Monday, 28th April, 2014

New Leeds United supremo Massimo Cellino is planning to appoint former Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Benito Carbone to revamp the club's academy.

Cellino recently completed his purchase of 75 per cent of the Elland Road club and is planning a number of major changes as he pushes to ready Leeds for promotion to the Premier League.

One of those includes wide-ranging changes to the club's academy, a process which will be led by Carbone, after the Cagliari owner concluded he will "not accept the philosophies" in place on the youth development front.

"We have a lot of things to do and we need to start from the bottom again with the academy", he told the BBC.


"Benito will rebuild the academy with my help", Cellino continued.

"I will not accept the philosophies they have there at the moment because I don't like them – people must accept my conditions."

Cellino also explained he plans to spend the entire next season making the club, in his view, "healthy", before a real promotion tilt in 2015/16.

"We have to fix the club's illness and then after that we can focus on going up.

"My plan is to spend the next months getting the club healthy and then the next season we can go up.

"The club must be healthy again before we can be promoted. People before were throwing money out of the window and just hoping to get to the Premier League to save the club's finances."

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