Collymore comments on Leeds situation under Cellino; argues for strict ownership criteria

Elland Road pitchside

The former Aston Villa striker has been speaking about Leeds United and other Championship clubs.

Former player turned pundit Stan Collymore has been commenting on the situation at Leeds United in his column for Boyle Sports.

Leeds are currently 18th in the Championship after struggling for much of the campaign, and while there have been brief upturns in form – especially under current manager Steve Evans – the Elland Road faithful are used to a series of false dawns.

Massimo Cellino remains the club’s owner despite ongoing reports linking others with potential takeovers, but whatever happens in the future, the Italian’s time at the helm will be remembered – at least in part – for the sheer number of managers hired and fired in recent seasons.

Collymore has now had his say regarding big clubs who have fallen from grace in recent times - such as Leeds, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday - and his comments will make for particularly interesting reading for Whites supporters.

“The league needs to have strict ownership criteria and making owning a big club not the preserve of egotistical billionaires who practice economics of boom and bust," Collymore wrote.

“Let’s make the term ‘fit for purpose’ actually mean something. That way they can run properly, spend properly, safe from the Cellinos of this world.”

Collymore also said that the Premier League needed the likes of Leeds and the Sheffield clubs not only to add spice to the top flight but also to maintain what he called “a competitive balance”.

Leeds fans are likely to agree, but it remains to be seen how much longer they will be out of the top tier of English football…and what struggles they must endure before their dreams come true once more.

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