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Salerno comments on fan appreciation for Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

Leeds United sporting director Nicola Salerno has been talking about Italian owner Massimo Cellino.

Leeds United Sporting Director Nicola Salerno claims the club’s fans don’t have a bad word to say about owner Massimo Cellino and has also revealed the club's board are missing Italy.

Cellino’s reign at the club has created several talking points, with the Italian having appointed two different permanent managers already this season.

Cellino has also been in constant conflict with the Football League over whether he’s a suitable owner for the club due to a conviction for avoiding tax in Italy.

However, Salerno has jumped to the owner’s defence, suggesting that Leeds’ consistent home support is evidence of love and affection towards him.

“The tabloids have written a lot, but Leeds United fans love Cellino,” Salerno told Sky Italia.

“The president is very well liked. At home we always have 29,000, 30,000 fans.”

“It’s obvious that we are missing Italy, but we are getting used to the lifestyle.”

It’s an interesting claim for the sporting director to make and perhaps there’s another reason for the consistent home support.

Leeds fans are some of the most loyal supporters in the country and consistently turn out to support Neil Redfearn and his team, rather than their support being a sign of positivity towards Cellino.

Leeds fans will recognise that Redfearn has a very young and inexperienced team, with several players at the start of their professional careers.

What they need is support while there is uncertainty surrounding the club, which is why fans turn out in the tens of thousands to watch the side play each and every week.

Redfearn, a popular figure at the club, also enjoys plenty of support for the way he managed and developed the academy system during his time as head of the youth teams.

Is there support for Cellino? Yes, from some fans but it’s not the main reason fans turn up at Elland Road every week.

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