In a recent Q&A with supporters, the reliable LeedsLive reporter was asked about the situation at boardroom level, with one fan questioning whether or not their minority shareholders would hold back spending.
“Without knowing the small print of their agreement with [chairman Andrea] Radrizzani, my assumption would be they are far more cautious about putting any more money into a Championship club than they need to.
“They may well surprise us all in the summer with bold statements about investment and immediate promotion, but a relegation was evidently never a part of their plan when they came on board in 2018.”
It took the Yorkshire giants 16 years to return to the big time, so if they were to be relegated this weekend, then there will surely be big worries around Elland Road.
Heading into the final game of the season on Sunday, the Whites are sat in the relegation zone on goal difference – by quite some margin too (20 goals). They simply have to better Burnley‘s result against an in-form Newcastle United side to remain in the Premier League.
Given the fact that Leeds have picked up just two points from a possible 15, it is entirely plausible that they will be a Championship side once again and that division is not getting any easier either.
Very few teams have managed an instant comeback. It took over a decade-and-a-half to return themselves, and without that financial backing from the American heavyweights, that task could be even more difficult.
As such, supporters will surely be hugely concerned to read this latest claim from Cross, who effectively says that the 49ers group will not put in more than they have to.
If Leeds were challenging in the top half of the table, you’d imagine their backing could elevate the club into European reckoning but that’s nothing more than a pipe dream right now.
AND in other news, Jesse Marsch dealt fresh blow in relegation fight…