The first we heard about Andrea Radrizzani speaking out was on Sky Sports yesterday and not long after the exclusive interview with Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post hit social media. I know some fans aren’t happy with what has been said but for me the honesty is brilliant and it has helped me understand the way Andrea Radrizzani looks at things. At the end of the day Thomas Christiansen had to go in my opinion, and Heckingbottom will, over time work out very well for the club.
Andrea Radrizzani Quotes via the Yorkshire Evening Post
“Anything that doesn’t work is a mistake so yes, I did make a mistake,” Radrizzani said. “I apologise to the fans and the club, and for my experience I need to learn and analyse better my choice before making it.”
“At the same time, he seemed to be someone successful and fresh who could match with the new phase of the club, my new management and the new freshness around the team. “But if you watch the games we conceded so many chances early on, in the first few minutes. This is a sign that mentally the players are not relaxed. They are stressed and this is why I could feel that probably the manager was not transmitting security and confidence.”
“I waited for a long time before taking the decision and gave him many chances. Already at the beginning of January I was really keen to change. Victor (Orta, Leeds’ director of football) convinced me to hold on and give him one more, one more, one more; extra chances but at the end, something was missing.”
“We need to share this responsibility but probably the job was a little bit too big for him at this point in his career.”
“I wish him good luck and success and he will have the time to grow but at the same time I think this league is competitive, very difficult and he probably lacked a little bit in terms of knowledge of the football.”
“More than that he needs to improve in terms of communication and leadership and confidence, which is a word I used a lot with him but it didn’t improve. “I had two situations that put me in the mind to change. First, the crazy Christmas period where we had four games in eight days. I was expecting (Christiansen) to manage the group in terms of changing some players. At the end, what happened was the opposite.”
“As a result we had to change 10 players and have a shame-game against Newport. Congratulations to them but we didn’t come onto the pitch to play. That was a message to consider a change.”
Radrizzani said he believed Heckingbottom would be better equipped for the Championship, saying: “We want to have on board someone with a bright future but at the same time a knowledge of the territory. Someone fresh, ambitious and motivated to do well.
“In his short career he already achieved a promotion. He’s someone who could lead the group and that’s what we need now. We need a leader. In my first moment I was thinking of someone more senior, someone older with more seasons behind him, but this could be compensated by Paul with his leadership. In the long run I think we could hopefully have found a good manager. Time will show.”
It’s nice to see an owner be so honest, even if that does mean telling some home truths to the players and management. Thomas Christiansen made his own bed and so many of us were pointing out things that simply weren’t right. Luke Ayling discussed the Christmas period and spoke of last season, and how that period ended the season in the end, Garry Monk not using the squad. Lone behold Christiansen did the same and the season is now all but over. Radrizzani pinpointed this as a key moment for him in his decision to sack Christiansen.