Former Leeds United striker Noel Hunt takes dig at Massimo Cellino, blaming him for failure

Former Leeds United and current Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt says he still has confidence in his abilities.

Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt still has faith in his own ability despite his poor spell at Leeds United.

The Irishman failed to score a single goal for the Elland Road side in 22 first team appearances, and was released from his contract in January.

He has scored three goals in nine games for Ipswich, where he was on loan a month prior to his deal being terminated, at an average of one every 106 minutes.

In an interview published by the Irish Herald this week, the 32-year-old took aim at Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino as a principal reason for his career at the club going sour.

"Just because a certain person didn't want me involved in the team at my previous club doesn't mean I'm not still a good player.

"I'm not bitter. The owner has put in his money and he wants to have a say in the team. Fair play to him, that's how he wants it, and to a certain degree I go along with that. If he puts the cash in and wants to have a say in who plays and who doesn't, so be it."

Hunt's comments are just another voice backing suggestion Cellino yields influence on team selection, an accusation former boss Darko Milanic was forced to deny speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post back in October after Stephen Warnock was dropped.

The Telegraph reported last summer that Cellino excluded goalkeeper Paddy Kenny from the first team set up prior to his release due to regarding his birthdate, on the 17th of the month, as unlucky.

So was Hunt's failure down to Cellino?

Hunt's Leeds career may have been accelerated by the Italian, but he also has himself to blame too.

He signed for the club the summer before the Italian took over at Elland Road, and had he established himself as an important part of the first team prior to this point, there may have been no issue.

A striker has to score goals, and for whatever reason, he didn't net a single one for the club, and ultimately this was the deciding factor in his tenure at the club coming to an abrupt close.

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