By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk increased the excitement levels among Leeds fans even further on Friday as he explained how new owner Andrea Radrizzani will have an “ambitious approach” at the fallen giant.
Supporters of the former Champions League club have had to get used to them offloading their star players in recent years, with the likes of Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Ross McCormack and Robert Snodgrass all sold to make ends meet.
But Monk suggested that the penny pinching of the last few years could be coming to an end following the takeover of new joint owner Radrizzani.
Leeds announced on Wednesday that the Italian sports media mogul had bought 50 per cent of the club from Cellino, who has retained his share of the other 50 per cent.
The takeover has been welcomed by fans, who have been frustrated and embarrassed by the erratic sole ownership of Cellino over the last three years.
Monk shared his thoughts on Radrizzani at his weekly media briefing on Friday afternoon after explaining that he had met the new owner briefly on one occasions and was set for further talks with him next week.
Asked for his first impressions, Monk said, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot: “You get the sense he has come in to push this club forward with an ambitious approach to realise the full potential.”
GM on Radrizzani “You get the sense he has come in to push this club forward with an ambitious approach to realise the full potential” #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) January 6, 2017
Monk’s comment about Radrizzani’s ambitions will thrill supporters who have watched their side scrape around in the lower leagues following relegation from the Premier League in 2004.
Financial difficulties and a string of owners who have failed to invest significantly in the playing squad has meant the club struggling to fulfil its immense potential.
But Monk’s hint that Radrizzani will take a different approach will have the club’s massive fanbase salivating at a time when the manager has laid the foundations for a revival.
The former Swansea manager has transformed the side that finished 13th last season into genuine promotion challengers with the side ending the festive period fifth in the league and seven points adrift of the automatic promotion places.
In other Leeds news, the club’s fans have gone berserk on Twitter after Monk landed his first January signing.