Best Chairman in recent history?

15 Sep 2017 12:57 pm, by Cjay

So now we are all deliriously happy with our new owner and team both on and off the pitch (Saturdays result aside) it made me think, Just how much credit does Massimo Cellino deserve? And i have come to the conclusion that..... he is the best Chairmen I can remember Leeds United having. Once you pick yourselves off the floor allow me to explain.

I am 27, I can't remember any of the Chairmen before Peter Ridsdale. I can remember players and things but the bloke in charge didn't really matter to 7 year old me, so Ridsdale was the first Chairman I have any memory of. Not much needs to be said that hasn't before, he was useless and sent this club crashing down the leagues. Everything that has happened since was in one way or another his fault. Next was Gerald Krasner and Peter McKenzie, dont remember much about them, says it all really, they were in a difficult position trying to clear up Ridsdales mess.

Then we had Ken Bates. Again, bit of a crook, never had Leeds at heart, it was always about Ken Bates, put us into administration, took us to the 3rd Division, then sold us to the best people he could find, GFH! Lump them together rather then pick on one person, GFH were a nightmare , dont need to go into it but they were a leech and in many ways probably screwed us over more then even Uncle Ken, he was a pillock but least he had the decency to look you in the eye while he robbed you. GFH left behind an absolute mess and made things as hard as possible for any future Leeds owner.

The true mess we discovered later is the reason why only really Massimo would take us on, and he rid us of them, he took on their debts and things in order to ensure he had full control. Then he delved even further and discovered it was worse then he feared, but he pumped his own money in, his cash, to help us and keep us going, he turned us into a reasonably run football club for the first time in my memory.

And then, he sold us to our current owner, Andrea Radrizzani and so far he has been a godsend, cant fault the man, I'm not going to say he is the messiah but he seems to be doing an excellent job. But we have to remember he came in to a properly ran football club, he didnt have the mess of GFH and Bates etc to sort out, Massimo had done that. I would imagine that whatever people think of Cellino he had the club in a decent enough state financially to entice Radrizzani to invest.

Would Radrizzani have invested if he had to put up with what Massimo had, probably not, he would have had the accounts delved into and thought "Non per me è un campo minato" (Nah not for me its a minefield).Yes Massimo Cellino was a bit crazy, eccentric, a control freak, but i really do believe some sections of the fan base treated him and his family quite poorly, abusing his kids on twitter and whatever, especially his daughter who i dont think had much to do with the club. He was all those things i said, but he cared, he was a football man, he wanted to take Leeds up, but he couldn't for whatever reason, probably because when he said all these things about buying back Stadiums and training grounds he had no idea just how badly Leeds had been run for years.

So Mr Cellino i thank you, I thank you for ridding us of GFH, I thank you for taking us on when most people wouldn't have touched us with a barge pole, I thank you for investing your own money and not clinging on and leeching off us for years and making life difficult for Radrizzani, I thank you for being at times quite funny, I thank you for not being Peter Ridsdale and Ken Bates and i thank you for turning us back into a decently ran football club.

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vidukas_heel wrote on 19 Sep 2017 09:57 am

[quote="Cjay"]If Cellino hadnt brought Leeds who else would have? From what we were told there were 2 concrete offers, Cellino and another who couldn't find enough funding. ...

He was the only person who had the funding there and then to save us from GFH . . . [/quote]

This misses the point. Cellino may well have been the only person willing to buy Leeds at that time, but that doesn't mean he "saved" us, and it definitely doesn't make him worthy of our gratitude. People said the same thing about Bates when he bought the club. Should we be grateful to him for the years of misery he inflicted on us? Did he save us as well?

I'm not deluded enough to think that some benevolent genius would have swept in if Cellino hadn't bought us, but I don't think its a given that the club would have sunk without him. The fact that he spared us more years of GFH doesn't mean we should forget the damage he went on to inflict, particularly on the academy.

When Cellino first arrived there were protests by fans who could see he wasn't right for the club. Those people were proved correct, and if we should ever be so unfortunate to have another deluded, drug-addled lunatic darken our doors, we should all remember the shame and embarrassment he put us through - instead of rose-tinting his tenure and pretending he rescued us.

Cjay wrote on 18 Sep 2017 07:14 pm

Hagi Allwhite wrote:When the players were crap and results were too as was the football you could always relay on Massimo to keep our great club on the front pages. Obviously not all were for good reasons but there's no doubt he was a character and a very interesting man, I would have loved to have met him. I'm so pleased that this article has been produced and some of the hard facts about his tenure are recalled. Those idiots who protested against him in such vile ways made me ashamed to be a Leeds fan and I trust their actions will come back to haunt them one day.

