Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is known as the 'manager eater' in some quarters. Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport
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John Giles thinks the Leeds owner is a 'headbanger'

The club’s former player has described recent events surrounding the team as a “disgrace”.

FORMER LEEDS AND Ireland star John Giles has heavily criticised Massimo Cellino in the wake of the Leeds owner’s decision to dismiss manager David Hockaday after just six matches in charge.

Cellino is notorious for sacking managers, having also twice ousted previous boss Brian McDermott in recent months, and Giles is unimpressed with the Italian’s style.

Speaking on his weekly show on Newstalk’s Off the Ball, the Irish legend suggested the next Leeds boss faced an impossible situation.

“I don’t think anybody would be a good choice. I think this fella’s a headbanger.

“I think he only employed that coach so he could pick the team and bring the players in that he wants. Hockaday had no say in it and anybody would be mad to take the job.”

Asked about the possibility of Tony Pulis taking over, Giles said that this scenario was highly unlikely to transpire.

“Tony Pulis resigned [from Crystal Palace] on a point of principle over a transfer policy with the chairman. There’s no way he’s going to go from Palace to a total headbanger.

“Any manager worth their salt wouldn’t touch that job. He should make himself manager because that’s what he’s trying to do anyway.

“He employed this lad from nowhere, paying him buttons apparently, and actually insulted him in front of people.

“The way the club has been run in the last few years has been an absolute disgrace.”

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