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Louth Whites v QPR Nov 2019

?Attention non-Louth Branch members. We are not a ticket agency and don’t intend to be come one. Only Louth Branch members who pay membership annually, sell draw cards and take part in our club can avail of tickets. We will not be procuring match tickets for Non-members. No offence is meant or should be taken by same. Seventeen years have been spent outside the top flight where we travelled thick and thin to Elland Road to watch everyone from Yeovil to Hartlepool. Hopefully this season will be the last spent outside the top tier. MOT#

Coronavirus announcement

The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s?Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest.

This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of Clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.

The postponements include all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.

In addition, Clubs are being advised to suspend indefinitely all non-essential activities which include, but are not limited to, player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings.

Whilst the EFL Board has continued to take the advice and guidance offered by the Government and its health advisors, emerging developments mean now is the time to implement football’s contingency plans in response to the crisis.

A further update on these plans will be given post an EFL Board Meeting next week.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but the EFL must prioritise the health and well-being of players, staff and supporters while also acknowledging the Government’s national efforts in tackling this outbreak.


January 27th 2020 Striker completes Whites move.

At last a new striker arrives


Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin.

The striker joins the Whites on an initial loan deal until the end of the season from Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig.

Augustin came through the ranks with French outfit Paris Saint-Germain and went on to make his senior debut for the club back in April 2015.

Over the course of the next two seasons, he helped PSG win every domestic honour.

In July 2017, he completed a move to German side Red Bull Leipzig for a reported fee of €13m.

He featured in both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League during his time with the Bundesliga club, who finished sixth and third in his two seasons, where he hit 20 goals in 67 outings.

Augustin returned to his native France to join AS Monaco on loan at the start of the season and went on to feature 13 times.

The 22-year-old is a France youth international, having been capped at every level from Under-16s to Under-21s.

He helped France win the European Under-19 Championship in 2016, where he was the top goal-scorer and player of the tournament.

Augustin becomes Leeds’ third signing of the January transfer window following the arrivals of Elia Caprile and Ian Poveda.

He will wear the number 29 shirt for Leeds during his time at Elland Road and the club hold the option to sign the player on a permanent basis upon completion of his loan spell.

January 24th Winger completes transfer.

Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Ian Poveda from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Poveda signs from Man City

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The 19-year-old joins the Whites in a permanent deal and has penned a contract at Elland Road until the summer of 2024.
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Poveda has played for a number of clubs throughout his youth career, including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City.
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With the Citizens he has featured regularly for their Academy side and has also played in the Football League Trophy for their Under-21 side over the past two seasons.
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He leaves the Etihad Stadium having made one senior appearance, which came in last season’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg victory against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
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The winger has also shown plenty of promise on the international stage, having been capped at every youth level by England from Under-16s to Under-20s.
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Poveda becomes Leeds’ second signing of the January transfer window, following the arrival of goalkeeper Elia Caprile from Chievo Verona and will wear the number 7 shirt for the Whites.

January 9th 2019 Adams to Leeds ?

?United have made?‘s? one of their top targets for the January transfer window.?.

Adams and Bamford would be the strikers to fire Leeds to Premiership

Leeds have been tracking Adams for much of January so far, but doing a deal for the striker has proven complicated.

Although Adams has struggled since moving to Southampton £15 million () in the summer,??appear reluctant to let him leave on a loan deal right now.

Southampton may want to bring in another frontman before sanctioning any deal for Adams, but Leeds are waiting in the wings.

?now just want a sign from Southampton that a deal could be possible, as they don’t want to completely waste their time chasing a transfer which is never going to happen.

Leeds will now reportedly decide by the end of tomorrow whether they will continue to pursue Adams or look at other targets instead.?

Leeds realise the importance of landing a striker following the termination of Eddie Nketiah’s loan, as any injury to Patrick Bamford right now could be seriously damaging.

Adams’s arrival at Leeds would be hugely exciting, as the rapid forward has a great track record at??level.

Adams was one of the most devastating strikers in the second tier last term, and could be the man to fire Leeds to promotion if he was to join.

Southampton may want Adams to get his confidence back after a difficult spell with them so far, so there could be some value in letting him join Leeds.

However, any deal seems to be a long way off yet, with Leeds just weighing up whether the transfer is a possibility at all.

January 8th 2019. Warnock puts the boot into Leeds.

Neil Warnock has criticised his former club Leeds United , suggesting their place at the top of the league is a sign that the Championship is decreasing in quality.

The 71-year-old, who succeeded Simon Grayson as Whites boss in February 2012, was speaking about how he assessed the state of play in the second-tier.

He’s previously achieved promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United, Queen’s Park Rangers and Cardiff City, but didn’t complete a full season in charge of Leeds, leaving the club in April 2013 as it sat five points above the relegation zone going into the final month of the season.

Warnock started this season in charge of Cardiff as he looked to guide them back up to the Premier League but left his post as Bluebirds manager in November with the club in 14th after winning just five of 16 games.

I think Fulham’s got the best squad, if I’m honest, in the whole league”, said Warnock in an interview with TalkSport .

“In a good season West Brom & Leeds are not top of the league.” ??

“Fulham have got the best squad & Brentford have the best strikers.” ??

“WBA & Leeds have been consistent, that’s why they’re up there.” ??

Neil Warnock hasn’t been impressed with #WBA & #LUFC this season!
“I think Brentford have got the best strikers.
“Whether the league’s gone the other way, I think they’ve just been consistent really and that’s why they’re up there.”

Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites are currently top of the division, ahead of second-place West Bromwich Albion on goal difference, with a nine-point lead over Brentford and Nottingham Forest.?Scott Parker’s Fulham sit fifth, ten points behind Leeds.?

January 1st Whites share points with Baggies.

West Bromwich Albion 1?(Ajayi 2)

Leeds United 1?(Bamford 52)

WBA:?Johnstone, Furlong, Gibbs (Townsend 17), Bartley, Ajayi, Krovinovic (Edwards 62), Livermore, Sawyers, Phillips (Zohore 84), Pereira, Robson-Kanu.? Subs not used: Bond, Austin, Barry, Hegazi.

Leeds:?Casilla, Ayling, Cooper, White, Alioski (Douglas 45), Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Nketiah (Bamford 45).? Subs not used: Meslier, Berardi, Gotts, Stevens, Casey.

Booked:?Krovinovic, Bartley (West Brom), Cooper, Ayling, Costa (Leeds)

Referee: R. Jones.?Venue: The Hawthorns?Attendance:?25,618 (1,989 Leeds)

Leeds United picked up an important point to remain at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-1 draw against second placed West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

The Whites made the worst possible start to the match, with it taking less than two minutes for West Brom to open the scoring.? After winning an early corner, Kyle Bartley’s header across goal was flicked towards goal by Semi Ajayi and his effort just crossed the line, despite the best attempt of Jack Harrison.

The hosts again went close soon after at a free kick, which Matt Phillips fired just wide, into the side netting.

Leeds created a good opportunity in the 17th?minute, Helder Costa got to the byline and found Mateusz Klich in the Baggies box.? Klich then laid the ball off for Stuart Dallas to strike, with his effort going just over.

The Baggies threatened again when Filip Krovinovic teed up Matheus Pereira to strike and he forced Kiko Casilla into a good stop.

At the other end, Costa fired a snap shot on the half volley from 25 yards, forcing Sam Johnstone into action.

Casilla was forced into action in the 37th?minute to prevent West Brom from going further ahead, tipping a fine effort from Pereira at a free kick around the post.

The Whites stopper then made another fantastic save, this time denying Matt Phillips after the Baggies forward was played through on goal, as Leeds went in trailing at the break.

Half time: West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa introduced Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford at the break and it took the latter just seven minutes to level the scores.? Jack Harrison whipped in a lovely ball from the right and Bamford’s deflected header found the back of the net.

West Brom went close in the 62nd?minute when Krovinovic was played in by Hal Robson-Kanu, but he was denied by Casilla from a narrow angle.

Following the save, Leeds countered up the field and Bamford was really unlucky with a volley, firing just inches wide following another Harrison cross.

Pereira tried his luck from a set piece on the right flank, but he couldn’t beat Casilla, before a Matt Phillips free kick went right through the Leeds box, bouncing just wide.

Matt Phillips then cut inside well from the right flank, before firing over from 25 yards, whilst Darnell Furlong was denied with a strike at the near post following a Baggies corner.

In the closing stages, Bamford was played in on goal by Klich and there was an option for a return pass, but the striker opted to strike from a narrow angle, but couldn’t beat Johnstone at his near post.

At the death Casilla made another fine stop to earn Leeds a point, denying substitute Kyle Edwards after he made room for a shot in the Whites box.

