Cellino would walk away

Last Updated: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:48

Leeds' prospective owner Massimo Cellino said he would walk away without a fight if the Football League do not approve his B£25million club takeover.

And the Italian agricultural magnate launched a scathing attack on Brian McDermott's players after Saturday's 5-1 home defeat to Bolton.

Cellino has been waiting for the League to give him the go-ahead since exchanging contracts on a deal with current owners Gulf Finance House Capital to buy 75 per cent of the club's shares at the beginning of February.

"I actually appreciate what the Football League are doing and it's good they are being so thorough," Cellino told The Sun.

"I just hope they do this with everyone now because they haven't in the past.

"If they turn me down, I will walk away - I will not fight it.

"I will go back to Miami to spend all my time with my wife and children.

"I don't think there is anyone better than me to run this club, though.

"You have to ask why I came to buy Leeds? To steal money from them? There is nothing left to steal!"

It was expected the League was to consider again whether Cellino passes its "owners and directors' test" at a meeting on Thursday (March 13).

But that decision is likely to be delayed until after Cellino's court case in Sardinia on March 18 for alleged tax evasion.

Cellino has been charged with avoiding the payment of 400,000 Euros import duty on a yacht.

Leeds' humbling by Bolton at the weekend did not go down well with Cellino, who described the players as "chickens" after the defeat left them eight points adrift of a play-off place.

"We didn't even try to play and they made the fans ashamed," said Cellino, who did not blame McDermott, who he tried to sack at the end of January.

"I feel so sorry for the supporters and want to put this right.

"The players ****** me off because they didn't fight. I blame them, not Brian - I'd like to support him.

"In 20 years of owning Cagliari, I never once saw them play like that. They might lose, but they always fight.

"We talk about Cellino and McDermott but this was about the players.

"What they did, I would kick their ***** one by one. They are guilty.

"They were without pride and should be ashamed of themselves. They're chickens and are much better than this."

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