David Haigh says Massimo Cellino has told him he is welcome at Leeds as a fan, if he is released

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David Haigh remains incarcerated in a Dubai jail.

Leeds United fans may not thank former managing director David Haigh for his work at Elland Road under GFH, but most would surely have sympathy for his current situation.

Haigh is in a prison cell in Dubai, where he has been held, report The Mail, for 11 months without charge. 

He revealed the full details of the case against him from his perspective, his mindset and the conditions he is held in, via a fascinating interview with the paper, also giving his views on football matters at Leeds.

He spoke via Skype to Mail reporter Matt Lawton, and have his backing to current owner Massimo Cellino, who he says has made him feel welcome back in the stands, should he eventually be freed.

He said: "I think Massimo knows how to run a football club. I’d love to go back to Leeds to see a game. Massimo has told me I’ll always be welcome."

By his account that could be some way off, with no charge nor impending court date, but Haigh is challenging his detention via legal channels.

Fascinatingly he revealed that former owners GFH had demanded he bizarrely fire former boss Brian McDermott at half-time during the club's 6-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last year, which was shortly before Massimo Cellino bought a majority shareholding in the club.

McDermott did not last long, infamously fired twice by Massimo Cellino, who is currently onto his third coach of the 2014/15 season, and is hovering over ejecting popular boss Neil Redfearn from his role and making a fresh appointment over the summer, as reported by The Sun last week. 

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