Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has made the headlines of late for being outspoken on a handful of topics.
The Italian’s latest outburst came during an interview with talkSPORT, in which he questioned the commitment and desire of the players, most of which signed long-term contracts earlier in the season.
The latest run of results, which has included just one win in 14, has left the businessman frustrated, but he is not the only one.
The fans have understandably been venting their disappointment on social media, particularly now that the club have drifted in the race for the playoffs.
As it stands, the Whites are 13th in the Championship table, 11 points adrift of the top six following last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Reading.
Radrizzani has given his take on the situation, and now he is aiming criticism at the players, specifically referring to their recent 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
He told talkSPORT:
“As a club we support them in everything – we gave them long-term contracts, we supported them going to a mid-season camp in Spain. We did everything they wanted, but we didn’t get back their commitment, passion and the spirit, particularly in the last game, the most important game against Middlesbrough away and we played very poorly.
“For me, that was the bottom of the season because there was no commitment, no passion and no spirit. I don’t want players in my team and representing Leeds United with this behaviour, so I hope they can learn and will be here with me next year playing better and with more commitment.”
Leeds fans have been reacting on Twitter to the owner’s comments.
Commitment, Passion, Spirit will not help if you are not good enough to start with ,Not going into naming players but at least 4 of the current team are Div 1 at best and that blame lies with Orta
— Paul Turner (@st07pat) March 13, 2018
If the players can’t perform because the working environment isn’t right that’s Radz fault. If they can’t perform due to issues with talent or attitude that’s on recruitment.
— Gary Darren (@ravadarren) March 13, 2018
Needs to include himself and Orta in that statement
— Michael (@Distanttexan) March 13, 2018
Ratz employed Orta to bring in players looks like he gets away without ridicule,your strategy and structure Ratz you to blame as well….
— johnmat64 (@spirejohn1302) March 13, 2018
Average players = average squad = average results. You want better results then hire better managers & buy better players
— Mark Devaney (@markwd1) March 13, 2018
The same squad he believed was top 6 quality earlier in the season?
— Ben Gadsby (@BGLUFC) March 13, 2018
Maybe if we Brought in Noel Whelan as head of recruitment we would have a chance, sell 50% of the Orta dross then we could be competitive. Team backbone to be built around Pontus Forshaw Saiz.
— Simon Haste (@simjam100) March 13, 2018
Start by getting rid of orta, then start listening to us fans, then start by appointing a good experienced manager then start spending your money that’s if you have any ??
— paul young (@wicketlufc) March 13, 2018
Give @andrearadri time he is only been in the role a short time he will get the right manager also Director of Football and make Leeds a success, this guy is very smart.
— Anislufc (@anislufc) March 13, 2018