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Soccer: Cagliari's Cellino close to Leeds Utd takeover

'Coach-eating' chairman failed in 2010 bid to by West Ham

23 January, 14:37
Soccer: Cagliari's Cellino close to Leeds Utd takeover (ANSA) - Cagliari, January 22 - Cagliari Chairman Massimo Cellino is reportedly close to taking control of English club Leeds United.

Talks for the sale of a 75% stake between Cellino and the Middle East-based group that currently controls the English Championship (second-tier) side are said to be at an advanced stage and the Italian flew to the UK on Wednesday to complete the deal.

Leeds have won three English league championships and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and reached the 1975 European Cup final, losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich. But their recent history has been troubled and they dropped to the third-tier of English football in 2007 after going into administration. They returned to the Championship in 2010.

Cellino, an unorthodox character who is a big guitar enthusiast, failed in a bid to buy top-flight English side West Ham United in 2010.

He has a reputation for being a "coach-eating" chairman in Italy for the high turnover of bosses at Serie A side Cagliari.