Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has honestly admitted he would rather be in the shoes of Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno after owner Andrea Radrizzani launched an attack on the midlands club.
The Whites went down 3-0 to the league leaders at Elland Road on Wednesday night, which ended a three game run without a win for Wolves while making it just one win since Boxing Day for Heckingbottom’s men.
Following the game, Radrizzani delivered a stunning outburst on his personal Twitter account insisting that Leeds were not playing in a “legal and fair” league when the likes of Wolves are making the most of partnerships which hand them an advantage in the transfer market.
We have our own problems but we should play in a fair competition. Not legal and fair let one team owned by a fund whom has shares in the biggest players agency with evident benefits (top European clubs giving players with options to buy ..why the other 23 teams can’t have same
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 7, 2018
Responding to his boss’ allegations, Heckingbottom was quick to admit he knew nothing about the rules which enforced transfers, and says while he does not think about it, he would rather be sitting in the Molineux dugout.
As quoted by Leeds Live, he told the press: “Listen, I’d rather be celebrating a 3-0 win and have that sort of finance if you like, of course we would because everyone wants to be top of the league.
“I can look and appreciate the quality of the players and they have got some really good players, but I don’t think about how they’re acquired. It’s nothing that I can influence or affects me.
“I’d just be guessing if Wolves have done anything against the grain or not. All I do know is this league is riddled with teams with more money than others.”
Football Insider verdict
An honest, if diplomatic, response from Heckingbottom, who will no doubt be scratching his head over why the owner felt the need to lash out in the way he did. The manager has proven himself to be a level headed, down to earth character, but the same cannot be said about Radrizzani, who wears his heart on his sleeve. Whether Wolves have done anything untoward is one matter, but the real issue at hand must be the quality of the Leeds squad. Perhaps if the owner spent a little more time focused on his own team instead of what others are up to, he might find a solution to the sticky situation the Whites have found themselves in.
In other Leeds United news, Heckingbottom has succeeded where Thomas Christiansen failed with one decision against Wolves.