Massimo Cellino puts Leeds sale plan on hold until 2016
Last Updated: 20/11/15 2:24pm
Massimo Cellino has decided to wait until next year before selling Leeds United, claiming he does not consider any potential buyers to be serious.
The Italian revealed last week that six different parties had contacted him expressing their interest in purchasing the Elland Road club.
That came after he had pulled out of selling to Leeds Fans United and been banned for breaching the Football League owners' and directors' regulations following a conviction for tax evasion.
Cellino had claimed one of the six suitors was a businessman based in the city who wanted to go into partnership with him and had tried to buy the Sky Bet Championship club before.
Sky sources understand that was lifelong United fan Steve Parkin, a former miner, who was thought to want a 50 per cent share which would make him the largest shareholder at Leeds.
He was asked to pay a deposit to secure a period of exclusivity, but no fee has been issued and Cellino has now had a change of heart.
He has said he wants to wait until he knows the club is safe in the Championship next year before he gives up control.
Leeds are currently 15th in the table, six points above the relegation zone after 16 matches having won their last two games under new manager Steve Evans against Cardiff and Huddersfield.