By Mark Smith

14th May, 2022 | 7:30am

Andrea Radrizzani facing serious questions from investors and partners if Leeds United relegated - Jeremy Cross

Andrea Radrizzani is facing “serious questions” from Leeds United investors and partners should they be relegated to the Championship this season.

That’s according to Jeremy Cross, who insists that dropping out of the Premier League would lead to Raphinha, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford all finding new clubs.

Radrizzani would be questioned after his huge decision to sack Marcelo Bielsa back in February, and bring in Jesse Marsch with little time to turn things around.

Writing in his latest column for the Daily Star, Cross shared what could happen if the Whites finish in that dreaded bottom three next week.

“Radrizzani is starting to resemble someone who put all his chips on red, only to see the roulette ball stop on black,” he wrote.

“And nothing is blacker than a return to the second tier, a scenario that would see the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and Raphinha all find new clubs and leave Radrizzani facing serious questions from club investors and partners.”

Not good enough.

Paraag Marathe of the San Francisco 49ers was spotted at Elland Road this week, and this will certainly not have been in the Americans plans when they invested.

The 49ers Enterprises have the option to take full control of the club in the coming years, although Radrizzani may have left them with a huge mountain to climb from next season and beyond.

The Italian failed to invest in the January window when injuries were ravaging the squad with the likes of Phillips, Bamford and Liam Cooper all out long term.

Instead, we were left with a squad filled by under-23 players and when it inevitably went wrong, Bielsa was the one to face the axe, not the owner for his huge mistakes.

Victor Orta will not get away from this cleanly either should Leeds go down, with his transfer work nothing short of questionable over the past couple of years – being saved by Bielsa and his ability to turn water into wine.

It’s not over yet though, and with Burnley on the same points should we better their results in our games against Brighton and Brentford, we should survive.

It is still possible, let’s pray for a miracle.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared what Luke Ayling did in the dressing room after the defeat at Arsenal