Former Leeds United manager Darko Milanic outlined in an interview for Ekipa24 what he sees as one of the major differences at the club.
Milanic was drafted in for a very brief spell in charge of the club last season, before he was sacked and replaced by current boss Neil Redfearn.
One of the problems Redfearn appears to have experienced this season is satisfying the Italian core of players and officials at the club, with Milanic suggesting it’s the responsibility of those individuals to adapt to Leeds United.
“The Leeds team is a mix of Italians and Englishmen - the English and the Italian mentality and vision of football, how to play, how to train, how to live, is quite different - I think it is only right that to some extent you adapt to the country in which you live,” said Milanic.
Massimo Cellino’s reign as the club’s owner has seen the introduction of Italian members of staff and Italian players, who have been drafted in by the recruitment team at the club.
Some have worked to a certain extent such as Mirco Antenucci and Giuseppe Bellusci, but others have flopped with Edgar Cani being one of the most obvious.
Milanic’s comments seem to suggest that there are people, Englishmen, who know Leeds, the culture of the Championship and English football in general, far better than the people pulling the strings at Elland Road.
If Leeds are going to progress, move forward as one and push for the Premier League, more control and important decision making has to be handed to those that have the experience to make the right calls based on the position the club is in.
However, whether Cellino will ever allow key decision making to fall beyond his grasp is highly unlikely.