Goodman criticises Andrea Radrizzani for Thomas Christiansen comments

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3R) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Leeds United have appointed Paul Heckingbottom as the head coach following the departure of Andrea Radrizzani.

Andrea Radrizzani, Owner of Leeds United (3R) looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Don Goodman criticised Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani on the EFL Matters show on Sky Sports Football on Thursday evening (7:07pm, February 8, 2018) for his comments about Thomas Christiansen.

Christiansen was recently dismissed by Leeds following a run of poor results in the Championship.

The 44-year-old has been replaced by Paul Heckingbottom, who has left Championship rivals Barnsley for the Whites.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland striker Goodman, who supported Leeds as a kid according to The Independent and now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, has criticised chairman Radrizzani for being too harsh on Christiansen with his comments.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

Radrizzani recently told Sky Sports that he made a mistake in hiring Christiansen as the Leeds head coach in the summer of 2017, although he later clarified his remarks on social networking site Twitter (click here to read more).

Goodman said on the EFL Matters show on Sky Sports Football on Thursday evening (7:07pm, February 8, 2018): “I find that a little bit disrespectful to Thomas Christiansen, if I am honest.

“I don’t think there was really any need to go that strong and say ‘I made a mistake’ because, you know, managers are hired and fired all the time. It’s just becoming more and more commonplace.”

“I don’t really think it was necessary for him to go that strong,” added Goodman. “Yes, big up Paul Heckingbottom and what he has achieved, but I think Thomas Christiansen, when you look, they are not a million miles away from the playoffs.”

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Justified decision?

Christiansen is a very good head coach, and Leeds are still very much in the race for the Championship playoffs.

However, it cannot be denied that the Whites were hugely inconsistent under the former Spain international, and their results and performances since the festive period have been poor.

Moreover, the way that Leeds were knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport County was embarrassing.

With the West Yorkshire outfit still in the race for the playoffs, a change was needed, and perhaps Heckingbottom could be the manager to take Leeds back into the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

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