Leeds United’s new owner Massimo Cellino: In Concert TSS February 9, 2014 Leeds United 48 Comments When he’s not buying English football clubs or presiding over his empire of corn, Leeds United’s new owner Massimo Cellino likes to spend his free time rocking out with a cover group called Maurilios. The eccentric Italian’s love for music is one thing he’ll have in common with Brian McDermott, who he now insists will remain Leeds United manager when his takeover is ratified by the Football League. Here’s our new owner performing a few hits you’ll probably be familiar with. Shook Me All Night Long Heard It Through The Grapevine Comfortably Numb SammyLUFC He’s actually a good guitar player… Wonder if we’ll get any renditions at half time? Donal Jesus is there anything this guy isnt involved in!! mrbigwheels Get McD in the Band….. If we’re getting him… Get stuck in!. Don’t think this guy is going to be boring. henrymouni ‘Hit The Road Jack” is his theme song!! Irving08 Or ‘Oh Brian’ ….. Chris7286 What an absolute Don. Get your arse in gear Shaun Harvey Irving08 Hppe there’s room for a pianist ! I knew he wouldn’t be boring. Just what we need – a bit of panache. Tykemaster Mr Cellino intends to buy ER back on thursday.Does anyone have any idea what the price is? I understand we pay 2M a year rent but i,d be interested to know the buy back price.MOT Ron I believe the number tossed around is £15m Tykemaster Thanks guys.MOT Wayne4114 Buy back price is reportly around 15 million TSS Yeah, it’s definitely in that region. I had £18m in my head for some reason but would have to dig up an exact figure. Craig He massacred the greatest solo of all time in Comfortaby Numb. mrbigwheels You’re being ‘picky’ now…. TSS I prefer the solo in Shine On You Crazy Diamond, but to each their own. As for the greatest solo of all time, I know it’s not cool to pick the popular songs but it’s Slash in Sweet Child O’ Mine for me. The guy is absolute genius. Craig I guess favourite guitar solos depend rather on my mood, Freebird, Comfortably Numb, even Umleitung by Quo have all had their moments in my estimation. TSS Wow, I didn’t even consider Freebird. That’s certainly up there. Lord@lufc Sorry to be controversial but Pink Floyd suck hairy bean sacks, give me garbageman by the Cramps any day TSS The only controversy in music is that Simon Cowell is still allowed near a record publishers, aside from that, it’s all a matter of personal taste. Lord@lufc Not quiet the only controversy in music think Gary Glitter might also count as controversial and that nonse from Lostprophets. Glad i never owned anything by them but point taken was just trying to provoke some discussion. TSS Fair point. Was never a Lost Prophets fan either, thankfully. I – like most people I guess – have such an eclectic taste when it comes to music, I don’t tend to get too worked up about other people’s preferences and opinions. Except when it comes to Oasis who I can’t resist taking shots at whenever an opportunity presents itself. Lord@lufc Common ground i feel Oasis are an abomination. But yes eclectic is the way forward. Some music picks for you Findlay are awesome if you like rock with chick vocals no album yet but watch this space and WU LYF strange band bit like Arcade Fire but better if you like less pop. Plus Slow Club not that recent but still relatively unheard of but think their first album just about the best thing i have heard in donkey’s Irving08 Actually the best solo of all time is ‘In Dreams’. TSS There’s a solo in that song? henrymouni Let’s be positive here!! At least he doesn’t play the bagpipes like our Chairman! Mind you they could play “It’s a Long Way To The Top (If You want To Rock & Roll)” together. Irving08 You mean ‘noodles’ ? – heck, he doesn’t even break wind which, when you come to think of it, is odd with a name like that. henrymouni He needs all his wind to play, Irv. Irving08 It was late. Rock guitar solos – hate them myself. Not a big rock fan though. Irving08 Hmm The BIg O was rock-a-billy so I must like some rock ! Let’s say I think rock numbers – like most pop species – are best done for 3 minutes (max). If you can’t impress her in 3, more time won’t help. (Mind it’s our 47th this week, and I’m still trying.) henrymouni And they said it would not last Irv!!! Congrats to you and your lovely lady! Irving08 Gee, thaf’s sweet of you Henri (she really is lovely). Irving08 …..she allows me to indulge my other passion. henrymouni Well – as long to keeps your mind off football Irv! RoystonLUFC he doesn’t sing “Shook Me All Night Long” as good as the original but he has a nice pair of hooters, about time this club had something to cheer about. Lee Baker What worries me is his guitar skills aren’t nearly good enough for a band like this. All the other musicians are way above his level (I’m a musician, so I can spot a good one when I see one – or a poor one). If he had no money they would never allow him on stage with them. Is he funding them as his little pet project: ‘I’ll give you plenty of cash as long as I can come and play whenever I want…’? Is this also what he does with football clubs? ‘I’ve got lots of money and I own the club so I can play Football Manager whenever I like, and if the manager doesn’t like it I’ll just sack him and get another one’… Certainly fits with the 36 managers in 20 seasons… If I was BM I’d be worried. Actually, no I wouldn’t. I’d get on with my job and wait for the day I got the sack so I could become a rich man with the compensation. Not good for LUFC though… Irving08 Don’t be such a cynical old spoil sport. Anyway lots of bands have had guitarists of uneven abilities. As for football, Italy has the most sophisticated football culture of any of the great footballing nations, so why do you suppose this man does not know his onions ? Lee Baker I wouldn’t be so cynical had the last 2 weeks at LUFC not just happened. I would simply be delighted that we’ve finally got a rich old uncle. But the last 2 weeks did happen, and I am worried for the future of LUFC. What worries me is the possibility that he might be playing with