By Coral Barry
Neil Warnock has admitted the one thing that has shocked him about Massimo Cellino’s reign at Leeds is that it is still going.
The former Rotherham manager was boss at Leeds in 2012 when Gulf Finance House’s bid to buy the club went through and claims the Bahrain-based firm reneged on several promises they made him.
Cellino went on to buy the club from GFH in 2014 a year after Warnock left and the 67-year-old cannot understand why no one seems interested in buying Leeds from the controversial Italian.
“It’s the biggest club I’ve ever managed by a mile,” said Warnock speaking on Radio Yorkshire Daily.
“No disrespect to my other clubs and other managers, but you don’t really know how big it is until you turn up there.
“But I’ve been surprised that there is no one substantial that has wanted to buy it [from Cellino]. That’s the biggest shock for me.
“I spent six months of my tenure there where they were working so hard trying to get GFH in to buy it. I thought that was going to be the answer to my dreams, because they promised me money in the January transfer windows for players, only to find out in December that they didn’t want to spend any money and didn’t have any anyway.
“I wasted six months trying to help Leeds get new owners so we could move forward.”
At the time of the GFH takeover, the buyers revealed Warnock was one of the main reasons they decided to buy the club in December 2013, but they then parted company with their manager less than five months later.
The Englishman recently left his post as Rotherham manager after he decided not to take up the club’s offer of a permanent contract.
Cellino himself is embroiled with another scandal as he tries to fight yet another FA charge against him for allegedly breaching regulations in the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.
Despite the Italian’s long list of troubles at Leeds, Warnock does not believe he is a bad person.
He said: “I don’t dislike Cellino, I’ve met him a couple of times. His heart’s in the right place, it’s just how he does things.”