Andrew Butterwick's hopes for Leeds United in 2017
Thank you Andrew.
Leeds United vs Rotherham United
Can you believe it? Another game at home and another sell out! Fantastic support from the Leeds faithful!
Team news: Three changes, Bartley, Hernandez, Wood replace Cooper, Vieira, Dallas, who drop to the substitutes bench.
Team: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Bridcutt(c), Hernandez, Sacko, Roofe, Doukara, Wood.
The first half disappointed, too many passes going astray and it was the away side that so nearly went in front, the shot that thumped a post leaving Leeds fans slightly worried. Even after a poor first half no boos greeted the referees whistle at the break, encouragement was offered as the players left the field.
Ronaldo Vieira restored balance in the Leeds engine room and within minutes they were ahead; a 'bullet' header from Kyle Bartley to take his tally to four for the season.
Leeds then started to play with style and it was only a matter of time that the lead was increased by Chris Wood, his fifteenth and sixteenth goals increased the lead to three.
Plenty of 'ole's' were heard as Leeds totally controlled the second period, even Berardi, up from left back smacked the post as Leeds threatened to run riot against the bottom club. Hernandez too took paint off a post with a late free kick.
A very satisfying win.
Kyle Bartley heads the opening goal
Garry Monk: thought Leeds were very lucky to come in at the break with the score 0-0, thought Leeds 'bossed' second half, Hernandez expected to sign a permanent deal as his loan deal has ended, Jansson will sign at the right time.
Looking at signing one or two players in the January transfer window, doesn't believe the window is a good time to buy players, O'Kane and Coyle back training, Taylor's injury may rule him out until the Derby game.
He ended by saying; "We don’t have to sell anyone and we won’t be selling anyone. It’ll only be in-comings. There’ll be no-one leaving in this window, this includes Charlie Taylor and every single player who's in the squad at the current time".
A extremely happy Monk.
Paul Warne (Caretaker boss, Rotherham): Told Garry Monk that Leeds were lucky to go into the break at 0-0 and added that he thought that any one of his team could get into the Leeds starting eleven. "Many might not agree, but I've got a good group of players".
Andrew Butterwick's reflections on yesterday's 3-0 victory over Rotherham United
Here's to the good times Andrew.
Jansson's agent, Martin Dahlin, said a three-year deal is agreed with Leeds and ready for Jansson to sign after his 22nd appearance. It was generally thought that after his twentieth game (Rotherham) would trigger the four million Euro transfer fee, no comment from the club.
Hull City sack Mike Phelan after only five months in the job.
A little later than usual, Heidi Haigh's blog on the 3-0 demolition of Rotherham United
Seeing the start of 2017 in style. Thank you Heidi.
Anybody expect this news? Maybe a couple of people on Twitter ;)
Aser Group Holding completes investment in Leeds United Football Club today.
Leeds United Football Club today confirms the completion of an investment by Aser Group Holding, through it's acquisition vehicle Greenfield Investment Pte Ltd, in 50 per cent of the Club's share capital.
The agreement is between Massimo Cellino, and Andrea Radrizzani (42) who is Founder and Group Chairman of Aser Group Holding, the successful Co-Founder of international sports media rights company MP & Silva and a leading figure in the sports media industry over the past two decades.
Andrea Radrizzani said; "I am delighted and proud to have acquired a 50 per cent stake in such a prestigious football club as Leeds United. I am excited by the challenge ahead and I will work alongside Massimo and everybody at the club to make Leeds United as successful as possible.
"I am fully aware of the great heritage and traditions of Leeds United and I will endeavour to be a fitting custodian on behalf of the many thousands of Leeds supporters, who are the lifeblood of the Club.
"I am making a long-term commitment to Leeds United and will work to bring stability through ongoing investment. I aim to bring sustainable growth. I won't do anything that will put the Club's future at risk.
"Through working in the sports industry for many years, I have developed a great passion for the English game and I am honoured to have become joint owner of one of the country's biggest clubs.