Full time: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Leeds United

Jan 1st Head coach confirms striker departure.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed Eddie Nketiah will return to Arsenal in January, with his loan spell to be cut short.

Bielsa said: “Arsenal have informed he will not continue with us and we are sorry for that.

Eddie arrived at Leeds when the Championship had started and had to spend time adapting to our style.

“He wasn’t part of the 11 starting and it wasn’t something easy for him because he deserved to be there, but was on the bench for Bamford.

“After he played against Fulham, he became one of the starting 11 players for Birmingham.

“We know that Bamford was injured in this match, but he was going to play anyway and today he played again because he played well against Birmingham and did a great physical effort.

“He didn’t take this decision, but he’s a great player, excellent professional and had very good behaviour- a gentleman in every sense.

“We are grateful with him, also to his family and his club.

“They developed Eddie with a very good education and for this reason it’s a pity he leaves us because we were happy with him.”

Dec 4th 2019Former players and families accept Freedom of the City Award

The management, players, backroom team and all club staff associated with Don Revie’s unforgettable Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s have been awarded the city’s highest civic honour.

This follows a special ceremony held at Leeds Civic Hall this week, which saw players and representatives from the famous Leeds United team of 1967-1974 receive in person the prestigious Freedom of the City Award.

Former players in attendance included; Norman Hunter, Johnny Giles, Allan Clarke, Mick Jones, Paul Reaney, Frank Gray, Terry Cooper, Peter Lorimer, Gordon McQueen, Mick Bates, Eddie Gray, David Harvey, Chris Galvin, Trevor Cherry and Sean (Jimmy) O’Neill.

Representing the Revie family included his daughter Kim, and grandson Aiden, whilst also in attendance were members of Paul Madeley’s family. Paul, who was renowned for his tremendous consistency and versatility during his stellar playing career, passed away last year.

Bobby Collins, who died in 2014 and was a driving force in midfield as Leeds secured promotion to the then First Division in 1964, was also represented by members of his family. Leeds under Revie were a famously close-knit team, and playing an enormous part in the team’s success were both the coaching and backroom team.

Family members representing coach Les Cocker who passed away in 1979 and coach Cyril Partridge, who died in 2014, were also present. Also watching the ceremony included family of ‘The Gentle Giant’, John Charles. One of the club’s most legendary players, John, who died in 2004, made 308 appearances in two spells. John was signed by Don Revie in 1962 for his second spell.

A stand at Elland Road and the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds are named after the Welshman, and to this day, John is still also celebrated in Italy following his time at Juventus. In attendance from the club to mark the occasion was chief executive, Angus Kinnear, executive director, Paul Bell and honorary president, the Earl of Harewood.

The accolade, which was announced by Leeds City Council leader Cllr Judith Blake as part of the club’s centenary celebrations in October, was granted in recognition of the outstanding achievements of the Revie side and all those who contributed to the club during this period, which in putting the city firmly on the worldwide football map, created a legacy that is still celebrated today.? Paying tribute and unanimously supporting the award was Cllr Blake and representatives of all political groups sitting on the council.

In receiving the award, the Revie team join a small and very select group of people to be granted Freedom of the City. Included in those to receive the honour, which recognises the huge contributions they have made in their respective fields, include; Winston Churchill; Leeds playwright Alan Bennett; Jane Tomlinson, CBE; former South African president Nelson Mandela and cyclist Beryl Burton. In a first for the city, the Leeds United football team 1967-1974, are the first ever group to receive such an honour, and their name is now displayed proudly on the Freedom of the City wall of honour in Leeds Civic Hall.?

From the 1967-1968 season which saw The Whites pick up their first major trophy following a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley in the League Cup Final and also an Inter Cities Fairs Cup, Leeds, under the meticulous and watchful eye of Revie, went on to become one of the most admired and feared teams at home and abroad.

During this period, the club won two league championships in 1968-1969 and 1973-1974, another Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1971 and an FA Cup in 1972.?They also finished runners up in Division One three times, twice in the FA Cup and also in a 1973 European Cup Winners Cup final marred in controversy. Revie’s men also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1970. During ‘The Don’s’ last season at the club in 1973-1974, Leeds in winning Division One, went on a 29-match unbeaten run.

Just some of the household names to feature for Leeds United during the Revie years included; Jack Charlton; Billy Bremner; Paul Madeley; Johnny Giles; Terry Cooper; Gary Sprake; Eddie Gray; Peter Lorimer; Trevor Cherry; Paul Reaney; Joe Jordan; David Harvey; Gordon McQueen; Terry Yorath; Mick Jones; Norman Hunter and Allan Clarke. In recognition of the Revie side, statues of Don, who passed away in 1989, and club captain Billy Bremner, who also sadly passed away in 1997, are situated outside Elland Road.

As part of the celebrations to mark the Freedom of the City Award, two of the city’s most iconic buildings, Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall, were also lit up on the night in the colours of blue, white and yellow.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Eileen Taylor, said:

“The granting of a Freedom of the City Award is certainly not something that is an everyday, regular occurrence in Leeds. It is only reserved for those individuals and now groups who through their actions and deeds have achieved something very special in their respective fields, and there is no doubt that the accomplishments of Leeds United from 1967-1974 certainly meet this high benchmark. To see players and representatives from the Revie era present to receive the award was a truly lovely moment and one they undoubtedly deserve.”

Angus Kinnear, Leeds United chief executive, said:

“We are very much looking forward to what will be a fantastic occasion to award the famous Revie side with the Honorary Freedom of the City of Leeds. It is an incredible gesture from Leeds City Council to give this accolade to Don Revie and the team who had the most successful era of success to date in our 100 year history. This award recognises the enormous contributions the entire team made and they are truly deserving of this exclusive privilege.”

Accepting the award on the player’s and staff’s behalf, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray signed the motion into the council’s books, before standing to thank the city.

“On behalf of Leeds United, thank you for this tremendous accolade. This is a wonderful day, for me personally, for all my teammates, and everyone in that era that was part of the club. This will live with us for the rest of our lives.

“When I joined Leeds United as a 15 year old lad, I always remember Don saying to us ‘Work hard, have a good ethic towards the game, and always think of the three c’s. When you play football,?concentration in everything you do,?confidence in your ability and most important of all, the?courage to carry out on the football field.’?I played with so many players that embodied that.”

Talking about the legacy that Don Revie has left, Gray said:

“Don had a vision, which was to make sure Leeds United to compete with the best teams in England, and the best teams in Europe, and he did that. A lot of the boys joined when they were kids, grew up together, and we had that bond between us, and it was all down to Don and his staff.?It was mentioned, that he made us a family, and we were, that’s how he wanted us to be.

“People talk about ‘Should we have won more trophies?’, we probably should have done, but every year for 12 to 13 years, we were competing for the highest honours in the game, and the legacy that Don, and how he conducted himself in the city, will live forever.?

“When I first came here, the city of Leeds wasn’t what it is now. I’ve seen the club, the team, and the city grow in tandem. When we did well, the city prospered, and now as everyone knows, Leeds is a great city.

“If Don was here today, I think he might have finished with saying, ‘United we were, United we still are, and with a few aches and pains, we’ll keep marching on together.”? and so say all of us Eddie !!!!!

Saturday November 30th 2019 Whites record biggest win of the season. Leeds 3-0 Boro

Sky Bet Championship

Leeds United 4?(Bamford 3, Klich 45+3, 73, Costa 67)

Middlesbrough 0

Leeds:?Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips (Berardi 83), Klich, Hernandez, Costa (Alioski 76), Harrison, Bamford (Nketiah 79).? Subs not used: Miazek, Douglas, Clarke, Stevens.

Boro:?Pears, Ayala, Fry, Saville, Wing (Liddle 70), Bola McNair, Howson, Tavernier, Fletcher (Walker 90), Assombalonga (O’Neill 77). Subs: Mejias, Clayton, Wood, Reading.


Booked:?Bamford, Phillips (Leeds), McNair, Ayala, Howson (Boro)

Referee: K. Stroud?

Venue:?Elland Road

Attendance:?35,626 (1,806 Boro)


Bamford and Klich celebrate

Leeds United ran out 4-0 winners against Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship, recording a fifth straight victory in the division.

The Whites made a blistering start to the match, with Luke Ayling firing an early warning with a curling effort from the edge of the box with his weaker left foot which went narrowly wide of the post.

Leeds took the lead inside three minutes, Middlebrough goalkeeper Aynsley Pears could only spill a Patrick Bamford header following a cross by Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez dinked the ball back into the danger zone, allowing Bamford to head home against his former side.

Soon after Boro defender Mark Bola sliced a clearance, giving Bamford another opportunity to strike, but this time he was denied by a good save from Pears.

