Owners and Directors Test. Cellino has been disqualified as a result.

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What does the ban mean in practice?

In practice, Cellino should have no influence on the day-to-day running of Leeds United for the duration of his ban. How strictly the Football League can police his involvement is another question altogether. There were suspicions during Cellino’s suspension last season that he was nowhere near as far away from the coal face as he was supposed to be – albeit without being present at Elland Road. But it has to be said that the League did not take issue with the way his ban was served.

When does the ban run to?

Cellino was convicted of tax evasion on June 23, 2015. Under English law, any conviction resulting in a financial penalty is considered spent after 12 months under recent changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. Football League disqualifications can only apply to unspent convictions so Cellino will be free to return to Elland Road on June 23, 2016 – which is eight months away.

Can he appeal?

Yes. Cellino has until October 28 to notify the Football League of his intention to appeal and he intends to do so. That would delay the start of his ban until his appeal is ruled upon, potentially extending his suspension a few weeks beyond June 23, 2016. Last season, Cellino’s ban was announced on December 1. He appealed and the outcome of that appeal, unsuccessful in the end, was not revealed until January 19 (although the Christmas period caused a longer delay). Cellino eventually resigned as club president on January 23, almost two months after his disqualification was first imposed. So his departure on this occasion might not happen quickly – and won’t happen at all if he wins an appeal.

On what grounds will Cellino appeal?

It’s slightly difficult to say. This offence is similar to the case of the yacht ‘Nelie’ which earned Cellino his first ban last season. Both involved tax evasion on vehicles imported from the USA to Italy. But there are differences. The unpaid VAT in the Nelie case was significantly more than the sum owed on the Range Rover. And where the Range Rover is concerned, the court in Cagliari cleared Cellino of further customs offences because the money fell below Italy’s criminal threshold. It should be said, however, that the Football League studied the full written judgement before banning Cellino. He actually supplied the governing body with all the paperwork himself. It’s fair to say that he did not expect this punishment.

Does he have any other options?

Cellino does have the right to ask the Football Association to arbitrate in this dispute under FA Rule K. As it happens, he began that process after his previous disqualification last season but suspended it in July. It’s not clear why that decision was taken. But with his tenure as owner under threat once more, he could seek the help of the FA again. Essentially, Cellino wants the Association to rule that convictions in Italy are not classed as convictions until they have passed through every stage of appeal – which none of his offences have as yet. That argument has failed him previously.

So who would take responsibility for managing Leeds United in his absence?

Adam Pearson would have been tailor-made to run Leeds United but he quit as executive director last month. During Cellino’s suspension last season, former chairman Andrew Umbers and former chief operating officer Matt Child held the fort but Child (present as a spectator at Leeds’ recent defeat to Birmingham City) has long since resigned that post. Umbers is still listed as a United director but has not been seen at Elland Road for months and his time as chairman last season did not win him many admirers. The current board members include Cellino’s sons, Ercole and Eduardo, his American financial advisor Daniel Arty and Giampaolo Caboni, a representative of Eleonora Sport Limited who arrived in the aftermath of Cellino’s first ban. There is little or no football experience there. And you can discount any possibility of Cellino handing control to GFH reps Salem Patel and Jinesh Patel. The administrator with the most football knowledge at Elland Road might well be club secretary Stuart Hayton.

Mon 19th of Oct The German, the Italian and the Englishman  – by GC

Uwe Rosler has joined Redfearn, Thompson, Milanovic, Hockaday and McDermott on the list of manageral casualtues. He lasted just 12 games in charge. It all looked so different in the summer, flanked by Adam Peearson and Cornman. Cornman said :“He’s the coach I was looking for when 20, 30 people asked me to give them the job in May. I chose him and if you gave me the choice I would choose him again. “If someone gave me the chance to change, I would take this coach and these players because we have something good here. “This guy (Rosler), he is professional. I like him more than any coach I had here before.” Rosler came into the club brimming with confidence, knowing what to expect if things went wrong. He promised us heavy metal football, not unlike Jurgen Klopp from Borussia Dortmund (now Liverpool) …big shoes to fill. He brought in the following players : Charlie Horton, Ross Turnball (both goalkeepers) Sol Bamba (a free transfer) Tom Adeymi (midfielder, Cardiff City, Loan with a view to a £1M transfer) Will Buckley (winger – loan with a view to a £1.5M transfer from Sunderland) Stuart Dallas (winger – 1.3M from Brentford) Jordan Botaka (Winger -£750K from Holland) Chris Wood (Striker – £2.5M £3M from Leicester ). Erwin also signed from Motherwell for £700K. His major ally was Adam Pearson, a manager’s commercial manager, everything that Cornman isn’t.

