Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino comments on Sir Alex Ferguson

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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino says he cannot work with English managers.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has given a rare bit of insight into his thought process, in a revealing interview with Telegraph Sport.

The Italian says he does not like to work with, as he puts it, 'English managers', claiming their approach does not fit in with his preferred vision for the club.

Cellino appointed Nicola Salerno as sporting director when he was first appointed, which created conflict with then boss Brian McDermott, and latterly Neil Redfearn and his coaching team.

Salerno left last summer and was not replaced, but Cellino is convinced his model is the right one.

He went on to reference legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, arguing that bosses in England simply want to imitate the Scotsman, but do not possess his qualities.

He said: "I cannot work with English managers. I never want to learn. I give up. When am I going to find a manager in England who is actually a coach? They want to control everything. But it’s wrong because when they go you have to start all over again.

“Sometimes to pretend we were f------ right we don’t fire the manager and most of the time we f--- the club because we won’t admit we took the wrong guy.

"Not everyone is Sir Alex Ferguson. All the other managers want to act like Ferguson but they don’t have the skills so they cause damage.”

It is a little unclear from Cellino's comments whether he is referring or not to current boss Steve Evans, who is Scottish. It would suggest not, but the Italian's shoot from the hip approach makes it doubtful whether he carefully selected the word English over British.

Cellino's non-English appointments of Uwe Rosler and Darko Milanic hardly worked out well, swiftly fired due to poor results.

Leeds are currently 12th in the Championship table, and it remains unclear whether Evans will be head coach at the club next season.

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