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Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino Lays Down Challenge To José Mourinho

José Mourinho has heavily implied that his is set to return to management this summer amid speculation that he will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager.

Leeds United, meanwhile, sit in midtable in the Championship as their aim of restoring themselves as a Premier League club looks as far away as ever.

Regularly rocked by some form of catastrophe or other, the club has had an unrelentingly turbulent fifteen or so years, contrasting the high of reaching a Champions League final with the unquestionable low of being relegated to the third tier of English football.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 08: Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United(R) chats with Giuseppe Bellusci of Leeds United(C) during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Owner Massimo Cellino, in an interview with the Telegraph in an interview so full of swear words it looks like dialogue from a Martin Scorsese film, revealed that he finds it hard to work with English managers, as their desire to control everything does not sync up with his view – i.e. the head coach/director of football system:

“I cannot work with English managers,

“When am I going to find a manager in England who is actually a coach? They want to control everything. But it’s wrong because when they go you have to start all over again.

“Sometimes to pretend we were f**king right we don’t fire the manager and most of the time we f**k the club because we won’t admit we took the wrong guy. Not everyone is Sir Alex Ferguson. All the other managers want to act like Ferguson but they don’t have the skills so they cause damage.” 

Cellino is notorious for hiring and firing managers. Since taking over the club in early 2014, five managers have come through the revolving managerial door at Elland Road (he even fired Brian McDermott twice), while two incumbents – David Hockaday and Darko Milanič – only took charge for a dozen games between them.

The club’s current manager,  Steve Evans (who, incidentally, is English), may not last beyond the current season if Cellino’s comments about the former Crawley and Rotherham boss are anything to go by:

“He talks too much,

“He has to learn to shut his mouth. I’ve told him so many times to stop, you have no idea. But he doesn’t.” 

<> on March 8, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Furthermore, Cellino, a wildly unpopular figure among the Leeds United fan base, believes that Mourinho should come to Leeds and prove himself as one of the all time greats by restoring them to prominence, something that he could not do to the same extent at Manchester United or another European superpower.

“I told him, ‘If you had the balls, you should come and manage Leeds. Bring Leeds into the Premier League and then the Champions League. That’s balls.’

“You want to play football – come with me to Leeds.

“Mourinho, like others, has to ask himself if he is still a coach. How do you find out? By going to Manchester United?”

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea signals to the travelling fans after defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on May 18, 2015 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Cellino goes on to sum up his philosophy regarding managers with a couple of concise sentences.

“If we lose but we tried to win I’m happy.

“We lose and we tried to draw – fired. That is Massimo Cellino.”

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