Andrea Radrizzani rocked by devastating Leeds statement as prominent fan group labels season ‘humiliating’ and demands immediate change
Leeds United have been plunged into further crisis after one of their most important supporter groups expressed serious concern about the way the season is going.
Leeds’ winless run was extended to five games earlier on Sunday as they were beaten 4-1 by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. In those five matches, the Whites have conceded 18 goals.
Leeds occupy 16th spot in the Premier League. They are only one point above the bottom three, and relegation rivals Leicester and Everton have a game in hand on them.
Javi Gracia was brought in to try and steady the ship following Jesse Marsch’s sacking in early February. However, Gracia has failed to drag Leeds up the table, while their performances under him have been particularly disappointing.
The Leeds United Supporters Advisory Board (SAB) have released a statement in response to the club’s latest defeat. They are trying to force Radrizzani into immediate action, calling the current situation ‘unsustainable’ and slamming the ‘humiliating’ season they have had to endure so far.
“After the result and performance of the team today, the Leeds United Supporters Advisory Board would like to place on record its lack of faith in the current management team at the club,” the statement reads (via BBC Sport).
“The SAB have been supportive of many decisions this year and will always work with the club to improve the way the club connects with its supporters and communities, so it is only right that we also address the current performances and the situation we are now faced with.
“Leeds United fans have, and will always, support our club through its ‘ups and downs’, but with four games left this situation is no longer sustainable.
Leeds have failed to learn from last season – statement
“The narrow escape from relegation last season should have been the catalyst for a season of growth but this season has now turned into a humiliating disaster.
“The appointment of Jesse Marsch, a style of play so different from that of Marcelo Bielsa, the sacking of Marcsh after the transfer window had closed, the hiring of a of a fifth-choice manager, the purchase of a £35m striker who has played hardly any minutes in a relegation dogfight, the costly and embarrassing mistakes made in the Jean Kevin Augustin case… there have been far too many questionable decisions and people must be made accountable.
“The players must also take responsibility for their abject performances and lack of professional pride since half time against Crystal Palace. To pull on that famous white shirt is something that us fans can only dream of, yet it seems that some of the squad don’t have the fight for this battle.
“We are therefore asking for immediate changes to be made to the first team coach and to those responsible for the recruitment of the managers and players who have been brought in over the last 14 months.
“We would like to place on record our thanks and gratitude to the many staff, at both Thorp Arch and Elland Road, who worked tirelessly to make Leeds United a club that all of those who support it can be proud of.
“The Supporters Advisory Board are due to meet with the club this coming week and hope that they are able to respond to this statement before the meeting takes place.”
Things could go from bad to worse for the West Yorkshire outfit, too. Their next two games are against league leaders Manchester City and high-flyers Newcastle. After that, Leeds will aim to pick up points against West Ham and Tottenham to try and rescue their top-flight status.
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