An era of sorts came to an end when Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani completed the takeover of ownership of Leeds United from Massimo Cellino earlier today.
Radrizzani, who had been the owner of 50 percent stake in the club since January this year, bought the remaining half from Cellino and became the chairman of Leeds United with immediate effect.
“If you can survive working with me, you can survive anything!” was the message to fans by Cellino, whose turbulent three-year reign at the club was marred by events like an FA ban for breaching agent regulations, tax-related issues, and his incessant habit of firing managers which saw 7 changes during his tenure.
Leeds United fans took to social media and despite all the shortcomings, acknowledged the fact that Massimo is leaving the club in a much better shape than he found it.
The fans responded to their ex-chairman with thankful messages expressing gratitude, some of which can be read below –
Cellino was a nutter, but left us in a better place than he found us… Sold at the right time. High hopes for the future… #lufc
— Marc Fairclough (@Marc_Fairclough) May 23, 2017
— Joe Caunce (@joehcaunce) May 23, 2017
Good news but I'll also be kinda sorry to see Cellino go. A lot of mad times but can't argue with how he's helped turned things around. https://t.co/QVVgv7gjCv
— John Flagg (@JLFlagg) May 23, 2017
Not going to be a popular opinion but, Cellino has left the club in a better state then when he took over. Deserves SOME credit.
— Łuke (@Luke_LUFC99) May 23, 2017
I'm also grateful to Cellino for a lot of his work. He steadied the ship when we were heading for disaster. I wish him all the best 👊🏻
— ⚽️ (@LUFC_69ers) May 23, 2017
Cellino may not be remembered fondly, but IMO, he was nowhere near Bates or GFH level of bad owner. Can see why others may disagree #lufc
— Jordan Harris (@JordanHarris811) May 23, 2017
Controversial tweet alert, and for the record I think Cellino has been a tool, but we're in a better position than we were 3 years ago. 😳
— tony west (@tonywest500) May 23, 2017
I know Cellino was not exactly popular but at least (unlike our previous owners) he leaves us in a much better position.
Thank you MC #lufc
— MarkT (@Markthd6) May 23, 2017
— James Campbell (@_J_Campbell) May 23, 2017