Ayling again went close when he controlled well and fired at goal from just inside the Middlesbrough box, but this time his attempt went just over.

Lewis Wing shot wide for the visitors after being set up by George Saville, before Harrison whipped in a cross which Bamford did well to get anything on, with his header saved by Pears.

The Whites extended the lead three minutes into stoppage time when a Bamford cross deflected into the path of Mateusz Klich whose deflected strike found the back of the net.

Half time: Leeds United 2-0 Middlesbrough

Four minutes into the second half a Stuart Dallas cross was headed out to Harrison who saw an effort brilliantly saved by Pears and from the resulting corner, following a neat routine, Klich fired just over.

Daniel Ayala headed over at a Boro corner, before Dallas played Bamford into the box with a neat pass, but he couldn’t get the better of Pears.

Helder Costa saw a shot well blocked after good play from Klich and Harrison, whilst Dallas fired over from the edge of the box.

Leeds went further ahead in the 67th?minute, when Costa showed decent skill to work his way into the area, before firing home his first league goal for the club.

Kiko Casilla was called into action to deny a Marcus Tavernier free kick, before Leeds added a fourth.? Following another well worked corner, the ball was played out to Klich on the edge of the box and he found the top corner with a fabulous finish.

Kalvin Phillips almost added a fifth with a free kick, but an unbelievable save by Pears prevented him from doing so.

Saville struck an effort over for the visitors late on as Leeds saw out the remaining minutes to move back to the top of the table.

Full time: Leeds United 4-0 Middlesbrough

Saturday 17th of August 2019

Wigan Athletic 0

Leeds United 2?(Bamford 34, 65)

Wigan:?Marshall, Byrne, Robinson, Morsy, Fox, Evans, Massey (Enobakhare 65), Jacobs (Lowe 65), Moore (Naismith 83), Williams, Dunkley.? Subs: Jones, Macleod, Kipre, Lang.

Leeds:?Casilla, Douglas, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw (Shackleton 90), Klich (Costa 76), Harrison, Hernandez, Bamford.? Subs: Meslier, Alioski, Nketiah, Berardi, Bogusz.

Booked:?Williams, Evans, Fox, MorsyForshaw, White (Leeds)

Sent off:?Williams (Wigan)

Referee:?A. Madley

Venue:?DW Stadium


A goal in either half from Patrick Bamford secured Leeds United all three points against 10 man Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Leeds had the first chance of the game inside two minutes from a free kick on the left flank.? Kalvin Phillips delivered a ball which went right through the Wigan box and just a whisker wide of the far post.

Bamford silences his critics for now with a brace v The Latics, but he will have to do it consistently to win them over.

Bamford fired wide from a narrow angle after being played into the box by Adam Forshaw before Barry Douglas narrowly missed the target with a free kick from 30 yards.

Wigan’s first sight on goal came in the 18th?minute when Lee Evans fired a free kick, which Kiko Casilla did well to tip over the crossbar and from the resulting corner, Gavin Massey was just inches away from getting end of the cross at the back post.

Wigan were reduced to 10 men in the 21st?minute, Joe Williams, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Stuart Dallas, received a second yellow card for a late challenge on Bamford.

Nine minutes later, Bamford couldn’t make the desired contact with a Mateusz Klich cross, before the ball fell to Hernandez, he weaved his way through the Wigan box, but could only find the side netting with his finish.

Leeds made the breakthrough soon after.? Klich’s cross found Adam Forshaw and he saw his header hit the post, but there was no stopping Bamford who was in the right place at the right time to slot home the rebound.

The Whites had the chance to add a second before the break when Bamford teed up Hernandez on the edge of the box, but he couldn’t get enough on his strike to beat David Marshall.

Half time: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Leeds United

After the break Kieffer Moore saw a penalty appeal turned down following a Wigan free kick, whilst Ben White met a Douglas set piece, but could only head over.

Leeds continued to push for a killer second goal, Forshaw saw another header denied by Marshall following a Douglas cross, before Douglas struck off target following a nice one-two with Jack Harrison.

The Whites got it in the 65th?minute.? The Whites were controversially awarded a corner after a Hernandez cross struck the arm of Anotonee Robinson, but made it count, with Bamford bundling home from close range.

Forshaw pulled a strike just wide after being teed up by Harrison, before the latter headed off target at a corner.

Hernandez almost added a third with a free kick from 20 yards, but a super save from Marshall prevented Leeds from going further ahead.

Some lovely build up from Leeds led to a chance for Hernandez, but once again he couldn’t get the better of Marshall.

Casilla made another fine stop to deny an Evans free kick, whilst Harrison saw a strike superbly saved late on, as the Whites came away with all three points.

Full time: Wigan Athletic 0-2 Leeds United

Tuesday 13th of August Whites progress in the Carabao Cup.

Carabao Cup first round


Salford City 0

Leeds United 3?(Nketiah 43, Berardi 50, Klich 58)

Salford:?Neal, J. Jones, Pond, Piergianni, Maynard, Threlkeld (Gaffney 62) , Towell, Whitehead, Touray, Beesley (Lloyd-McGoldrick 69), Dieseruvwe (Rooney 70).? Subs not used: Wiseman, Letheren, D. Jones, Smith.

Leeds:?Casilla, Shackleton, Berardi, White, Davis, Phillips, Klich, Clarke (McCalmont 70), Alioski (Harrison 78), Costa, Nketiah (Bamford 78).? Subs not used: Dallas, Miazek, Bogusz, Gotts.

Booked:?Jones (Salford), Klich (Leeds)

Referee:?K. Stroud

A debut goal from Eddie Nketiah, a rare strike from Gaetano Berardi and a fine solo effort from Mateusz Klich saw Leeds United defeat Salford City and progress to the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Eddie Nketiah scores on his debut

Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa made seven changes from the side that drew with Nottingham Forest on Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship, with first starts for Helder Costa and Nketiah.

There were early exchanges with efforts on goal, first Oscar Threlkeld tested Kiko Casilla, before Kalvin Phillips struck over from distance.

The home side nearly took the lead in the 12th?minute from a corner, Richie Towell fired a volley on target and only Leif Davis on the line prevented the League Two side from going ahead.

At the other end Phillips forced Chris Neal into a first stop, whilst Berardi was unable to turn a Klich volley on target.

Salford had another fine chance to take the lead in the 25th?minute, the home side caught Leeds on the counter attack and Towell found Jake Beasley in the Whites box, but he couldn’t beat Casilla who made a fine stop.

Mani Dieseruvwe headed off target following a Ibou Touray cross, before Phillips was again denied by Neal, this time following a lay off by Jamie Shackleton.

Jack Clark then hit a lovely dipping drive on goal with again only Neal preventing the Whites from going ahead, before the Leeds winger turned provider for Ezgjan Alioski, but he couldn’t keep his strike down.

Leeds made the domination of first half possession count two minutes from the break.? Shackleton sent Costa to the byline with a lovely defence splitting pass and he played the ball across goal for Nketiah to poke home from close range.

Klich nearly doubled the lead just before the break, with his curling effort from 25 yards going just the wrong side of the post.

Half time: Salford City 0-1 Leeds United

Five minutes into the second half Bielsa’s side doubled the lead.? Costa whipped in a low corner, which Berardi met at the near post with a volley which found its way past Neal and into the back of the net.

In the 55th?minute Leeds had a fine chance to make it three.? Alioski delivered a lovely ball into the box from the left flank which was met by Klich, but he could only volley over.

A minute later Leeds had Casilla to thank for not giving Salford a way back into the match.? He twice denied Whitehead from 20 yards with two good stops.

However, it was Leeds who went further ahead from the resulting Salford corner.? The Whites broke forwards in numbers on the counter attack, but it was Klich who drove forward on his own, before superbly finding the top corner with a splendid finish.

Salford almost pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Towell fired a free kick at goal from 20 yards, but once more he couldn’t get the better of Casilla in fine form.

Joey Jones fired over from a Salford corner, whilst Berardi was on hand to make a goal line clearance as the Whites looked determined to keep a clean sheet.

Salford’s best chance of a goal came six minutes from time when Whitehead forced another fine save from Casilla, with substitute Adam Rooney heading the rebound wide with the goal gaping.

Klich was denied a second goal in the closing stages late on, as the Whites left Salford with a job well done and progression to the next round.

Full time: Salford City 0-3 Leeds United

Saturday Aug 10th ?Wasteful Leeds pay the price? ?Leeds 1-1 Notts Forest

Lewis Grabban’s scrappy equaliser earned Nottingham Forest a point against Leeds United at Elland Road.

Enough chances to win 3 games but old habits haven’t gone away

A 59th-minute goal from Pablo Hernandez had put the home side on course to start the Championship season with a second successive victory.

