Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has slammed the club’s players for showing ‘no commitment, no passion and no spirit’ after seeing their Premier League promotion push fall away this season.
The Whites began the campaign in great form under new manager Thomas Christiansen, sitting top of the Championship table after an unbeaten opening seven games.
However, things started to go sour at Elland Road when a run of one win in eight put the skids on their early momentum.
A December revival appeared to put the Yorkshire club back on track, but another horror run of results after the Christmas and New Year period then saw them slip outside the play-off places.
A seven-game winless run signalled the end of Leeds’ promotion hopes and Christiansen's short tenure as boss, as he was sacked in February after less than eight months in charge.
Results have not improved under new boss Paul Heckingbottom either, winning just one in seven, with the side currently sitting in 13th place.
And Radrizzani told talkSPORT he has been left stunned by the team’s miserable form in 2018, insisting he has given the players every chance to succeed this season.
“We have given them everything possible to just focus on the football ,” said the Leeds chief, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT host Jim White.
“As a club we support them in everything - we gave them long-term contracts, we supported them going to a mid-season camp in Spain.
“We did everything they wanted, but we didn’t get back their commitment, passion and the spirit, particularly in the last game, the most important game against Middlesbrough away and we played very poorly.
“For me, that was the bottom of the season because there was no commitment, no passion and no spirit.
“I don’t want players in my team and representing Leeds United with this behaviour, so I hope they can learn and will be here with me next year playing better and with more commitment.”
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