Former Leeds striker Antenucci criticises Cellino; praises fans

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci has his shot saved by Fulham's Marcus Bettinelli

Mirco Antenucci left Leeds United this summer on a free transfer.

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci shootsFormer Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci has criticised the club's ownership

Former Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has spoken to Italian news outlet Gazzetta della Sport about his time at Elland Road, and took a parting shot at owner Massimo Cellino.

The 31-year-old left the Championship side this summer for Italian outfit S.P.A.L, and reserved special praised for the Leeds faithful:

“The fans and some of my ex-teammates still write to me. From Cellino, I’ve heard nothing, but I barely saw him when I was there. We didn’t leave on the best of terms.”

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino has been criticised by former striker Mirco Antenucci

Antenucci spent two years at Leeds, after moving from Italian side Ternana in the summer of 2014, and managed to score 19 goals in 75 league appearances for the Yorkshire outfit.

The Italian marksman went on to take further aim at how the club is run, highlighting the departure of Sporting Director Nicola Salerno as a turning point, when speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport:

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates scoring his sides first goalEx- Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci praised the fans of the clubs

“It’s too bad there was so much disorganisation at the club. After Nicola Salerno left, there was a lot of disorganisation.”

With Garry Monk now in charge at Elland Road, he will likely face similar obstructions that his predecessors had to deal with, and how much he manages to achieve at the club will be governed by the involvement of Cellino in footballing matters.

Cellino, 59, took control of Leeds in January 2014, and his ownership has been dogged by accusations of interference from managers and players throughout his reign. Monk will be hoping that his time in charge isn't affected by the same issues.

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