Senior Leeds man gives honest verdict on Massimo Cellino popularity
By Will Butcher
Chief executive Ben Mansford has revealed that the club is fully aware Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is not held in the highest regard by fans.
The former Cagliari owner has developed a controversial reputation during his two years at Elland Road, making enemies with the Football League and scaring off potential suitors with his willingness to sack Leeds managers.
Mansford, who joined the Yorkshire giants this summer from Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, was quoted by BBC Radio Leeds’ official Twitter account after telling them that Cellino remains “committed” to Leeds.
#lufc Mansford on Cellino: We know he isn't popular with all but he's put his money into club and is committed to making us a success
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) October 12, 2016
Italian owner Cellino has made an astounding 45 signings since taking over in the summer of 2014 at Elland Road, with the likes of Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe and captain Liam Bridcutt being among his most expensive purchases.
Seven managers have also come and gone at Elland Road, including the likes of Steve Evans, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic who have all been shown the exit door at Elland Road.
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But Cellino, who is renowned for being a huge believer in superstition, could be set to stay in Yorkshire after Mansford confirmed that he wants to see the club become a “success.”
The Italian is currently locked in the middle of a court case regarding the payment of an unnamed official during the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham back in 2014.
Leeds currently sit in 11th place in the Championship, after six wins in 14 league and cup encounters under young manager Garry Monk.
A win against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the playoffs.
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