Edy Reja discusses the difficulty of working with Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino

The current Atalanta boss left Cagliari after earning them promotion in 2004.

Massimo Cellino has been in the news this week. After his controversial press conference last week, his shocking cutting down of Neil Redfearn in The Mirror at the weekend and decision to replace 'Redders' with Uwe Rosler it has certainly been a busy one.

Leeds fans are almost unanimously opposed to the mercurial Italian at this moment in time, wondering what direction their club is going in.

Cellino's former club however certainly seem to miss him. After 11 years in the Italian top-flight Cagliari have been relegated.

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 after a little over a year - so he is on track to beat his record.

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 club at the end of that term.

Now Reja, who is manager at Serie A side Atalanta, has spoken about Cellino in an interview with L Gazzetta dell Sport.

He compared Cellino to another infamously difficult owner in Italian football Luigi Corioni - with whom he worked under at Brescia in 1996-97, winning the Serie B title.

He stated:

"The Presidents? Who could bear the toil. Corioni and Cellino. I brought Brescia and Calgiari up, and then ... I left."


Seems working with Cellino has never been an easy job.

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