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Ian Holloway vows not to criticise Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, praises Giuseppe Bellusci exit

Ian Holloway

The Sky Sports pundit was pleased to see the Italian defender depart.

Ian HollowayIan Holloway

Leeds United fans’ pre-season optimism took a massive blow this week after they lost their opening game of the Championship season 3-0 to QPR at Loftus Road.

It is the type of result that already has the more pessimistic of Leeds fans wondering if new manager Garry Monk is going to be afforded the time to get his ideas across at the club.

Leeds United owner Massimo CellinoLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is notorious for sacking managers, something he has proven at Leeds.

His antics at the club have earned him plenty of detractors – including Sky Sports Championship expert and former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.

However, speaking prior to the game on Sky Sports at the weekend (07/08/2016), Holloway suggested he would not be criticising the maverick Italian this season:

“It’s about forging that relationship. I’m sure in his interview Garry would have got his own calm personality across and that will lead to the owner being calmer and they have got to build that relationship.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

“I’ve criticised him (Cellino) a lot but I’m not going to criticise him this year. I think that’s a fantastic job that he’s gone for someone with Garry’s experience and what he’s done.

“He’s a football man, he wants his club to do well.”

He went on to discuss Leeds’ transfers so far this season. Whilst he was pleased with plenty of the recruits, he was most happy to see one player go:

“The biggest (transfer) impact I think is (Giuseppe) Bellusci going.

“For me his fingerprints were on nearly every goal.”

Leeds' Giuseppe BellusciLeeds' Giuseppe Bellusci

Leeds fans will agree. The Italian defender, who headed to Empoli on loan, was an unpopular figure at Elland Road after several high-profile mistakes and rumours of dressing room unrest caused by the defender.

His departure was certainly welcomed, but his replacements will need to improve if Leeds are to improve on their dismal opening day result.

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