Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter after club owner Andrea Radrizzani hit out at his own playing squad.
Radrizzani has had plenty to say in the last week by hitting out at Championship leaders Wolves and their “unfair” advantage over others in the league by using super-agent Jorge Mendes.
The Italian businessman, who took full control of Leeds last year, faced a backlash from fans when he took to Twitter to moan about Wolves after he saw Paul Heckingbottom’s men lose 3-0 to the West Midlands club at Elland Road.
However this time the Whites chief’s words have been met with a mixed response from fans after he pointed the finger at certain members of the squad.
“As a club we support them with everything. We did everything they wanted but we didn’t get back the commitment, the passion and the spirit. I don’t want players in my team with this behaviour. I hope they can learn,” he said on TalkSport radio, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post reported Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account.
Radrizzani on @talkSPORT, talking about the players at Leeds: "As a club we support them with eveything. We did everything they wanted but we didn't get back the commitment, the passion and the spirit. I don't want players in my team with this behaviour. I hope they can learn."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 13, 2018
That prompted a meltdown of discussion on Twitter where Leeds fans seemed divided over Radrizzani’s latest outburst.
One United supporter claimed that Radrizzani has “gone full Cellino” in reference to the previous leadership at Elland Road.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
He is such a prat man its not 'his' team
— Alex (@AlexLUFC96) March 13, 2018
Oh dear Radz has gone full Cellino
— Liam Rumsey (@LiamRumsey64) March 13, 2018
If he hasn't given big contract extensions to some average players he'd be able to get rid of them instead of slagging them off and being stuck with them for another 3 years.
— WJ (@jessop_william) March 13, 2018
Lost interest in radz, He's become this public speaking embarrassment ambassador for this club. We'll never learn
— ???????????? (@bobbygamora) March 13, 2018
Blimey… that'll go down well in the dressing room! #lufc
— David Watkins (@DaveLUFCWatkins) March 13, 2018
Needs to shut up now really, doesn’t he?
— Liam (@liammkirby) March 13, 2018
sounds like he is very frustrated, the manager change has not improved us, he is slowly coming to terms that some of those players are not good enough. all the fans moan so why cant he? if all the players had @PJansson5 passion we would be a few points better off. #lufc
— Chainsaw Charlie.. (@GaryGuitarDude) March 13, 2018
There professionals so having some constructive criticism isn’t bad. Shows that he wants them to perform a lot better than they are at the minute.
— Dan Speight (@danspeight4) March 13, 2018
Leeds’ results really do not make for good reading, under the leadership of both Thomas Christiansen and Heckingbottom, who replaced the Dane last month.
The Whites have won just once since Boxing Day across all competitions and their season is pretty much over with them nowhere near the bottom three and well away from the play-off spots.
Next up for Heckingbottom’s men will be a testing clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in a Yorkshire derby.