However, when the hosts failed to clear a corner, Grabban scrambled the ball in from two yards to secure Forest’s first point under new boss Sabri Lamouchi.

The hosts had been dominant for long spells before Spanish midfielder Hernandez, who scored in Leeds’ win at Bristol City on Sunday, raced onto Mateusz Klich’s pass to finish smartly past Aro Muric.

Patrick Bamford had missed several attempts to open the scoring for Leeds, including a miscued volley that struck the crossbar.

Forest’s best chance for an equaliser looked to have come and gone when captain Michael Dawson headed over from eight yards out, but Grabban’s intervention brought the visitors level.

Both sides felt aggrieved with decisions going against them in the build-up to the goals they conceded; Forest claimed Bamford was offside before Hernandez was played through on goal, while Grabban pulled back Leeds captain Liam Cooper off the ball in the move that led to the corner from which he scored.

Leeds also had legitimate claims for a penalty waved away in the closing stages, with Jack Robinson’s challenge on Stuart Dallas going unpunished.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa:?“We lost two points so we are disappointed with the result, but the team is growing and not losing the ball easily.

“We didn’t receive counter-attacks today. They (Forest) scored from a corner which we gave away.

“We had a lot of chances to put the ball in the box from the sides. We had players in the box waiting for the ball. But of course this is something that we can improve.”

On his side’s late penalty claims for a foul on Dallas:?“It’s very difficult to be a referee. I don’t know if it was a penalty but we had enough ways to solve the game without this.”

Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi:?“To play probably the best team in the league wasn’t easy, so I’d like to praise my players.

“Leeds have a lot of quality but they missed some of the passes to finish and to open the goal. Of course if they score quickly, especially here, then it would have been very difficult for us.

“After they scored, my players came back so congratulations to them. We changed a little bit and it worked.

“There are a lot of positive things. We have a lot of new players, a new manager and there’s not been much time.

“So to find the right way and to prepare the best way, we know it will be really tough for us to start with.”

Sat Aug 4th Whites start well


Sky Bet Championship

Bristol City 1?(Weimann 79)

Leeds United 3?(Hernandez 26, Bamford 57, Harrison 72)

Bristol:?Bentley, Hunt, Dasilva, Kalas, Moore, Brownhill, Palmer (Eliasson 64), Pack, O’Dowda (Paterson 63), Weimann, Diedhiou (Taylor 80).? Subs not used: Wollacott, Baker, Szmodics, Rowe.

Leeds:?Casilla, Douglas (Alioski 79), Cooper, White, Dallas, Phillips, Forshaw, Klich (Costa 76), Hernandez, Harrison (Davis 85), Bamford.? Subs not used: Miazek, Gotts, Bogusz, Clarke.

Booked:?Pack, Palmer, Taylor (Bristol City), Forshaw, Hernandez (Leeds)

Referee:?T. Robinson

Venue:?Ashton Gate


Venue:?Peninsula Stadium

Leeds United’s centenary season got off to a winning start, as the Whites dismantled Bristol City at Ashton Gate, recording a 3-1 victory.

The first sight on goal came for the home side in the seventh minute, after Kasey Palmer won a free-kick 30 yards from goal.? Palmer struck on goal, with Kiko Casilla making a relatively easy stop.

Hernandez does his magic once again

Leeds’ first opportunity came eight minutes later, Jack Harrison whipped in a low cross from the left, but Patrick Bamford couldn’t get enough on it to really test Robins stopper Dan Bentley.

Straight after, the Whites had a great chance to take the lead, following a poor clearance by Bentley, Adam Forshaw played in Bamford who struck at goal early from the edge of the box, dragging his shot wide.

Casilla came a long way out to deny Andreas Weimann when he was set to go through on goal, whilst at the other end Forshaw saw a strike from the edge of the box well blocked.

Leeds took the lead in the 26th?minute, Pablo Hernandez picked the ball up on the edge of the Bristol City box, before finding the top left corner with a stunning strike, to send the travelling Whites support wild.

Casilla made another important stop when he intercepted a Tomas K

Bamford needed to get off the mark quickly and did

alas cross well, with a queue of Bristol players waiting, before Barry Douglas made a vital block to stop Weimann’s effort from the edge of the box.

The home side had their best chance of the half five minutes from the break, Josh Brownhill was teed up to strike from 12 yards, but Casilla made a superb stop down to his left.

On the stroke of half time Leeds had a great chance to double the advantage, after catching Bristol on the counter attack after good play between Mateusz Klich and Harrison, Forshaw struck just wide from the edge of the box.

Half time: Bristol City 0-1 Leeds United

Following an array of yellow cards for both sides at the start of the second half, Leeds nudged further ahead in the 57th?minute.? Pablo Hernandez showed great skill to reach the byline and his cross was met by a Bamford bullet header, giving Bentley no chance.

Leeds continued to turn the screw after the second goal, Harrison saw a strike from the edge of the box go over, before Forshaw struck just wide following a lay off from Klich.

Klich then saw a strike well blocked, before the home side almost got back into the game from a free-kick, with Josh Brownhill hitting the side netting with his close attempt.

Leeds made it three in the 72nd?minute, the Whites caught Bristol on the counter attack as Stuart Dallas raced away down the right, he then teed up Klich who was denied, but the Bristol goalkeeper could do nothing about Harrison’s follow up, to erupt the Leeds support for a third time.

The Whites went in search of a fourth and nearly found it when Bamford broke down the right, he set up Klich, but he couldn’t keep his shot down.

With 11 minutes remaining Bristol pulled a goal back, with Weimann’s deflected effort finding the back of the net.

That gave the home side confidence, but Jamie Paterson’s free kick which went just over and a Taylor Moore deflected strike was the closest they came, as Leeds saw out the win to gain the three points on the opening day of the campaign.

Full time: Bristol City 1-3 Leeds United

Monday 9th of July Is Radrizanni about to make the same error as Celliono at Leeds ? by John Verrall at HTC

United appear to be having a clear out of some of their top talent this summer.

Are we getting value for money for Jansson and Clarke so far ?

Leeds United may be in danger of selling their players off far too cheaply this summer, just like??did when he was in charge.

Leeds’ decision to offload Lewis Cook for an initial fee of just £6 million () in 2016 looks like a terrible move now, given the way the central midfielder has developed at Bournemouth.

Cook has stood out in the Premier League and gone on to earn a cap for England, with his value sky rocketing since his departure from Elland Road.

However, there has to be question marks over whether??has learnt from the errors of his predecessor.

Leeds are considering offloading a number of their top talents this summer, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side seemingly making big changes.

Already there are concerns over whether Leeds are getting value for money for their players though.

Jack Clarke has already left Leeds for Tottenham Hotspur for just £8.5 million (), which looks very cheap.

Clarke is only 18, and has already shown glimpses of great potential at??level, which suggest that he could be worth a lot more than that amount in the future.

Leeds are also seemingly set to offload Pontus Jansson to Brentford for just £5.5 million ().

Jansson has been one of the stand out players in the Championship over the past few seasons, but Leeds are letting him go for a relatively low price.

The likes of Tyrone Mings and Adam Webster are both considered to be worth more than £20 million, while Lloyd Kelly left Bristol City for considerably more than Leeds are charging for Jansson earlier this summer.

Leeds could also sell Kemar Roofe for just £5 million () to Rangers, after he scored 15 goals for them last term.

Roofe scored as many goals as Bradley Dack and more than Britt Assombalonga, who would both cost considerably more than £5 million if they were to be sold this summer.

And Radrizzani should start asking for more money for Leeds’ players, as in the current market they can demand higher prices.

Monday 9th of July Jansson gone to Bees

PONTUS JANSSON last night completed a £5.5m move from Leeds United to Brentford after the London club had been alerted to his availability “only very recently”.

The Swedish international has signed a three-year deal with the Bees, who also have an option to extend the defender’s stay by a further 12 months.

A breakdown in relations is understood to be behind the surprise move for Jansson, who made 120 appearances for the Elland Road club after joining from Torino.

Jansson had been training with former club Malmo after being granted extended leave by Leeds. He will fly out today to join the rest of the Brentford squad at a pre-season training camp in Austria, while Leeds continue their own preparations for tomorrow’s friendly at York City.

It remains to be seen whether United bring in a replacement for Jansson, who made 39 appearances last term as Marcelo Bielsa’s side finished third in the Championship.

Ben White, a 21-year-old defender, moved to Elland Road last week on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion but he is yet to play a game in the top two divisions of English football.

On the capture of Jansson, Brentford’s joint director of football, Phil Giles, said: “Pontus is not a player we have been tracking for some time. In fact, it was only very recently that we were alerted to his availability and reacted quickly to the opportunity.

