Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is one of the biggest talking points in the Football League as he looks defy the odds and guide the club back to the Premier League.
In June, Cellino made the surprise decision to appoint Dave Hockaday, who at the time came in with a low reputation, as Leeds United head coach. However, the Italian made no secret at the time to who was going to be the decision-maker at the club, and in that sense nothing has changed with Cellino reiterating his dominance in the Telegraph.
The report states: Cellino was the last person left at Elland Road following their friendly with Dundee United. ‘’There were lights left on everywhere,’’ Massimo Cellino said. ‘’I had to go round and turn them all off, one by one. Unbelievable.’’
Not only was he unhappy with the state the ground was left in, but he also wasn’t too pleased with the performance of the team despite their dominant 2-0 win over the Scottish Premier League side. The Italian reportedly was unhappy with the players, who were ‘’a long way from where they need to be’’. Unhappy with the new Head Coach, Dave Hockaday, who is ‘’OK, but needs some babysitting’’ and even unhappy with the ball boys.
‘’After 10 minutes of the match I said ‘where are the ball boys?’ the ball boys were forgetting to bring the ball back.’’
The rant by Cellino, which would be unusual for most football club owners, is somewhat expected by the Leeds faithful now and it’s that side of his personality which has certainly gone a long way in endearing himself to the support. As you can imagine, since his arrival at Elland Road there hasn’t been a quiet week at the club as he continues to work hard to make the club in his own vision.
Hockaday, who became Cellino’s first appointment as Leeds head coach, will be under doubts to the weight of expectation on his shoulders from the Italian owner, but if he was under any doubts then the 2-0 friendly win at home not being good enough will be a stark reminder.
Although there are many managers and head coaches under-pressure to bring success to their club in the upcoming season, you may be hard pushed to find another that will be under the same amount of pressure as Hockaday.
As it stands, many are predicting that the only way the former Forest Green Rovers manager will be at Elland Road come next season is if he defies the odds and puts Leeds United back into the Premier League.
Leeds fans, what do you think Hockaday will have to do to keep his job for next season?