A serious question; what on earth does Massimo Cellino gain from the way he conducts himself in pubic and in front of the media?
I really would love to know how his demeanour assists in any way at all.
Sure, his antics like stopping a press conference to smoke a cigarette, public humiliation of colleagues and general air of unpredictability may get him a few laughs and some added credit around the secondary schools of Leeds with young teenagers – but I’m not sure who else sees the funny side.
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GOT NO FANS
The very people who he works for must hate it, the sponsors must hate it and most importantly, it no longer rubs-off with the fans. His treatment of manager Neil Redfearn has overstepped a line of common courtesy and a pitiful level of basic respect.
Nobody knows what goes-on behind closed doors of a football club, especially a football club like Leeds, but whatever has happened, Cellino’s public attack on Redfearn should not be seen in English football full stop.
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He gets paid handsomely of course, but Redfearn has stepped into the hotseat of a club that he had been working hard in the shadows for, and has subsequently achieved his number one goal which was to prevent relegation; the very threat of relegation that had been born from two more of Cellino’s fine ideas, the appointments of Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic.
Redfearn’s work, if not stylish, has been backed by the Elland Road faithful who probably recognise that, because of his employer, he is in one of the most unstable jobs in the country. To be labelled “weak” and “a baby” by Cellino is just not deserved, no matter what he been said.
If he had an issue with the first-team coach, that’s fine. If he wanted to sack him, that’s fine too – people fall-out, it happens.
However, the decent thing to do is send out a statement online and break it gently before it turns into a new attraction at the Leeds United circus.
Let’s not forget that at the time of these comments and even to the point of writing now, Redfearn is still in the job. In any other job, a manager/chief executive/CEO’s public flogging of employees would lead to vote of no confidence from the directors and other stakeholders.
For Cellino to say that Redfearn is turning the club’s fans against him is both pathetic and a sign that the Italian owner has serious issues with power which create an immature and paranoid little man - he is the weak one, he is the baby.
If the 58-year-old is worried about losing the fans, he may want to build a Tardis and return to a time before a tax evasion conviction and ill-fated ownership in Italian football. These are the things, as well as his poisonous mouth, which alienate Leeds fans – not Neil Redfearn.
I am not a Leeds supporter, nor do I have any reason to dislike the club, but their owner is an embarrassment and disgrace to English football – he needs to go.