Cellinoand Pearson

Cornman and Pearson – soon both will be gone

The season started almost brilliantly when super sub Antenucci fired Leeds ahead against Burnley (1) with only minutes to go. Sam Volks equalized in stoppage time but the performance and result was satisfactory against a team only relegated from the Premiership. “The players did themselves proud Rosler said to the assembled press men including the Sky cameras. Four days later Lewis Cook didn’t do himself proud when he was red carded after putting Leeds ahead in the Carling Cup at Doncaster. A ridiculous penalty conceded by Wootton was converted by Williams and Leeds record signing, Wood blasted his penalty over the bar to go out of the competition at the League One venue. “He’ll feel low at the moment and we have to pick him up. The players have to pick him up. Lewis needs to keep himself fit and come back strong” – Rosler. Not the end of the world one thought to exit at this stage.

Leeds brought over 4,100 fans to Reading (2) the following Tuesday and it’s fair to say neither side had a shot on goal, in a game that would bore the arse of a blind donkey. We had 48 hours less recovery time than they did – I thought there was nothing between the two teams,” – Rosler. Still two games played and no defeats was steady progress, one thought. Next up Leeds travelled to struggling Bristol City (3) who were having problems coping with their promotion. A brilliant start ensued when Antenucci put Leeds ahead from the penalty spot on 39 minutes, and Chris wood looked to have sealed the points on 59 mins with a superb break away goal. Game over one thought, especially when at 88 minutes it was still 0-2. A defensive shambles ensued, and Silvestri was beaten at the near post on 89 points and in the 96th minute he dropped a cross from a corner and hey presto 2-2, and two points dropped. Herr Rosler :The six minutes was one of the things I was asking about,” The crowd couldn’t believe it when they saw six minutes, they thought it was carnival. Who said Germns had no sense of humour ? Just in case people think I have a go at Marco Silvestri all the time. This was taken from From Leeds all over –at the time : Marco Silvestri needs to be dropped What was that? I’ll probably get abused for saying all this but my word. That was one of the worst performances I’ve seen by a keeper, only beaten by Rachubka. The first goal for Bristol City, beaten at his near post which is just massively average. However the second goal is where it’s at. What on earth was that? A corner, comes to Silvestri with not much power on it and he palms it straight back into the box and they score. One of the worst pieces of keeping I’ve ever seen, the fact that it was the 95th minute and it made it 2-2 when we were 2-0 up in the 89th minute just makes it more painful. To be fair, after the Doncaster game I wanted Turnbull to play, he commands his box and collects crosses like all good keepers should do……………and on and on

This part of the season had Leeds linked with Liam Moore (Bellusci not having a good time of it) and Foristieri of Watford. It was widely believed that Bellusci would be going back to Italy during the next transfer window. For the U21 squad Erwin was rattling in the goals but not getting in the squad.


Rosler will have plenty of time to shave now

Next up Sheff Weds (4) for another lunchtime home game on Sky. It was a sterile affair. Matias but Weds one up on 37 minutes and Chris Wood equalised on 61 minutes. Neither side looked like winning it after that. Four games in and four draws. Rosler : “It was our fourth game in nine days, which is very hard, especially at this early stage of the season, but we have come through those games unbeaten and I am delighted. “We went behind to a wonder goal – congratulations to them for that. I haven’t seen a better goal than that, but we did well to come back and score a very good goal of our own, which showed the character we have in the team.United were in 15th.

Next up Derby County and Sky again. Derby (5) away was never a happy hunting ground, but Leeds dominated the first half and were unfortunate to be just one up at half time through Adeymei. The Rams came out a different side in the second half and scored through Chris Martin after just three minutes. Chris Wood blasted Leeds first winner two minutes from time. On Wood Rosler claimed : “I think he’s been prepared since he walked through the door. He needed a home, he needed to realise that the manager really wanted him and the chairman really wanted him and that he’s playing for a massive club”. Leeds were up to 10th after 5 games.

