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BBC pundit pinpoints major mistake Cellino made when he took over Leeds

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Massimo Cellino has been in charge of Leeds United since 2014.

Noel Whelan told BBC Sport on Monday evening (19:20) that Massimo Cellino should not have made big promises when he took over Leeds United.

Cellino completed the takeover of Leeds in April 2014, according to BBC Sport. The Italian entrepreneur made some lofty promises, including guiding the West Yorkshire outfit back to the Premier League.

“I don't want to make promises I can't keep and I admit it will be difficult to get promotion next season,” The Daily Mail quoted Cellino as saying back in April 2014. “But in 2015-16 we will earn our way back to the Premier League, which is where Leeds belong.”

Leeds are no closer to gaining promotion to the Premier League now than they were last season.

A Leeds fans’ group - Time To Go Massimo - projected a series of protest images against Elland Road’s East Stand before, during and after Monday night’s Championship game against Middlesbrough.

Former Leeds striker Whelan has suggested that Cellino’s key mistake was to make big promises when he took over the club.

“I think the fact he came in and promised so many things and for me, we don’t seem to be any better off or any closer to some of them,” the Englishman told BBC Sport on Monday evening (19:20) while discussing the protests.

“If you set your promises lower, so we understand where we’re going - it might take longer but he hasn’t backed up his promises. That’s the most frustrating thing.”

Leeds are 16th in the Championship table at the moment with 37 points from 31 matches. Steve Evans’s side are 11 points above the relegation zone and 14 points behind Derby County, who are currently sixth and occupy the final playoff spot.

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