Gray on what he hopes for Leeds by Cellino's return date

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Former Leeds United star Eddie Gray is hoping the club are in a solid position by the time Massimo Cellino returns.

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has revealed in the Yorkshire Evening Post he hopes the club will be in a safe position by the time Massimo Cellino returns.

Cellino recently resigned as the club’s president after losing his appeal over a disqualification to own the club and is set to return this April.

Gray doesn’t foresee any problems with regards to Cellino’s return and suggests the club could be in a safer position.

“Massimo Cellino has now officially resigned but I don’t think there’s much to worry about,” wrote Gray for the paper.

“I think he’ll be back to pick up the helm again and hopefully take the club forward.”

“Hopefully when he comes back we’ll be in a safe position in the league and everything will be running smoothly.”

Leeds would have had aspirations for promotion under Cellino at the start of the season, but their main aim now will be survival and progress towards consolidating near the top half of the Championship table.

They have a good chance of avoiding the drop with a sensible manager in the form of Neil Redfearn and clever signings having arrived on loan at the club.

Leeds also have a good production line from the academy, which gives the manager plenty of options if he feels he needs to change things up throughout the campaign.

The important thing for Leeds is to ensure they are in a solid position by the time Cellino returns and they can kick-start things by getting away from the Championship relegation places and giving the Italian little work to do on his return.

Gray seems confident the club can move forward in the right manner but it’s vital they avoid the drop back down into League One and make the most of an impressive win against Bournemouth in their last game.

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