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Leeds United Supporters Trust issue statement on Massimo Cellino and GFH

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The Leeds United Supporters Trust have issued a statement on the day's events.

Leeds United is a club used to drama, but few days compare to the past 24 hours.

Club owner Massimo Cellino fired head coach Uwe Rosler before appointing Steve Evans in his place - and then the Football League dropped the bombshell Cellino is to be banned until the end of the season.

For supporters, enough is enough, and they have called out Cellino - asking him to consider his options - and minority shareholders GFH too.

The full statement, reported by The Guardian, reads: 

"The trust believes Leeds supporters have suffered enough over the years and therefore asks that Massimo Cellino brings clarity and honesty to any public statements on the immediate future and considers the supporters’ need for a stable club at all times in how he deals with this latest ban.

“If, and the case grows daily, it is in the best interests of Leeds United supporters, he and GFH should sell, we call on them both to do so with efficiency.”

"This includes putting in place an experienced English football managing director who stays for the medium term and for our majority and minority owners to consider whether their continued presence at Elland Road is conducive to the good of the loyal support.”

Cellino is likely to continue to dig in his heels and fight his corner with regard to the Football League, having given no indication he wants to sell.

The point about needing a managing director is vitally important. Last season director Andrew Umbers was left in charge, but this is not an appealing option again, with the club sinking further into meltdown with the club's assistant coach suspended by the sporting director who then went AWOL, before a row over 'injured' players piled on a farcical few weeks.

Adam Pearson recently departed the club, and it is a role he would have been perfect for. Leeds desperately need somebody of his know how, able at guiding them through, because if they do not then the already embattled Steve Evans won't stand a chance of succeeding.

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