Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino: Graham Taylor is best team possible

Warren Joyce took the reins at Leeds in March after leaving Nottingham Forest

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has gone public with his plans for the new Championship season.

Former Watford and Norwich boss Graham Taylor is relaunching the club after taking over from Uwe Rosler, who resigned earlier this month.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Cellino said it was part of the plan to have the “best team possible.”

“They are very young, very hungry and every time we have a big players we find big talent,” he said.

“It can be [a good season] because we are lucky with an academy, working with coach [Graham] Taylor and with players from the academy.”

Rosler, who has denied he resigned as a result of a row over whether he should be paid in £2m or £5m installments, resigned in a late-night phone call with Cellino.

In his interview, Cellino said that there had been “a misunderstanding” and the two had agreed on the player payment scheme, but added that “there was no peace”.

He also said the club had received a “million” in private from ex-Newcastle manager Chris Hughton after he turned down a job offer from Cellino.

“I understand what Chris did. You know what they [Kirklees Council] have done, they have put a restraining order for me to leave England,” he said.

“I think I am OK, but I can only manage my club with a referee. There is a chairman and then there is me.”

Meanwhile, Cellino was quick to clarify some of his recent comments on the new deals agreed with loan players.

He said he had not “met” Leeds loan signing Swansea midfielder Hadi Sacko until the deal had been finalised before adding he did not speak to Manchester United winger Ash Taylor during the summer transfer window “because I’m English”.

Cellino was then asked if he would have signed Taylor – an England Under-21 international – had he been made available.

“No, you would not want me to do that because who are we to say to them [Manchester United] and in doing this I am talking about a young boy?” he said.

“We have a big club and we need to keep to our values and what we believe in.”

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