Leeds United: Winning is not a priority in pre-season - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

HI Brendan, we have had two defeats from three games in Slovenia – plus all the trouble caused by the Ferencvaros fans on Tuesday, has this pre-season tour not exactly gone as planned?

I heard when Brian came up here that he was interested in going over there again because I think he must have taken Reading or one of his clubs over there.

He’s been before, he knows the place and he obviously likes it or he did like it the last time he went. It suits him for pre-season.

People will look at it and think we’ve won one and lost two but Ferencvaros have got a great history behind them and they are a famous football club.

And I don’t think people should look into it too much – the results.

Pre-season is all about getting the players back into shape and getting their match fitness back up to the right levels ready for the real kick-off when it comes around in two weeks’ time against Brighton on August 3.

It’s a chance for Brian to look at his new signings and obviously the people who were already at the club to see who he still fancies keeping or adding any more or getting rid of them.

It’s a chance for him to see if he still needs to strengthen up and where players are needed.

But if I was a Leeds fan I wouldn’t be too concerned about it and against Ferencvaros – there is definitely no disgrace losing to them.

The only worry about that game is that there was trouble and you don’t want that on a pre-season tour. You have only gone over to play friendlies.

In my time, when I was at Leeds we virtually didn’t go anywhere for pre-season – although we did used to go to Scarborough.

At Villa we very rarely went abroad but even when we did we never had any trouble, it just sort of started later on.

But to me the players have to try and ignore it and try not to be dealing with the things that are going off around the pitch and in the stands around you.

It’s a shame if the Ferencvaros fans have caused trouble but in terms of the football, as long as Brian is seeing things that he wants to see then he won’t be too disappointed in the results overall.

Obviously he would have liked to have come back with three wins out of three but that might have painted a false picture.

It’s nice to win the games but that’s not the important thing in pre-season.

The main thing is for Brian to have a good look at his full squad, for his new signings to blend in and for them to get back up to fitness without any picking up any injuries.

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