Massimo Cellino is back in football
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has completed his takeover of Brescia, the Serie B club have announced.
The 61-year-old, who swapped Cagliari for Leeds in June 2014, only lasted three years at Elland Road with his controversial reign ending when he sold the Sky Bet Championship club to Andrea Radrizzani in May.
Financially-troubled Brescia – who boast Roberto Baggio, Andrea Pirlo and Pep Guardiola as former players – have not played in Serie A since 2011 and have spent time in the third tier in the last five years.
Cellino will take over as the club’s president after purchasing the Lombardy outfit for a figure believed to be around 6.5 million euros.
A statement posted on the club’s official website read: “The Brescia Calcio Company announces that today’s agreement has been finalised.
“Dr. Massimo Cellino will be operational in the company’s management alongside the current administrative body, continuing in the company’s reshaping programme and confirming Rinaldo Sagramola as its managing director.”
Agricultural entrepreneur Cellino arrived in England after spending 22 years as owner of Cagliari but his tenure in Yorkshire was marred by a series of off-field incidents.
He sacked six head coaches before appointing Garry Monk – who is now at Middlesbrough – last June while Cellino was banned by English football’s authorities because of a tax offence and had numerous bust-ups with supporters.