Leeds United revival can finally start with supporters group takeover

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At last, some good news for Leeds United and their success-starved loyal following. Leeds Fans United - the club's supporters group - have agreed a deal in principle to buy a majority stake at Elland Road.

The news comes as a breath of fresh air and a desperately needed development, given their lowly 15th place league position. They have not won at home since March and recently employed former Rotherham boss Steve Evans as the Whites gear up for another relegation battle.

Owner Massimo Cellino has suffered his fair share of negative press recently.


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Fans were even pleading for the Italian to leave Elland Road after a 2-0 loss to Blackburn last week, topping off a miserable tenure for the 59-year-old, who has employed six head coaches in just 18 months of his reign.

An embarrassing number, to say the least, and with his current football league ban for alleged Italian tax fraud, it's time for the shaky chairman to abort and hand over to more capable hands.

How can Leeds be certain the fans' takeover will move the club forward? It's simple, look at the evidence from other clubs:

The steady investment and communal support injected at Swansea City has helped them rise from the ashes and into the Premier League. Despite having just a 20% stake in the club the supporter's trust has had a positive impact on the club.

Hearts are another good example, the SPL side were relegated and on the brink of liquidation under controversial owner Vladimir Romanov, then a fans' takeover and local donations inspired the payment of their debts and rise back to top flight glory.

It's safe to say, Leeds United are in need of a revival like this. From playing in a Champions League semi-final just over a decade ago, their demise has been drastic and the fans' takeover could resurrect this once great club.

All the evidence suggests that anyway, whether the Northern outfit decide to follow by example is an entirely different story.

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