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Dalek

Darko Milanic sacked this evening

Neil Redfern back in charge.
fartcatcher

No surprise after today's performance.

Cellino complained about him being negative. Well you gave him the job you daft bastard! Perhaps you need a more robust recruitment process.
Frazier Cranium

Well said that man.

Leeds United Football Circus, with a clown in charge.
Late Doors

Well yeah he appointed him so he takes the wrap, thats why he sacked him. i'd have the prick in jail for that second half performance.
fartcatcher

Apparently Darko believes he's on gardening leave rather than sacked.
Frazier Cranium

Copy of Telegraph article written by Henry Winter.


Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is embarrassing a famous club
How can Cellino be a fit and proper owner when he wrecks coaches' careers and has made Leeds United a soap opera bordering on a laughing stock?
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino must appoint Neil Redfearn and give him time
Destructive: Massimo Cellino has wreaked a trail of havoc as he has sacked managers for fun at Leeds United Photo: PA

By Henry Winter, Football Correspondent

10:00PM GMT 27 Oct 2014

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Massimo Cellino – he does what he wants. He wrecks coaches’ careers. He embarrasses a famous club. He has not always paid taxes due. He gives the impression of wanting to pick the team as well as the manager. Yet still Cellino is deemed a fit and proper person to oversee the working life and waking dreams of all at Elland Road, staff and supporters. Leeds United crave stability. Instead, they have volatility.

One can only imagine what the late, great Lord Harewood, the Leeds president who passed away three years ago, would have thought of his beloved club becoming a soap opera bordering on a laughing stock. Actually, it is easy to imagine what Harewood would have thought. He loved characters but not ones who would damage the reputation and integrity of Leeds United.

Cellino has done some positive things at Elland Road, addressing much of the mess behind the scenes and recruiting a few decent players. He has his admirers on the terraces. Yet for many observers there has been the swift realisation of fears widely expressed when the Italian swaggered into town like a gunslinger knowing the sheriff was weak.

Cellino’s reputation as a rapacious shark in the sea of managers has been sadly confirmed.

Leeds supporters continue to have their faith tested, yet continue to turn up in huge numbers at Elland Road, 27,883 (including Wolves fans) on Saturday. Leeds continue to take a substantial following on the road. It is remarkable loyalty and one deserving of better care than shown by Cellino as well as the Football League.
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How could the League not have done better due diligence on an owner who got through 36 coaches in 22 years at Cagliari? That statistic alone should have set the alarm bells ringing at the League, let alone the concerning court issues. Could the League not have employed sharper lawyers to see off Cellino’s appeal that eventually allowed him to take control of Leeds? The League defends itself by arguing that it cannot interfere in private businesses, and it has 72 clubs to oversee with insufficient funds.

Yet the sight of Cellino doing what he wants could encourage more chancers to try their luck in the Football League.

Since arriving in January and taking control in February, Cellino has wreaked a trail of havoc through the footballing department of Leeds United. He fires who he wants. Cellino dispensed with the services of under-18s coach Richard Naylor and the under-16s’ Leigh Bromby, suggesting he does not value youth development particularly highly.

New characters have been written in and out of the Leeds script on an almost weekly basis, barely having time to unpack. The sporting consultant Benito Carbone came and went. Gianluca Festa did not stay long. Nigel Gibbs was named caretaker before Brian McDermott was reinstated and then dismissed, his treatment so disgusting that it will surely still give the League Managers’ Association nightmares. Dave Hockaday lasted six games as head coach. So did Darko Milanic.

Neil Redfearn took training at Thorp Arch on Monday and has again been placed in charge of preparing the team for matches. The fear is that a good man, and noted developer of talent, will sooner or later join the long line of Cellino cast-offs. He sacks who he wants. If Cellino is to gain any credibility in English football he has to give Redfearn time and respect, not the P45 at the first sign of his latest head coach encountering a wobble.

Born in Dewsbury, Redfearn has a great affinity with Leeds, having followed the team as a child and now working hard in the academy. The

49-year-old stood in well as caretaker when the Hockaday gamble inevitably failed after six games. He guided Leeds to 10 points from a possible 12 before Cellino spun the wheel on the dugout roulette again, this time with Milanic.

Cellino has so far appointed two managers with no experience of English league football. Redfearn knows the division, the country, the language, and the club’s culture. Leeds have a chance with him – if Cellino gives him a proper chance.

The Leeds owner needs to keep clear of the training ground, stay away from the dressing room, allowing Redfearn to impose his own thoughts and tactics on the team. The word at Elland Road is that Cellino admires Redfearn’s toughness and willingness to stand up to him. Good. Only if Redfearn is allowed free rein to demonstrate his managerial potential can some sense of stability enter the Leeds saga.

Redfearn talked on Monday evening of not wanting any short-term post as that is “no good for anybody” and claims that Cellino has offered a long-term deal. Cellino’s idea of long-term differs from most. So good luck to Redfearn – he will need it. Cellino does what he wants.
fartcatcher

Redfearn seems to have the support of the players, the backroom staff and the respect of the fans.

It will be much harder for Cellino to dismiss him without giving him time - at least to the end of the season. If he does, then many of the fans who are currently giving Cellino the benefit of the doubt are likely to turn against him.

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