Michael Brown has lauded Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani for the “unbelievable” team support amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, was left raving over the Italian after the footballing staff at Elland Road made a financial sacrifice for the good of the club.

Leeds revealed via an official statement last week that the players, coaching staff and management team would be deferring their wages to ensure all the non-footballing employees would continue to be paid during the uncertain times.

 

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is set to be the player hit hardest by the decision, losing £34,000-a-week as a result of the new £6000-a-week pay cap among the squad.

Brown has heralded Radrizzani for the money he has put in during his time in charge and insists he has shown great leadership during an unprecedented situation in football.

Brown told Football Insider: “I think it’s well documented about how much money the owner’s been putting into the football club – they can be costly.

“Everybody’s hurting financially and I think it’s a great gesture. It shows it’s great team spirit, great leadership, the support has been unbelievable of late and I just think it’s in the right position and the right place.

“You know the kind of job he’s (Radrizzani) done. The amount of outlay Andrea Radrizzani’s had to put in has been very, very high. It’s hard to keep putting money and when there’s no games, you see a lot of clubs find it difficult.

“He’s done a great job, he’s got the positivity back around Leeds United. When the players defer their wages, it helps the stewards, the people all through the football club who do a fantastic job. It’s the team collective.” 

Radrizzani has been in charge of Leeds since buying out fellow Italian Massimo Cellino back in 2017.

The Whites currently sit one point clear at the top of the Championship table with nine games left to play.

In other Leeds United news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider he has been wowed by what Marcelo Bielsa has inspired behind-the-scenes at Elland Road.