Leeds boss Redfearn on Cellino's mood, Italian's plans, and Football League

Neil Redfearn

Leeds boss has questioned the wisdom of the Football League banning Massimo Cellino.

Neil Redfearn has spoken out to comment on the situation regarding Massimo Cellino's ownership ban, talking to BBC Radio Leeds.

The Leeds United head coach discussed the Italian's mood on the day his appeal failed, interest in the football side of the club, and how he expects him to remain involved.

He said: "He was a little bit flat with everything that had happened and I'm not surprised. He just wanted to talk about the football."

Cellino was pictured celebrating Luke Murphy's goal against Bournemouth by ITV, showing his passion for the side has not been deflated, despite the off-field issues getting him down.

Redfearn went onto add how he did not believe Cellino would distance himself from the running of the club in anything but name, with his requirement to stand down from the club until April soon to be enforced.

He added: "He's not going to change anything, the money will still be in place. I'll still be here, it might be someone else signing the cheques. He might step physically away but he'll still make all the decisions, because it's his football club at the end of the day."

It's unclear how the Football League would react to these comments, or even if they would try to prevent, or be able to stop Cellino maintaining day to day running of the club's affairs as best he can from a distance.

Redfearn was careful with his comments, but said he did not feel the Football League's decision to ban Cellino was in the club's best interests.

"I just think its a real shame. I don't want to say anything about the Football League, prejudice anything like that, but they've got to consider what they are doing.

"We're trying to get this football club up and running, get it going again. The last thing you want is a kicking like that, but this club bounces back. Tonight was a real message to everybody."

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