Simon Jordan takes a swipe at Andrea Radrizzani as Leeds United relegation looms
Simon Jordan has taken a swipe at Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani as the club teeter on the edge of relegation ahead of the final game of the season.
The Whites must win their final game of the season against Tottenham and hope Everton lose in order to be a Premier League side next season.
When discussing the relegation situation while live on talkSPORT (11:39), Jordan claimed it could provide some clarity on the club’s future in terms of ownership while taking a swipe at Radrizzani.
“They’re not going down like they did in 2004 absolutely weighed down by mismanagement from people like Peter Ridsdale and maybe Alan Leighton who was on the board and involved in the decisions that they made,” he said.
“They’re going down because they wasted their own time and wasted opportunity, but they’re not going down in an economic car crash. Maybe it’ll clear the water for them.
“Maybe this ridiculous push me pull me mentality of who’s running that football club [will go]. Radrizzani wanting to get out of the door and ultimately someone else wanting to buy it, and neither one making particularly good decisions.
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“Because there’s logical thinking behind Jesse Marsch bouncing into Javi Gracia, then bouncing into Sam Allardyce with four games to go after spending a certain amount of money in the January window, never playing the player you bought in the January transfer window, and then firing the coach directly after the transfer window who bought the players.
“So maybe there will be clarity.”
There’s a reason that fans have been calling for Radrizzani to leave the club for a while and it’s because we saw this coming.
It’s quite clear that he has one foot outside the door of Elland Road, confirmed even more by the fact that he is already bidding for Sampdoria in Italy and has eyes on their project.
That means he isn’t fully committed to helping Leeds and making us better and that is showing by the decisions made at the club over the last 12 months or so that have got us in this mess.
He’s been far too impulsive and doesn’t foresee issues like the Javi Gracia and Jesse Marsch appointments, and relegation has been coming for a while.
Relegation will most likely mean we see the back of him at the end of the season and that’s a positive. If we can get back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking, then there are probably quite a few fans who would take that as a long-term gain.
In other Leeds news, Chris Sutton has made his relegation picks for the final day of the season.