The season is one game away from its full completion for Leeds United, only the away game against an already relegated Wigan Athletic to come on Saturday.

Already the Internet is beginning to buzz with stories that Leeds United intend to not renew/dispense of Garry Monk’s contract at the club – the intention being bringing in another coach. Apparently, thanks to the recent appointment of ex Real Madrid man Ivan Bravo, this coach is going to be ‘foreign’, with a Spaniard being touted as a likely arrival.

Leeds fans, rightly appalled at such short-termism, have taken to Twitter and have started #SignGarryMonk as a ‘trending topic’. It really does beggar belief that anyone at Elland Road could consider ever letting Monk leave after the way that he’s dragged the team around and got them to the brink of the play-offs. Pure madness.

But madness is often the modus operandi at Elland Road, and Leeds United fans have gotten used to a certain degree of madness in times past – and not that far past either. Such madness would be expecting a degree of openness on issues and directions that the club would take, Whites fans often having to look for such things in a ‘smoke and mirrors’ manner. But then you have co-owner Andrea Radrizzani speaking quite openly on matters at hand.

Included in this speech, at its end, is praise from Radrizzani for his fellow co-owner at Elland Road in Massimo Cellino, praise that goes beyond perfunctory. Radrizzani says of Massimo Cellino this season [4:58 on video]: “Also I want to thank you the President, Chairman Mr Cellino because I think he’s the one who picked these players, he picked this coach and so what we did this year [drop in volume]we did also thanks to him.”

However, amidst all this openness and seeming transparency, alongside this mutual backslapping and perhaps underpinning this uncertainty about Garry Monk’s position at the club is something perhaps more important – the structure of the club next season.

Leeds United has been something of a ‘shifting sands’ of a club when it comes to ownership with Ken Bates handing over to GFH Capital, who handed over part-control to Massimo Cellino, who took overall control before selling a 50% investment to Andrea Radrizzani. That’s the Leeds United we find at the moment – a club co-owned by two Roman emperors in Radrizzani and Cellino.

But for how long?

There has long been talk that this is about to change, something that Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay thinks is will likely happen. On his Twitter feed, Hay is involved in the following, telling conversation thread.

It is Leeds United, nothing is clear, and fans wouldn’t expect it to be. In fact, should there be a sudden clarity at Elland Road then Whites fans would definitely think that something was up, something was definitely going on. As for any clarity, Phil Hay hints at it when he says above “expect we’ll see movement on the Cellino-Radrizzani 50-50 split.”

In way, that will be a blessing in disguise for Leeds United fans too long beleaguered by the weight of mediocrity and in-fighting that has spread from club to fanbase. It has made a refreshing change this season to simply be able to focus on changing fortunes on the pitch, rather than battles in the boardroom.


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Full-time job and part-time cynic. Supporter of Leeds United but neither pro-Cellino or anti-Cellino; just Leeds United. Prefer the "na na na na na" to the 'handclap'.