Massimo Cellino on why he is 'rushing' at Leeds United

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Leeds United owner reveals reason for his impatience.

Massimo Cellino is nicknamed the 'manager eater' in Italy, and has already sacked two bosses at Leeds United this season.

Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic lasted nine league games combined, with Neil Redfearn now getting a chance.

Despite sacking 36 managers in 22 years at former club Cagliari in Italy, Cellino believes he was far more relaxed in those days.

In an interview with The Sun, he said: "When I was at Cagliari, I gave a young coach called Massimo Allegri a big chance.

“He lost his first five league games in charge. Five games! And after seven games he had just one point.

“I didn’t fire him though and slowly he turned things around and was a success.

“Now he is the manager of Juventus.

“I am rushing at Leeds because I am getting old and can’t wait to see this club where it should be.”

With regards to Allegri, it shows Cellino has at least one top boss on his CV in terms of appointments. He last almost two years at Cagliari betwen 2008 and 2010, fired after finishing 12th, not actually a bad return in Serie A for the club.

Milanic and Hockaday will feel they are unlucky Cellino is more impatient, by his own admission, nowadays.

Yet his clear desire to see them return to the Premier League, a status supporters are desperate for, should be taken as a sign of encouragement, providing he calms down a little now with Neil Redfearn in charge.

He went onto say that he wants promotion 'next season', and so long as Neil Redfearn can keep the club on course for a top half finish and avoid a relegation scrap this year, the pieces will continue to take shape.

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