By Daniel Feliciano

25th May, 2022 | 10:41am

Ian Wright blasts Leeds United board, believes 'massive window' needed

Ian Wright has blasted the Leeds United board for the way they conducted themselves this season and says the club were ‘lucky’ to avoid relegation.

The Whites survived on the final day of the season with a 2-1 win away at Brentford, keeping them in the Premier League ahead of Burnley who lost to Newcastle.

Now speaking on his Wrighty’s House podcast [May 24], Wright admitted he felt the board were the reason for the club’s poor season and thinks they need ‘a lot of work’ to avoid being in a similar position next season.

“Leeds’ board, they were lucky in the end,” he said. “They were lucky that Raphinha, especially in the last five or six games that I’ve seen him, he turned up in that game.

“We saw him do his knee walk across the pitch. That was his penance I suppose, for God giving him what he prayed for. But I said it, I said it on Match of the Day that that board have a massive sigh of relief to actually, to breathe simply because of the way that they’ve gone about their business.

“If they get rid of Bielsa, a man who like I said at the time, he brought a Championship side into the Premier League and he was duking it out in the style that he wanted to duke it out.

“Who knows, if they gave him the kind of players that he could have continued to try and build. Better players playing the system that he wanted to play.

“Okay, he was trying with these players but they couldn’t do it.

“Now I believe that they should’ve got rid of him earlier, or given him a chance to try and get out of it but they sacked him, made the decision to sack him after not really backing him, then the injuries they’ve had. You can’t really blame anyone for that, that’s just what happens.

“And then they bring in Jesse Marsch and in the end they scrape by, but the board have to take a lot of the flack because if they start the season and they haven’t made some signings to help Jesse Marsch…

“It’s a massive, massive window. I think Leeds need a load of work.”

Harsh

The board at Elland Road are certainly not perfect, but Wrighty is being a bit harsh here with these comments to be honest.

The board gave Bielsa every chance to try and turn the situation around but after ten defeats in 12 games, the club’s safety needed to come first and they made a very tough decision to part ways with a legend.

They brought in a new coach, who they had been targeting for a while, and gave him enough time to implement his ideas and try to change things which ultimately he did.

But he is right about the fact the upcoming summer window is absolutely massive for the club if they want to avoid being in a similar position next season.

The manager must be backed with new signings to build the squad, and they must try their hardest to keep top players like Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips despite interest from elsewhere.

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