Our YEP Jury have their say on Leeds United’s clash at Sheffield Wednesday.
After five successive defeats United have a Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough for their final away fixture of the Championship season.
The blue half of the Steel City have had a reasonable campaign and currently sit some seven points and four places better off than us and have only this week recruited former United director Adam Pearson to their management team – another ‘transfer’ that we have missed out on.
Meanwhile with just two games to go the Whites can still finish in positions ranging from 13th to 20th.
In a season that has seen three managers (sorry coaches), a banned chairman, a suspended assistant, a sudden injury outbreak resembling the Black Death and a resigning sporting director, the one consistent feature has been the loyalty and dedication of United’s supporters who, quite simply, should win all the awards on offer this season.
To have avoided relegation this year has been something of a minor miracle, correction major miracle, but if anyone needs reminding what will happen should this disruption continue throughout the close season then just look across to Blackpool.
Our current owner promised to buy back Elland Road, he promised to buy back Thorp Arch and he promised to end the suffering of the fans.
All three promises are still a work in progress.
The time for talking and posturing is over and this summer will see whether Mr Cellino is with us for the long haul and whether he is genuine about getting us out of the Championship (upwards I hope!).
I can promise our current owner that his decisions over the coach, the retention of the talented group of players that our current coach has helped to nurture, and the recruitment of players that could offer a genuine attempt at a top-six finish next season will have a significant bearing on how many season tickets are sold for the 2015/16 campaign.
He would also be wise to acknowledge that the first two points are inextricably linked, ie should he dispense with Neil Redfearn then those young talented players are far more likely to leave.
I hope for a victory against the Owls at the weekend, predict a draw but I pray for a well-run football club.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 2.
The penultimate game and last away trip takes this marvellous set of fans to Sheffield tomorrow.
I’ve been lucky enough to join them on a few occasions and they really deserve a lot of credit for their continued support in a difficult period.
If only football was as simple as turning up, putting on a football kit and listening to the manager/coach issue directions on how to win the game, but it’s not as simple as that because far too much at Leeds United deflects attention away from the field of play. The latest person to try and appease the media and fans was Andrew Umbers who failed miserably when questioned by the YEP’s Phil Hay.
We’ll have to see what kind of reception the ‘sicky six’ are given, though Marco Silvestri and Mirco Antenucci may be forgiven.
Three goals by Brian Montenegro in the under-21 game versus Huddersfield Town earlier in the week might boost his chances of a starting place. Apart from that I don’t see many changes to the team.
Last season we were hammered 6-0 when the introduction of Kebe and Stewart into a never-tried formation gifted the points to the home side. Smith’s sending off didn’t help either.
It was probably the worst game I’ve witnessed in over 40 years as a fan.
It would be a just reward for the thousands who have travelled so many miles to see a Leeds revenge victory.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 3.
It’s been a week of damage limitation at Elland Road as us fans are asked to believe that six, short notice injuries materialised entirely by coincidence ahead of last week’s game at Charlton Athletic.
It’s a scandal that will undoubtedly spill into Saturday’s game.
This fixture was a complete embarrassment last season with a particularly inept performance from Cameron Stewart, a man who now reportedly wants £800k from the club. It’s a good job the fans are not on strike and there’ll be another large and noisy following at Hillsborough.
Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be celebrating at 90 minutes.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 0.
Six seems to be a number dominating the build up to this weekend’s fixture against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsbrough. The sicknote six debacle continues to rumble on, with this week’s contradictary statement from chairman Andrew Umbers opening up fresh areas of debate about just what is happening behind the scenes at Elland Road,
Defeat on Saturday would make it six on the spin since the decision was made to suspend Steve Thompson, derailing the progress Leeds had made on the field and the first act in an apparent plan to totally undermine Neil Redfearn.
Last time out was possibly one of the most humiliating days on the pitch in recent times for the Whites. A tactical disaster which saw the introduction of Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart (who seems to be causing us more problems off the pitch this week than he ever did on it) and turned into a defensive horror show that allowed Wednesday to cruise to a 6-0 victory.
Surely things can’t be as bad this time, but I can’t see anything but another defeat.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 3 Leeds United 0
We all have painful memories of the last visit to Hillsborough back in January 2014.
Only two of our starting 11 from that day are still at the club but I’m not confident our current squad can go there and win.
April has been a torrid month, we have lost all our games and it has been one to forget for our fans.
A positive is that there are only two games left of what has been another poor season for our football club.
We need to get everything sorted off the field and immediately start looking towards next season.
But firstly, the players need to give the fans something to cheer about in the last away game of the 2014/15 season!
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 3.
We head into the last away game of the season having had a run of five defeats, and uncertainty behind the scenes.
The only thing that is certain is that the fans will travel in their numbers, again, and will back the lads, again.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Leeds United 2.