Cellino: 101 days since Leeds takeover

It is 101 days since controversial businessman Massimo Cellino bought Leeds United. Since then he has changed the manager, retired the squad number 17 and likened the club to an overweight aeroplane. He's been telling ITV Calendar more about his plans for the future.

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101 days of Cellino at Leeds

It is 101 days since controversial Italian Massimo Cellino took over at Leeds United - and it certainly hasn't been dull!

He has sacked manager Brian McDermott, appointed a little-known replacement, lost a star player and captain..and started raiding the Italian transfer market to build a new team; and he's promised to get rid of the club's Thorp Arch training base, and buy back Elland Road.

He has been talking about all that - and more - in an exclusive TV interview for Calendar.

John Shires reports.


Cellino on McCormack: 'In his mind he was already gone'

Former Leeds United captain Ross McCormack had resolved to leave the club before the team left for a pre-season tour of Italy, according to Massimo Cellino.

The Italian reiterated that he was reluctant to sell the Scot, who was the Championship's top scorer last season.

He told ITV Calendar that the club did not need to sell and it hurt him to sell to a league rival, rather than a higher division club:

Cellino: I'm building a team to stay in Premier League for good

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says his transfer policy will ensure the clubs survival in the Premier League when they get promoted.

New manager Dave Hockaday has already signed several Italian players, goalkeeper Stuart Taylor but sold 29-goal captain Ross McCormack to Fulham for £10.75 million.

The former Cagliari owner says he wants to sign players who will grow with the club:

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