By Alex Stevens
Andrea Radrizzani strongly advocated that Leeds did not sack Garry Monk in the early weeks of the campaign, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the notoriously impatient Massimo Cellino, who has sacked six managers during three years at Elland Road, was getting fidgety back in August and September as the team made a poor start to the season.
It is said that “there were firm rumours during Monk’s second game that the owner’s trigger finger was beginning to itch and the usual suspects on Twitter, the ones who call Cellino ‘The President’ and befriend his children on Instagram, began to heap abuse on the manager”.
But Cellino held back from what he had done during each of the previous two campaigns, sacking Dave Hockaday after four league games in 2014-15 and Uwe Rosler after 11 in 2015-16, and stood by Monk.
It is reported that the man who was unveiled a fortnight ago as the new Leeds co-owner was integral to Cellino not sacking his seventh manager in 24 months.
“Something stopped him,” the Telegraph. “Radrizzani, who is firmly behind Monk, was already negotiating his investment deal at the time and, it is understood, advocated that the manager should stay in place.”
The result was that Monk was given time to bed in at Elland Road and work with the squad that he had revamped during the summer transfer window.
The decision has paid huge dividends as Monk has spearheaded a revival that has given Leeds genuine hope of returning to the Premier League for the first time in 13 years.
Leeds have won 10 of their last 13 Championship matches to climb to third in the table and to within seven points of leaders Newcastle.
Radrizzani now has a 50 per cent share of the club after buying half of Cellino’s stake.