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Former Leeds United man offers damning verdict on key figures at Elland Road

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It’s safe to say that Leeds United have put their well-publicised past problems behind them, with Marcelo Bielsa looking like he is a man destined to take them back into the Premier League. 

The Massimo Cellino era is well and truly in the past now and many supporters will be fully focused on helping their side over the line as they challenge for promotion this year.

One man who was part of those unsavoury times at Elland Road was Marcus Antonsson, who made 21 appearances for the Whites in the 2016/2017 season.

The forward offered issued his verdict on Massimo Cellino and claims it was the toughest period of his career when he was being left out of the side in favour of Chris Wood.

“If he likes you, he really likes you. When he took me to the office he told me he believes in me,’ Antonsson revealed in an interview with Fotbollskanalen Lundh’s Podcast. 

“It was during the toughest period when I was not allowed to play at all, but he said I would continue to fight. But Wood scored goals and there I sat on the bench.” 

When Cellino left the club, Andrea Radrizzani took over, and Victor Orta was also appointed as the club’s Director of Football, a move which didn’t go down well with Antonsson.

“He sold the club, and suddenly it was another owner and a new sporting director. There I immediately felt that he didn’t want me. That’s how it works.”

The 27-year-old who now plays for Swedish giants, Malmo revealed that the pair try to push him away from Elland Road and described them as having no patience.

“They have no patience, and if you do not deliver directly when a new coach or a new sports manager comes in, it may make you leave. They push you away.”

Antonsson will be hoping to put his miserable spell at Elland Road firmly behind him, and will want to continue to impress with Malmo as they challenge for the title.

The Verdict: 

He certainly had some harsh words to get off his chest!

It’s no surprise to hear that he was out-of-favour at Elland Road, and saw his opportunities limited with the good form shown by Chris Wood.

But Radrizzani and Orta were evidently trying to clear out the deadwood at Leeds, and Antonsson certainly fell under that category.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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