YEP Says, June 3: It’s time to get the United rollercoaster back on an even keel

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Crucial few weeks lie ahead at Elland Road.

IF the events of the last 15 years at Elland Road were ever used as the plot for a Hollywood film, critics would dismiss it as being too far-fetched.

From Champions League semi-finalists to a club in seemingly perpetual disarray, the Leeds United rollercoaster has turned into a soap opera.

The last few weeks alone have seen allegations of drug use, revelations about secret spy cameras and the arrest of former managing director David Haigh.

Yesterday saw a flurry of activity at the club as players came and went, each remaining tight-lipped about the reason for being called back from their holidays. But there was certainly plenty to talk about.

The departure of Brian McDermott by mutual consent left Leeds looking for their ninth manager in 12 years. Incredibly, among the early frontrunners was former Forest Green Rovers boss David Hockaday.

Meanwhile, new owner Massimo Cellino has to get to grips with a financial picture that continues to give cause for concern.

The summer is an important time for every club as they look to prepare for the season to come. At Leeds the next couple of months are vital in terms of getting the entire club back on an even keel after the chaos of the last few months.

Unless that happens, long-suffering fans will write off next season before it’s even begun.

Brewing up some homegrown success

GIVEN the squeeze on our wallets, it’s perhaps little wonder that home brewing is enjoying a renaissance.

The idea of producing beer and wine at home for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the supermarket or pub is a tempting one.

For Chris Guy it’s more than a hobby, it’s his livelihood. After being made redundant he set up Morley Home Brew Centre with pal Mick Sharp.

He says you can make a decent beer for just 20p a pint, which is great news for drinkers.

So too is the fact that the trend is seeing a surge in independent breweries prepared to take on struggling pubs. In fact, it seems everyone’s a winner.

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