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Cellino says he has a message for Leeds United fans who called for him to go

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says he has a message for fans.

A clearly unhappy Massimo Cellino has told SkySports he has a message for Leeds United's fans.

The club owner wants backing, and he believes positive results on the pitch will ease pressure on everybody at the club.

The Football League announced in a statement on Monday that he is to be suspended in relation to an unpaid tax issue in Italy related to a Land Rover, the second ban he has faced in 12 months.

Cellino maintains his innocence and intends to appeal, and says he has no intention of quitting the club, despite a plea from the Leeds United Supporters Trust for him to sell his majority stake in the Championship club.

The owner told SkySports - who he happens to be angry with due to their selection of Leeds games for television coverage -"My message to the fans is 'trust and hope'. I hope we start winning some games to feel better and we have the chance to appeal to protect my position and protect the club. That's the best way to complain.

"For the good of the club I can walk away tomorrow, I don't have any problem. I'm not happy, I'm tired and facing new problems every day. It is a complicated club and is not easy to run.

"But walking away is the easiest thing to do but I do not think it is the right thing to do for the club. I am dying to bring this club back to the Premier League."

Cellino may have good intentions, but he has been found wanting so far in his application of his aims.

He has not bought back stadium Elland Road despite a stated intention to do so, and in terms of league position Leeds are no better off than when he took over, and onto their sixth manager. 

It's now over to new head coach Steve Evans to begin turning around the club's fortunes.

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