Brentford (6) came to Elland Road and once again Leeds couldn’t score first. It took an Antenucci goal 14 minutes from time (as he came off the bench again) to grab a point as Leeds played with one up top again at home. Leeds still winless at home and still suspect at the back when teams attack. Rosler : “We lost our fearlessness and we made a mistake. When you do that against Brentford they can find the holes. “Then we were down on confidence and they scored. We looked like we were afraid to get on the ball, that can happen. We deserved to trail at half-time. “In the second half we started 0-0 and the substitutes helped us. The last 25-30 minutes we battered them in a football sense and could have won the game. I think it was a fair result for two teams who wanted to win.” Leeds drop to 11th after six games.

Ipswich (7) came to Elland Road and left with all three points after Slivetsri dropped another clanger from a corner. The Tractor Boys had other chances as Leeds played without confidence throughout. The team were rightly booed off at the end. United drop to 14th. Rosler: “Overall it’s disappointing that we didn’t show enough courage and bravery to enforce our game on the opposition. “We got drawn into their style of play and we are not that type of team. “In the last 15 minutes when Ipswich started to tire, we started to play our game, but it’s too late.”

Leeds got a badly needed win at 10 man MK Dons (8) but were made to work harder than they should have had to do it. Roared on my over 6,000 travelling fans, Wood (pen) and young Charlie Taylor, our best player this year, gave us a two goal lead. Simon Church pulled one back and the Dons felt they were denied a legitimate penalty near the end. Rosler : “I felt the way we managed the first 15-20 minutes of the second half was very impressive. We went for another goal and we could have easily scored another goal in that period. “Then the panic button came into play, even with a man more. “All credit to MK Dons, they made some tactical changes. , We found it difficult to get the ball down and play, and use our man advantage. “You need to find a way to win, even when you’re not playing over 90 minutes prettily, and that’s what we did.”

AdeyemiWillBuckley3BChrisWoodvSheffWeds2aJordanBotakack up to Middlesbro (9) for a live Sky Sunday game. The decisions didn’t go Leeds way but the lunacy did, with Bellusci and Bamba committing hari kari. Never a 3-0 game. If Antenucci’s goal had stood we’ll never know, but when you have a defence like a soup strainer you deserve what you get. Rosler : The referee had a poor day. He [the linesman] told me he had to ask the referee so he wasn’t sure. How can you give offside when you’re not sure? He has to be 100% sure. “It was the turning point in the game. You can’t even be sure watching on TV. “When you’re overly nice you don’t get far in life sometimes. I told them they should have gone over [to the linesman]. From now on, we will.” Down to 14th again.

Next Birmingham City (10) at Elland Road. Their pace up top had us in a spin and Gary Rowett’s Brum left Leeds with the handiest three points he will secure all season. Once again our goalkeeper was extremely suspect but he hasn’t much in front in fairness . Down to 16th. Rosler : “It was a bad day at the office. I am not panicking or asking for two or three fresh players. That would be wrong. We have to come up with the answers collectively in the dressing room. “The players want to do well, they prepare well and train well but for some reason we don’t get the best from them at Elland Road.”

Last but not least Brighton (10) came to town. A team that will always give you a chance because their defence is suicidal, almost worse than ours. This is a team in a false position. Unlike Birmingham they don’t break sporadically. They break in 4s and 5s so will always give you a chance. As usual Leeds went a goal down. The goal came down the left. Wootton was at fault. He was chosen to play right full ahead of Sam Byram. Another bad call, and it cost us.  Leeds equalised before the half hour mark, through Liam Cooper, for the first time this season. In the second half Chris Wood missed a sitter to wrap up the points. Both sides went at it hammer and thong for the winner but Leeds lost Cooper and had already used all three subs before Bobby Zamora sealed victory for the Southerners and with it Rolser’s fate. Rolser : Things are just not going for us at the moment. There were three key moments in the game. They scored from their first attack and I feared the worst but we showed terrific character and got a quick equaliser. “The second key moment was when Chris Wood didn’t take his unbelievable opportunity. The game looked like ending 1-1 so we brought on Mirco Antenucci and Will Buckley to try and win it but the third key moment was Liam Cooper’s injury, leaving us with 10 men. “Having said all that, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. There are a lot of people far worse off than us so we have to pick ourselves up and go again. I feel a bit sorry for the players, supporters and owner. When you invest as much as the players do in training and get so little back it’s disappointing.”

