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Cellino orders McDermott and players to return on May 28

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Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has been ordered to report back to the club with his staff and the first-team squad on May 28 in a letter from owner Massimo Cellino, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. 

This a second written message from Cellino to McDermott and the Italian has said he expects United’s playing staff to be at Elland Road at 10am a week on Wednesday – more than a month before the start of pre-season training.

Massimo Cellino has ordered Brian McDermott, his coaching staff and the playing squad to return on May 28.

Massimo Cellino has ordered Brian McDermott, his coaching staff and the playing squad to return on May 28.

The relationship between owner and manager has become increasingly strained and has grown bitter in the past week following an exchange of letters between the two.

McDermott has not spoken to Cellino directly since the end of the season. He was contacted by the Leeds owner over a week ago asking him to explain his absence from Elland Road and provide his plans for pre-season.

A reply from McDermott is understood by the Yorkshire Evening Post, to have prompted a further letter from Cellino telling McDermott he had taken holiday without authorisation and should report back to the club no later than May 28.

The Yorkshire Evening Post believes that McDermott is not away on holiday and has travelled back to his home in the south of England after his mother was admitted to hospital.

The newspaper also claims sources close to the 53-year-old have said he has spent the past two weeks contacting agents about potential signings and discussing pre-season friendlies. They reject the allegation that McDermott has been uncontactable since leaving his home in North Yorkshire after the last game of the season.

McDermott declined to comment when contacted by the Evening Post. His position at Elland Road now looks untenable, although Cellino has made no move to dismiss him.

McDermott still has another two years on his contract and would cost in a region of £1.5 million to sever. The former Reading manager has been under constant scrutiny since Cellino failed with an attempt to sack him in late January before the Italian’s takeover was officially complete.

The squad were due to report back to pre-season training on July 3, five weeks before the new season begins. An early recall is likely to be questioned by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), though they have commented that the PFA is unaware of any official instruction from Cellino to the players.

Club captain and last season’s top scorer Ross McCormack has been called up to the Scotland squad to play in a friendly against Nigeria, which is on May 28.

Cellino made it clear on Thursday this week saying the squad’s holiday would end 25 days after their last game of the season against Derby County on May 3.

“I think and I believe that in the contract of my employees, they have 25 days of holiday,” Cellino said.

“They (the players and staff) left on May 3. On May 28 everybody is going to be here. We go by contract. They’re going to get everything they go in contracts, nothing more.”


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