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Massimo Cellino 'will return' to Leeds helm





Leeds chairman Andrew Umbers insists Massimo Cellino will return to take charge of the club after serving his Football League ban.

Umbers, who has stepped in as chairman during Cellino's absence, also said the Italian has reiterated his desire to buy back Elland Road.

Cellino stood down as club president on January 23 after losing his appeal against the League's disqualification under its 'owners and directors' test. The 58-year-old was convicted of tax evasion in March last year and the Italian court's written judgement later confirmed Cellino had acted dishonestly when failing to pay the e388,500 import tax on his yacht.

Cellino was subsequently barred by the League from having any executive influence over Leeds until April 10, when his conviction is spent under UK law.

"I know Massimo well and it is his absolute intention to come back to Elland Road," Yorkshire businessman Umbers said.

"He is a very good leader and he is passionate about Leeds.

"He wants to re-engage with fans, the council and the community and he is committed to that.

"He is the steward of this ship. I am the steward of it while he is away, but it is his ship."