Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has told Radio Yorkshire that he thinks Massimo Cellino has 'calmed down' of late, and thinks he needs to back manager Steve Evans.
Mills, now 38, joined Leeds from Charlton Athletic in 1999, racking up more than 100 appearances for Leeds before moving on to Middlesbrough, Manchester City, Hull City, Charlton and Derby County.
The ex-England right back is now working as a pundit, and has offered his opinion on the current state of former club Leeds, who have had another action-packed season.
The Whites started the season with Uwe Rosler in charge, but he only lasted until October, with current boss Steve Evans arriving as his replacement in the Elland Road dugout.
With protests from fans against chairman Massimo Cellino, off-field matters have been difficult, whilst Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to local rivals Huddersfield Town was another indication of how far away Leeds are from mounting a push for promotion.
Now, Mills has told Radio Yorkshire that he'd have liked to have seen Leeds pushing towards the play-offs this season, whereas they currently lie 15 points adrift of the top six and ten points clear of the bottom three.
Mills also offers his opinion on chairman Cellino, suggesting that the Italian has now calmed down, but needs to make a decision about the managerial situation at Elland Road - stating that he should embrace some stability and back Evans with funds to bring in new players, and bring some success back to the club.
"It's been topsy-turvy, as always," said Mills when asked about this season. "At Leeds, it's never dull. I think they are clearly safe from relegation, and a play-off place is just as likely as relegation at the moment. They're sat in 13th, bang in the middle of the table, but I think ideally at the start of the season, you'd have liked them to have been challenging closer to the play-offs, but again it's been a season of turmoil, a season of controversy and ups and downs."
"They just need a little bit of stability. The owner seems to have calmed down a little bit and backed off, and just needs to let the manager - whoever that is going to be - if it's going to be Steve Evans long term, then let it be. He has to back him and give him a little bit of cash to bring in the right players, because if you're not careful, what is one of the biggest clubs in England, the UK and Europe in terms of fans, we'll start to dwindle. It's been a long, long time since Leeds had success," he added.
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