Massimo Cellino has made several controversial decisions since taking over as Leeds United manager, including the sale of Ross McCormack…
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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino made another bizarre ruling today, by informing his Leeds United players that they were not allowed to stay in a certain hotel in the city – because it was purple.
The Daily Mail reported the story, which states that New signings are forbidden from staying at the Malmaison in the city centre because the hotel’s colour scheme is purple, a colour Cellino believes is bad luck.
Cellino took over the club from GFH Capital earlier this summer. The Italian sacked Brian McDermott and brought in Dave Hockaday – who was last seen with non-league side Forest Green Rovers, and the pair have overseen steady pre-season form.
Leeds start the Championship season against Millwall on Saturday, and Hockaday will be all too aware of his bosses reputation.
Cellino, known in Italy as a mangiallenatori — a manager eater — after dismissing 36 in 22 years in charge of Cagliari, will not hesitate to act if things are not to his liking.
He said: ‘I had more or less 50 coaches in my existence, they are all the same. I used to have a boat, I used to pay the captain of the boat. You know what my strategy was? If he doesn’t do what I like to do with my boat, then I can drive my boat on my own.