Leeds United: Cellino ready to meet league

Noel Hunt challenges Brighton's Inigo Calderon. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Noel Hunt challenges Brighton's Inigo Calderon. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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Massimo Cellino was heading for talks with the Football League today despite illness forcing him to miss Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat to Brighton last night.

The 57-year-old was notable by his absence as a second-half goal from Brighton’s Leonardo Ulloa inflicted a 12th league defeat on United at The Amex, but he and the Football League are expected to meet as planned today to discuss his 75 per cent buy-out of Leeds.

The governing body will host Cellino in London, though a final decision on whether to approve his £25m takeover is unlikely to be taken at the meeting.

Manager Brian McDermott, whose side remain five points short of the play-offs after their loss in Sussex, admitted he was no closer to knowing when the takeover saga at United would be resolved, saying: “No-one’s given us a timescale at all.

“The Italian consortium are meeting the Football League but you know as much as I do. I don’t think he was well tonight which is the reason he wasn’t at the game. I haven’t scheduled to meet with him yet.”

At least one of Cellino’s family members was in attendance at The Amex where Ulloa’s deflected effort on 64 minutes settled a tight, uneventful game.

Leeds missed an opportunity to climb to within two points of sixth place in the Championship and a frustrated McDermott said: “It was 0-0 game. It should have been a 0-0 draw.

“There was nothing in the game and a deflected goal made the difference. That’s the Championship for you. This is what the Championship is all about – tight games, and you want to come out on top in those tight games.

“I thought we were worth a point but we didn’t control the ball possession-wise and we didn’t do enough when we went 1-0 down.

“Going forward, we know we need to be better.”

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