Massimo Cellino must engage with fans, claim Leeds supporters trust

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Leeds United Supporters Trust chairman Paul Keat has asked for the Elland Road management to work with the fans.

Cellino claimed ownership of the club over the summer, and has gone to revert a number of problems that arose at the Yorkshire-club, whilst building a squad capable of achieving promotion to the Premier League.

A slow on-pitch start to the season has seen the Italian businessman work through three head coaches already at this early stage of the campaign, but his promise to buy back the rights to Elland Road, as well as his relationship with the Whites faithful - having spent matchdays amongst the crowd - has given him a free reign for a number of months as he steps upon the early path of his ownership of the club.

However, not all sections of the crowd have grown fond of Cellino since his arrival, with the recent memories of Ken Bates and GFH’s ownership of the club fresh in the minds of the fans who care about the off-pitch issues at their club.

One group who are not sold on Cellino are the Leeds United Supporters Trust, who, since being founded in 2009, have worked with ownership and fans to create a club that could successfully return to the Premier League. They have met with Cellino, and, although they appreciate his ownership of the club, they still want to make sure the fans have an opinion on the running of the club.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, LUST chairman Paul Keat said: “He was great and very inclusive, although he has his own mind and way of doing things. We are trying to deal with him as best as we can with that situation.

“It is our responsibility as fans to bring certain things to his attention and to try and make him aware of things.

“He may still do as he wants, but it is our responsibility to make our voices heard.

“Our slogan as a trust is to have one voice and it is something we believe in really strongly; that the Leeds fanbase should be one voice together.

“It is important the management and owners of the club engage with the fans.

“It is not our place to make big demands of Mr Cellino, but he needs to be aware of certain issues.

“Generally speaking, it’s not been a bad experience. But it needs to be a rounded dialogue; there’s ways we can help him as well.”

Along with getting the trust from Cellino, Keat is keen to raise the numbers involved with the supporters club, with fans dwindling in recent years.

He added: “Really, if we want Premier League football on the pitch, we need Premier League support from the fans as unfortunately, it appears the Supporters’ Club membership is dwindling for whatever reasons and there will be discussions with Ray Fell and the supporters’ club in the future to see where we want to agree things which are mutually beneficial to each other.

“There are so many synergies which bring supporters’ clubs together and there is no reason why we should not all be getting on together and working for the benefit of Leeds United supporters.”

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