Thursday August 10 2017
Official: Cellino buys Brescia

Former Cagliari and Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has officially completed his takeover of Brescia.

It was revealed last week that the controversial businessman was close to a deal for the Serie B club, and it has today been confirmed that he has taken over.

“Brescia Calcio announces that today the agreement has been finalised,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

“Dr Massimo Cellino will therefore be active in the management of the club alongside the current administrative body, continuing with the re-launch program and confirming Rinaldo Sagramola in his capacity as managing director”.

Cellino was President of Cagliari from 1992 to 2014, and became known as ‘mangia-allenatori’ or “the manager-eater” for his repeated hirings and firings.

He then sold the club to take over Leeds, but he proved unpopular with fans after sacking popular managers, and was repeatedly banned by the Football League for failing its ‘fit and proper person’ test.

In January this year he sold 50 per cent of his to Andrea Radrizzani, before selling the other half in May.

Brescia spent several seasons in Serie A in the early 2000s, with Roberto Baggio ending his career at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti.

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