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Paul Dickov suggests he couldn't work under Leeds United owner

Former Leeds United striker Paul Dickov says that he would struggle to work to the best of his ability under owner Massimo Cellino.


Former striker Paul Dickov has told Soccer Am that he has mixed feelings about Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.


Dickov spent a short amount of time at Elland Road at the end of his playing days, making four appearances, and he has acknowledged that the controversial Italian has implemented some positive changes at the Yorkshire giants.


However, the former Doncaster Rovers boss has suggested that he would struggle under the working conditions set by Cellino, with the 59-year-old showing in the past that he is prone to expecting immediate results rather than giving a manager time to build a squad.


Dickov used the example of close friend Uwe Rosler, who was sacked in October 2015 after just 12 games in charge, and the ex-Scottish international praised the current dugout occupant Steve Evans for working under such uncertainty around his position.


Dickov said: "I think he has done some good things, but I think he has done some very bad things as well. Uwe Rosler, who is a very good friend of mine, was under the impression that he was going to get the chance to build something and build something and build something.

"Steve Evans is a good guy, but how he can manage week to week and not know what is going to happen, I think is a crying shame, especially at a club like Leeds.

"I was only there for a very short space of time at the end of my career, and you don't realise, - as a fan, player or manager - who big the club is and how great the fans are until you are in that environment. It is a fantastic club. I think it is a crying shame what has happened to them over the past 10 or 15 years."

After ending his playing career, Dickov was appointed as the manager of Oldham Athletic, before taking over at Leeds' Yorkshire rivals Doncaster in May 2013.

However, things didn't work out for Dickov at the Keepmoat Stadium after Rovers were relegated back to League One in their first season back in the Championship.

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