LMA chief Richard Bevan slams Massimo Cellino and calls for action against Leeds United owner

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The Italian has worked his way through four managers at Leeds United already.

The way in which Massimo Cellino is running Leeds United has been called into question today by League Managers Association chief Richard Bevan.

The LMA boss was speaking to Sky Sports today, lamenting the hire and fire approach that seems to have crept into English football in recent years.

He had this to say on matters at Leeds:

“I don’t think it matters very much whether you are an overseas owner or a domestic owner, the key is recognising the tradition, the supporters, the philosophy and the community.

“What fans don’t want to see is debt and sacking of managers. They want to see good communication and transparency and I think those boards that manage the expectations of the fans and the media tend to be the boards that build this culture of growth and not the boom or bust approach we’ve seen in clubs such as Leeds.

“The tenure of the current owner and the way he has treated ex-employees is a disgrace and it does need to be looked at by the FA and the Football League.”

Of course it is hard not to agree with Bevan, considering the madness that Massimo Cellino has brought to Leeds in nearly a year-and-a-half.

He has seen Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn out of the managerial hotseat and many more movers and shakers from behind the scenes have come in or gone out, in many cases, both.

His erratic behaviour has also caught the eye, whilst he was also banned from running the club for a criminal conviction in Italy earlier this year.

Now Leeds look to have some order being restored. Uwe Rosler is head coach while Adam Pearson is the new Executive Director.

But Leeds fans know by now not to get comfortable with what they have. The LMA seem to second that.

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