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Former Leeds player: Cellino not showing fans respect

David Prutton has criticised Leeds owner Massimo Cellino on TV this morning.

Leeds United are certainly a club in dire straits. The team are not performing on the pitch and in all honesty, behind the scenes has not been much better. The ownership of the club has been under scrutiny after the relationship between Massimo Cellino and Brian McDermott and the subsequent hiring and firing of David Hockaday.

While the club have done well in the transfer market, the sale of Ross McCormack and mass influx of talented stars proof of that, the sack-happy mentality of their Italian owner was spoken of before he arrived in Yorkshire, and he has now shown it off.

One person who has now joined the chorus of concern over Leeds United is former player David Prutton. Prutton was at the club between 2007 and 2010 and was a guest on Soccer AM this morning, where he addressed some of the issues at Leeds United.

"Cellino is obviously a man who has a mind of his own and makes his decisions, rashly or not. Once he came out after the Watford game and said ‘I was going to sack him but I delayed it’ it makes [Hockaday’s position] untenable.

“But there is a human aspect to it. No matter how rich you are, you can’t treat people like the way he’s treating people. You’ve got to have mutual respect.

“Even if you don’t rate someone as a coach you should say ‘thank you very much’ and move on. There’s got to be that mutual respect if you’re working with somebody.”

And the opinionated former England under-21 international was also concerned for the Leeds fans, who have now been long suffering:

“It’s tough, really tough for the fans. The Leeds United fans, like fans at any club, are the emotional bricks and mortar of the place. They’re the people who need to be treated with respect. It’s obviously not quite happening at the moment and it will be interesting to see who he brings in next.”

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