By Ben Wild

15th Feb, 2023 | 4:40pm

Andrea Radrizzani could wait until summer to hire next Leeds United manager despite 49ers takeover news

Andrea Radrizanni could still appoint the new Leeds United manager in the summer despite increased speculation around the club’s ownership, according to The Mirror.

In Wednesday’s edition of the Mirror (page 59, 15 February), it is claimed Radrizanni will be the man to appoint Jesse Marsch’s replacement, even if Michael Skubala is in charge until the end of the season.

With the San Francisco 49ers expected to take full control at Elland Road before the start of next season, this suggests Radrizanni could still be involved in a post-takeover Leeds United.

The club have so far failed to attract any of their top candidates to replace Marsch with moves for Carlos Corberan, Andoni Iraola and Alfred Schreuder all falling flat.

Why Radrizzani?

Leeds confirmed on Tuesday (14 February) that Skubala will remain in charge of the first team for the club’s “upcoming fixtures”, including this weekend’s mammoth clash against Everton.

The San Francisco 49ers’ full takeover of Leeds United is a matter of when, not if, and everyone expects that takeover to be the end of Radrizanni’s involvement at the club.

This report seems to suggest that he may still be involved at the club when a change of ownership happens. If Leeds are going to wait until the summer to appoint a new manager, then why let Radrizanni have a say at all?

Why not just wait for the takeover to go through and let the new owners pick their own man? That would seem the sensible thing to do.

The bigger question is whether Leeds can stay in the Premier League under the management of Skubala and his staff.

This weekend’s game against Everton will tell us a lot. A win would suggest that the club is moving in the right direction and it could make the appointment of a permanent boss less of a pressing issue.

A loss would have quite the opposite effect.

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