Fans anger at latest twist on Cellino’s roller-coaster

Massimo Cellino is the directors' box
Massimo Cellino is the directors' box
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The Leeds United Supporters’ Trust (LUST) have openly criticised Massimo Cellino’s ownership of Leeds United, saying that the club have been on a “downhill” roller-coaster ride since he purchased it.

LUST has also called on Cellino to be “seldom seen and never heard” after the sacking of Uwe Rosler on Monday, his fifth coach in under two years.

They also believe that the constant hiring and firing of coaches is doing nothing but damaging the team.

Furthermore, LUST believe that the club need to employ “a managing director with proven English football experience to lead the club forward”.

A spokesperson for the organisation added that “real stability” is required at Elland Road, given the “despair” that currently surrounds the club.

The statement read: “From the very early days of Massimo Cellino’s majority share ownership of Leeds United, it was clear the support was in for a roller-coaster ride. Unfortunately it’s been a downhill one.

“The Trust has consistently said that the club should put the stability and the needs of the support at the top of its agenda. Alas, for reasons only Massimo Cellino can explain, this is not happening. What is happening is that Mr Cellino appears to be in the media a lot for his activities – the vast majority of which seem to signal yet another Leeds United crisis.

“Constant head-coach changes, with the subsequent need to make expensive pay-offs, is doing nothing for the evolution of a footballing squad more than capable of challenging in this division.”

LUST also expressed their fear over what impact recent developments will have on the club’s young stars and the club’s reputation.

The statement continued: “It is easy to see why the events of last week and today have instilled a sense of despair in the loyal fan base. The Trust calls on Mr Cellino to acknowledge the need for real stability, manifest in stable football management and consideration of the needs of the long suffering support.

“We call on Mr Cellino to employ a managing director with proven English football experience, and for Mr Cellino to adopt the accepted approach of successful football club owners in England, to be seldom seen and never heard.”