Thank you Massimo, you're Leeds and we know you are!
Appreciate the positive post :scarf2: :shirt:

Cjay wrote on 18 Sep 2017 07:01 pm

vidukas_heel wrote:This is a lame duck argument. Like telling a child whose parents beat him: "You should just be grateful they had you in the first place".

If Cellino hadn't bought Leeds, someone else would have. Chances are they'd have done a far better job of ridding the us of GFH's involvement than he did.
Ask yourself this: what if a better owner than Cellino had been in charge for the last three years? Where do you think the club would be now?

As fans we should demand better for Leeds United than people like him who drag our name through the muck.
If Cellino hadnt brought Leeds who else would have? From what we were told there were 2 concrete offers, Cellino and another who couldn't find enough funding. Those are facts as we were told, without being "in the know" thats the facts. So Cellino was the only concrete offer that had enough money behind it to buy the club. Im sure if GFH had had an offer they felt acceptable they would have sold, sad fact is we were a mess and people wouldn't touch us, hence why despite always hearing what a wonderful opportunity Leeds is for some billionaire Arab or whatever we never got one.
Did Cellino do proper due diligence, probably not, should we be glad he took a chance and didnt, absolutely, because if he had he would have found out what an absolute mess we were in and probably gone back to Miami with his wallet.

And then GFH would have stuck us into administration and we start again, not speculation it was widely reported at the time administration was a real possibility if a buyer couldn't be found.

Ask yourself this, what if GFH hadnt found a buyer at all where would we be?

A section of Leeds fans still seem to think we were an attractive prospect and billionaires were lined up at the doors of Elland Road waving there chequebooks, they simply wernt, if they were then Cellino by his own admission "is no Roman Abramovich" and his offer would have been rejected for a better one.

He was the only person who had the funding there and then to save us from GFH . . .

But respect your opinion its always nice to read different perspectives.

Cjay wrote on 18 Sep 2017 06:46 pm

JiL wrote:"I honestly can not believe some people spout this pro Cellino GARBAGE,Embarrassing to read."

I don't know who you are, but it's possible to have a difference of opinion without characterizing someone else's opinion as stupid. If you're any kind of a decent human being you will apologize to Cjay.

We have lots of conflicting opinions flying about this site. At the very least, can't we all agree to be civil toward the other supporters of our club? After all, wherever we're from, we're all Leeds.

As for MC, all I know is we were in a lot better shape when he left than when he arrived. He did a lot that was bad, but on balance he was good for the club. When's the last time we could say that about any of our chairmen?
Thank you :)

Its alright though, its a touchy subject for some people and expected a bit of a backlash. People will agree some will disagree and thats ok.

Didnt expect it to be quite so passionate lets say but its alright :lol:

And your last paragraph is spot on

Cjay wrote on 18 Sep 2017 06:42 pm

I HATE CELLINO wrote:Possibly one of the most stupid articles i will EVER read..The drunken Coke fiend was a egotisticle clown..never did D.D. ( Really professional )..then realised he had to keep us afloat or he would have lost his familys money,going into administration..upset.sacked,insulted people who have been at the club before he knew where Leeds was.Upset all the authorities and achieved nothing.We were a laughing stock on and off the field.He HAD to sell,he couldnt afford to run Leeds..Cagliari are lying now the leech has left,Leeds are flying since he left and now he is babbling the same garbage to Brescia fans..GFH must be have laughing to find someone as stupid as Cellino..Thank the lord Kenny Dalglish told Andrea about Leeds..he has done more in three months than the clown did in three years.

I honestly can not believe some people spout this pro Cellino GARBAGE,Embarrassing to read.
"I HATE CELLINO" . .that says it all really, you hate someone based on owning a football club, love Leeds as much as im sure you do but i don't even hate Ridsdale because in my opinion hate should be reserved for those who have done things truly deserving of it, football never is a reason for pure hatred .

Hate to break it to you but we have been a laughing stock for well over a decade, under Ridsdale to the point "doing a leeds became a thing". Under Bates we went into administration and dropped to the 3rd tier and under GFH it ended with the man leading there negotiations and who eventually became Leeds managing director being arrested on suspicion of fraud, allegedly set up by GFH and spending ages in a jail in Dubai. GFH and Ken Bates are more questionable characters then Cellino Imo.

I havent said Cellino was perfect, but wont change my mind, compared to the above mess he was far from the worst thing to happen to Leeds as has often been spouted.