THE YEP jury have their say ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Huddersfield Town at Elland Road.
January has yet again proved to be the bleakest time of all to be a Leeds United supporter. If you want a lesson in how not to run a football club you only need to look back at some of the recent Januarys in our history.
January 2003 saw player sale after player sale. In 2005 we ‘welcomed’ Ken Bates as our new owner, signalling the start of one of the darkest eras in our history.
2008 had the chaos of Dennis Wise’s resignation. January 2012 was overshadowed by Simon Grayson’s sacking and Jonny Howson’s sale, while this time last year Neil Warnock made one of the worst transfer decisions of all time when he swapped Luciano Becchio for Steve Morison.
Yet, all of these pale into insignificance when compared to January 2014. On the field we’ve taken a solitary point in four league games, scored just two goals and been humiliated at Hillsborough and Spotland.
We finally got the wingers we’ve craved all season yet you can count on one hand the number of crosses they’ve put in between them in three games.
If that wasn’t enough, we now have the absolute farce that is the proposed takeover. It seems GFH want out, yet with Haigh and Flowers unwilling to pay the asking price, we’re now at risk of being sold off to the highest bidder, regardless of who they are or what they want with the club.
The fans simply deserve better. Tuesday’s atmosphere was as flat as I’ve ever known at Elland Road. When Bates exited the club last year we all thought the storm clouds had lifted, yet they’re back already and potentially gloomier than ever.
It’s time for some honest answers from GFH. Why did they buy the club? What influence does Salah Nooruddin have? How can due diligence on what is effectively a management buy out uncover unknown problems?
I don’t even want to consider the fact that the transfer window doesn’t close until tonight so things could get even worse yet.
Turning to tomorrow’s game, Huddersfield’s form isn’t great, but we know how they like to up their performance solely because they’re playing their ‘big rivals’.
It’s been a long wait for a league win and I fear it may go on beyond this weekend.
One thing that is for sure right now is that we need the fans to be 100 per cent behind Brian McDermott.
It’s clear from the way he talks that he wants the best for this club yet is stuck in limbo himself. Right now, he is the only person associated with Leeds United that I trust is acting in its best interests.
Prediction: Leeds United 1 Huddersfield Town 1.
Where do you start in the mess that currently surrounds the Theatre of Hope.
It’s all farcical but so worrying for the fans of the club. How any manager can show so much humility in the face of what is going on at his club is beyond me, but is the mark of a true man. Brian McDermott I salute you and your staff. A little matter of a West Yorkshire derby awaits tomorrow and with Luke Varney on his way after his refusal to play in the midweek clash with Ipswich, the draw stopped a worrying run of defeats. Our visitors slipped up on the south coast, losing 2-1 to Bournemouth but have been very busy bringing in new faces into the John Smith’s stadium. Nahki Wells’ switch from near neighbours Bradford surprised a few people but will be one to watch at the weekend. Mark Robins has developed a good squad and without doubt they are a club on the up.
Leeds used El-Hadji Diouf for the first time in a while but he didn’t do enough to keep his place and although Jimmy Kebe showed some ‘touches’, his fitness is a worry. Paddy Kenny’s howler will not keep him out of the line up but he must know he should have saved Ipswich’s goal. I really doubt if anybody will come in before the deadline due to the finances at Elland Road.
It is hoped that Brian McDermott can raise his troops for a much-needed win.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.
With so much going on behind the scenes it is a wonder if the players can even concentrate, but they professionals after all. The performance wasn’t great against Ipswich, but if you can’t get up for a Yorkshire derby then they shouldn’t bother turning up.
Man of the match: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.
The Ownership problem is destroying the season which is pretty much over now and you’ve got to feel sorry for Brian McDermott.
It’s time for the board to be honest with the people who matter most, the fans!
One comfort after the Ipswich game was the fact that Huddersfield fans are concerned about how badly they are playing at the moment and that alone has given me a bit of hope but they will be up for it in for this derby. Yorkshire pride’s at stake tomorrow and it’s a chance to make up for the 3-2 defeat earlier in the season.
We’ll have to watch out for their new signing Nahki Wells who will be a big threat.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 2.
After a late defeat in the reverse fixture this season the Whites will be looking for revenge against a Terriers side who are also out of form having lost three of their last four fixtures. I’d like to see Alex Mowatt and Dom Poleon heavily involved.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 2.
I’m struggling to remember a more depressing time at Elland Road. Even administration and relegations are nothing in comparison to the air of uncertainty which surrounds the club at the moment.
The last thing that we need is the visit of a club who see beating Leeds United as the be all and end all of their existence. Huddersfield Town have become an irritation whose fans take more pleasure in hating us than they do in backing their own side. I have no idea what side Brian McDermott will select. He looks a broken man, worn down by the boardroom goings-on and a playing staff who seem to only play when they feel like it.
Prediction: Leeds United 0 Huddersfield 2.