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SBD Global/April 7, 2014/Franchises
Football League's Decision Overturned, Cellino Given Go-Ahead To Purchase Leeds
Published April 7, 2014
PREMIER PROMISE: Also in London, James Boylan reported Cellino "vowed to return the Elland Road club to the Premier League in two years' time." Leeds is "currently languishing in the bottom half of the Championship," but Cellino is confident his investment "can help get the Yorkshire club back in the top flight," where it has not been since '04. Cellino said, "I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep and I admit it will be difficult to get promotion next season. But in 2015-16 we will earn our way back to the Premier League, which is where Leeds belong" (METRO). In London, Pete Ferguson noted the Football League said, "We are disappointed at the outcome of the appeal hearing. However, we would like to thank the independent QC for his diligence in reviewing this decision." Leeds Manager Brian McDermott "has become something of an ally of Cellino's, despite being sacked by his lawyer by phone in February, then hastily reinstated after an outpouring of support for the manager at the next day's win over Huddersfield." McDermott: "I'd welcome the stability with a man who has great clout. The most important thing isn't the position of the manager or any individual player, it's Leeds United going forward. I can work with him" (GUARDIAN, 4/5).