By George Overhill

16th Mar, 2023 | 3:51pm

Simon Jordan has alluded to chaos behind the scenes at Leeds United amid a confused hierarchy and expected summer exit for Andrea Radrizzani.

The talkSPORT pundit extolled his admiration for the Whites as a club but has warned their style of play is taking risks once more when there barely escaped relegation last season.

But with Italian Radrizzani tipped to sell to 49ers Enterprises in the near future if Premier League survival is secured the stakes could hardly be higher, and the presence of multiple seats of power at the club is causing all sorts of confusion with how things are currently being run.

Speaking live on talkSPORT on Thursday (16 March) in a clip posted to the station’s Twitter page, Jordan said: “I am a great admirer of Leeds United as a football club. I think they are a potential powerhouse of a football club with this passionate fanbase…

“There’s this bravery, but sometimes you do have to rein it back in a little bit every now and again. It’s great to be the team that other people want to watch, because you do, they are a very interesting side to watch, very engaging… but if you keep flying close to the sun you’re gonna get burnt in the end aren’t you?

“There’s so much riding on this. With Andrea probably going to leave the club if it stays in the Premier League, with an acquisition structure that’s in place, not possibly there if it’s in the Championship.

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“There’s so much going on, perhaps, behind the scenes. You hear things about players that are being sold by one particular part of the football club, that the other part may not want them to sell, and around and around you go.”

Coming to a head

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that a current owner that is expecting not to be, and a prospective owner that has eyes on soon taking over, both having input into key decisions is going to lead to confusion.

Were Leeds United comfortably sitting in mid-table with little to play for until the end of the season it wouldn’t matter, and the final months would see succession plans put in place ahead of time.

But with Premier League status hanging in the balance it increases the pressure on both sides, with the long-awaited transfer of power, and everything that comes with it, potentially thrown into doubt if the club goes down.

At the very least the agreement on the terms by which it changes hands will be different, and the financial considerations for everything going forward in the second tier is a far cry from the riches of the top flight.

The Jack Harrison nearly-move to Leicester City is one of the clearest examples of the differences behind the scenes having real-world consequences, with a £20million departure within touching distance before he was brought back from the Foxes training ground at the 11th hour.

The baffling choice to finally cut the chord on Jesse Marsch at such an inopportune point in the season on 6 February, and then spend a fortnight scrambling around looking for solutions, is another that shows it is anything but serene behind closed doors at the moment.

Whatever happens between now and May, Javi Gracia and this squad just have to stay up to get what needs to happen over the line, and escape endless further turmoil going forward.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are very keen on bringing in a “most complete” international champion on a free transfer this summer.

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