...that have come back to haunt him!
Whatever your opinion of Massimo Cellino, he can never be accused of mincing his words or, as a multi-millionaire, of being a man likely to bury his head in the sand when an enterprise under his stewardship hits the rocks. It is, however, difficult to escape the fact that the ‘nightmare’ of which he has been speaking of late - with it suggested that the Italian may be prepared to cut his losses and head for pastures new - has been of his own making.
From the Brian McDermott debacle sparked before he had even got his foot through the door, to a second Football League ownership ban, via seven managers and unfulfilled promises to buy back Elland Road, life has rarely been dull. But neither has it been all that rosy.
Cellino, as is his want, arrived at Leeds United in April 2014 promising the world, with a two-part exclusive interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post seeing him outline his ambitions for the club.
You can read what he had to say in full here – Part One, Part Two – but we have picked out five comments from the enigmatic 59-year-old which have come back to haunt him as speculation mounts regarding a possible push for the exit door.
“There’s no structure, it’s just expensive and we’re wasting money on rubbish. Next season, I think not. But in 2015-16, if we don’t go into the Premier League then I’ve failed. You can tell me I’ve failed.”
Well, Massimo, I think it is safe to assume that you have failed, with Leeds drifting by the week within football betting markets focused on the battle to secure promotion to the Premier League.
“The supporters here are loveable, passionate. They will enjoy this, I promise.”
Ummm, not sure ‘enjoyable’ is a word many Leeds fans would use to sum up the last 18 months.
“I don’t give a damn about what managers or coaches tell me – I tell you, I know. I don’t resign, I don’t give up like other people do.”
So says the man now pondering in The Times: “I ask myself if it’s better if I leave.”
Anyone who witnessed Thursday night’s 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers will tell you that smiles are in short supply at present, on and off the pitch, with positivity as low as it has been for some time.
“The fans of Leeds, they’re tired of eating s**t and shutting their mouths. They accept me with enthusiasm and that gives me a lot of responsibility. I’m the richest man in the world with these fans and I can challenge anyone, everyone.”
To be fair, he was welcomed with enthusiasm, but that was probably as much to do with the failings of those that had preceded him as to what he had to offer, with there as many sceptics from the start as there were optimists.