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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino opens up about Championship football

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The Leeds United supremo has been reflecting on English and Italian league football.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been speaking to Gazzetta TV about the differences between Serie B and the Championship.

The comments were later published on Italian website Tuttomercatoweb and it is clear the Leeds supremo has had his eyes opened since taking over at Elland Road.

Cellino has previously been the chairman of Italian club Cagliari and he also spent time as vice-president at Calcio but he has admitted he was surprised when he arrived at Leeds.

The Championship is real English football,” Cellino said. “I thought that after 30 years of football I had nothing more to learn; instead I started over.”

Cellino’s time at Leeds has not always gone smoothly but this season could well be the start of a new dawn after Uwe Rosler’s appointment as manager and with a number of impressive summer signings.

Leeds have been away from the Premier League for far too long but it will take an almighty effort on their part to ensure Rosler enjoys the best possible start to life as the club’s manager.

As for Cellino, he has acknowledged the vast difference between the two leagues of which he now has experience.

“Here is a turnover of €45million, you sell almost 100,000 shirts a year and this turnover without TV rights; it’s another world,” he said.”

That may be, but one thing that is the same in both country’s is the importance of success, and Leeds could be on the verge of something great in that regard.

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