Leeds United: Managers can’t hide from wrath of fans - Ormsby

A dejected 'Steve Morrison at full time as Middlebrough celebrate victory.
A dejected 'Steve Morrison at full time as Middlebrough celebrate victory.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, Do you think the chants aimed at Neil Warnock late into the game at Boro on Tuesday night were fair or not?

I didn’t go to the Boro game, but going to our ground at the minute, the fans have a mixed view regarding Warnock and his decisions.

Some think he is the best man for the job and some think he isn’t and that he has had his time.

In terms of the chants at Boro in midweek, maybe it was a bit unfair as on occasions the easiest thing to do is just say: “Sack the manager”. Especially in this day and age.

But what I would say is that at the end of the day, you have to take these criticisms as a manager. They are paid good money to do their job.

Getting stick is part of the game and you can’t hide from it. If players and managers are doing the business, they are happy enough to get patted on the back.

If you don’t, you can expect criticism. It’s the same with any job in any walk of life and you shouldn’t moan about it.

If I made a mistake when I worked as a manager, I maybe wouldn’t get a big rollicking, but someone would still have a word in my ear if I did something wrong.

Managers know the score when they take over at clubs, in all divisions.

When I played, I got enough stick. I still get it now for the mistake in the semi-final at Hillsborough.

I have never denied it and won’t hide from it, that was part of my career. I made a mess in that game and have always admitted it.

When players have bad games, you should hold your hands up. Simple as that.

You cannot expect praise all the time – both players and managers.

Neil has been around long enough to know what can happen in football.

At Leeds, you have to expect criticism if fans don’t think things are going well. That is the way it is at Leeds.

I have been lucky enough to have played for the club and captained it and been involved for a fair few years, but the fans’ passion here still amazes me, despite being out of the Premiership for so long.

I know every club has got their hardcore support who watch their team all over the place. But the fans here are fanatical and eat, breathe and sleep the club and care so much about it.

We have fans from all over the country travelling long distances to watch Leeds and they want some reward when they do that.

All they want is to see us back in the Premier League and if the lads are doing the business out on the pitch, they won’t get any moans.

But if they are not, the fans will let them know about it as it really hurts them to see that.

That’s just the reality of football.

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