Radrizzani shares how long he will be at Leeds in programme notes
By Harry Sykes
Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he is committed to being a “long-term” owner of Leeds.
The club’s new joint owner sent a message to supporters of the Championship club ahead of their first home match since he was confirmed as having a 50 per cent stake.
Radrizzani will be in attendance at Elland Road for Friday’s mouthwatering league encounter against Derby, who are seventh and only two places behind the high-flying hosts.
It will be the Italian sports media mogul’s first match as co-owner of one of English football’s most storied clubs.
In his first programme notes, Radrizzani, 42, was keen to emphasise for the first time that he intends to be at the club for an extended period following a tumultuous 13 years marked by financial problems, erratic owners and off-the-field controversies.
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“My commitment to the club is long term and I will endeavour to be a fitting custodian on behalf of you all,” said Radrizzani, as quoted in the programme that was posted on the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Lee Sobot. “My aim is to bring stability and sustainable growth through ongoing investment.
“I am honoured to have become co-owner of such a prestigious club.”
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) January 13, 2017
The new Elland Road co-owner was pictured at Thorp Arch for the first time on Thursday morning as he was shown around the training base by chief executive Ben Mansford.
He met the players and staff, and was seen talking with first-team coach James Beattie, who is a key member of manager Garry Monk’s backroom staff.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 12, 2017
Radrizzani also emphasised in his programme notes that he was committed to working with fellow owner Massimo Cellino.
It is expected that the two Italians will join Mansford in a press conference at the club on Saturday morning.
One hot topic of discussion is likely to be the club’s activity in the January transfer market and how refurbishments can be made to a side who have accumulated 45 points from 25 matches and are just seven points off the two automatic promotion places.
The side is especially in need of attacking reinforcements and the former Swansea manager has revealed he “definitely” wants to sign a striker as cover for 16-goal leading man Chris Wood.
In other Leeds news, the club are in advanced talks to sign a Bundesliga assists machine.