'Wildly inaccurate' - Leeds Chief Operating Office slams Cellino criticism

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New Leeds United Chief Operating Office Matt Child has defended the club's owner Massimo Cellino.

Leeds United Chief Operating Officer Matt Child says some of the reports about the club’s owner Massimo Cellino are ‘wildly inaccurate’.

Cellino has frequently been criticised since he took control of the Championship giants, but Child revealed in an interview for BBC West Yorkshire Sport that the owner is in it for the long haul.

“Definitely (in for the long haul) – there’s a caricature painted of Mr Cellino on the outside world, some of it’s kind of accurate and some of it’s wildly inaccurate,” said Child.

“He was taken away by the fans – not as an employee of the club but as a fan I’m glad he did (buy the club) because this club needs someone with knowledge, passion and money.”

“Without those three ingredients you’re going to struggle and we would have struggled had he not come along.”

Cellino has always insisted that he wants to do the right thing by Leeds, which is why he recently confirmed that he would offer up his resignation as the club’s president and owner if rules forced him to do so.

The main criticism of the Italian seems to be based on the way he deals with managers having sacked two already in the form of David Hockaday and Darko Milanic.

However, it’s still a very important time in Leeds’ development in terms of the team but also financially.

It’s important because of the team in terms of the inexperienced youngsters playing for Neil Redfearn and financially because of the debt which has led to the club’s transfer embargo from the Football League for January.

One area Cellino can’t be faulted is passion and regardless of the criticism of him from the outside, Child clearly feels the club are better off with him than without him.

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