Wigan v Leeds United: Delay leaves Leeds’s future under cloud

Brian McDermott.
Brian McDermott.
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LEEDS UNITED head to Wigan Athletic this lunchtime with the off-field confusion showing no signs of abating.

An expected decision on Massimo Cellino’s appeal, heard by an Independent QC last Monday, against the blocking of his planned £25m takeover failed to materialise last night.

It means the Elland Road club, who were unable to pay their players in full last month, remain in limbo as they await a decision.

Sources suggest Cellino will discover the verdict over the weekend, but League officials insist that speculation the delay was down to the governing body – on the grounds that the 4,000 Leeds fans heading to the JJB Stadium could cause trouble in front of the live Sky cameras – is untrue.

Regardless of when the appeal result is heard, manager Brian McDermott needs a positive result of his own after three straight defeats.

He said: “Wigan are a good side and I thought that at the start of the season. The manager (Uwe Rosler) has done a really good job there and he has got good players.

“Look at the bench and it is a really good squad. If they get in the play-offs, they have got a major chance of going up.”

Wigan have enjoyed an impressive few months and look firmly on course for a place in the top six.

In contrast, United are heading in the opposite direction after six defeats in seven – a run that, on the evidence of Tuesday’s shocking home defeat to Charlton, shows no signs of ending any time soon.

Despite that, McDermott said: “We will play a certain way at Wigan, we are very clear on that.

“We didn’t win Tuesday but, at times, we played some decent football. In different circumstances, it would have been a different result.”