By George Overhill

1st May, 2023 | 8:10pm

Andrea Radrizzani has “grown concerned” that the Leeds United squad aren’t responding to Javi Gracia’s methods and a change could be made this week, 90min reports.

The Whites owner is currently holding talks with Victor Orta, Angus Kinnear and the Elland Road hierarchy about sacking the Spaniard who was only appointed on 21 February.

Following Sunday’s (30 April) miserable 4-1 loss at Bournemouth Radrizzani admitted he was “broken” and “responsible” for what had happened [Conor McGilligan via Twitter].

And with just four games to go in the Premier League to avoid relegation Leeds United face the prospect of a fourth manager of the season before the next game at Manchester City on Saturday (6 May).

The 90min report says: “Sources have confirmed to 90min that Radrizzani has grown concerned that the squad are not responding to Gracia’s methods and talks are now being held with the rest of the Leeds hierarchy, including Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear, over making a change which could come this week.”


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Ahead of Everton vs Leicester on Monday night the Whites are currently 16th and a point outside the bottom three, but one of the two rivals will overtake them depending on the result at the King Power.

The wild lack of control that is so often exhibited on the pitch when the club plays has been mirrored in the boardroom this season, and it feels like another change is going to be too little too late.

It looks like an understatement to suggest the players aren’t responding to Gracia’s methods, with just one point from the past 15 available and three thrashings in that run.

The alarming switch from looking like the side was growing in confidence up until half time against Crystal Palace on 9 April, to apparently being utterly devoid of confidence ever since defies explanation.

Some of the manager’s methods have come in for heavy criticism, not least his relegation of Willy Gnonto to afterthought before the Italian finally started again at Bournemouth and was the best player in White, but before the Palace game they tentatively appeared to be working.

So the players have to take a huge amount of the blame for what has happened since, even if Gracia is also responsible.

But the board themselves are going to have to look in the mirror when it comes to the events of the past 18-months, having failed to back Marcelo Bielsa in the transfer market, sacked him for Jesse Marsch who they then did back heavily, only to fire the American at a baffling point in the season before making a mess of trying to replace him, all to end up in exactly the same place.

In other Leeds United news, yet another injury has left a Whites ace facing surgery that will keep him out for months according to Phil Hay.