Patrick Kisnorbo praises Leeds supporters, offers brutally honest opinion on Massimo Cellino

Patrick Kisnorbo has criticised Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino.

Former Leeds United defender Patrick Kisnorbo has told BBC Radio Leeds that he loves the club - but hopes Massimo Cellino leaves Elland Road.

Australian Kisnorbo, now 35, recently ended his playing career with Melbourne City, hanging his boots up at the start of May, and he has now looked back on one of his former clubs.

The former centre back joined Leeds back in the summer of 2009 having left Leicester City, and spent four years at the club, playing 57 games as his time at Elland Road was blighted by injuries.

However, he was a committed, well-liked character who played his part in Leeds' famous 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester United back in January 2010, and he has now admitted that he still loves the club.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Kisnorbo admitted that Leeds still have a special place in his heart, and claims it was a privilege to have played for them.

Kisnorbo added that the Leeds fans are 'fantastic', and ultimately wants to see some stability at Elland Road having witness the recent chaos under Italian chairman Massimo Cellino.

The former defender suggested that what Cellino has been doing 'isn't right for a football club', and really hopes to see him leave Elland Road and put leeds in the hands of an owner with a vision to take Leeds back to where they belong - amongst England's elite.

"Leeds has got a special place in my heart," said Kisnorbo. "When I was there with my wife, we loved the city, loved the fans and we loved the club. It was just a club that you could see why they were such a big club, and still are. It was just a privilege to play for them and their supporters are fantastic."

"At the end of the day, I love Leeds and I really hope that someone with vision takes that club, because that club is ready to take off. I want Leeds to be settled, I want an owner that will look after the club, look after the fans, the look after the players and really invest his money."

"There's a lot of things that I've heard [about Cellino], and it isn't right for a football club that has a lot of history and has great fans. That club is used to winning and being one of the biggest clubs in England or the world. I think the owner is not giving that club the real opportunity that it deserves. I really hope he does eventually move on, because I think it's holding the club back, holding the players back and that club and city really needs to take off," he added.

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