“It says a lot about Pontus that he chose to sign for Brentford as much as we chose to sign him. There is a mutual feeling that we can be successful together, and we wish him well during his time with us.”


Thomas Frank, Brentford’s head coach, added: “We are very pleased with Pontus’s arrival. The defence is an area that we have been looking to strengthen and we feel that Pontus will bring a lot to the group. Pontus will add to the quality and competition for places that we need to adapt to different situations over the course of the season.

“Pontus is a top defender who brings immense professionalism, a great attitude, experience, defensive robustness, leadership qualities, and threat from set pieces to our side.”? ?I was never his biggest fan because he rated himself higher than I did, and longer term we are better off without him. But right now we are short of cover at centre back and I’d like to see a playmaker, goalie, and striker arrive also before the season starts.?

Whites seal deal for forward.?Leeds United can confirm the arrival of Rafa Mujica, who joins the club following the expiration of his contract at FC Barcelona.?Mujica has signed a three year contract with the Whites, running until the summer of 2022.?The 20-year-old attacking prospect featured 33 times for Barcelona’s B team last season, netting seven goals. He will initially link up with Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side, with a view to training with the first team.

Defender departs.

Leeds United defender Aapo Halme has today joined fellow Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.? The centre-back joined Leeds from HJK Helsinki in January 2018 and went on to make five appearances for the club, scoring one goal.?Everyone at the club would like to thank Aapo for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.

Costa on joining Leeds United.

If we can get this guy back to his best we have a hell of a player

New signing Helder Costa spoke exclusively to??after completing a move to Leeds United from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Costa, who has been capped at international level by Portugal, has joined the Whites initially on a season-long loan, which will become a permanent transfer next summer.

The 25-year-old has agreed a four year contract with Leeds, becoming the club’s fourth summer signing and having won the Sky Bet Championship with Wolves just over a year ago, is hoping for similar success at Elland Road.?“It feels great to sign for Leeds United,” said Costa.

“I’ve spoken a lot to Barry Douglas and he told me how big the club is and how amazing the fans are, so it wasn’t a tough decision to come here and I’m very happy to be here.

“It’s good to know Barry, he can show me everything about how Leeds works and I’m really looking forward to start training with my new team-mates.

“I’ve heard a lot about the gaffer, he is a great manager and I know at the end of this year I will be a better player than I am today and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

“I can’t wait to play at Elland Road soon, it is a big stadium and I’m sure the atmosphere will be great and I am ready for the challenge.

“I’m fast and I like to dribble, I would like to show good football in this stadium which is my aim and of course to help Leeds to the Premier League.

“It’s almost the same squad as last season here, the quality is there and hopefully we can push even further and get promoted this year.”

Wolves forward joins Leeds.

Helder Costa has today joined Leeds United from Wolverhampton Wanderers on an initial one year loan deal, which will become a permanent transfer next summer for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has agreed a four year contract with the Whites, which will run until the summer of 2024.

The Portuguese international began his career at Benfica before having loan spells at Deportivo La Coruna and AS Monaco, ahead of joining Wolves in 2016, initially on a temporary basis.

After a successful period at Molineux during the 2016/17 campaign where he was named Player of the Season, Wolves signed him permanently for a then club record transfer fee.

Costa went on to play a key part in the team that won the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship and last term made 30 appearances in all competitions as Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League.

A tricky winger who can also play as a centre forward, Costa made his international debut for Portugal last year, scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 win against Scotland at Hampden Park.

He will wear the number 17 shirt for Whites and becomes Leeds’ fourth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Jack Harrison, Ben White and Liam McCarron earlier this week.

Winger completes loan move.

No problem with Clarke leaving, but not sure about the fee. Seems like Orta couldn’t negotiate a drink to a blind man in the desert.

Leeds United are pleased to announce the loan signing of Jack Clarke from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

Clarke completed a permanent move to Tottenham on Tuesday, but now returns to Elland Road until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Last season Clarke made 25 appearances for the Whites, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

The 18-year-old will return to training with Marcelo Bielsa’s side with immediate effect.

Winger on rejoining Leeds.

Harrisson will be a better player for us this year I feel

Jack Harrison is pleased to be back at Elland Road, after rejoining Leeds United on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

Harrison spent the whole of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at Leeds, making 42 appearances and will be again hoping to have a big impact in the upcoming campaign.

Speaking to LUTV, Harrison is hoping the side can go one better than last season.

“It’s exciting to be back, the end of last year was disappointing with how it ended, so this year myself and the lads are looking to redeem ourselves and build on last year,” said Harrison.

“I think most people felt that we should have gone up last season, but we are all looking to get back at it now and hopefully we can get the promotion this time around.

“I’ve definitely learnt a lot in the last 12 months, if you look at my performances throughout the season I think I grew as a player and by the end of the season I was really getting going.

“I’m looking to use that as a foundation now and build from that going into the new season.

“It’s been good to see the lads again and I’m looking forward to catching up with them all properly.”

Defender on joining Leeds.

Leeds United defender Ben White spoke to LUTV after signing for the club on a season-long loan deal.

Ben White looks to be a good ball playing centre half

White completed a move to Elland Road from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.

The 21-year-old has spent time on loan with Newport County and Peterborough United over the last two seasons and is now looking forward to the step up of playing Championship football with Leeds.

“When I heard of the opportunity to come, I was just so excited to get it over the line and I’m absolutely buzzing,” said White.

“I’ve heard loads about Marcelo Bielsa, he is an amazing manager, especially with young players and I’m sure he is going to really improve me, which is what I am looking to do this season.

“I’m cool and calm on the ball, I like to play out from the back and I want to try and play as many games as I can – I’ve come here to win games.

“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at Thorp Arch, I haven’t trained yet, so the rest of the team are a week ahead, but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it.”

White is also not a newcomer to Elland Road, having played at the stadium before in the Carabao Cup with Newport County and he spoke about what that experience was like.

He said: “I think it was the best game I have played in, in terms of atmosphere, it was crazy.

“Even though it was a cup game, it was still amazing.”

Duo complete loan moves.

White and Harrisson look like two quality loan signings

Leeds United are delighted to announce the signings of Jack Harrison and Ben White, who have both joined the club on season-long loan deals.

Highly rated central defender White joins the club from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 21-year-old has made two first team appearances for Brighton and has also had a number of loan stints away from the American Express Community Stadium.

During the 2017/18 season, White linked up with Newport County, going on to make a total of 51 appearances for the League Two side and came up against Leeds twice in cup competitions.

Back in January he joined League One outfit Peterborough United for a temporary spell and went on to make 16 outings for the London Road club, scoring one goal.

Winger Harrison rejoins Leeds from Premier League champions Manchester City, having spent last season on loan at Elland Road.

During the 2018/19 campaign, Harrison was a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s side and came up with important goals, including a last minute equaliser away at Millwall in September, as well as the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road in April.

Harrison, who made his name in the MLS with New York City before joining Manchester City in 2018, made a total of 42 appearances in all competitions for the Whites last season, scoring four goals and providing a further four assists.

The club also has an option to make Harrison’s signing a permanent deal at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Both players will join up with Bielsa’s first team squad for training this morning.

Costa would be a superb signing of intent for Whites

Weds June 10th 2019. Costa free to leave Wolves? Wolverhampton Wanderers have heightened Leeds United’s hopes of landing Helder Costa on loan by indicating that they will listen to bids for the winger.
Leeds have expressed a firm interest in Costa and are attempting to set up a deal to bring the talented Portuguese to Elland Road on a temporary basis next season.
Costa carries a high value and broke Wolves’ transfer record when he arrived from Benfica for £13m in 2017 but he is one of a number of players who Wanderers plan to remove from their squad as they attempt to continue their impressive rise up the English pyramid.
Wolves are yet to dismiss the idea of a loan deal, despite the fee Costa might command if the club choose to sell him, and Leeds hope the existing relationship between chairman Andrea Radrizzani and Costa’s agent, Jorge Mendes, will aid negotiations.
Costa, 25, is United’s top target in a summer window where head coach Marcelo Bielsa wants to make significant additions to his wide options at Elland Road.
Leeds are understood to be making positive progress in talks to bring Jack Harrison back from Manchester City and are vying with Rangers for the loan signature of Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.
Kent has just finished a year on loan at Ibrox but is not expected to be part of Liverpool’s first-team plans under Jurgen Klopp next season.
Leeds have also been heavily linked with Harry Wilson, the winger who spent this term with Derby County, but Wilson is likely to make a big-money move out of Anfield, leaving Kent as a loan target for United and a number of other teams.

Tues May 29th Bielsa to stay one more year. – YEPLeeds United announced Marcelo Bielsa would remain as manager on Monday – and the club were quick to show off their new signing.
Whites fans had pleaded for the Argentine to remain at Elland Road despite the Championship play-off exit to Derby County (we’ll not talk about that) on May 15.
After all, he had provided so many memorable moments in his first season in charge and has certainly earned his place in every Leeds fans’ hearts.