Turnball1ErwinandcolleagueUweRoslervBurnDallasIn truth Rolser’s fate was sealed some time ago. Steve Evans wasn’t lined up overnight. Do I feel sorry for the German. No, only that I feel sorry for anyone losing their job but he will be well rewarded. 11 League games isn’t many games. But I’ve seen enough to know that Rosler and Leeds and Cornman aren’t a perfect fit. Is anybody a perfect fit with Cornman ? Probably not. If Redfearn had been given the German’s resources and left in charge with Thompson we would be a hell of a lot further down the road of promotion now. Unfortunately that’s not the case, and I suspect the crowd will let Cornman know that in November.

Rosler was given almost 3M for a striker and yet refused to partner him up front  at home. Antenucci proved time after time he could be the perfect foil by coming off the bench and scoring. So why not start the guy ? Ridiculous! How often did he continue with Bellusci at centre back and for that matter Wootton at left back or centre half. Many of us felt that Erwin could have been given a chance instead of being farmed out on loan to Bury, because when Doukara came on he offered us nothing. Silvestri in goal has cost us goals at Bristol, at home to Ipswich Town, and numerous more and yet Turnball an experienced keeper was never utilised. Too late now he has broken his ankle. Rosler promised us heavy metal football and yet the nearest we got was Dolly Parton. Derby County away was our best performance without doubt, and the very next game it was back to the banal. Steve Evans is a hell of a risk. I don’t think he is the answer. A loose cannon to say the least and another one of Cornman’s crazy ideas.I can’t fault his passion and  he certainly knows Leeds United. We’ll give him his chance but there were plenty of better options out there and once again Cornman appears to choose the off the wall candidate. The Football League have banned him again and we have no Adam Pearson to pick up the pieces. Another shambles at LS11.

Monday 19th of Oct Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been banned by the Football League On the day United sacked Uwe Rosler and appointed Steve Evans as manager, the club’s owner has been banned. A statement from the Football League reads: “At its recent meeting, the Board of The Football League (with the exception of its Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, who declared an interest*) considered the position of Leeds United President, Massimo Cellino, under its Owners’ and Directors’ test. “In June, Mr Cellino was found guilty by a Court in Sardinia of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT on the importation of a Land Rover vehicle. This resulted in a fine of €40,000 and the confiscation of the vehicle in question. “Having considered detailed legal advice and the Court’s reasoned judgment, as supplied by Mr Cellino, the Board determined that the decision of the Italian Court constitutes a disqualifying condition under the Owners’ and Directors’ test. “Mr Cellino has until October 28 to appeal against the Board’s decision. Any such appeal would be heard by an independent panel. “The League will make no further comment at this time.”

Mon 19th of October Can anyone prove to have the required staying power at Elland Road? – Hay

IT IS not that Uwe Rosler was the right man for Leeds United. It is not that his 12 games as head coach were anything special. It is not even that he held the confidence of the crowd as Elland Road emptied on Saturday afternoon. What Rosler’s demise proves is that this job with this owner has the capacity to eat anyone. It might swallow the average coach under any owner but with Massimo Cellino staring down, the position is poison. Rosler’s record in management has good patches, bad patches and much in between – more than 200 games in the Football League – but even he could not survive three months of the season. Which begs the question: who in this industry can?

Steve Evans? Evans is taking the ball and chain from Rosler and Cellino will make complimentary noises about him because in these moments of crises, Cellino always does. The Italian insulted David Hockaday’s appearance but tried to talk up his ability as a coach. Better than the last man, in other words, or at least for a few weeks. As Cellino said of Rosler last month: “This coach is the best person for me and the team. I like him more than any other coach I had here before.” 

There was more than a grain of truth in that. In their short time as head coach last season, Cellino in private was disparaging about Hockaday and Darko Milanic. Rosler he liked or liked to a point and even last week there was a definite sense of the Italian trying to force himself to ride out the rut Leeds were in. He called Rosler “professional” and admired his attitude – albeit while wondering at times if the 46-year-old was focused and obsessive to a fault.

Rosler loves analysis and values statistics. It was and is the basis of his approach as a coach. People who saw him work at Thorp Arch had never seen a manager hold so many meetings, video sessions and such like. Press conferences moved from Thursdays to Fridays because Rosler’s schedule on a Thursday was packed. The no-stone-unturned approach was Rosler’s way.

