The pitch problems Leeds United are experiencing are a result of the “chronic underinvestment” in the club in the 10-15 years prior to the Andrea Radrizzani era.
That is according to football finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Leeds announced they would be re-turfing Elland Road with a new hybrid pitch.
The Whites were forced into paying Tottenham £300,000 for a ready-to-go playing surface after their own pitch reached the point of no return.
It is a short term solution, however, and a complete reconstruction of the pitch and installation of a new drainage system will begin in May.
Maguire believes that the blame for the inadequate facilities lies not with the current regime but with Massimo Cellino, who was majority shareholder at Leeds until 2017.
He told Football Insider: “I think it represented the chronic underinvestment at Elland Road over the course of the last 10-15 years.
“I don’t think that can be put at the door of Radrizzani because of the nature of the ownership from whom he inherited the club.
“If you were trying to sell a house, you wouldn’t put in the best decoration because you want to sell it at a profit.
“So prior to Radrizzani arriving at Elland Road, every owner has said ‘we could spend some money on the pitch but sod that, let’s try and save money left right and centre and then find a mug who will buy it.'”
They are not the only club to struggle with their pitch in recent weeks, with bad weather and a hectic playing schedule beginning to take their toll.
Blackburn Rovers were forced to postpone their Championship match with Swansea last Tuesday, while Dundee United and Livingston have all been forced into rescheduling fixtures north of the border.