Leeds protest group issue statement on Cellino's Mourinho claims

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Leeds United owner claimed to have tried to tempt Jose Mourinho to the club.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino does not help himself sometimes, recently claiming he tried to lure Jose Mourinho to the club.

Two-time Champions League winning manager Mourinho is out of work at present, although probably for not much longer.

Cellino told The Telegraph at the weekend that he told Mourinho if he wants a real challenge, he would come to Leeds United.

He said: "I told him, ‘If you had the balls, you should come and manage Leeds. Bring Leeds into the Premier League and then the Champions League. That’s balls.’

"You want to play football – come with me to Leeds. Mourinho, like others, has to ask himself if he is still a coach. How do you find out? By going to Manchester United?"

Cellino also discussed Carlo Ancelotti as a potential manager of the future, despite his recent commitment to Bayern Munich.

Yet not everybody is impressed with Cellino's bravado, with Leeds fan protest group Time To Go Massimo issuing a statement in response to the owner's comments, arguing that he is making the club a laughing stock.

Posted on their website, it reads: "We were also embarrassed to read Massimo Cellino’s comments in the Daily Telegraph. We consider the notion that Massimo contacted Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti to take over the head coach role at Elland Road to be absolutely ludicrous.

"Especially considering their potential wage demands. Jose Mourinho’s wage alone would be more than the entire current playing staff’s wage bill. We believe Cellino’s statements and comments to the press in recent times have turned him and Leeds United into a laughing stock.

"We take this opportunity to repeat our calls for him to ‘end this farce’. After the success of the protest march, it’s clear to see that a sizeable portion of the fan base want him gone."

On the pitch Leeds are in 12th position in the Championship and have not looked close to mounting a promotion challenge all season, and supporters held a protest march against the Italian at the weekend.

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