Massimo Cellino not thinking about Leeds' final league position; just wants to see growth

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The Leeds United owner believes it is too soon to be thinking about promotion.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about where he hopes his side finishes in the Championship this season.

While most owners would be aiming for promotion, the Italian is a little more realistic and accepts it will take another year before his talented young side is ready to challenge for a Premier League return.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s sixth, 10th, 16th, whatever,” Cellino told the YEP. “I only care about seeing this team grow and improve.

“If they grow, if they improve, then we can say it’s a good season. Next season we will be in a better position for promotion. That is my view.”

Leeds went six games undefeated at the start of the Championship season under manager Uwe Rosler, but in that time they achieved only one victory – away to Derby County – and they have since lost matches against Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough.

Leeds are currently 14th in the table but there are plenty of reasons for their fans to be positive, not least their exciting young players and the fact that many of their summer signings have bedded in well.

Cellino will know this is a project that takes time, and if he can ultimately help Leeds back to the top flight it will not matter how long it took to get there.

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