Supporters of Leeds United haven't had much to cheer in recent years. A financial crisis plunged the club out of the Premier League and as far down as League One.
Many maligned owners have been and gone since as the club has managed to get itself back into the Championship where they are very much a lower half of the table team.
Enter Massimo Cellino, an eccentric Italian with a vast fortune and experience of owning football clubs in the past. On paper this sounded great for Leeds fans however the Italian arrived with his fair share of baggage. Cellino has spent the majority of his tenure battling off fraud charges and tax evasion and he's served a lengthy ban issued by the Football League.
After a Summer of relative high spending and supposed back room stability and calmness, Leeds fans were finally optimistic about a possible play off push.
Unfortunately this was not the case, after a poor start to this seasons campaign Leeds are sitting in 18th spot in the Championship and they are without a home win in 12 games at Elland Road, usually considered to be a fortress.
Manager Uwe Rosler paid the price for the poor start today when he became the Sixth managerial casualty of Cellino's 18 month tenure. The Italian arrived at Elland Road with a reputation for sacking managers after he dismissed 36 in 22 years in charge at Italian side Cagliari, he's stepped his managers to years ratio up even higher since arriving in Yorkshire.
#lufc can confirm that Uwe Rosler has parted company with the club. A full statement will be released later today. pic.twitter.com/CjciDqZE8B
— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) October 19, 2015
It's fair to argue that Rosler deserved the chop after a series of poor performances, however for Leeds fans it's another step in the wrong direction. The Whites saw youth coach Neil Redfearn steady the ship last season after Cellino dismissed two managers at the start of the season. Despite his moderate success and encouragement of young players, Redfearn was ousted by Cellino at the end of the season in favour of Rosler.
The once coveted hotseat at Elland Road has now become a poisoned chalice and with Cellino ready to wield the axe at any point it's hard to see anyone credible stepping forward to save this once great club.