Cellino worried that the intensity might constrain the players; blind them with science and restrict their ability to play freely. It should be said that no player ever said as much, or not to any of us in the press. Whether that swayed Cellino’s decision to sack Rosler is impossible to say, even with the benefit of an explanation from United’s owner. He told the YEP today that he “didn’t like what I saw in the future.”

Eighteen months of Massimo Cellino – so often fraught, so often on the edge – have created an environment where no-one believes that much of what happens at Elland Road is based on logic or sound thinking. The irony of Rosler departing after 12 games, much as United’s form did nothing to protect him, is that he was supposed to be the line in the sand. Rosler’s appointment, the recruitment which followed it and the sensible process of the summer and pre-season was more in line with the workings of normal professional clubs. This latest development, and the worryingly hasty leap to bring Evans on board, is solely in line with Cellino’s traditions.

It is true all the same that Rosler was at the stage of looking to his owner for a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. His reign was not in rude health and grumbling among supporters was very audible over the weekend. Granted, Leeds’ performance against Brighton was better than a few which had gone before but some of what occurred last month was not difficult to improve on. There were pivotal moments on Saturday, all of which ran in Brighton’s favour: the bad misses from Chris Wood and the injury to Liam Cooper which left United a man short.

“That is what you get when you’re in the lower part of the league,” Rosler said. It certainly is. But being in the lower part of the league was the result of a bad second month and that spell fell at his door.

When managers lose their way it is easy to find fault with everything: too inflexible, too negative, too insistent on certain tactics, unable to bring about quick or drastic change. In certain matches Rosler invited those accusations but he goes into the list of coaches we never really got to know. Whether the season as a whole would have painted a more positive picture of him is difficult to say. He was running short of players and entering a crucial periods of fixtures with pressure on him. But there was no opportunity to demonstrate his backbone or to vindicate his appointment over time.

This failure will hurt Rosler. He rarely spoke about Wigan Athletic or why exactly it went sour for him there but it was always clear that the experience aggrieved him. A quietly ambitious man, it seemed to irk him that half of his time at Wigan was being used to smear his record as a whole. This period looks worse again: 12 games, two wins and a depressingly short reign with a squad which should have something about it. The only consolation is that no-one seems to last here. Not even Neil Redfearn, with form on his side in the second half of last season, could escape the clutch of creeping death.

Redfearn went to Rotherham a week ago after Rotherham parted company with Evans. Evans comes to Leeds and will host Redfearn’s Rotherham at Elland Road next month. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy rewritten for the Championship. How long it lasts for Evans before he takes a bullet through the wire fence is easy enough to guess. Rosler’s replacement will be Cellino’s sixth head coach in 18 months – more than enough to justify the ridicule that comes the way of a club who besmirch their history by leaving themselves open to it. Evans has a past conviction for tax evasion. No-one is making this up.

Evans’ appearance at Thorp Arch this morning makes you wonder when Cellino started speaking to him. If conversations commenced after Rosler was sacked last night then this hardly looks like a considered move. Evans has a track record. He got Rotherham promoted from League One, though they were stuck in the Championship’s bottom three when he left. And to listen to his regular mentions of Leeds, this is a job he always fancied. Perhaps Cellino felt the need to act with haste ahead of a run of games which is utterly critical but alternatives were out there. If this appointment fails the club are in deep trouble. Of that we can be certain, if not a lot else.

In his own words: Steve Evans on Leeds United

After Kieran Agard’s rejected a move to Leeds United and joined Bristol City, August 2014.

“Wow. I’m surprised. Wow. In terms of Leeds United, when you drop a division and go to Bristol City instead, and this is no disrespect to Bristol City, I’m surprised. I find it surprising you would turn down a household, worldwide name like Leeds United and go to Bristol City. I’m surprised he would turn down a club like Leeds with their profile and fan base and historical values. You could go to Africa and say ‘Leeds’ and people would know Leeds United.”

On Massimo Cellino, August 2014

“If you are a Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic or whoever you are – if you take the job under Massimo you know the rules. He picks the players, you coach the players.

“My interest is (Rotherham United) and I pick the players, whether they come, whether they go, and our chairman supports that. The minute he doesn’t support it, I go. That would be the way it works here and I get fantastic support..

