Leeds United were victims of a game of “toxic pass-the-parcel” as multiple owners took advantage until Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover in 2017.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after figures released by the FA revealed that Radrizzani had sanctioned just £7million in agents’ fees over the last two transfer windows.
But Radrizzani has been far from thrifty since taking over at Leeds and spent just shy of £100m after the club was promoted to the top-flight at the end of last season.
Maguire contrasted his approach to that of previous Leeds owners and claimed that the club is in safe hands with the sports broadcasting mogul at the helm.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’s got a plan as to where he wants to take Leeds and he’s realistic as to how much it’s going to cost.
“He’s very driven as well. That’s in contrast to the likes of Stewart Donald at Sunderland, who was there purely to flip the club and try to make a profit. And the two clubs were in the same division very recently.
“Leeds were victims to game of toxic pass-the-parcel. People were coming in trying to find someone else to buy it off them at a profit.
“The biggest loser in these sorts of things is the club. It’s a bit like selling a car. You’re not going to get a new exhaust fitted, are you?
“Leeds were very unfortunate with owners they had. Now they have stability and an owner who has real long-term vision for the club.”
A 2-1 victory over Sheffield United moved Leeds into the top half of the table on Saturday.
Anything higher than a 15th-place finish would represent the club’s best top-flight showing since the 2001-02 campaign.