The Atalanta boss was in charge of Cellino's Cagliari side.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is said to be considering a move to replace current manager Steve Evans when his contract with the club ends this summer.
In doing so he would be living up to his reputation as the -manager-eater’. Cellino was owner of the Sardinia club for 22 years and in that time he got through 36 managers. At Leeds he is already on five – Evans would make it six.
One of those managers at Cagliari was Edoardo Reja. He managed the club in their Serie B success of 2003-04, but still left the at the end of that term.
Now Reja, who is manager at Serie A side Atalanta, has spoken about Cellino in an interview about his career with Avvenire – and was complimentary of the Leeds owner.
“In Cagliari I had Cellino. He is a businessman with extraordinary football expertise.”
Cellino has picked up a reputation at Leeds for all the wrong reasons but has been behind some good transfers at the club. Unfortunately, many will question the football knowledge Reja vouches for when they remember Edgar Cani and Zan Benedicic – as well as all the off-field vitriol he attracts.
It would certainly be interesting to see what Evans has to say about his president, should Cellino change managers at Leeds this summer.