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All credit to Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino as club push for promotion

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino in the stands

The Italian remains a divisive character, but has got this season right.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

Leeds United put in one of their best performances of the season at the weekend, winning 2-0 at Elland Road against promotion rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

It was an excellent performance from a Leeds side who have surpassed expectations this season. So here’s a sentence you do not hear much … all credit to Massimo Cellino.

The Italian has been a disaster of a chairman and owner at times. His managerial appointments, and sackings, make headlines but the whole club has felt like a circus for much of his reign.

But this season something has changed. When was the last time Cellino’s name popped up in the papers? Certainly, he has stayed under the radar during 2017.

He has allowed Garry Monk and his coaching staff to dominate the recruitment process, which has seen star players such as Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Rob Green arrive at the club.

He put his hands in his pockets in the summer to bring in Kemar Roofe, Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino in the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino in the stands

When Monk struggled at the start of the season the old Cellino might have pulled the trigger. But patience has paid off.

He has even sold half of the club to Andrea Radrizzani, taking a step back from Leeds as he has promised.

The Italian has, at times, been a dreadful and sometimes comical owner of Leeds United. But this season he is getting it right.

If Leeds can win promotion, he will deserve plenty of credit for turning things around.

Leeds fans will just hope it stays this way.

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