LIVE: Phil Hay describes the chaos of covering Leeds United


By Tom Connell 

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief football writer has described the “day to day chaos” of covering Leeds United for the last decade.

Phil Hay has seen 700 matches over the last 10 years – including a promotion, a relegation, administration and an unprecedented 15-point penalty from the Football League while reporting on the events at Elland Road.

Phil stated that his access to controversial chairman Massimo Cellino has deteriorated.

He said: “My relationship with Cellino has broken down so much to the point that we don’t speak. I find it difficult to see how the club can progress the way he’s running it.

“Although that opinion has softened slightly this season because of the people he has appointed.

“His methods deserve scrutinizing,  and if the local media aren’t going to do that then who is.”

Phil believes the club will not be promoted under Cellino.

He says he’s had more than his fair share of criticism from people who have been at the club over the years, but believes it is always important to remain impartial. He’s been threatened with being sued and banned from press conferences.

Phil added: “Sometimes people at the club want you to delay articles or not print them – never do that without a good reason.”


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