Time To Go, Massimo (TTGM) are the Leeds United fan collective and protest movement that have been the bete noir of United owner Massimo Cellino with their orchestrated campaign for his removal.

There have been towed hoardings, projected images, video loops on a big screen, a mock funeral, a banner fly by  and a many-man march from the city centre to the ground with all being accompanied by the familiar cartoon image of Cellino’s face and the red cross over it.

TTGM are protesting vigorously against Cellino’s ownership of the club, ownership that their mission statement says is of a “toxic” nature. The aforementioned protests have been used to highlight this issue and have garnered worldwide media interest.

Alongside the protests, the TTGM website publishes statements on the issues facing Leeds United as they occur and these statements are a very direct indication of what the protest group’s point of view is regarding Leeds United and the ownership situation. This can also be seen in Tweets from the official TTGM Twitter account.


The above declaration mirrors a lot of what has been circulating in the Press that there are interested parties, said to be three or four, who are willing to take away Massimo Cellino’s now 100% ownership of the club with one of them purchasing a majority stake in the Whites.

Names have been bandied about in recent weeks, but one seems to be taking precedence over the others and that is Andrea Radrizzani. Radrizzani, an Italian businessman who built up MP Silva, a sports media rights company is the name at the head of the takeover queue for many observers; a fact seemingly noted by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay (below).

Radrizzani’s MP Silva have seen heavy investment from China with a majority stake being bought in it by Chinese brokerage services Everbright Securities and internet entertainment company Beijing Baofeng Technology, the two buying a 65% stake back in May of this year. The instance of Chinese investment, linked to Radrizzani and MP Silva, is seen by some as justification for the increased fervour of a takeover possibility at Leeds – further evidence of the Chinese fascination with European football.

However, Hay also pours a degree of scorn on the above statement by TTGM with a series of replies to queries from his followers on Twitter.

At this moment, it appears that a sale of any kind of stake in Leeds United is in the ether, with nothing being fully confirmed in a concrete manner by those parties involved in any such instance.

Another one to file in the ‘wait-n-see’ tray it seems.