Andrea Radrizzani’s greatest achievement at Leeds United is giving the club a long-term strategy they had missed for so long.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the owner celebrated his four-year anniversary at Leeds last week.
The sports broadcasting tycoon delivered a heartfelt message on Twitter, hailing a “special club, vibrant city and wonderful people.”
4 years could be long time, or could be so quick if you live intensively and you achieve something unforgettable and you have built your legacy with a special Club,a vibrant city and wonderful people around it.Thank you @leedsunited to let me feel some of best emotions in my life pic.twitter.com/c6lTtjygok
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) May 23, 2021
He took the reins from Massimo Cellino in May 2017 and has overseen a period of incredible transformation since.
The Italian has spoken openly about his ambitions to propel Leeds into the Premier League elite and his candour and ambition are appreciated by the Elland Road faithful.
Maguire lauded the 46-year-old for his commercial and sporting nous.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He has given Leeds a long-term strategy that they didn’t have under Cellino.
“He has given them a manager who everybody buys into in terms of the ethos of the club. That’s special.
“And he’s helped to develop the commercial side of the club which had been underrepresented for a long, long time.
“So I think his greatest achievement has been to recognise Leeds’ strengths and weaknesses and accelerated the strengths and done the opposite with the weaknesses.”
Radrizzani hired Marcelo Bielsa in June 2018, six months after first investing in Leeds.
The Argentine steered Leeds towards automatic promotion in his second season at the helm and a 9th-place finish in 2020-21.