Leeds United owner Radrizzani thanks fans for acceptance after Cellino

Leeds fans show their support during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani appreciates that he was welcomed with open minds.

Leeds fans show their support during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has been reflecting on his time at the club.

He is on the verge of a historic promotion to the Premier League, before the football season was postponed.

Speaking to Gianluca di Marzio, Radrizzani says he is thankful to be accepted with open arms by the Leeds faithful.

 

With a subtle nod to the turbulent times under former owner Massimo Cellino, Radrizzani says as a fellow Italian he was worried about the response he might receive.

He said: "[I have] pride as an Italian and a difficulty since I came after another Italian (Cellino).

"But there was no prejudice and I now have the support of the fans, the media, the players and the coach."

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

Radrizzani made all the right moves after taking total control of Leeds.

Unlike Cellino, he delivered on his early promises too, turning Leeds into promotion contenders and doing a deal to take control of stadium Elland Road, which his predecessor found too complicated.

Whether Leeds seal promotion or not will determine whether Radrizzani will be seen as another owner who tried and failed, but he is giving it a better shot than his predecessors and giving fans genuine hope.

Massimo Cellino President and Director of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

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