"I am very impressed the job Garry Monk has done this season and I will do all I can to support him and the team moving forward.
"The responsibility is on myself, Massimo and the executive management at the Club to work together over the coming months to provide the best platform and environment for Garry and the team to achieve success.
"My immediate priorities over the coming weeks are to meet with Garry and the team; the Club staff at Elland Road and Thorp Arch; supporters' representatives; former players and media."
Welcome to Leeds Andrea Radrizzani and Aser Group Holdings.
Massimo's message after the announcement; “I have worked hard for the past three years for Leeds United, we are a massive club, and I feel the only way we can get better is for me to bring in a new partner”, stated Cellino on the news that a deal has been completed.
Fellow Italian Radrizzani has been a key player in the sports media rights industry since he co-founded MP & Silva in 2004, and Mr Cellino believes this experience is just one of the qualities that his new partner will bring to the club.
Mr Cellino added; "Andrea is young and brings a new energy with him, as well as having a good experience in the football media business, which is the future for all clubs. I feel that bringing Andrea in as a 50% shareholder to work with me is the best choice we could have made. We will continue building a strong and healthy football club for the future.”
So who is Andrea Radrizzani?
He is one of the main shareholders and co-founder of MP & Silva which was formed with Riccardo Silva in 2004.
A young and successful businessman, Andrea was born in Milan in 1974 and got a degree in Public Relations from IULM University in 1998. A main shareholder of the company, Andrea has been focused and dedicated to the company’s growth and success since 2007, when MP & Silva started its global expansion from Singapore office.
Andrea Radrizzani is an experienced sports rights specialist and he was personally involved in most of MP & Silva’s rights acquisition with the major rights holders such as English Premier League, FIFA World Cup, UEFA, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Formula One, Olympic Council of Asia and others. He acted as MP & Silva Group CEO until 2013, being now involved in defining the Group’s business Strategy and new special expansion projects.
He is also the founder of Play for Change Foundation, a charity that engages the powerful impact of sports and media to support children in disadvantaged conditions. Poverty alleviation and educational project are currently active in Bali YKPA.org (recently rebranded YKPA Play For Change).
Garry Monk nominated again for the EFL Championship manager of the month, this time for the month of December. Brighton's Chris Hughton, Huddersfield Town's David Wagner and Fulham's Slavisa Jokanovic are the other nominees.
On the official site
Marco Silva appointed the third coach/manager of Hull City this season. Wonder if he lasts as long as the other two!
Pontus Jansson named PFA Championship player of December, so deserves the accolade and sign him up now!
Pablo Hernandez is expected to finalise his transfer to Leeds in the next coming days, indications are that it will be a twelve month deal with a option for a second year.
Chris Hughton wins the EFL Championship manager of the month for December.
What has Garry Monk to do to be rewarded for his superb efforts recently!
Luke Murphy joins Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season, just doesn't seem to 'fit' into the system that Leeds play under Garry Monk.
A inconsistent player but without doubt has 'something' but it hasn't happened for him at Leeds.
Garry Monk's look ahead to the trip to Cambridge United on Monday: On the festive period, seven points could and should have been nine.
On the new owner; "In Mr Radrizzani's statement, he clearly has a passion to drive the club forwards".
Monk on transfers; nothing drastic, just a couple to give the squad impetus, very happy with the squad, two / three would help it though, doesn't want to ruin the group with a mass influx, will meet with the joint owners next week, Taylor still absent but his return is 'imminent', no offers for the player and does not want to loose any of the current squad apart from Diagouraga who has not been involved this season, Coyle and O'Kane back training.
Lastly his opinion on how the 50/50 ownership will work; "It really has nothing to do with me to be honest. My focus is on the field"
A Happy Monk
A very interesting week, it will to be see how the 'arrangement' works between the owners.
The main thing they must do is not sit on their hands, moderate investment could be the difference between top six and top ten, this is the time to really challenge for the promised land.
By Keith Ingham