Jason Pearce reacts to Cellino's ban as Leeds United owner

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Leeds United star Jason Pearce has given his opinion on the Football League's decision.

Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has been left disappointed by the news that Massimo Cellino has been qualified from owning the club. 

The Football League ruled yesterday that the Italian owner would be banned from continuing his role at the club and asked him to resign. 

It was a shocking twist for Leeds, just as it seemed they were starting to achieve stability at the club, and Pearce admitted that he was frustrated by the decision. 

"He (Cellino) has been slowly changing things for the better but as things were starting to move on the up it's taken a backward step maybe," Pearce said to BBC West Yorkshire Sport. "Hopefully it'll have a positive outcome and the club will be ok."

Cellino is set to appeal against the decision and insists that Leeds are not up for sale, but his reign is under severe threat by the ruling. 

The Italian has always seemingly had the club's best interests at heart since taking over, even if some of his decisions have been reactionary, and there has been widespread annoyance at the decision which has left clouds of doubt over the future of the Whites.

Cellino has backed the side in the transfer window and brought in more quality than any recent chairman at Elland Road and his passion has earned him a lot of fans.

Although he has been criticised for the revolving door policy he seems to operate with in terms of managerial appointments, he has still done a lot of good and the club appeared to be moving forward under the guidance of new manager Neil Redfearn.

This news will be a setback, though, and Pearce will be determined to ensure it does not any impact on their performances on the pitch. 

Leeds have spoken of their desire to make it into the playoffs this season and they will have to maintain their good form if they are to meet their target, as they are currently eight points off the top six. 

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