Johnny Giles blasts owner Massimo Cellino

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Former Leeds midfielder and club legend Johnny Giles has blasted the current owner of the club, Massimo Cellino, the Daily Express reports.

Giles, who has tallied up over 380 appearances for Leeds says that the controversial owner is 'wrecking the club' by appointing 'stooges as managers'.

The Cellino Way 

The Italian owner had lengthy history of managers that he has part ways with during his 22 years in charge of Serie A side Cagliari where he had 36 different managers.

Cellino has been labelled as 'the manager eater' and so far during his tenure at Leeds, he has proven why.

Since Cellino has taken charge at Elland Road three managers, Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic, have come and gone in seven months. Currently, Neil Redfearn, who has taken charge of Leeds on a caretaker basis four times, was instated as head coach on November 1.

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"Why doesn't he just run the team himself? All these managers, each one is just a patsy, a stooge. They've got no chance," said Giles.

"The Leeds fans haven't seen through it yet. When the team isn't winning it's the manager they call for to be sacked. But it's not him, the stooge, who is at fault, it's Cellino.

"He just offers up another manager and continues like before."

Furthermore, Leeds legend GIles expressed how the Whites cannot be successful whilst Cellino is in charge.

The 74-year-old said: "This owner? Leeds cannot be successful again while he is there.

Fans deserve better 

Regarding the future of Leeds, Giles outlined how if things within the club do not change then fans will start to desert The Peacocks.

He said: "A club's support regenerates itself with the father going to the match and then the son goes to the match. That continues down the generations.

"But if this goes on long enough the father will get fed up with what he's seeing and how the club is run, then the boy doesn't go with him, and so the succession is lost."

Giles spent 12 years with United winning a host of trophies including the FA Cup and the Football League First Division title twice.

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