Davide Ballardini offers honest opinion of Massimo Cellino, calls him 'shrewd and crafty'

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Davide Ballardini has admitted that he doesn't share Massimo Cellino's approach.

Former Palermo boss Davide Ballardini has told Calcio Mercato that he is grateful to Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino, but doesn't agree with his methods.

Cellino has come in for criticism ever since taking the reins at Leeds back in 2014, with fans frustrated with his running of the club and the seemingly endless sackings of managers.

Since the controversial Italian arrived at Elland Road, Leeds have been managed by Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler and now Steve Evans, with a real lack of continuity under Cellino's bizarre tenure.

This is hardly a surprise to any fans of Italian football though, as Cellino remarkably went through 36 managers in just 22 years during his time with Cagliari, and one of those managers has now opened up about the Leeds chairman.

David Ballardini, who was sacked by Palermo's own trigger-happy owner Maurizio Zamparini in January, has been speaking to Calcio Mercato about some of the colourful characters he has worked with in football, including Cellino.

Ballardini, 52, had two spells as Cagliari boss (2007-08 and 2011-12), and says that he is grateful to Cellino for giving him a chance in Serie A, and praised him being 'intelligent, shrewd and crafty', as translated by Football Italia.

However, Ballardini also criticised Cellino for showing a lack of respect to people, and questioned his day-to-day methods in terms of relating to people - something Leeds fans may well know a lot about from his spell at Elland Road.

"I’m grateful to Cellino, he took me to Serie A," said Ballardini. "He’s an intelligent person, shrewd and crafty. He knows how to do his job, even if I probably don’t agree with his methods in terms of how he acts and relates to people. He’s shrewd and capable, but I never shared his approach."

"Because he meddled in my work? Not because of that, but the way he acted in daily life, the way he relates to people. He didn’t have much respect for the people he was meeting. I come from the countryside where you have to respect people, their role and their opinion," he added.

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