By Danny Wright

9th Aug, 2017 | 11:55am

'The basis for success' - Kinnear delivers encouraging update on Leeds future

By Danny Wright

Managing director Angus Kinnear has made it clear that Leeds will be taking the Carabao Cup seriously this season despite them looking to challenge for promotion in the Championship.

The League Cup is often seen as a competition that teams don’t take too seriously, but Kinnear has asserted that won’t be the case at Elland Road this season.

Leeds reached the fifth round of the competition last season when they were knocked out by Liverpool.

Kinnear has now suggested that he wants the Whites to go even further into the Carabao Cup this term, which begins on Wednesday night when they welcome League Two side Port Vale to Elland Road.

“The message to the manager from the board – and Thomas (Christiansen) buys into this completely – is that we went to win every game that we go into and we are taking all of the competitions equally seriously,” said Kinnear as quoted by TalkSport2 on their official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

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Kinnear is also looking forward to the future of the Yorkshire giants under the leadership of both owner Andrea Radrizzani and manager Thomas Christiansen, who have been seen a major change take place at Elland Road in the past few months.

Radrizzani has been largely hailed by the supporters for the impact he has had on the club ever since he earned full control of it in May.

Since then he has purchased the stadium and bankrolled what has been a major overhaul of Christiansen’s first-team, and Kinnear is encouraged that more good thing could be on the way in the future by saying that “the basis for success” is stability.

“I think Andrea (Radrizzani) has shown his commitment very publically by buying the ground back, which was something emotionally very important to the supporters,” the managing director added.

“More than that, I think it’s shown that he’s in it for the long-term. I’m in it for the long-term. We think we’ve hired a manager that will be here for the long-term and I think that stability is the basis for success.”

In other Leeds news, fans have urged Christiansen to start this 23-year-old new arrival against Port Vale on Wednesday night.

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