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Mick McCarthy slams Massimo Cellino for his treatment of striker Noel Hunt

Mick McCarthy says that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is partly to blame for Noel Hunt's woes at Elland Road.

Leeds United didn't bring any players in to the club on loan deadline day, but the exit door swung open repeatedly as manager Neil Redfearn trimmed his squad.

Centre back Scott Wootton moved on to Championship rivals Rotherham on loan, whilst striker Nicky Ajose dropped down to League One with Crewe Alexandra.

They were joined in leaving by striker Noel Hunt, who hasn't featured at all this season. The former Republic of Ireland international, who failed to score in 20 appearances for Leeds last season, has joined his brother Stephen at Ipswich Town.

Tractor Boys manager Mick McCarthy wanted to add depth to his attack behind the likes of David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy, Connor Sammon and Balint Bajner, and was happy to land Hunt as he spoke to press in Suffolk this afternoon.

However, one interesting line to come from McCarthy's interview was what he had to say about Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.

The controversial Italian has made some bizarre decisions already, but when he first arrived at the club, he spoke of how Hunt was earning £25,000-per-week on his contract - and McCarthy says that the public criticism was a huge factor in Hunt's Elland Road nightmare.

"Part of the reason might be that somebody announced that he was on £25,000 a week at Leeds and apparently he can't walk down the street in Leeds because they turn on him and give it out to him, so that's not helped him at all."

"The new owner said it before the takeover, and it's really had a detrimental effect on him and his career at Leeds," McCarthy added.

It's unlikely that Hunt will ever return to play for Leeds now having failed to feature under three different managers this season, and he will be hoping that he is granted a new lease of life at Portman Road.

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