David O'Leary's cutting comments on Massimo Cellino and Leeds United

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Former Leeds manager David O'Leary has given his views on the goings on at his former club.

For a man who has managed in the Champions League semi-finals, David O'Leary keeps a remarkable low profile nowadays.

He has not held a managerial position in English football since leaving Aston Villa in 2006, but it is his successful time at Leeds where he is most fondly remembered, in addition to a glittering playing career with Arsenal.

O'Leary did however make a rare media appearance at the end of last week, as a guest on SkySports Fantasy Football Club.

He was inevitably asked about his thoughts at the topical goings on at Leeds, where owner Massimo Cellino has fired two managers already this season, and his remarks were cutting.

"It hurts me greatly, there's two clubs I look for every week. I look for Arsenal and I look to Leeds, they gave me a chance in management for which I am grateful, I still live in the area so I see it all and hear it all

"Does it shock me? No not with Leeds, if you see the man's record in Italy the way he hires and fires people, nothing's really changed.

"I think to myself, if you want to buy a club, obviously you want to get it into the Premier League, the way you're going about it, he's got no chance.

"You can't just put it onto him, it's been over a number of years. Do I know what's gone on inside it? No. You just hope the one who comes in will put it right, but this gentleman doesn't seem to be going about it in the right way.

"What I want for Leeds is, I want them to come back up."

It does not sound as though O'Leary has much patience for the way Cellino is running Leeds, having been unceremoniously dismissed himself over a decade ago by a previous regime.

New head coach Neil Redfearn appears as if he could be the man to put things right, and has a chance to give supporters a lift when the club take on Charlton this evening.

Recovering to the heights at which O'Leary once presided over, is a million miles off, and perhaps it is that desperation to return to those kind of days, which makes owner Cellino impatient and keen not to see the club make any backwards steps.

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