Leeds United owner Cellino targets promotion in 'two or three years'

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Leeds United owner Massimo Celino is targeting Premier League promotion in "two or three years' time" according to Benito Carbone.

Carbone, who works for the club as its technical consultant, was brought on board by the Italian owner last month, which led to reports claiming that manager Brian McDermott's days were numbered at Elland Road.

However, the 42-year-old Carbone stressed that he is not at the club to move in on McDermott's role and moved to clarify his position.

The former Sheffield Wednesday playmaker also claimed that Cellino is looking towards the Premier League in the next few years.

Freelance journalist Simon Austin enjoys close ties with the Championship side and Carbone told the reporter of his compatriot's lofty ambitions.

He said: "[Cellino] really understands that this is a big, big club and he wants to do his best. With this chairman, we can bring this club again to a high level, in one, two, three years' time.

"He is a clever person. I’ve seen him work for two or three weeks and he is incredible. He impressed me. He starts in the morning and finishes maybe at six or seven the next morning. Even when he is not here, we speak on the phone once or twice a day. For sure we will be back again on a big, big level. He tries to sort every problem and, believe me, at this club there are a lot of problems."

Carbone also claimed that McDermott's future is safe under Cellino, despite a farcical scenario earlier in the season when he was 'sacked' only to return days later and continue in his role.

"The chairman wants to keep an English manager, like Brian," he added. "We still have the manager now, so we don’t talk about a new manager.

"The priority is to sort the problems inside the club and the academy. We don’t talk about the first team, because that is ok." 

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