'Obviously getting an injection of funds' – Exclusive: Sky pundit makes big claim about Leeds
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Sky pundit Paul Robinson has said Leeds are “obviously getting an injection of funds” if they get promoted to the Premier League.
However, he also made the big claim that Leeds would need restructuring and fresh investment regardless of what happens this season.
In a previous Times report, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani had said he was in talks with QSI over investment that could put Leeds on the same level as Man City.
He added that the current level of spending in the Championship was “unsustainable”.
Radrizzani said: “Bielsa and his staff cost £6 million [a year], we bought many other players and I think we have a squad to be promoted. It’s financially not sustainable to keep this level of salary which is now over £30 million, probably £33 million with Marcelo and closer to £40 million with the coaches.”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Leeds are obviously getting an injection of funds if they get into the Premier League.
“Promotion is a must now, with the staff wages, the players’ ages. It’s unsustainable in the Championship.
“However, I think if they didn’t go up there would have to be a huge rethink and fresh investment put into the club because of the way it’s structured at the moment.”
Robinson was an advocate of Leeds spending in the January window and thought the gamble was worth taking.
“That goes back to my point about investing in the side. If you’d have invested £12m in the January window, against the reward of £200-300m to get into the Premier League, it seemed a small risk to take.
“You can understand it when Radrizzani is putting money into the club like that, you’re going to want some return for your investment.
“If he’s putting £10-12m in wages per year and the club’s still in the Championship, that’s not a Championship budget, that’s not sustainable.
“But, if he’s putting £10m or £12m into wages for a year that then gets through to the Premier League then it’s not bad money to spend.”
Some Leeds fans were hoping to get an injection of funds in the January window, to push their side over the line.
However, that didn’t happen and with Profit & Sustainability levels Leeds couldn’t have spent without breaching these anyway – something Radrizzani doesn’t want to do.
Talk of the QSI takeover has gone quiet recently but that’s no bad thing. It’s all about promotion now, which would unlock a giant again in the top flight.
If that happens, expect the QSI talk to fire up again seriously in the summer.
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