Report: Radrizzani to make major Leeds overhaul, deals imminent
By Alex Stevens
Leeds joint owner Andrea Radrizzani is ready to make a string of new appointments behind the scenes as part of a major shake-up, according to a report.
The Sun claim the sports media mogul, who bought a 50 per cent stake in the club at the end of December, is keen to appoint key senior officials imminently.
But it is said that Radrizzani faces resistance from his fellow owner Massimo Cellino, whose “people” are currently in place in all of the significant jobs at Elland Road.
The Italian duo are set to be at loggerheads over the deals that would constitute a massive senior overhaul as Radrizzani attempts to make his mark ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Sun report that “Cellino is happy with his sidekicks” and is planning to be a major voice in the club’s recruitment for next season.
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Radrizzani bought a half-share in Leeds and his arrival was trumpeted in a joint media conference with Cellino at the start of January.
Cellino has been the Yorkshire giants’ owner and chairman since January but his reign has been marked by controversies and running battles with the authorities.
Supporters of the club were encouraged by the arrival of Radrizzani as they hope for greater professionalism and investment off the pitch to match the impact made on it this season by Garry Monk’s side.
Leeds are fifth in the Championship table and well placed to secure a place in the end-of-season play-offs, although their automatic promotion hopes were hit by Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Reading.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.