“But if you work for Massimo Cellino, you coach the players and get the results from the players he brings in or you pay with your job. That’s the way it is.

“He has had to put millions of investment into that football club and they do it in that way. I have nothing but respect for the guy. If you put the money he has put into a football club, if that’s your model, you’re entitled to do it.”

On Neil Redfearn, May 2015.

“It was a touching moment when I heard the fans singing Neil’s name at the end. If those fans could Sellotape or glue somebody to the managers’ chair, it would be Neil. I sincerely hope the powers above him don’t go down the road of bringing in another self-proclaimed ‘top-class manager’ when they have got Neil Redfearn in the building. I have known him for a lot of years and know what he stands for.”

Monday 19th of October This is what Steve Evans said on October 17th 2014, almost a year to the day ago. How things change. Now Neil Redfearn is in charge of Rotherham, and Evans is in charge of Leeds. Most Leeds fans would want it to be the other way around. I would never work for Massimo Cellino STEVE EVANS has revealed that Massimo Cellino’s hands-on style of ownership at Leeds United is not for him – and admits he could never work for an owner who did not let him sign his own players. Evans’ Rotherham United side welcome Leeds in a Championship fixture for the first time in almost ten years this evening and the Scot is grateful for the conventional working relationship he has with his own boss, Millers chairman Tony Stewart, who leaves all playing matters to him. In contrast, Evans’ Leeds counterpart Darko Milanic effectively works with the players Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno bring to the club and has no control on transfer policy. Ahead of Leeds’ last Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday, the Slovenian attempted to put the record straight regarding the influence of Cellino on the first-team by stating that he had full control over team affairs, stating tactics and formations were his decision. For his part, Evans – who professed respect for the way the Leeds owner has ploughed millions into the club in a bid to breathe new life into it – believes that when in comes to being the head coach, it is either Cellino’s way or the highway. He said: “and I get fantastic support. I can’t put enough words on it. “But if you work for Massimo Cellino, you coach the playeIf you are a Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic or whoever you are – if you take the job under Massimo, you know the rules; he picks the players, you coach the players. “My interest is the Millers and I pick the players, whether they come, whether they go and our chairman supports that. The minute he doesn’t support it, I go. “That would be the way it works here rs and get the results from the players he brings in or you pay with your job, that is the way it is.” Evans added: “It is the foreign way of doing things and it does not make it right or wrong. “If you look at Leeds United and Massimo Cellino, where would they be if he had not have stepped in with his millions of pounds? “I know you can say he sold a player (Ross McCormack) to Fulham for £11m. “But he has had to put millions of investment into that football club and they do it in that way. “I have nothing but respect for the guy. If you put the money he has put into a football club, if that is your model, you are entitled to do it. “But there a lot of English owners, in the Championship and below – probably maybe even in the Premiership – who have a big say in the team also.”


Rosler gone after 12 matches in charge (he didn’t help himself with his team selections and we saw little of his heavy metal football)

Monday October 19th – Rosler sacked. Uwe Rosler has been sacked as head coach of Leeds United. Rob Kelly, his assistant and Julian Darby will also leave the club immediately.The departure comes after Saturday’s result left the club without a home win in seven months and 11 successive matches, the worst run at Elland Road in their 96-year history. FULL STORY - Leeds United have sacked head coach Uwe Rosler after 12 games in charge. The German left the club in wake of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton, United’s third successive loss and a result which dropped the club to 18th in the Championship table. Uwe Rosler, sacked by Leeds United earlier today. Rosler looks set to be replaced by former Rotherham United manager Steve Evans was is taking training today and should be unveiled as the club’s next boss. Rosler’s departure takes to five the number of head coaches dismissed by owner Massimo Cellino since he bought Leeds in April 2014. His assistant Rob Kelly and first-team coach Julian Darby are also understood to have moved on. The former Wigan Athletic and Brentford manager arrived at Leeds in May, signing a two-year contract and overseeing substantial investment in the club’s first-team squad. Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino. United, however, took 11 points from their first 11 league games and suffered a sustained loss of form last month after starting the season with a six-match unbeaten run. Cellino had given Rosler strong backing recently, saying: “This coach is the best person for me and for the team. “He’s the coach I was looking for when 20, 30 people asked me to give them the job in May. I chose him and if you gave me the choice I would choose him again. “If someone gave me the chance to change, I would take this coach and these players because we have something good here. “This guy (Rosler), he is professional. I like him more than any coach I had here before.” Leeds are yet to comment but Rosler confirmed to the YEP that he had left the club and said the parting of ways was “definitely not mutual”. Evans has been out of work for a matter of weeks since leaving Rotherham on September 28. The 52-year-old guided the Millers to promotion from League One in 2014 but left his job with the club in the Championship’s relegation zone. He has previously managed Crawley Town and Boston United.

