By Alex Stevens
Massimo Cellino is “very happy” at Leeds’ progress as they home in on a Championship play-off spot.
The controversial Elland Road owner has maintained a low key profile this season, which is in stark contrast to his first two seasons at the club.
But there was some insight into Cellino’s thinking from Radio Yorkshire journalist Joe Rawson, who claimed to have “bumped into” the Italian on his way to the club’s Thorp Arch training headquarters on Thursday.
“He’s in good spirits and very happy with how things are going at Leeds,” reported Rawson on his personal Twitter account.
Bumped in to Massimo Cellino on the way in to the training ground. He’s in good spirits and very happy with how things are going at #lufc
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) March 1, 2017
Cellino has become infamous for sacking managers both at Leeds, where he axed six head coaches in three years, and former club Cagliari in his native Italy.
He has also been at the centre of several controversies during his three years at Elland Road and is currently serving a 12-month FA ban from all football activities for breaching agent regulations in the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham.
Italian sports media mogul Andrea Radrizzani bought a 50 per cent stake in Leeds in late December to join Cellino at the helm and reduce the 60-year-old’s shareholding.
Leeds are targeting promotion back to the Premier League following a transformation in fortunes under Garry Monk, who is the seventh manager to work under Cellino at the Yorkshire giants.
The team who finished 13th last season are fourth in the Championship with 12 matches remaining and are in an excellent position to clinch a play-off finish.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.