Leeds owner Massimo Cellino discusses his reputation

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Massimo Cellino has made a frank admission to Leeds United fans by accepting that he is a difficult chairman to work for.

The Italian has developed a reputation as one of the most trigger-happy owners in football during his time in charge of Cagliari and Leeds.

Since taking over Leeds back in April 2014, Cellino has sacked no fewer than four managers, with the likes of Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Neil Redfearn and Darko Milanic all falling by the wayside prior to Uwe Rosler's appointment back in July.

The former Wigan Athletic boss has so far taken 11 points from their first eight games in the Championship and Rosler's men come up against high-flying Middlesbrough on Sunday evening.

Leeds have lost just once this season under Rosler, but the German will be actuely aware of Cellino's axe-wiedling approach to his managers.

However, Cellino accepts that his reputation is accurate by admitting to Sky Sports that he is a control freak who is hard to work under.

Cellino said: “[Sackings] are something that happen a lot because I want to do everything,

"I want to control everything. And I like to be involved, not because I don’t trust, but because I just trust myself more than others."

The 59-year-old also urged Rosler to have more faith in his players while admitting that he was disappointed to see Sam Byram turn down the offer of a new contract.

“I think he has to trust the players more and they will show him they are very good and they want to please him," he added. "He has to trust his players a little bit more. They are good.

“I fall in love with the players and I don’t like it when they go. And I felt a bit hurt inside [when Byram turned down a contract].”

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