Sat Oct 17th Leeds 1 (Cooper 23), BRIGHTON 2 (March 14, Zamora 89)

United team: Silvestri, Wootton, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Adeyemi, Cook, Mowatt (Antenucci 67), Botaka (Byram 78), Dallas (Buckley 62), Wood. Subs: Horton, Bellusci, Phillips, Murphy. Referee: D Deadman. Booked: Bruno, Bong (Brighton) Att: 22,736 (940 Brighton)

Championship\l ” football returned to Elland Road following the two-week international break, with league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion the visitors on United’s 96th birthday. Head coach Uwe Rosler made three changes from the home defeat to Birmingham City a fortnight earlier, including handing a first home start to Jordan Botaka in place of on-loan winger Will Buckley. The previously ever-present Charlie Taylor made way for Scott Wootton in defence due to illness, and Tom Adeyemi came into midfield for Luke Murphy. United, chasing their first home win\l ” of the season, looked to start on the front foot as Lewis Cook drove the team forward from midfield in search of an early way through. That was without a sight on goal, though, and Brighton managed to open the scoring with their first attack of the afternoon, Solly March drilling into the bottom corner on 14 minutes after finding space inside United’s penalty\l ” area. Leeds looked to mount a quick response, with Dallas’ dangerous low cross just stolen from the toes of Chris Wood inside the area, before the equaliser did come just seven minutes after going behind. A brilliant free-kick from deep by Alex Mowatt was met inside the area by the arriving Liam Cooper, who glanced a header beyond the helpless David Stockdale to level proceedings with his first goal of the campaign. At the opposite end, Marco Silvestri was called upon to clutch Dale Stephens’ low effort, but a much-improved United were soon pushing for a second goal, with Rosler’s high-pressing game\l ” evident as soon as Brighton picked up the ball inside their own half. And United could have taken the lead on 32 minutes following another inch-perfect set-piece delivery from Mowatt after Tom Adeyemi was tripped on the edge of the area. Mowatt’s cross found Wood arriving unmarked inside the area, but the striker could only turn his header wide from close-range. Mowatt then threatened himself, latching onto a loose ball and firing into Stockdale’s arms after letting fly from 25 yards out. Tomer Hemed lofted an attempt over Silvestri’s bar for the visitors, but Leeds had looked ” whistle drew an appreciative applause from the home crowd. United made a lively start to the second period and Wood was again left with his head in his hands after a cleared corner ricocheted against him and over the bar from just a couple of yards out. Backed by the home crowd, United were growing in confidence and putting Chris Hughton’s side under some sustained pressure. Only the woodwork denied them a second goal on 55 minutes as Mowatt charged down the hesitant Stockdale’s goalkick and saw it clip the post on its way behind. Rosler was prompted into his first substitution just after the hour mark, introducing Buckley against his former club in place of Dallas on the wing. But Brighton, against the run of play, then had their first sight of goal of the second half as their goalscorer March cut inside from the right before lashing a strike against Silvestri’s crossbar. Another United change saw Mirco Antenucci replace Mowatt, but the Seagulls were starting to see more of the ball after riding out United’s period of domination. Chances on goal remained scarce, though, as a fine interception from Cooper denied Sam Baldock the chance to go into the area. Sam Byram also entered the fray, replacing Botaka for the last 10 minutes, but United were reduced to 10 men for the final five as Cooper limped off through injury. And Brighton were able to take advantage of the extra man with one minute remaining on the clock, substitute Bobby Zamora lofting the ball over Silvestri to deliver a cruel blow right at the death and seal the three points for the visitors. 11 points after 11 games is not good enough given the significant investment offered to Rosler, more than any other Leeds manager since our demise. Our worst home record in generations where a blind man could find a way through our defence is not good enough by a long shot. Excuses,  excuses,  excuses. I’m sick of them all. Here is what the german had to say : “Things are just not going for us at the moment,”  “There were three key moments in the game. They scored from their first attack and I feared the worst but we showed terrific character and got a quick equaliser. “The second key moment was when Chris Wood didn’t take his unbelievable opportunity. “The game looked like ending 1-1, so we brought on Mirco Antenucci and Will Buckley to try and win it but the third key moment was Liam Cooper’s injury, leaving us with 10 men. “Having said all that, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. There are a lot of people far worse off than us so we have to pick ourselves up and go again. “I feel a bit sorry for the players, supporters and owner. When you invest as much as the players do in training and get so little back it’s disappointing.” 

