Bolton v Leeds United: YEP jury predictions

Bolton boss Neil Lennon.
Bolton boss Neil Lennon.
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Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s game at Bolton Wanderers.

GARY NEWBOULD

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

So it came to pass that Massimo Cellino, the so called King of Corn aka The Grim Reaper, this week sacked his fifth full-time coach in just 16 months.

Under the current regime I’m not sure we’ll ever know who could do a good coach’s job for Leeds United, as I’m not certain that they’ll be given long enough or indeed enough control over such basic and fundamental matters as player recruitment and team selection.

One thing that is certain as death, taxes and a new manager every three to four months at LS11 is the fact that if you want professional performances and results on the pitch then you need a set of professionals running your football club off it.

We saw the briefest glimmers of this during Adam Pearson’s far-too-short tenure at the club, but it cannot be more than mere coincidence that since he has left our current owner has had a public fall-out with a recent player of the season, tried to reduce United’s ‘official’ away following to 2,000 without even consulting never mind thinking about the supporters, just disposed of another coach after just over two months of the season and, yet again, made us a laughing stock in the football world.

Oh, and I nearly forgot that our current owner has also been banned once again by the Football League under their fit and proper owner’s test. The Football League are certainly not on my Christmas card list, but I’d suggest that they come down to Elland Road and canvass opinion as to whether the real long term owners of the club (the fans) actually think that the current owner is a fit and proper person to run our football club.

The one constant factor through a period of constant change has been that the chief firer is also the chief hirer, so ultimately if you keep choosing ‘watermelons’ that are not good enough maybe you should ask someone with more experience to go to the greengrocers for you?

There’s actually some football as well tomorrow when United (now coached by Steve Evans), fresh from a much-improved midweek performance, head to Bolton to take on Neil Lennon’s side that currently props up the Championship and have won one less game than the Whites.

Given United’s home form and recent turmoil, nothing less than a point will do and, hopefully, the new manager can enjoy some sort of honeymoon period which sees us head up the league and get some points in the bank.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2.

KEITH INGHAM

As the sun went down behind the East Stand on Saturday, little did everyone know that the Monday after this the once mighty club would again be in total turmoil.

I went to the Brighton game, although we lost to a late Zamora goal I said to all that would listen that Uwe Rosler had at least two more games to save our season and his job. I was wrong.

As we all know now, he (Rosler) was dismissed on the Sunday. Cellino didn’t like his ‘safety first’ approach in the second half of the Brighton game. For me, we didn’t win on Saturday because Rosler made mistakes with his substitutes and we failed to defend as a unit when down to 10 men.

Next up for the ‘poison chalice’ is larger than life Steve Evans. His first game in charge was Fulham on Wednesday and I write this before the match. But everybody knows the Glaswegian is a basic 4-4-2 man, employing a flat back four, a holding midfielder, an attacking midfielder and two wingers with two up front.

Leeds next travel to another side at the wrong end of the table, Bolton where Neil Lennon’s own managerial record is being questioned.

Every game seems very important and a win is needed to boost this disappointing and sometimes embarrassing season.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2.

JAMES HARRISON

Can’t wait for Saturday. We showed a lot of promise against Fulham and there seems to be a new sense of energy around the squad. We played with more intent and created lots of chances. If we stop conceding soft goals, we will go on a really good run.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 0 Leeds United 2.

DAVID WATKINS

After the spirited performance down at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night all eyes now turn to our trip to Bolton on Saturday.

To some extent, new coach Steve Evans could have been forgiven had we returned from Fulham empty handed; it was his first game in charge and the Cottagers were enjoying a decent run in the league.

But having now seen the manner in which Leeds dominated the Londoners for much of the match, anything less than a win against the Trotters will be considered a disappointment. Bolton are on an appalling run and manager, Neil Lennon, admitted yesterday he is concerned about the Trotters’ “lack of quality”.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 0 Leeds United 2.

MATTHEW EVANS

A new manager and a banned owner since Saturday along with the sensible u-turn on the decision to limit the away following shows it’s still a soap opera at Elland Road.

At least Wednesday’s episode was a little more entertaining than others of late with Steve Evans giving the team license to attack Fulham and make things difficult for them at Craven Cottage.

Energy, tempo and work rate was all there in abundance and there were some slick passages of play. They now need to be finishing off moves in the final third and creating more chances. On another day United would have won, hopefully that other day can be at Bolton tomorrow.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2.

STEPHEN CLARK

Life at Leeds United is never dull, at least off the field. Once again the football has been relegated to a sideshow whilst the real drama unfolds according to the whims of the owner.

Massimo Cellino obviously never picked fruit as a youngster, as his record for picking the wrong watermelon continues unabated. His list of coaches is beginning to sound like the start of a joke as we’ve now had an Englishman, Slovenian, German and now a Scotsman.

Steve Evans was a controversial choice as coach but his first game in charge saw Leeds produce a performance which deserved more than a point. Hopefully the improved display is a sign of things to come and not just the bounce that a new man at the helm often brings.

Next up is a trip to bottom of the table Bolton, and if Leeds are not to be dragged into a fight at the bottom, it’s imperative that the Whites pick up something at the Macron Stadium. A defeat here and we may be entering a winter of discontent.

Prediction: Bolton Wanderers 1 Leeds United 2.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy at Elland Road on Saturday. Picture by Simon Hulme

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