On This Day: The appointment from which Leeds United never looked back

LEEDS United's glory days were just beginning 60 years ago on this day - as the legendary Don Revie was named player-manager of the Whites.

By Lee Sobot
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:17 am

Thirteen years later, two First Division titles, two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, an FA Cup, League Cup and a Charity Shield all followed on the back of promotion as champions as part of the most glorious era in the club's history.

Leeds were down in Division Two at the time of Revie's appointment having been relegated in the 1959-1960 campaign under Jack Taylor.

Taylor then resigned with the Whites struggling in the second tier and United turned to 33-year-old Whites forward Revie who was appointed player manager on March 17, 1961.

LEGEND: Former Leeds United boss Don Revie. Photo by R. Viner/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

There had been interest from Bournemouth but Leeds kept their man, appointed from within as part of a unanimous decision by the directors and certainly did not look back.

The report of Revie's appointment on Friday, March 17, read: "Although continuing as a registered player, which limits his salary to the present £20 a week, Don Revie has been appointed team manager of his club, Leeds United, on a three-year contract.

"How long he will go on playing he told me today, he did not know."

The report added: 'He had a rapid-fire start to his new role today.

'At 10 o'clock this morning he was "introduced" to the playing and training staff as the new "boss" on all team and training matters by the chairman, Mr Sam Boulton.

'That over he had to pick the team to play at Portsmouth tomorrow and deal with several players' matters.

'Then he had to be at Leeds Central Station to take charge of the side by 12.15 before it left for Portsmouth.

'In between these things he found time to tell me: "I am very happy to have a job. I aimed at being a manager when I finished playing, and this is my breakthrough into the managerial side.

"I shall do my best with United's difficult situation. It offers a real challenge, and there is, I know, a tremendous amount of hard work ahead. One and all will have to get down to it at Elland Road.

"I am very pleased with my contract, which gives me full power on selection, transfers in and out, training - all aspects of the work necessary to get a good playing staff.

The rest, as they say, is history - history of which Leeds United are incredibly proud.

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Thank you Laura Collins