Sat 3rd of Oct  Leeds 0, BIRMINGHAM 2 (Gray 31, Maghoma 90+1) United team: Silvestri, Berardi (, Wood. Subs: Turnbull, Wootton, Bellusci, Adeyemi. Referee: P Tierney Booked: Cooper, Cook Byram 73), Cooper, Bamba, Taylor, Murphy, Cook, Mowatt (Antenucci 67), Buckley (Botaka 57), Dallas (United), Davis (Birmingham)Att: 24,601 (898 Birmingham)

The visit of Birmingham City saw United head coach Uwe Rosler make four changes from the previous weekend’s defeat at Middlesbrough, handing a debut to latest signing Will Buckley on the wing, while also bringing Liam Cooper, Luke Murphy and Chris Wood back into his starting line-up. It was a lively start to proceedings and Birmingham had the game’s first sight of goal after just seven minutes as Demarai Gray worked his way into the area before dragging a low effort wide of Marco Silvestri’s far post. But Leeds soon started to see more of the ball and, after Wood had ambitiously shot wide from distance, Rosler’s men looked to force an opening with some fine combination play down both flanks. Buckley was just unable to get the desired connection on Stuart Dallas’ cross, turning the ball into the arms of his former Brighton team-mate Tomasz Kuszczak. The visitors then threatened through David Davis, drilling over the bar after David Cotterill’s free-kick had fallen into his path, while Gaetano Berardi’s low effort was comfortably held by Kuszczak in an end-to-end opening 20 minutes at Elland Road. The following 10 minutes passed without incident, but the deadlock was broken on the half-hour mark by Birmingham. Clayton Donaldson’s powerful run caused problems within the United defence, before the ball fell to Gray who hammered an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net. United looked to respond and could have equalised through Dallas on the stroke of half-time, only for a fine, sprawling save from Kuszczak to push away his goalbound effort and preserve his side’s lead going into the break. There were no changes for either manager at the interval, and Birmingham had the second half’s first sight of goal as Stephen Gleeson’s ambitious volley bounced well wide after a corner was cleared into his path. Kuszczak then held Mowatt’s low attempt from inside the area after some good wing play from Dallas down the right. Captain Sol Bamba was agonisingly close to an equaliser on 56 minutes, towering a header inches wide of the post following Mowatt’s inch-perfect corner. Rosler was prompted into his first change of the afternoon soon after, with Buckley making way for fellow home debutant Jordan Botaka following an encouraging first outing in Leeds colours six days earlier at the Riverside Stadium. Botaka’s introduction lifted the home crowd following some inventive play from the winger within minutes of entering the pitch. Leeds were being urged forward and Rosler went for a two-pronged attack as the game entered the final 20 minutes, replacing Mowatt with Mirco Antenucci to partner Wood. The Birmingham defence was holding firm, though, and Kuszczak was also playing his part to keep United at bay; this time beating away a stinging strike from Lewis Cook from inside the area. Sam Byram was also introduced, but United’s frustrations remained and, in the first of four minutes added time, substitute Jacques Maghoma wrapped things up for Birmingham with a precise finish into the bottom corner. Leeds manager Uwe Rosler: “It was a bad day at the office. I am not panicking or asking for two or three fresh players. That would be wrong. We have to come up with the answers collectively in the dressing room. “The players want to do well, they prepare well and train well but for some reason we don’t get the best from them at Elland Road.” Birmingham boss Gary Rowett: That was our seventh game in 21 days so the odds were stacked against us, but that was a textbook away performance. “To limit Leeds to one half-chance, which was brilliantly saved, was very pleasing.”