On this day: Leeds owner Massimo Cellino labels club a 'bloodbath', announces ambitious target

A year ago today and Massimo Cellino made some interesting comments about his role at Leeds United.

A year ago, on the 22nd April 2014, there was plenty going on in the world of football.

David Moyes was sacked as Manchester United boss, Chelsea drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals and Abou Diaby made yet another comeback from injury.

But for the first in a new set of features looking back on this day in football a year previously the focus is on Leeds United.


A year ago today and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino made an incredible comment about Leeds United and The Championship.

The Italian was quoted by Football Italia as stating:

“At the age of 57 I’m putting myself back up for the challenge. It’s a bloodbath, but I am targeting a return to the Premier League in two years.”

So much has happened in the year since.

Leeds have gone through three different managers in that time. Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic have all walked the plank. The club now has a popular and talented coach at the helm, but Neil Redfearn's position is still fragile to say the least.

As for Cellino. He is currently banned from the club by the Football League and has been since December.

The club continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons in recent times. From the sacking of assistant Steve Thompson, the Mirco Antenucci contract furore and the six players pulling out injured the day before the game last week.

As for Cellino's hopes of a promotion within two years, that would mean them being in the running this time next year.

Doable. The club has tremendously talented players in the form of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram.

But with the baggage that Cellino brings it looks like Leeds United will not meet his target.

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