Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has revealed to BBC Radio Leeds that he believes yesterday’s ruling on Massimo Cellino is a backwards step for the Elland Road side.
Cellino was yesterday barred from running Leeds, having been judged to not be a fit and proper person by the Football League, as a result of his tax fraud case in Italy.
While this ruling has occurred previously, Cellino will likely be forced to relinquish control of the club 28 days after the appeals process, assuming he does not pass.
Pearce believes that this is a negative.
The Italian owner has been a controversial figure since buying Leeds, but there was a sense that he was getting the club on the right foot, with the right coach in Neil Redfearn in charge.
The defender has held the armband since the start of the season, but was dropped for the game against Derby County, which the Whites won 2-0.
He told the press: “He (Cellino) has been slowly changing things for the better but as things were starting to move on the up it’s taken a backward step maybe.
“Hopefully it’ll have a positive outcome and the club will be ok.”