Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino outlines his vision for one of England’s biggest clubs.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has often been in the headlines since his takeover of the Championship club, but he has never shied away from speaking his mind.
Having already slammed former manager Brian McDermott for disrespecting him and claiming that his replacement Dave Hockaday needs babysitting, the Italian entrepreneur has now taken a swipe at the club’s former owners.
‘Our objective is to prove we are able to do well in England and reconstruct a prestigious club like Leeds’, he told La Gazzetta dello Sport, according to Football Italia.
‘It has been devastated by a financial crisis and money burned away in spades. Our main capital is represented by the fans, as few clubs in England can boast a following like ours’.
The financial mismanagement at Leeds has been well documented over the years and is (probably) the main reason why the Whites are still struggling to return to the Premier League.
The West Yorkshire club last played in the English top flight in 2004 and were even in League One at one stage in the past 10 years.
This campaign Leeds are not expected to gain promotion to the Premier League, but the Championship is one of the most unpredictable domestic leagues in Europe and anything can happen (click here to read more).
Irrespective of that, Cellino has plans to buy the club’s home ground, Elland Road, by December.
‘We want to buy Elland Road by December, as it’s madness to pay £1.5 million per year to rent out the stadium’, he said. ‘We want to own our home’.
Leeds kicked off their 2014-15 Championship campaign on Saturday, but it was far from an ideal start for a club that once reached the final of the European Cup (1975).
Manager Hockaday saw his players stumble to a 2-0 defeat to Millwall away from home, thanks to goals from Mark Beevers and Shaun William.
Next up for Leeds is a League Cup first-round tie against Accrington Stanley at Elland Road on Tuesday.