LUFC just for the fun of it. Because he can. I don’t doubt that he has some knowledge of football, but thinking that you have knowledge is very different to actually having it and being able to put it into practice and making it successful. How many non-footballers currently ply their trade as managers of professional football clubs? None. So can Cellino do it? Almost certainly not. Why has he gone through 36 managers in 20 years? Does he choose the players and the team and let the manager take the fall when it all goes wrong? I confess that I don’t know the answers, but from the outside looking in I can’t say I feel very comfortable about it all. For me, BM has had the most calming effect on LUFC since – I don’t know when – maybe as far back as Don Revie. Stability and calm judgement are what we need for the next few years and I can see that happening with BM, but I fear we won’t see that with Cellino’s hand hovering constantly over his shoulder. TSS “How many non-footballers currently ply their trade as managers of professional football clubs? None.” AVB was never a footballer. Jose Mourinho was barely a professional either. But his interference in first team matters worries me too. He seemed to be de facto first team manager at Porto, effectively unsackable, bearing no responsibility for poor results and sending an endless line of coaches down the plank as scapegoats. Lee Baker I wasn’t meaning to bellitle Cellino’s ability as a guitarist – we can’t all be top class shredders. My comments were more about his ego and personality than anything else, and drawing a parallel between his involvement with a good band and with a good football club. Money can buy you a lot of things, but it can’t buy you ability, and if your ego is such that you over-inflate your strengths whilst ignoring your weaknesses, then a big fall is bound to come sooner or later. My worry is that BM and a whole succession of good managers will pay the price of Cellino’s inability to contemplate his weaknesses, and I suspect that he already has a long history of that. In fairness, I’ve always been willing to give people the benefit of the doubt and I will give my backing to Cellino, but he must really work very hard to make up for the damage that he’s caused to LUFC over the past couple of weeks, and that starts with him giving his full backing to BM and learning to work with him in planning for the long-term future. Irving08 I understand why you are looking for Brian to provide stability. But his presence will will depend entirely on results. Mr Cellino’s recent statements indicate that he has sufficient wisdom to give Brian an opportunity to show him what he can do and to find a way of working with him that allows him to show it. Where we may disagree is that I do not think there can be any presumption in favour of Brian beyond the remainder of this season (I exclude the possibility of a disastrous run of results). It is not unreasonable for an owner to want to appoint her manager. Brian knows the score, I don’t think he would expect it to be otherwise. It would be nice (for Brian) and reassuring (for us) if Brian does eventually gets a vote of confidence for next season too. We shall see. Scoring one goal more than miserly Brighton tomorrow, will help him Brian’s cause no end. Irving08 Fair points to which I would counter with some (probable) facts and some judgements. Probable facts: (a) Cellino must have worked damned hard to get from poor Sardinia to where he is in life; (b) he is sinking a significant percentage of his personal wealth into LUFC. From (a) and (b) I judge that he will proceed more cautiously than may first meet the eye. The ‘dismissal’ of Brian had a number of aspects to it, as he himself pointed out. In any event, the reaction of the fans, as I foresaw, appears to have had a chastening effect on the new owner. My second judgement is that having a more demonstrative person than Brian (or his coach) in the set-up is no bad thing. I would even say it is a good thing. Brian is sympatico enough to work well with Mr Cellion provided they can agree on roles. And thirdly, stabilty can only ever be a relative thing: there has to be movement as well. The longer we are out of the top Division, the more distant become the memories of past glories, and the weaker the pull of Leeds United on the affections and the allegiances of the rising generation. TSS “(a) Cellino must have worked damned hard to get from poor Sardinia to where he is in life” His father started the corn empire (or whatever you want to call it), but he took it to another level by all accounts. But he was never really poor, I don’t think. Irving08 Ah, so he was a little bit indulged and allowed to play the guitar perhaps. Sardinia (tourist bits apart) really poor, but great hiking territory. ‘Another level’ – sounds good to me: he didn’t lose it. Joedqf The weird thing about Cellino, as I see it, is that despite all the supposed chaos at Cagliari, he has left them a lot higher up the Italian football pyramid than he found them in. He’s probably a crook, and probably a bit mad, and I’ll never be completely comfortable with him at the helm, but Cagliari’s record in the league, and their policy of signing and developing talented youngsters suggests he does know his football. RContini Jeez, give the guy a chance. A real musician will give anyone credit for having the balls to get up there and do it in front of a crowd! And thats my slab of experience. What this should prove to you that this is a man who goes out and does it. Makes his dreams happen. And yes it does mean he can do as he likes. Thats how it works, he owns us, so his word is law. RContini Plus, in my experience, most Italians have apalling taste in music. He does at least pick a couple of tunes. craigleeds Cellino is really growing on me. All the drearies talking about his past convicitons, well he not applying to become the Pope! at least hes not boring, football is about entertainment isn’t it? henrymouni The Pope has just sold his motorbike and leathers! He could be the next Pope. If not him, father Jack!