Leeds United: Murphy is toast of the city in need of change – Gray

Luke Murphy scores his first goal against Blackpool on Saturday.
Luke Murphy scores his first goal against Blackpool on Saturday.
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United legend Eddie Gray gives his verdict on Leeds’ 2-0 home win over Blackpool

I thought Leeds did okay on Saturday. It wasn’t a great game but I thought Luke Murphy had probably his best game in a Leeds United shirt.

I was pleased to see the boy get forward as it’s a while since we have seen midfield players getting beyond the front boys and that’s what he did for his goals. It was nice to see him getting forward.

Overall, it was a decent display against a very disappointing Blackpool side – it’s got to be said.

There’s not many sides that have been to Elland Road and been as poor as them this year.

But I was just pleased for our players because it’s hard when you are not winning and people are having a go at you and fans are not expecting anything. This just lifts everybody a little bit and hopefully we can finish the season well.

But I wouldn’t think to myself ‘that’s it, we are on the upward trend now.’

There’s a long way to go to getting that consistency. And I still think we’ll have to play better when we play against the better sides though it was a good three points for us and we should try and take the positives from that.

There’s obviously nothing to play for now so the players can go out and relax a little bit and show people what they can do and show the new owner what they can do – and the manager for that matter.

But regardless of that I still think the club is going to need an overhaul in the summer. And I think we have got to take a reality check and realise what we are and where we are – a mid-table team. The club is going to need looking at from top to bottom and you have got the off-field problems that the club has suffered.

Then on the field we’ve not exactly set the place alight.

So everybody at the club has to have a look and think ‘right, where do we go? What direction are we going to take a club that is in a big city, and the one club in the city?’

You’ve got a lot of fans on side here and you have got to try and push forward. Hopefully it will happen.

This is obviously the end of Massimo Celino’s first week at the club and his investment is just what the club needs.

The club needs an injection and he’ll manage the club, he’ll run the club and the man is putting his money in so he has every right to do that.

You just hope that he and Brian can work together, sort something out and work out in the summer which way we are going to go.

But it’s not going to be easy and there’s a lot of players still under contract at the club yet we are going to have to bring some new blood in if we are going to compete against the best teams in the league.

We beat Blackpool reasonably comfortably but I wouldn’t think that was fantastic – to beat Blackpool.

Blackpool have hardly won a game since November and they are in relegation trouble.

Massimo has obviously been trying to get to know the people this week and trying to get to know the city which I think is a good thing. I don’t think that does any harm at all.

You just hope now that we can become a settled club with a bit of stability off the field and on it. When you look at the league just now, the best we can finish, even if we win our last four games, is mid-table. That tells you everything about how this season has gone but it was nice to win at the weekend. It was nice for everybody.

On another note, David Haigh has now left the football club and I don’t know the circumstances. But you can only say he did everything in his power to try and get the club on a good footing and these things happen in football. Things move on and it’s a new era now.

Next up we go to Barnsley on Saturday and the new owner will soon find out what the league’s about when we go to Barnsley! It will be different for him and it’s one place we have not had a good record. But you’d like to think we can go there and relax and there is no real pressure on us now as we are not going to do anything this season. We cannot get relegated and we cannot get near the top of the table as there’s teams with 60 points now that are in about tenth place. We’ve got 50 points, we’ve got 12 to play for and we can get a maximum of 62. Let’s try and get that.

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