Leeds United legend Trevor Cherry has insisted that his former side need a local owner and feels that Massimo Cellino is not the right man for the Whites.

The Italian owner has not been one of the most popular men in Leeds at the moment, and his time at the club has been riddled with controversies, right from the Football League disqualifying him to getting in a row with the broadcasters.

Cellino came close to selling the club to a supporters’ group towards the end of last year, but backed out of an agreement, and recent months have seen growing protests amongst the Leeds fans over his ownership.

Cherry, who won the league title with Leeds in the 1970s, feels the club are in the wrong division, and with the wrong owner, who he feels is too superstitious for his liking.

The Leeds legend told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Leeds are just in the wrong division with the wrong owner for me.  


“I know the owner has put money in, but there’s all the other stuff. There’s all these superstitions and I am not superstitious!

"I saw the Brighton game which was very poor. But you just don't know what is going on off the field, do you."

He admits that he would rather see Leeds in the third tier of English football if that means that they can get a set of local owners, who he feels would be good for the club.

“Leeds just need some local owners for me, even without the big money.

"To be perfectly honest, I’d rather see Leeds go down a division, but have a decent carry-on.”