Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that a clearout was required at Elland Road before Leeds United could seriously think about getting back into the Premier League.
The Italian businessman took full control of the West Yorkshire club three years ago and now they have secured promotion back to the top flight for the first time since 2004.
So much of that success is down to head coach Marcelo Bielsa in what was a huge appointment for Leeds.
The veteran Argentine coach had managed a number of notable clubs around Europe like Athletic Bilbao, Lazio and Marseille, before agreeing to replace Paul Heckingbottom.
It was an ambitious move by the Whites to draw such a high-profile figure, but ambition is precisely what Radrizzani was looking for, claiming that there wasn’t much of it at the club when he arrived.
He told The Yorkshire Post: “I had to change the culture of this club. When I arrived there were great people but they would be happy with average, they didn’t have ambition or an expectation to succeed. Only the leadership can change everyone else.”
These are strong comments by Radrizzani, but he’s been proven to be absolutely right. Nothing changes until leadership does and you can see why he is such a revered figure among the Elland Road faithful.
Not only has he bought back the stadium and established a great rapport with the fanbase, something that was lacking under his predecessor Massimo Cellino, but he has helped to get Leeds back to where they belong and for that, the 45-year-old will always be remembered as a brilliant figure at the club.