Simon Jordan blasts Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta despite Leeds United survival
Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta have both “done it wrong” this year despite Leeds United staying in the Premier League says Simon Jordan.
The Whites secured Premier League survival on the final day of the season with a late victory at Brentford, coupled with Burnley’s defeat to Newcastle.
But after a disastrous year that has seen the club get rid of Marcelo Bielsa, suffer numerous injuries and go into the last game looking favourites for the drop, the talkSPORT pundit was in no mood to congratulate the decision makers at the club.
In a clip posted on talkSPORT’s Twitter page he said: “I admire the club. But they’ve done it wrong this season.
“The owner’s done it wrong. The director of football’s done it wrong. The purchasing policy’s been wrong.
“They haven’t compensated for the issues that they’ve had in terms of injuries.
“Every club has injuries, they all have injuries.
“They’ve gotten away with it this time. They’ve gotten away with it. And I’m pleased they’ve gotten away with it.”
The euphoria of staying up shouldn’t mask the fact that Jordan is right, because if Burnley had not thrown the game away at Turf Moor, and potentially if Brentford’s Sergi Canos hadn’t pointlessly got himself sent off, it wouldn’t have happened.
Everyone involved was rightly praised for the performance last season of finishing in ninth after so many years outside the top flight.
But they survived by the skin of their teeth this year, and while the managerial change appears on balance to have been correct, there is plenty else to be unimpressed by.
The squad was pushed to breaking point after lacklustre recruitment in the summer, and none in the winter window.
Not spending money at all is better than spending it on the wrong players, which Dan James and Junior Firpo look like they have been, but neither helps a team trying to operate in the Premier League.
Radrizzani and Orta are sure to want success for the club as much as anybody but it is a fair criticism to say their decisions haven’t helped matters this year.
But they’ve been given a reprieve so this summer has to be a major improvement on last to avoid a repeat performance.