Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has continued his media assault by issuing a stark warning to the playing squad that they need to know that their performance this season has been unacceptable.
The Italian, who took full charge at Elland Road in the summer of 2017 after initially arriving as a co-owner last winter, has opened up to the media about the goings on at the club this week, discussing issues such as Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer business as well as slamming the commitment of the Whites’ players.
He has not stopped there, warning the club’s stars that they could face crunch talks face-to-face over what he and those at the top desire for Leeds’ future, insisting that they need to know how frustrated they have been with how this campaign has gone, early season hopes of a play off spot fading with them currently sitting 13th in the table.
Speaking on talkSPORT radio on Tuesday 13th March, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account, Radrizzani said: “I’m happy to meet the players face to face and tell them the same (about his discontent) because they need to know the situation and what the club think about the season.”
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 13, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Radrizzani’s assault on anyone and everyone seems at strange timing, but it does give those outside Elland Road an insight into just how angry the Italian and his board have been. There are few owners who would happily sit down with the players to discuss their failures but Radrizzani seems to be a hands on type of guy. Does this undermine the authority Paul Heckingbottom has as manager? The Italian might not see it that way but when he is issuing warnings about their futures and opening his door, it might be more meddling than the boss wants to see from those above him.