Andrea Radrizzani took to Twitter after watching his Leeds United side beat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday – but Phil Hay has criticised the Leeds owner for his Tweet, claiming the decision to make his feelings known was “ill-advised”.
Leeds ended a spell of two months without a Premier League win with a shock 2-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side. A win that relieves pressure on Jesse Marsch’s shoulders. It takes the Whites out of the relegation zone. Bournemouth next.
The Leeds board have come in for their criticism alongside Marsch, too. Having sold Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, and spent a similar amount on the nine players coming in, some Leeds fans feel more investment was required.
A left-back, more midfield depth, a striker, perhaps. But Radrizzani took to Twitter after the game on Saturday evening, starting the post with “we were not rubbish last week”. He ordered Leeds fans and the club to be “together”.
Hay was asked about Radrizzani’s Tweet. It prompted the response of many angry Leeds fans. Supporters who have had to go through a relegation scrap, the sacking of a club legend and are worried about another fight at the bottom.
“I just don’t think it’s particularly helpful at all, I feel as if the attention at Leeds, more than ever, needs to be on the pitch, on the players, and on the head coach,” Hay said on his Athletic podcast. “Ill-advised I would have said.”
Hay: Radrizzani Tweet ill-advised as Leeds beat Liverpool
Radrizzani is clearly aware that there is criticism. He is acutely aware that he is not the most-liked person in the world. But Hay goes on to make a good point. It is very rare that a club’s owners are held in high esteem, in the top tier.
Think about it, when a club is performing well – the players and manager get the praise. When playing badly, the microscope is on the board. Should they sack a manager, has recruitment been good enough, are they backing him?
Radrizzani is keen to unite a fanbase. But the best way he can do that is by staying off Twitter. Instead, giving Marsch and Victor Orta some cash to spend in the January window. Signing a couple of players to solve our ongoing issues.