HE’S blown his chance to impress Massimo Cellino and now faces mission impossible to rescue Leeds City’s Premier Division title bid.
But boss Tom Liddell has not given up on netting three 4-0 victories to chin leaders Field admitting: “Sod it. Let’s go for it. You never say never.”
City suffered their second cup final defeat of the season last Wednesday when Hunslet Club bagged the Leeds FA Senior Challenge Cup with a 5-3 win on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Leeds United chairman Cellino was not thought to be spectating – with Liddell admitting the Italian wouldn’t have offered him a coaching role based on the display in any case. But City at least bounced back with Saturday’s 6-3 success at Otley Town which kept Liddell’s side nine points behind leaders Field with three games to go, including Saturday’s trip to the leaders. First comes tonight’s visit to third-placed rivals Beeston St Anthony’s who are out of the title picture but expected to be fired up for revenge after a 5-1 loss to City in the County Challenge Cup semi-final.
After Saturday’s clash at Field, Leeds end their season next Wednesday at home to Oxenhope Recreation in a re-run of the County Challenge Cup which City lost and the conundrum is simple – Liddell’s side need three wins and to overhaul a 17-goal difference swing with Field. It succeeds even Roy Of The Rovers stuff, but Liddell is in no mood to throw in the towel.
Liddell said: “We worked it out and I think we’ve got to beat Beeston 4-0, Field 4-0 and Oxenhope 4-0. But we’re going to give it a go, sod it. Let’s go for it.
“The likelihood of it happening is so slim and I can’t see us beating Beeston 4-0 but you never say never and you don’t rule anything out.
“But let’s just try and get the win at Beeston first as I don’t want to be going to Field with nothing to play for.”
In all likelihood City with end the season with just one trophy – the League Cup – but Liddell paid tribute to Wednesday night’s Elland Road victors Hunslet Club.
“Everything about them was absolutely commendable of their club – they even turned up in suits,” he said. “I was glad for them even though I really wanted to win the game and we’ve still done well this season. If someone would have said at the start you’ll win a cup, get to three finals and be second in the league I’d have probably taken that. No actually I probably wouldn’t!”
Asked if Cellino was in the Ellland Road crowd on Wednesday, Liddell laughed: “I don’t think so. If he’d have seen the first 15 minutes I might have had a chance of getting the Leeds job. After that he’d have thought ‘nope’.”