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Former Leeds United defender Ian Harte comments on ownership of club

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Will anybody take over from Cellino at Elland Road?

Leeds United's ownership has certainly been a big topic for discussion this season. The Yorkshire club have been poorly managed in the eyes of many by the maverick Italian owner Massimo Cellino.

He has worked his way through managers and broken promises as Leeds continue to struggle in their attempts to win back promotion to the Premier League.

For many it is a wonder why no rich owner has never took Leeds off the Italian's hands.

One former Leeds player doesn't understand why.

Ian Harte, a former Leeds United left-back, spoke to LUTV earlier in the month and told them:

"It's such a long time [that Leeds have been out of the Premier League]. It's sad to see what has gone on.

"Obviously Mr Cellino came in, took over the club, and it looked like it was going to turn things around. There's been a lot of managers coming and going. I just think the fans, just want to know what's going on.

"It's all built. You look at the training ground, the stadium and look at all the foreign owners that come into the game – I just don't know why no one has ever come in to Leeds United and taken it over, because it's a fantastic club that likes to bring young lads through as well."

Leeds of course looked like being sold by Cellino last month before a dramatic but not unpredictable U-turn from the Italian.

The club do however have everything that an owner would need. An excellent fanbase, stadium, training facilities, prestige and youth system that covers the security of the club going forward.

But as Leeds have learned already in the past, sometimes replacing one unpopular owner simply brings in the reign of somebody worse.

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