Radrizzani would be taking huge risk if he green lights this reported Leeds move
COMMENT By Alex Stevens
Andrea Radrizzani did not get where he is today by shying away from tough or unpopular decisions.
Nor did he made multi-millions from media sports rights by bowing to the masses, or allowing himself to be sidetracked by dissenting voices.
But the urbane tycoon has never run a football club before, and never experienced the unique feedback of a hostile fanbase who think he has severely damaged the team they hold so dear to their hearts.
It is this very scenario that could play out if Radrizzani completes a full takeover of the Yorkshire giants – as is widely expected – and begins his sole ownership by giving Garry Monk his marching orders.
The Sun claim Monk is set to be sacked after the club missed out on promotion to the Premier League, with a foreign manager lined up to replace him.
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To say such a move would go down like a lead balloon with supporters is an understatement.
The Leeds faithful are about to wave goodbye to one erratic Italian businessman with a penchant for sacking managers and making decisions that fly in the face of logic.
The last thing they want is another one who appears to have little understanding of what is required to sensibly run a football club.
It is clear Radrizzani is getting comfy in the Elland Road hotseat as Massimo Cellino prepares to sell his half-share in the club after three-and-a-half stormy years.
Former Real Madrid man Ivan Bravo was appointed to the board of directors last week and there was speculation on Monday that the West Ham marketing director Angus Kinnear is lined up for a senior executive role at Leeds.
Sounds sensible enough. But binning the manager who has transformed the team from mid-table no-hopers to genuine promotion candidates on a budget dwarfed by rivals would be foolish. And extremely risky.
Supporters are desperate for Monk, who signed only a 12-month contract when he was appointed as manager last summer, to remain at the helm and have besieged Radrizzani with messages on Twitter urging him not to sack the 38-year-old.
Releasing Monk would instantly eradicate any goodwill towards the owner from fans who have warmly supported him since his arrival.
They have welcomed Radrizzani because he is not Cellino. Or Ken Bates.
Making a landmark move that made no footballing sense would open the new owner to the type of scrutiny he has never faced in business before.
In other Leeds United news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.