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Noel Whelan's response when asked about Massimo Cellino choosing Leeds United’s starting line-ups

There are rumours that Massimo Cellino selects Leeds United’s team.

Cellino has sacked another head coach at Elland Road, getting rid of Uwe Rosler, and Noel Whelan has spoken to BBC Radio Leeds about whether the Italian owner is actually selecting the team ahead of his managers.

When asked about Cellino’s role at Leeds, Whelan said: “I’m not sure whether Massimo is choosing the team, but once you do choose the team you’ve got to prepare from Monday to Saturday, and then it’s down to the players as well. But yes, it’s very unstable at Leeds United - we’ve seen that. And we know Massimo likes to get rid of managers and make changes quickly, and he’s done that again, so we are back to square one.”

Cellino has now sacked five managers during his spell in charge of Leeds, sending Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn away from Yorkshire prior to the sacking of Rosler this morning.

Whilst none of the coaches can claim to have done a great job and have been dismissed unfairly, Cellino has hardly given them any time to establish themselves at Elland Road and create a long-term vision with Leeds.

These constant dismissals, and strange team selections contributing to poor results, have led many to believe that Cellino is actually picking the teams which walk out on match days, and is actively undermining the managers he has appointed.

There has been no confirmation to this, and Whelan himself is not aware of any influence from Cellino, despite his links to Leeds, but he has explained that if Cellino is choosing the teams then he should be out preparing them in training as well.

If Cellino is choosing the team when they line up for Championship action every weekend, it should be the Italian owner who takes more of the blame for their poor form, rather than pushing the blame onto his managers and then sacking them.

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