Former England captain Alan Shearer feels Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino must give the club’s next manager full control.
Following the departure of head coach Dave Hockaday, the ex-Newcastle United striker’s comments appear to question Cellino’s hands-on approach.
Shearer said: “Whoever gets the job should be allowed to manage and should be allowed to get the club back to where it wants to be and do it their way.”
Denying any interest in the job himself, he expressed his concern at the current state of affairs at Leeds.
“I think it’s sad what’s happened to Leeds over the years because they’re a huge football club,” he said.
“Certainly in my time in the Premier League I had some great battles with Leeds both home and away.”
Shearer added: “With it being so close to Newcastle I keep an eye on it because of the size of the football club and where they have been and where they want to get to, it seems a long way off.”
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