By Richard Parks
Andrea Radrizzani perhaps realised Leeds United were a mid-table side after paying £500,000 to release Paul Heckingbottom from his Barnsley contract and make him the club’s new manager, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the United owner is likely to have accepted that the team’s play-off hopes were already distant by the time that Heckingbottom took over from Thomas Christiansen at the start of last month.
Leeds have won just once in seven matches under their new manager, accumulating six points in the process.
“Christiansen’s flaws not withstanding, Leeds have morphed into a mid-table team since last season and it might be that Andrea Radrizzani realised as much when he paid Barnsley £500,000 for Heckingbottom in February,” report the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Football Insider verdict:
Radrizzani was vocal in his criticism of Christiansen, insisting the Dane was not up to the task of steering the club to promotion. Yet, the lack of new manager ‘bounce’ under Heckingbottom, which has ended the team’s play-off hopes, has put the owner in an uncomfortable position as he looks on enviously at how Wolves have taken advantage of Jorge Mendes’ contacts to set the Championship pace. Contrary to Radrizzani’s stated belief, the squad is nowhere near good enough and the process that has brought the dizzying number of new arrivals to the club in the last two windows is seriously flawed. Radrizzani needs to look in the mirror to find the identity of the man who messed up.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.