'Huge' – Exclusive: Pundit reacts to Leeds QSI reveal, urges Radrizzani to do one thing
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Paul Robinson has said that the Qatar Sports Investments group would be a “great fit” for Leeds as owner Andrea Radrizzani confirmed last week that he would take new investment on in the Premier League.
However, Robinson urged Radrizzani to stay on rather than accept a full takeover and praised his “passion” for the club and getting them to within a whisker of the top flight.
In an interview with Gianluca Di Marzio, Radrizzani hinted strongly at QSI investment saying, “My desire is to make Leeds a great player in the Premier League and to do so it will need to have new partners… We will evaluate it when we are in that league.
“Of course, there is an excellent relationship on a personal level [with QSI chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi], a desire to do something together, maybe even in football, but nothing concrete at the moment.”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I think Radrizzani loves the club – you can see how much he loves the club by the infrastructure he’s put in place. I think he’s been fantastic for Leeds.
“I don’t think he’d want to let it go, to be honest. The way that he’s crafted things himself at this club I don’t think he’d want to let it go if he was in the Premier League.
“No one has been able to take Leeds back to the Premier League for a long, long time.
“He is going to need to take investment this summer but I wouldn’t want him to step aside.
“His passion and love for the club – when he gets investment I want to see it happen alongside him.
“QSI would be a great fit and it would be huge for Leeds if they invested. San Francisco 49ers are a huge global company and they would be fantastic for Leeds too.”
Radrizzani has come in for criticism from fans for not investing enough in securing promotion.
However, the 18/19 accounts revealed that Leeds made a £21m loss last season and spent £96 of every £100 in revenue on wages.
We think Radrizzani is doing everything the right way and has left the club on the brink of promotion without risking penalties from the EFL over profit & sustainability.
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