Weeks of ‘will he’ or won’t he stay’ were finally put to bed yesterday, with the 63-year-old agreeing a one-year extension after the club’s hierarchy met his demands. Phew.

That, of course, was met by jubilant Leeds fans on social media as Bielsa plans to go one step further next season and win promotion to the Premier League.

And while news of the former Roma manager’s commitment quickly travelled around the internet, it seems he was the topic of Leeds City Centre, too.

The image above, captured by Pete Allison, showed Bielsa’s face plastered across an electronic advertising screen saying: ‘Big news requires a big screen #LUFC’.

The poster itself displayed a somewhat motivational caption with ‘Ready for a second season?’ while underneath that, it says: ‘Leeds United, we go again, with Marcelo Bielsa’.

It is understood that Leeds have pledged further changes to their training ground at Thorp Arch and to meet his transfer market wishes.

This is the best news to end any dreary Tuesday. MOT GC

Another season in the Championship but…..

The chosen one

Saturday May 25th 2019. The season has ended now. Leeds fell short and had their best league finish since relegation fifteen years ago. In the end we finished 3rd on 83 points, 6 points behind Sheffield United and 11 points behind Norwich City.

Puki – 30 goals for Canaries( more than Roofe and Bamford put together)

Norwich scored 93 goals and conceded 57 (+36). Sheffield United scored 78 and conceded 41 (+37). For Norwich, Teemu Pukki scored 30 goals and had 9 assists, Stiepermann scored 10 goals, Vranic scored 10 goals, Hernandez scored 9 goals, Rhodes scored 8 goals and Buendia 8 goals.

For Sheffield United Billy Sharp scored 24 goals (4 assists), David McGoldrick 15 goals (surprisingly only 4 assists) Mark Duffy scored 4 goals.

Now for Leeds.? Roofe 15 goals 2 assists (167 mins per goal) Hernandez 12 goals, 12 assists (293 mins per goal) Bamford 10 goals 2 assists (162 mins per goal)? Klich 10 goals, 9 assists (400 mins per goal) Alioski 7 goals, 5 assists (523 assists)

Leeds scored 73 and conceded 50 (+23). WBA scored 87 goals and Aston Villa scored 82 goals. They finished 4th and 5th respectively with the latter enjoying a day out at Wembley. One could argue convincingly that scoring goals was ultimately the Achilles heel that ultimately cost Leeds promotion, but we’ll come back to that later.

They chose well in Bielsa but brought in some ‘Duds’

Radrizanni and Orta can be complimented with their foresight in luring the vastly experienced and hugely talented Marcello Bielsa to Leeds. He brought Leeds to within a whisker of promotion, a Leeds side made up of mostly last year’s players intermingled with a blend of youth through the academy and under 23 development squad, playing a brand of football not seen in Elland Road since the days of Kewell, Bowyer, Woodgate, Viduka and co.

United brought in Jack Harrison on loan from Man City via New York Red Bulls, Barry Douglas (£3M from Wolves), Lewis Baker (loan from Chelsea), Izzy Brown (loan from Chelsea), Jamal Blackman (Chelsea), Patrick Bamford (£7M from M’bro) Kiko Casilla (Real Madrid free transfer) Matteusz Bogusz (£1.5M Ruch Chorzow). The following also earned debuts : Aapo Halme, Bailey Peacock Farrell (lengthy run of games) Jamie Schakleton, Jack Clarke, Ryan Edmondson.

For an experienced player Casilla has cost us big games

United were in the top two for much of the season. They were certainly unfortunate with injuries. Berardi, Bamford and Izzy Brown missed a lot of the early part of the season. During the vital run in when experience was needed particularly v Derby County at Elland Road in the play offs , United were without Roofe, Alioski, Roberts, and Douglas with? a thread bare bench to choose from. Much has been made of Bielsa’s decision to work with a ‘small squad,? but some of Orta’s signings have been poor and had little impact. How much influence did Bielsa have on this ? One would assume he did have some, but I doubt very much especially re the early signings.? Lewis Baker was returned to Chelsea and ended the campaign at Reading, making even less impact there. Some guy arrived looking like Izzy Brown but played like James Brown. The decision to sign a guy who was injured for six months was mind boggling. At left back, Barry Douglas missed preseason training and has been a shadow of the player that helped Wolves to promotion twelve months previously. Harrison has been hit and miss (with the very sporadic touch of brilliance thrown in), and Casilla cost us the match against Derby County at Elland Road with his over exuberance. There can be no excuses for a vastly experienced player who did the same thing two weeks previously against Ipswich Town.? Many have been unhappy with Patrick Bamford’s contribution, although it has to be noted that neither he nor Roofe convert enough of their chances. In goals conversion to chances created, Leeds are in the bottom six accoring to Bielsa’s analysis. One thing we can’t doubt his his analysis. Leeds carry two centre forwards. Most top Championship sides carry four centre forwards. Even Sheffield United whose strength is their defence, had Scott Hogan (on loan from Villa at the run in) to weigh in with two valuable goals at the death. When Bamford was taken off against Derby, Izzy Brown came on. Hardly like for like, and certainly not a game changer.

Saiz not replaced was a mistake

The January transfer window. Leeds lost Samuel Saiz a hugely frustrating player, but a number 10 that when he came on would lift the crowd and change the game. Saiz’ wife was home sick and he wanted to return to Spain. In this circumstance, Bielsa’s stubborn streak or Leeds refusal to delve deep at a crucial time to ‘kick on’ and replace a highly valuable player cost us. United were determined to sign one player, and one player alone…..Daniel James. It is imperative to have different targets lined up. Leeds lost James and he is now signing for Manchester United in a deal worth £15M. In fairness to Bielsa, he has done a terrific job in part in fitting Tyler Roberts into the number 10 role, but Robert lacks the guile and craft to break teams down. His display nonetheless against WBA in March in that role was outstanding. However, WBA lack pace and Roberts was less effective in this role against Wigan, Brentford and Sheffield United when it really mattered.

Another crucial factor in the season sliding away has been the loss of form of Hernandez. We depended too much on a 34 year old player who Wigan, Derby, Norwich and Sheffield Utd all figured out how to stop. With Saiz moving on, Hernandez out of form, and Jack Clarke also suffering a loss of form since his collapse at M’bro, Leeds lost a lot of that creative spark in breaking teams down.

Kemar Roofe leads the line well but can he score 24 goals like Sharp or 30 like Pukki

The big games. We have let ourselves down here. Chance after chance went a begging against Sheffield United. Every player was guilty. Not Bielsa’s fault. Sheffield United got one chance and scored. Leeds created chance after chance away to Derby and converted one. If Hernandez scored his tap in ….it’s 2-0 and the tie is over. The same could have been said of Roofe. Not Bielsa’s fault. Leeds go one up v Wigan who go down to 10 men and continue to miss chance after chance. This was a huge game with Sheffield United playing later that day, and our automatic promotion hopes faded with it. Bielsa doesn’t take penalties but Bamford, Roofe and Hernandez all failed to convert them when it mattered.

Stupid decisions. We’ve already covered Casilla v Derby County and Ipswich Town. What about Cooper costing us the game against Sheffield United in letting Billy Sharp nudge him off the ball. Two seconds later 1-0 down and game over. Cooper and the stupid pull back for a penalty v Derby County when Harrison was the cover player, 3-1. Berardi and the sending off v Derby…absolutely ridiculous.

No luck. Bamford taken down blatantly by Keogh and he received a yellow card instead of a penalty. Ridiculous decision according to Dermot Gallagher. Red carded tackle by Sheff Utd player at Elland Road not given in first half on March 16th in a real 6 pointer. Less luck with injuries. That’s football.

So what about Bielsa ? Hit or miss ? He has been a breadth of fresh air not only to Leeds United, but to the Championship and to English football as a whole. The man carries with him a? sincerity and humility that is rarely witnessed in football these days. Quite simply he is a class act. Not without faults, he is also a stubborn man. The whole Spygate thing was blown out of all proportion and it’s a measure of the man that he confronted it and admitted his failings. Who else could have turned it into a power point presentation ? He even paid the £200,000 fine out of his own pocket insisting it was not the club’s ‘problem’. Average players have been turned into 8/10 performers in almost all games, and he has redeveloped our youth and under 23 academies , enhancing the quality, lifted the morale and filled out Elland Road weekly. This is no mean achievement in under one year. When a young player comes into the Under 23s he now believes he has a chance of progressing to the first team. Imagine the confidence that inspires.

