Ian Holloway comments on Leeds United's transfer policy, says Massimo Cellino must hate him

Massimo Cellino 1

Leeds have agreed to sell Sam Byram.

Leeds United took on Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship earlier today and lost a controversial and tight affair 2-0 at Hillsborough.

There was one glaring omission from the first-team for the game. Sam Byram was not present as he is all set to tie up a move to Everton.

With one of their star youngsters being teed up for an exit the question was put to Ian Holloway, in the Sky Sports studio for the game, about whether Leeds were set to become a selling club once again.

The pundit did not hold back regarding his feelings on the way Leeds is run, especially compared to their opponents today.

He stated:

"Yeah unfortunately it looks that way (Leeds will start selling). You have got to try and get it and turn it the right way. They just need some stability.

"In fairness Steve has given them that if he was going to give him a chance now and stop interfering I think the man could do a half-decent job.

"He needs to make the signings he needs to. If Steve says he needs three signings he needs to be allowed to be making them himself because of his experience at this level."

Of course Holloway has been critical of Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino before, as he alluded to today:

"He needs to be left alone to do it. That's the difference between these two clubs at the moment.

"They've got to look at Wednesday. They were flirting with dropping out this division last season.

"They have made huge strides because they are united. That comes from the top.

"You have to look at English football, I've been saying it for months. Their chairman (Cellino) must hate me but I don't mean it in that way.

"I mean to say that the manager needs to be allowed to build things your way."

Cellino does appear to have taken a backfoot slightly in recent times - the lack of unknown faces from Italy arriving in the first-team certainly suggests that.

But with Byram leaving the fear is that the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt will soon follow him out of the exit door as well.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch