Leeds United fans were treated to a thoroughly bizarre press conference, with owner and chairman Massimo Cellino alongside director Adam Pearson, appearing before the media for the first time since the Italian was reinstated at the club.
It was an opportunity for Cellino to address a number of key issues surrounding Elland Road and a chance to provide clarity over the way forward for the club, with several key members of local and national media present.
However, what the Italian produced was bizarre with Cellino frequently rambling his way through questions, while leaving halfway through to go and smoke, as confirmed by ITV, which left Pearson representing the club on his own after only being confirmed as a director earlier this week.
It’s still not clear as to whether Neil Redfearn will be the man in charge next season, with Cellino dodging the question and Pearson insisting that the Italian had every right to take as long over the matter as he felt he needed to.
Redfearn’s contract expires at the end of next month and many will feel that he deserves a chance to take the club forward, while continuing to develop a core of younger players at the club who will form future generations of the team.
It’s been a good week for Leeds and Cellino has overseen the completion of some good things with Lewis Cook signed up on a new deal, Pearson coming in and the transfer embargo removed from over the club.
However, the vital decision is the manager and it’s one Cellino must get right if he doesn’t keep Redfearn in the job, because it’s important the club gets off to a good start in the Championship when the competitive action kicks in.
Here’s what Leeds fans on Twitter had to say about the press conference.
@steviehannon What do you make of that Cellino interview today - mad as a box of frogs??— Alan Hathaway (@AlanHath) May 14, 2015
Just watched the press conference. It would appear that Cellino is clearly quite mad #LUFC— Dave Varley (@RealDaveB) May 14, 2015
That Adam Pearson is a mad man if he wants to work for cellino, he should fit in well in that case— Niall (@Dobson_dobsinho) May 14, 2015
Football being run by Duchatelet and Cellino would be, apart from terrifying, absolutely hilarious. Both bonkers but think they're geniuses.— Kyle Andrews (@KyleHAndrews) May 14, 2015