Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has pointed the finger of blame at himself for the club’s disastrous run of form and pinpointed January as the moment the season collapsed.
The Whites have tasted victory just once in 2018, an unwanted run which stretches back to Boxing Day last year, and their lack of points has seen them tumble down the table from a play off spot to sitting in 13th.
A top six finish was the aim at the start of the season but any hopes of rescuing their campaign look dead in the water, and Radrizzani was quick to address the issue, holding his hands up as the first party guilty of contributing to the club’s failings.
He was quoted by the Yorkshire Post as saying: “The team was put together in the summer and did quite well until the end of December.
“I was pleased with the results, but, unfortunately, in January we ruined everything. This year it is impossible to think about promotion
“We need to learn from our mistakes. Firstly, myself. I am the first person responsible for this situation, and my management.
Radrizzani originally arrived at Elland Road as a co-owner to Massimo Cellino last winter but took full control of the club in the summer, with his reign getting off to a rocky start as manager Garry Monk resigned.
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While Radrizzani might be trying to take the heat off others with his comments, there are many problems at Leeds which need addressing if they are to have any hopes of success. Victor Orta’s role needs to be carefully scrutinised after his recruitment failed to deliver the top six spot hoped for, while the players themselves must be fighting for their futures now. Still, at least the Italian recognises there may well have been some naivety shown over running a football club, and there will be hopes that he can sort that out ahead of what looks to be an ambitious next season for Leeds.
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