Former Leeds defender tells the club to sort it out off the pitch

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Dominic Matteo says Leeds United must put their off field dramas behind them.

Former Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo has urged the club to sort out their off field issues.

The Scotsman was speaking to Radio Yorkshire, and said it was time to get the focus back on the pitch.

Matteo told how as a pundit he is regularly asked questions about various off-field sagas, the latest being owner Massimo Cellino's suspension as owner by the Football League.

He said: "The off the field issues need to be sorted out once and for all, they really do.

"People say to me off field issues don't affect players, but when its been going on for the time its been going on at Leeds United, there must be a point where people are sick of talking about it. I feel that myself."

Matteo, like all connected with Leeds, was thrilled to watch the side's 1-0 win over Bournemouth in midweek, and with a number of young exciting players at the club, there is a lot to be positive about.

Neil Redfearn did well to take Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt out of the FA Cup team to play Sunderland, as while they lost and the players were disappointed, the club are surely seeing the benefits of that now, with the trio looking fresh and standing out in the midweek win.

Matteo added: "To take six points off Bournemouth shows what we are capable of, but there's still a lot of work to be done."

Telling the club to fix up off the pitch, is not so easy in practicality. Leeds will remain in limbo until Cellino returns in April when his ban ends, and then, fans and all associated with the club will hope there will be no more legal issues to arise.

Then there is the thorny issue of GFH's ownership and intentions, Cellino's unfulfilled promise to buy back Elland Road, and ensuring they are on a level playing field financially to avoid a summer transfer embargo. 

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