Massimo Cellino is like a wedge, a wedge seemingly driven between the fans at Leeds, a wedge creating division. His manner, his decision-making, the words he speaks – all seem to create division between Leeds fans.
You have his supporters, the pro-Cellinoistas, who have been creatively called the Celliebers over on Twitter by their opponents in the anti-Cellino camp, the anti-Cellinoistas who are determined to remove the maverick Italian from the club. Both camps dig at each other on Twitter.
Oh, and he is the very definition of maverick – that cannot be denied.
In essence, boiled down to its constituent parts, it is a battle of acronyms: IMWT vs. TTGM.
Twitter is a battlefield for Leeds fans, in-fighting is de rigeur for both sides.
Last night Leeds travelled to Bedfordshire to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town in the EFL Cup Second Round. The last round had been a heart-in-mouth battle with Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood Town taking Leeds all the way to penalties – United winning these 5-4 with Rob Green saving the last Fleetwood effort. It was much easier last night for the Whites, Tyler Denton’s ‘worldy’ of a stabbed with the outside of the left boot goal bein enough to put Leeds through to the Third Round draw.
Afterwards, Massimo Cellino was in talkative mood, speaking to Leeds fans on the train back up to Leeds – as captured by Will Grattan (@Will080808) and posted to his Twitter account.
Forget Corbyn. Cellino finds a seat and speaks to the fans
— Will Grattan (@Will080808) August 23, 2016
Some of the things that Massimo says
- “I found so much s**t in Leeds I am still cleaning.”
- “And instead to go television and the papers and say ‘look at s**t, look this s**t’, pay money for PR. Look how good I’m [inaudible]This s**t me up, I shut my mouth and work hard.”
- [on responding to off-camera question about Garry Monk]“I signed him, why should I fire him? Don’t listen to stupid papers. I tried to help him. He’s young, he’s got experience…he doesn’t have enough experience. But he’s got to steer, it’s a long journey.”
- [responding to Steve Evans being mentioned]“Steve Evans, he’s a good guy, he’s f***ed up…He likes too much talk…[person mentions Evans losing weight]…I made him lose 10, 15 pounds.”