Angus Kinnear has been on BBC Radio Leeds talking all things Leeds United and as always it was very interesting to hear what he has to say. He was very vocal in backing Thomas Christiansen and says the long-term plan with Christiansen is a long way off being changed.
Kinnear is very honest and has been so tonight. He has said tonight that despite recent events on the pitch they are a long way off having to make a decision on the future of Thomas Christiansen and that is purely based on the fact they feel that he is the right man for the job. He went on to say that Leeds United of the last ten to twelve years have lacked stability, which he is very right about but that starts with sticking to your guns and your plan, but obviously you have to be flexible, which he is also right about. I think if we were to lose the next couple of games these words would be put to the test with ten losses in eleven games which would be a significant issue both on and off the pitch.
Kinnear has also said that Leeds are not trying to cut corners when it comes to recruiting and spending money as it doesn’t buy you promotion by spending the money. He alluded to the champions of the division Newcastle United and one of the lowest wage budgets last season in local rivals Huddersfield Town. Leeds can’t compete with the clubs who have come down from the Premier League due to the parachute payments and making sure Leeds are sustainable as well as ambitious. One interesting point was that he said Leeds do have money to spend in January if they feel they need to, something that looks very likely at this moment in time.
For the first time Kinnear was under pressure with the questions tonight due to the performances on the pitch and he did very well but at the end of the day results will change the opinion of fans. The vast majority are on board with Radrizzani and his plans but he has to get it right on the pitch as well as improve other areas of the club. Many won’t know this but Radrizzani has a 5-year-plan to get Leeds back to the Premier League, this was alluded to by Angus Kinnear tonight so maybe any thoughts of Christiansen going are wide of the mark at the moment. Sunday is crucial, a win would make things look much brighter for everyone.