Here we go, read all the latest today and you find the first mention of legal action, with Flowers preparing a case against the Football League should they approve Massimo as a fit and proper crook to take over a football club, on the basis that his convictions for fraud are "spent". And that's surely only the start.
Massimo clearly felt a deal had been struck at the end of last week, otherwise he wouldn't have been so stupid as to sack McDermott surely? The assurances must, therefore, have been pretty damn categorical, so should GFH Capital try to wriggle off the hook now, it would be amazing if a legal action didn't follow. We are now hearing that contracts were not exchanged, but Massimo would appear to have a pretty strong case given the public statement made by GFH Capital on the Official Site on Saturday which read:
"Following recent media reports and speculation, GFH Capital would like to confirm that it has agreed to sell a 75 per cent stake in the club to Eleonora Sport Ltd, a company owned by the Cellino family who have many years experience in football and who plan to invest substantially in the club including the re acquisition of Elland Road. Eleonora will be working on completing the required Football League approval."
Indeed, it would be no surprise if a legal challenge to any conversation between GFH Capital and Together Leeds & Sports Capita were to be issued sometime today. The waters have, of course, been muddied by the dual role of Haigh as Managing Director of Leeds United AFC and frontman for the Sports Capita bid. He is hardly neutral, and of course he is also an employee of GFH Capital into the bargain. Should Massimo miss out, there seems to be plenty of scope here for a legal challenge.
And then there's the matter of the Fit and Proper Person Test because should Massimo fail here, he can also allege bias because of the position of former Leeds C.E.O. Shaun Harvey at the Football League.
The last thing the club needs is a legal dispute over ownership as this could result in absolute turmoil and total inertia. How can you sign contracts if nobody knows who owns the club? But it's looking more and more likely that this is heading for the courts one way or another, because when the legal vultures spot a bleeding corpse, they circle and wait for the opportunity to feed their full.