By Mark Smith

29th Apr, 2020 | 3:45pm

Angus Kinnear claims Leeds could be forced into 'radical' changes over business model

Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has claimed the club would be in a very serious situation financially if the break continued for another six months.

Kinnear admitted that Andrea Radrizzani has put the club in a great position off the pitch since he arrived at Elland Road, but that the longer it goes on, the more inevitable it is that they will struggle.

Leeds’ staff and players have already agreed to a wage deferral until this goes on to make sure that the club can continue to pay matchday staff.

Kinnear claimed that if games are held behind closed doors for the significant future, the Leeds board would need to consider a radical restructuring.

“It would be a very serious situation,” he told Sky Sports’ football show, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“Like a lot of businesses are experiencing at the moment, to have all your revenue streams dry up overnight. The football financing market, certainly for Championship clubs, also died out overnight as well, so we don’t have recourse there.

“We are well-funded, we have a generous owner who is committed to the club, and we can weather the short-term. But if behind-closed-doors was persistent in the long-term, it really brings significant challenges and it requires restructuring the business model in some really radical ways.”

The EFL have released another plan for bringing football back this season, with regional hubs being discussed if clubs can’t use their home stadiums for the remaining nine games [Evening Standard].

Kinnear mentioned that games being played behind-closed-doors for too long could damage the club financially, something which could happen.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that fans may not be allowed back in stadiums until at least the beginning of October – something Kinnear and Radrizzani may not be best pleased with.

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