Massimo Cellino speaks out on Leeds United's poor form

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Leeds United boss believes his Football League ban and the club's poor form are connected.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino blames the club's poor form on the pitch on the uncertainty off it, he told SkySports.

It was announced at the end of November by the Football League that the Italian faced a ban owing to a previous tax conviction, until it is considered spent under UK law next April.

He lost an appeal against the ban today, and said he sees a direct correlation between the team's performances and his impending ban. 

The last game before it was announced was the 2-0 home win against Derby and Leeds were on a real high; they have not won since.

He said: "I’m more desperate because we lost the game on Saturday than the outcome of the appeal. As a matter of fact since this started we’ve never won a game. That’s a problem for me. The players are very confused.

“To feel like a guest at a party where you are not welcome is very hard for me. I don’t need that. I’m not a dishonest person, I did nothing dishonest. Why should I do something like that?"

  MatchWins per gameDraws per gameLosses per gamePoints per gameGames
Leeds Before Cellino's ban 0.32 0.26 0.42 1.21 19
Leeds After Cellino's ban 0 0.43 0.57 0.43 7

Leeds averaged trebled the number of points per game prior to Cellino's ban than they have done since, and how the club move forward will remain a concern.

While the situation has moved on, it remains unresolved with more uncertainty like to continue to engulf the club while Cellino remains intending to come back, and if he does not, then the waters become even murkier in terms of what may happen.

Leeds have not signed a single player this transfer window, and can only do via a loan move due to a Football League embargo, and the uncertainty as to the club's direction is unlikely to help.

 

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