We have to learn. The close season is coming. Leeds culled around 15 players last season including Vieira for £8M to Italy. No promotion this year will be costly. Roofe on circa £7K per week? has just 12 months to go in his contract. He will be looking for a big contract or a move.? Jansson is targeted, as is Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke. Our most important signing is Bielsa. Personally, I’d let Jansson go and use the money wisely. We need a bigger squad. We need to use the loan system better. The last arrivals were poor. We need a striker who will bag 25 goals. Jansson in my view would be no great loss. Bielsa knows every player in the league. He will have learned immeasurably from last season. We are not asking a leopard to change his spots. If Leeds are serious about promotion, back the man and get out of the blocks quicker next season with a stronger, bigger squad. We don’t need wholesale changes, just quality arrivals. The last two mangers to finish a season and start afresh were Grayson and Blackwell. I think we all seen enough glimpses of what the future may hold if the man from Argentina stays for 12 more months. I missed my 40s in the Premiership . I’m not missing my 50s (even the middle ones). Roll on early August !


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“No explanation for a loss like this” Bielsa



And he thinks he has problems

Good Friday. April 19th 2019. Three days to go and have we blown it ? It’s hard to stay optimistic after today’s result. Losing 2-1 to Wigan Athletic at home,?and against?ten men for almost eighty minutes. It’s the first time all season that the Whites failed to win in the Championship after taking the lead. Even a point could have made all the difference. Sheffield Utd who earlier disposed of Notts Forest 2-0 just have to equal Leeds results in the last three matches to gain automatic promotion. I’m not going to go through the permutations of who could beat who, or do us a favour because at this stage of the season you have to take care of your own results, and today every one of our starting 11 failed to stand up and be counted. Casillas was poor for the goal and his decision making was rash, the defence conceded two goals? needlessly, our midlfield and wide players were sterile and devoid of creativity and up front we missed countless chances including a penalty. No excuses. Too many shit their pants today and failed to handle the occasion, the pressure and most of all the match. I take my hat off to Paul Cook for having the balls to go at us with 10 men and fully deserve his victory. Four points from Norwich and Leeds in two games is not a bad return. The sad reality for him is it should have been six. Marcel Bielsa :?“Any explanation that I could give, would be meaningless,”?“It is not a game that you can analyse, because you have games like this that you have to win.“The result tells a lot about me and condemns seriously my work.??“You have no explanation that could justify a loss like this, it was a game we had to win and it was a game that we could win and we didn’t win it.?“Everything can happen in football, but today only one thing had to happen and that was that we had to win.?“When you analyse, you describe the game, but I don’t want to do that, because there is no explanation for a loss like this.?This is a very serious wound in the worst moment and the only relief we can have is to get promoted, what we’ve done so far is not enough.?“I am very sad, but I am full of motivation and I’m ready to work again immediately in these games.”?There is no doubt that Bielsa like the rest of us is hurting badly. I hope his players are hurting just as badly. We need a serious reaction for Griffin Park v Brentford from our players. It may be too late, but I want to see a reaction nonetheless and keep the pressure on until the final ball has been kicked away to Ipswich Town and away to Stoke City. If we don’t make it we know where it went wrong. I knew I should never have gotten Paddy Kettle that ticket for today’s game.

Leeds United 1?(Bamford 17)?Wigan Athletic 2?(Massey 44, 62)??Leeds:?Casilla, Ayling, Berardi, Jansson, Alioski, Phillips (Forshaw 45), Klich (Clarke 70), Roberts, Hernandez, Harrison, Bamford (Roofe 45).? Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Davis, Shackleton.?Wigan:?Walton, Byrne, Robinson, Morsy, Massey (Powell 75), James (Garner 90), Naismith, Kipre, Dunkley, Clarke (Olsson 67), Evans.? Subs: Evans, Gibson, Windass, Roberts.??

Booked:?Ayling, Berardi, Klich (Leeds), Walton, Evans, Powell (Wigan)?

Sent off:?Kipre (Wigan)?Referee:?S. Duncan

Venue:?Elland Road

Attendance:?34,758 (743 Wigan)

Monday 15th of April. Just four to go


Jack H celebrates the most important goal of the season thus far



It’s all about holding their nerve now

There is no doubt that it has been a superb week for Leeds fans. Many were phoning the Samarathans after the Birmingham City defeat. Sheffield United have taken just two points from their last six and ‘faultless’ Norwich who the so called experts of the Championship pronounced home and hosed a month ago have had a major wobble against such ‘crack outfits’ as Reading and Wigan. Keith Andrews is nowhere to be seen. We have four cup finals to go and the phone has not stopped ringing with people asking for Aston Villa tickets. Sorry folks it’s sold out. To those who have been going regularly, my sincere? apologies. Mind you many of those asking weren’t the ones going to see Hartlepool and Yeovil like the rest of us. Anyway, back to the Championship race. Here’s the run in :?1st Norwich P42 86 points +34 2nd LEEDSUNITED 82 points + 27 3rd Sheffield Utd 79 points + 30.?There are four cup finals to go for each team. Norwich play Sheff Weds at home on Friday 19th at 19:45, Stoke City (A) Easter Monday 21st at 15:00, Blackburn Rvs at home on Saturday 27th at 15:00, and finally on Sunday May 5th at 12:30 Aston Villa (A). The WHITES entertain Wigan on Friday 19th of April at 15:00, Brentford (A) on Easter Monday 21st at 15:00, Aston Villa (H) on Sun 28th at 12 Noon, and finally Ipswich A on May 5th at 12:30.?The?Blades play Notts Forest (H) on Friday 19th at 12:30, Hull City (A) Easter Monday 21st 15:00, Ipswich Town (H) on Sat 27th 15:00, and lastly Stoke City (A) on Sunday May 5th at 12:30.?


Blades are moaning that Sharp is injured

On paper Brentford away and Villa at home look to be our hardest games, but this prediction comes with a government health warning. It’s a pointless exercise to work out which team will? win points from whatever games. After all who saw Norwich not taking six points from Reading and Wigan when they were stepped in luck to grab two, and The Blades couldn’t hold on against Millwall even when The Lions missed a penalty with two minutes to go. This is the Championship, the hardest league in the world to escape. Leeds have arguably hit a little bit of form at the right time and are holding their nerve.? Luck with injuries, experience? and holding your nerve are all vital ingredients. Oh, and it helps if you have Bielsa on your side of the bucket. For Sheff Utd, Billy Sharp looks to be out of the run in with hamstring trouble. However he has only scored once in his last nine games, so he hasn’t exactly been in crack form of late. Leeds have had plenty of injury problems all season, eg Bamford, Roofe, Berardi, Cooper etc. There may be a few more twists to go. We played Sheff utd off the park, should have been up against 10 men for at least 50 minutes, didn’t take our chances and lost the match. Against Birmingam, same scenario with missed chances. Let’s chase Norwich down and enjoy the ride and keep the Valium close by.

June 19th Balagué praises appointment.

Highly respected Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué has thrown his support behind Leeds United’s appointment of Marcelo Bielsa.

On Friday it was confirmed Bielsa had agreed to become new head coach at Elland Road, replacing Paul Heckingbottom.

Bielsa has signed an initial two-year deal with the Whites and the club has the option to extend this by a further year.Bielsa6

On the former Argentina manager’s appointment, Balagué said: Life is better lived with a bit of a gamble.

“Bringing Bielsa to England not only confirms this part of the world in terms of elite coaching (what a privilege for young coaches) but also makes me think that finally decision makers feel brave, take choices based on risk, intelligence and long term vision.

“Bravo for Leeds.?“Nobody can guarantee victories or promotion but football, a games after all, is better when the journey to victories is entertaining, challenging and makes you think.?“Also if people are patient, you are going to enjoy Leeds playing in a way you have not seen before.?Keep a seat at Elland Road for me.”

Sat June 16th? We find out more about Leeds United’s new head coach...


Bielsa arrived with a top CV – Read on….

1. On the 21st July 1955, Marcelo Alberto Bielsa Caldera was born in Rosario, Argentina. At the time, Raich Carter’s Leeds United had just finished 4th in Division Two with new £600 signing Harold Brooks named top scorer for the season with 16 goals.

2. Coming through as a defender at his childhood club Newell’s Old Boys, Marcelo made the step up to the first team which boasted future Argentine World Cup winners, Américo Gallego and Ricardo Giusti. He played 25 times over the course of the 1977/78 season, before going on to feature for Instituto and Argentino.

3. In 1990, Marcelo replaced José Yudica as first team coach of Newell’s Old Boys. Making an instant impact with a side including Mauricio Pochettino, Gerardo Martino, and Eduardo Berizzo, he led the club to two league championships in two years, whilst also guiding Newell’s to the 1992 Copa Libertadores Final, where they narrowly missed out on penalties.

