Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has ordered the Leeds squad to return to training next month to participate in week-long boot camp reports The Daily Star.
The controversial Italian is expecting his players to return from their summer break earlier than normal in order to participate in a week of intense training and fitness assessments. He is also expecting Leeds manager Brian McDermott to lead the training camp despite the fact that he is on the brink of the sack.
It is believed that Cellino’s decision will cause uproar among the playing staff at Elland Road a originally they weren’t expected to return until July, but they now have to cut their summer holidays a month short.
Cellino wants to assess the players’ fitness levels a month in advance to make sure they are on track for the start of the season and is also planning a meeting so he can lay down the law to the players as to what he expects of them in the future.
A club source said: “He’s isn’t messing about. He wants to show the players that he means business. He wants them back in at the start of June for a week’s training camp and it promises to be tough going for the squad.
“They are all expected to attend, even if it means cutting short their holidays. It won’t be popular with them but Massimo isn’t bothered about being popular, he wants to do what is best for the club.”
Meanwhile, McDermott continues to be in the dark over whether or not he will stay on as manager. As of yet he has not spoken with the owner and leading the training camp could well be his last act in charge of the club.