Leeds are keen to keep striker Mirco Antenucci

By Alex Stevens

Mirco Antenucci has rubbished the quality of coaching and tactics during his two years at Leeds.

The 31-year-old Italian has also criticised the quality of the food and the preparation at the club’s training headquarters.

Antenucci, whose departure from the club was announced by Leeds last Friday when he was one of 13 players released, claimed these factors impacted his performances for the Yorkshire giants.

In a thinly-veiled criticism of the controversial regime of owner Massimo Cellino, Antenucci made it clear that conditions were not befitting a club of such prestige.

The forward told Italian website gianlucadimarzio: “Me and my family had a great time in Leeds. From the point of view of football, I discovered a new reality, different from ours (in Italy).

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“The playing facilities (stadiums) are beautiful and always full, there are great training facilities and they are modern. It’s a club which deserves to play in the Premier League.

“But what disappointed me was the corporate organisation of Leeds, which has been lacking in the past two years.

“To do that you should have the best conditions for the players, something which has not happened. I was disappointed also with the quality of the coaches who came along.”

Antenucci has returned to Italy and was present at the Italian cup final in Rome yesterday, watching Juventus beat AC Milan.

His time at Leeds saw him play 80 times and score 19 goals but he was troubled by off-field matters, including a goal-related clause in his contract which threatened his place in the first team towards the end of the 2014-15 term.

United employed no fewer than managers during his two years at Elland Road, beginning with David Hockaday and ending with the arrival of Steve Evans last October.

Antenucci also criticised the food served up to Leeds’ players, saying they were fed “so many things you don’t get in Italy”. He added to the Di Marzio website: “It had an impact on my performance.

“Then we exercise less. There are two free days a week Sunday and Wednesday. The training takes place with almost no work on tactics.”

In other Leeds news, the club are close to appointing a new manager following fresh talks.