I wouldn’t say that I feared the worst for Garry Monk after Leeds United lost at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
We all know what Mr Cellino is like but Huddersfield are flying high. I know it’s a derby game but I just feel that you’ve got to give your manager a bit more time and a bit more of a chance.
And I think getting that win against Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on Tuesday night will give him a bit more time.
Garry knew what the owner was like before he went in there so you have always got that in the background that you know that he’s unpredictable. It was a big game to lose against Huddersfield and the bragging rights will be in the Huddersfield camp for the next few months. I think at the moment the Leeds players and the fans just want to try and get results and I don’t think it really matters how you get them.
It sounds like it was no classic against Blackburn on Tuesday night but I don’t think Garry will be bothered about that at all, as long as he got three points. He can take that into the weekend. Leeds were in the relegation zone after the Huddersfield loss and Garry would have been worried about the lack of points and maybe some of the performances.
But he’s not had a lot of money to spend and while he has brought players in, they take time to bed in and gel together. He just needs that time to work on the training pitch with them.
We also saw Newcastle United win 6-0 at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday and obviously those teams with the parachute payments and the money, you would think on paper they will always go well. You would think that about your Aston Villas and teams like that and obviously Newcastle who have still got some very good players. They have done well to keep hold of the manager Rafa Benitez I think.
The assurances that he was given before the start of the season are a big plus for them.
And when you think about QPR having been one of the favourites to go up and Newcastle go there and annihilate them 6-0, it just shows you what the league is becoming.
Newcastle are one of those teams that will be able to bring people in when the window re-opens.
They are going to be one of the strong teams and I think they will go straight back up and I thought that before the season started. With Leeds, if people are asking is this season just going to be about staying up and consolidating, at the moment it looks as though it might be that way. They haven’t had a great start but we all know how unpredictable football is. They could go on a run of seven, eight or nine games unbeaten and then they are up there and that then gives you the confidence to stay there and stay in and around it. I wouldn’t write the season off yet, no doubt about that. Garry has got to get them going but that could happen.
I remember down at Brighton we were up in the top six for most of the season and I think we lost nine out of our last 12 games.
That just did us and we ended up finishing 12th and it can even go the other way round.
Leeds go to Cardiff next – where they have an awful record – but they won there last season and I remember talking about the game last season.
I think the last time we won there before last year I was playing!
I think I scored that day as well and that was at the old ground as well.
That shows you what the record is like but you have got to take heart from last season and I think Cardiff are having a bit of a rough time as well.
They are not in the best of places so it could be a good time to go down there. They have definitely got a chance and I think it’s very, very close.
I would say at the moment that Cardiff and Leeds are in a similar sort of boat – they will get a couple of good results and then they will have a couple of bad ones. It would be a good place to start and maybe go on that run that Garry knows is in there somewhere - it’s just getting it out.
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