Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has been on something of a media rampage over the past week, ranting and raving as he looks to unload every issue off his chest and onto the public.
Be it Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer business, the players at Elland Road, or even himself, the Italian businessman has not held back from tearing into anything and everything he has set his sights on after a bitterly disappointing campaign for the Whites.
His latest target was former boss Thomas Christiansen, who he has already admitted was a mistake appointment after Garry Monk quit last summer, issuing an apology to supporters for taking a risk which failed to pay off.
The owner took aim at the Danish manager’s decision to avoid rotating the squad around a busy Christmas period, quoted by Leeds Live as saying he “killed” the players who were playing, in terms of their fitness, as well as those left on the sidelines, insisting their commitment had waned as a result of not being selected.
Radrizzani makes a valid point; the Whites played four games in what was just over a period of a week, and Christiansen appeared unwilling to make changes to his side despite the hectic schedule, and since Boxing Day, the club have managed to pick up just one win.
However, what should be taken away from the Italian’s damning verdict on his former employee is that he is someone who truly understands football – a rarity among football owners – and that while he is a businessman at heart, he aspires to run Leeds like a football club.
He might not have filled the Leeds fans with much faith since taking over last summer, but his knowledge and focus on both what is happening on and off the football pitch is something to be excited about.
He wants success at Elland Road as a football owner first, and a businessman second, and it proves that he is the right man to take the club to future success.
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