Whether you have been a Cellino In or Out person, or fell somewhere in the middle, there is no doubt that this season has been a massive step forward in the progress of Leeds United Football Club. We sit here now heading into the last game of the season disappointed to have narrowly missed out on a play-off place but at the state of the season if you’d told us we’d finish seventh most would not have believed you.
Garry Monk was an extremely astute choice as manager and having been allowed to get on with things without the threat of sacking all season he has produced a team which have fought hard and entertained the Leeds fans all season. If you want to find out the best sports betting sites, Bookies Betting Offers is a fantastic betting portal providing competitive odds on popular sports events all around the UK, they review some incredibly reputable bookies including Unitbet, who offer great bonuses too. What the team have lacked in top class ability they have for the most part made up for in hard work and togetherness, characteristics that will always go down well with Leeds fans.
But there has been a shift change in the way the club has been run this season. Cellino has been most noticeable by his absence and without his outbursts things seem to have gone much smoother. Advertising and promotion has been slicker, new sponsors have been signed, ticket prices and deal have been imaginative. Who is responsible for this I’m not sure; Cellino, Mansford or perhaps Andrea Radrizzani was already having his say before he purchased 50% of the club back in January.
What seems clear now is that the Massimo Cellino era may be coming to an end and the era of Andrea Radrizzani only just beginning. With the club failing to achieve promotion to the Premier League Radrizzani is set to take his option of completing the 100% purchase of Leeds. Speaking at the clubs annual awards dinner Radrizzani said;
From tomorrow it’s time to work to do better than what we’ve done. We’ve had an amazing season in terms of emotion and it gives us big hope that we’ve started something that could bring more joy in the future.
Intentions are certainly clear with the appointment of Ivan Bravo to the board of directors. Bravo has previously worked as director of strategy at Real Madrid but it is perhaps his more recent role which raises more intrigue. As director general Bravo has lead the development of the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence in Qatar. It is these Middle and Far East contacts and associations that are believed to be the financial backing behind Radrizzani ownership of Leeds United.
Whatever the future holds for Leeds United I doubt someone like Bravo would take on the role if there were not significant plans and backing in place. He’s not a man used to working on a small budget. However things turn out this summer could be extremely exciting for Leeds, let’s just hope the ambitions are in place both off and on the pitch to take us on from everything achieved this season.