Italian site Giornale de Brescia report that Massimo Cellino is looking to sell Serie B side Brescia – the club he bought following his Leeds United exit in 2017. Protests, and a £48million judicial investigation have left Cellino ‘very tired’.
“If you can survive working with me, you can survive anything.” Those were the words of Massimo Cellino when he left Leeds, after Andrea Radrizzani bought a second 50% stake. Brescia fans are beginning to find out what Leeds fans felt.
Cellino’s trigger happy approach to managers has not faded since his Leeds stint. Indeed, in the five years he has been at Brescia as President – Brescia have had 18 different managerial spells. Pep Clotet has been in the dugout twice.
Brescia fans are not happy. The beating heart of the club’s fanbase, Curva Nord, issued a statement this month that was entitled “Cellino, enough”. They are displeased with Cellino’s uncaring, unhuman approach to hiring and firing.
Cellino looking to sell Brescia; the club he bought after Leeds exit
Protests have taken place. Brescia sit in seventh place with Clotet in his second spell. The club have gone eight games without a win, after a brilliant start. But that is not the only reason why Cellino could sell up – or even resign.
Indeed, behind the scenes, Cellino is being investigated – in which £48million worth of assets could be seized. Il Giorno state the violations are of a ‘criminal-tax nature’. The ex-Leeds and Cagliari owner has history of a criminal nature, too.
The self-proclaimed ‘King of Corn’ was charged for deceiving the Italian Ministry of Agriculture out of £7.5million in 1996, and for false accounting at Cagliari in 2001. The protests and the investigation is proving too much for Cellino.
The latest news emerging out of the second-tier Italian side is that Cellino is now planning to resign – or sell up. Any offers will be listened too. His third foray into football ownership is set to end the way it did at Leeds, in controversy.