Wolves chairman Jeff Shi has revealed that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has met with him and super-agent Jorge Mendes in the past and described his shock at the criticism leveled at the operation at Molineux.
Radrizzani went on a furious Twitter rant last week after Leeds lost 3-0 to Wolves at Elland Road, labelling it unfair that the West Midlands club has been able to use the services of Mendes to improve their squad.
The EFL held a meeting to discuss whether Wolves had violated any rules regarding the Portuguese agent’s involvement at Molineux after complaints were reportedly made by Leeds, Aston Villa and Derby.
Shi admits he was stunned by the outcries from Villa Park and Elland Road, saying that he usually has a very good relationship with the Leeds and Villa chiefs.
“I was very surprised to see some Twitter of the chairman of Leeds (Andrea Radrizzani) because I knew him, I also had several lunches with him, together with Jorge,” he said to the Express and Star.
“So it’s very strange. In person I talk to him and he’s nice, so I guess maybe he has the pressure and I understand that.
“I was also surprised to see the Twitter of Keith (Wyness, Villa chief executive). On Saturday I met him and said ‘what happened?’.
“I’m the chairman of a club so I can understand the pressure. We’re the guys facing pressure from fans and the league and I can understand releasing pressure on Twitter.
“On the other hand I think frankly it’s laughable, because they know nothing about us. I know everything about us and our club and what we’re doing.”
Football Insider verdict
There was bound to be some sort of criticism aimed at Wolves for how they have brushed aside their competition this season, but Radrizzani picked his moment at the worst possible time as the Italian businessman just seemed like a sore loser after seeing Leeds battered 3-0 on their home turf. There does seem to be something fishy going on at Molineux but as long as it is all within the rules then no one can have any complaints. Financial Fair Play may become an issue for Wolves though, and it almost certainly will be if they make a bottle job out of their promotion campaign.
In other Leeds United news, Paul Heckingbottom has made a big admission about Pablo Hernandez’s contract situation.