Leeds United owner Cellino moves to clarify Carbone role

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New Whites owner Massimo Cellino has moved to outline the role new arrival Benito Carbone will play at Elland Road over the six months.

Benito Carbone poses no threat to the future of current Leeds United manager Brian McDermott, despite continued speculation surrounding his future.

That is according to Whites owner Massimo Cellino, who moved to outline the new role Carbone will play at the club, with the 42-year-old set to work in the Leeds United youth team set-up based at Thorp Arch.

The clarification follows reports linking the former Bradford City striker with a move into the Elland Road hotseat after Carbone was spotted at the club’s training ground late last week and at the team’s Championship win over Birmingham City at the weekend.

However Cellino has now moved to outline his plans for the Italian, who will work in an unpaid role with the club over the next six months in a bid to improve the Leeds United academy setup which Cellino claimed is not up to scratch.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the club owner said: “The academy at Leeds, it costs us £2million a year and we don’t grow any players or not enough. It’s not giving us enough, or anything. Benito [Carbone] will help me to rebuild the academy, to make it good, to make it better.”

The move could yet cause disruption behind the scenes at the club though, with no word on what the appointment could mean for Under-18s coach Richard Naylor and development-squad manager Neil Redfearn.

Leeds’ academy recently achieved category two status under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) but with the Whites lacking depth throughout their squad, Cellino has evidently set his sights on improving the number of players coming through the club in the years to come.

If Carbone can play a positive role in that development, then he is likely to be a welcome addition.

Leeds are next in action at home to Derby County in the final fixture of the Championship season.

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