Leeds United: Leeds legend Giles wants Cellino out of Elland Road

Massimo Cellino.
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FORMER Whites midfielder Johnny Giles believes owner Massimo Cellino “wants miracles” and believes it is in Leeds United’s best interests for the Italian to “get out of the club”.

Cellino fired head coach Darko Milanic yesterday after just 32 days in charge, already becoming the club’s second managerial casualty of the season.

Like Milanic, former head coach David Hockaday also lasted only six games in charge and Giles has described Cellino’s ‘hire them, fire them’ mentality as “crazy.”

The club’s Academy head coach Neil Redfearn will now become United’s third managerial appointment of the season but worried Giles has warned Redfearn the Italian will not allow him to do his job.

Giles said: “I think the best thing he could do is get out of the club and make way for a new owner who could work in the best interests of the fans.

“It’s crazy stuff. How long was he (Milanic) there? I don’t know how many managers he (Cellino) has had since he came in, and I don’t know what he expects of the managers.

“There are no resources to get players in. He wants miracles, I think. Why don’t these owners become managers themselves? He might as well.

“I feel sorry for the fans. They have great support and tradition, it’s a great set-up, fans pay good money, and then this fella comes in with a few bob and he’s making a total mess of it.”

Despite his concerns, Giles admitted that Cellino’s controversial style of running Leeds in such a way was only set to continue.

“There’s nobody going to stop him,” said Giles.

“He’s in charge of the place. It’s unfortunate for the fans he’s taken over.

“If he has a history of it, he’ll continue to do it. It’s madness, and it’s the fans who are suffering.

“It’s outrageous that someone like him could come into a club – any club – and behave the way he has.”

Firing a warning to Redfearn about his new role, Giles added: “He won’t be allowed to do the job. He has no resources.

“So what chance has a manager got?

“It’s a difficult job when you’ve everything right. I feel sorry for Neil Redfearn.

“He doesn’t have to do it, and if I were advising him, I’d keep a million miles away from the manager’s job.”

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