4. Marcelo’s success at Newell’s led the Argentinian club to rename the ‘El Coloso del Parque’ to the ‘Estadio Marcelo Bielsa’ in 2009. Club secretary Pablo Morosano remarked “This is a gesture towards a person who did a lot for the club and today carries its name with pride around the world”

5. After winning a third championship in Argentina with Valez Sarsfield, and managerial stints in Mexico and Spain, Marcelo was named Argentina’s national manager in 1998.


A younger Bielsa celebrates a success

6. Bringing together a team featuring Gabriel Batistuta, Diego Simeone, Juan Veron, Javier Zanetti, and Hernan Crespo, Bielsa’s Argentina sailed through qualification for the 2002 World Cup, with 13 wins and one loss. The side’s dominance across South America led to Marcelo being named the 2001 IFFHS World’s Best National Coach.

7. 2004 saw Marcelo lead Argentina to a Copa America Final against Brazil, before The Albicelestes won their first ever Olympic Gold a month later, with Carlos Tevez’s 18th minute strike securing a 1-0 win over Paraguay in Athens.

8. August 2007 saw Marcelo take up his second national post, as he set about transforming the Chile national team. Historic wins against Argentina, Paraguay, and Peru, were followed by Bielsa’s Chile qualifying for the 2010 World Cup after missing the previous two tournaments.

9. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa saw Marcelo cement his legacy in Chile, as he led La Rojas featuring Claudio Bravo, Arturo Vidal, and Alexis Sanchez to the knockout stages before being stopped by Brazil.

10. Following up his successful spell with Chile, Marcelo set about becoming a hit in Spain, as he took over from Joaquín Caparrós as Athletic Bilbao coach. His first season at the club saw the club reach the 2011/12 Europa League Final, beating Paris St Germain, Manchester United and Sporting CP en-route.


Bielsa lead Argentina to success

11. In addition to reaching the Europa League Final, Marcelo also navigated his Athletic Bilbao side to the Copa Del Rey Final, where they faced Barcelona in front of over 54,000 at the Vicente Calderon.

12. After a second season at Bilbao, Marcelo took his popular brand of football to Ligue 1 after being appointed Head Coach of Olympique de Marseille, where he’d develop a team around the likes of Imbula, Mendy, Lemina, Ayew, Batshuayi, Payet, and Gignac, leading them to a 4th place finish.

13. Following a short stint at Ligue 1 side Lille OSC, Marcelo Bielsa today became Leeds United’s first manager born outside of Europe.

Friday June 15th New head coach confirmed.

Leeds United are delighted to announce the appointment of Argentine Marcelo Bielsa in the role of head coach.


Bielsa at last arrived at LUFC and Leeds make a statement of intent to the Championship

Bielsa has previously enjoyed success as head coach of the Argentina and Chile national teams, as well as at club level with Newell’s Old Boys, Athletic Bilbao and Marseille.

The 62-year-old has won top flight league titles in Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys and?Vélez Sársfield, whilst also guided Bilbao to the UEFA Europa League final and the Copa del Rey final, during his time in charge of the Spanish club.

On his appointment, Bielsa said: “I am delighted to accept the role of head coach at Leeds United.

It has always been my ambition to work in England and I have had several opportunities to do so during my career, however I have always felt it was important to wait for the right project to come along and so when a club with Leeds United’s history made me an offer, it was impossible to turn down.

“I am excited for the challenge ahead and I look forward to collaborating with Victor, Andrea and Angus, as we work hard to achieve great things at this football club.”

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani said: “I am thrilled to welcome Marcelo and his staff to Leeds United.

“He is a coach that I have admired for many years and when the opportunity arose to bring him to Elland Road, we made it our top priority for the summer.

“Marcelo has a wealth of experience and he will use that to create a new culture and a winning mentality at our football club.

“I would like to thank Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear for all of the hard work that has gone into this appointment and I look forward to progressing together.”

Bielsa has signed a two year deal at Elland Road with the club holding an option for a further year.

June 6th. The betting on Leeds new boss – YEP Marcelo Bielsa remains strong favourite to takeover at Elland Road as several new names have entered the running with the bookmakers. The Argentine is continuing his talks with the Whites and is as short as 1/4 to take over the vacant hot seat in West Yorkshire.
Darren Ferguson has now entered the bookies thoughts after leaving Doncaster Rovers on Monday evening and can be found as an outsider at 20/1 alongside former Scotland and current Hearts boss Craig Levein (25/1) who is also a fresh name on the list. Claudio Ranieri (7/2) remains second favourite amongst the betting with Mick McCarthy next at 8/1 – Carlos Carvalhal and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce remain 16/1 shots respectively.
Marcelo Bielsa 1/4 – Argentinian Bielsa would bring a wealth of coaching experience with him – including a four-year spell in charge of the national team as well as Chile. However, the question remains whether the former Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and Lille boss could get a result on a cold Tuesday night down at Rotherham United. Claudio Ranieri 7/2 – Italian Ranieri left Nantes at the end of the Ligue 1 season, and continues to hold great respect in the English game from his time with Chelsea and after guiding Leicester to a remarkable Premier League title success in 2015/2016. While Ranieri’s unique ‘dilly-ding, dilly-dong’ approach would certainly wake up a few of the squad down at Thorp Arch, can the 66-year-old be tempted to test himself in the hustle-and-bustle of the unforgiving Championship? Mick McCarthy 8/1 – The 59-year-old Yorkshireman is ready to take on a fresh challenge after leaving Ipswich shortly before the end of the season, where he endured a testing relationship with a vocal section of the Portman Road fanbase towards the end of his five-and-a-half-year spell. The former Republic of Ireland boss, though, would not be fazed by the expectation at Leeds – and his no-nonsense, pragmatic approach to management could be just what the doctor ordered. McCarthy won the Championship with both Sunderland (2005) and Wolves (2009) and if he completes the treble with Leeds in 2019, the Barnsley-born boss would find himself right at home among the Elland Road faithful. Carlos Carvalhal 16/1 – Looking for another management role after leaving Swansea City in May after the club fell into the Championship despite seeing a bounce when he took the reigns in Wales. He has experience of coaching in Yorkshire after his mixed fortunes at Sheffield Wednesday. Will his fiery personality be a good fit at Elland Road? The press conferences would definitely be entertaining. Steve Bruce 16/1 – After seeing his Aston Villa side just miss out on a return to the Premier League, Bruce is facing a summer of upheaval due to financial restrictions at Villa Park. Leeds United could be seen as an even bigger task as the next manager will need to turn the Whites into promotion hopefuls after a 2017/18 campaign that failed to meet up to expectations.
The rest… Darren Ferguson 20/1 David Hopkin 20/1 Lee Bowyer 20/1 Sam Allardyce 20/1 Jaap Stam 22/1 Craig Levein 25/1 Matias Almeyda 25/1 Michael Laudrup 25/1 Phil Parkinson 25/1 Víctor Sánchez del Amo 28/1 Alan Pardew 33/1 David Moyes 33/1 Filippo Inzaghi 33/1 Gordon Strachan 33/1 Roberto Di Matteo 33/1





Angus Gunn (Target no 1)



Bailey Peacock-Farrell finished season as No 1

June 5th. Stockdale the Leeds fan may become Leeds No 1 LEEDS UNITED have stepped up their interest in goalkeeper David Stockdale amid a wait to see if Manchester City will rlease Angus Gunn on loan. Gunn remains at the top of United’s list of goalkeeping targets but the club are looking into Stockdale’s situation after the 32-year-old waStockdale will be allowed to leave St Andrews just a year after signing for Birmingham with manager Garry Monk planning to sign another No 1 before the 2018-19 Championship season starts. Leeds also want to add a new keeper to their senior squad and the club are vying to secure the signature of Gunn, the talented 22-year-old who spent the recent season on loan at Norwich City. Gunn’s profile is on the rise after a convincing year in the Championship and his recent involvement with Gareth Southgate’s England squad. Southgate drafted Gunn, an Under-21 international, into his squad for a friendly against Brazil in November and the keeper has been training with England ahead of their departure to the World Cup in Russia.
Leeds intend to bring him to Elland Road on a season-long loan as direct competition for Bailey Peacock-Farrell, the Northern Ireland international who finished this term as United’s first choice, but his reputation is likely to attract other offers. Stockdale was told last month that he had no place in Monk’s plans and Leeds have been exploring the cost of signing a player who won promotion to the Premier League with Brighton in 2017. He opted to quit Brighton immediately after that promotion and completed a free transfer to Birmingham, signing a three-year deal and saying he “needed a bit of a longer contract” than Albion were offering. Birmingham, though, became embroiled in a relegation fight and Stockdale is set to move on after 39 appearances for the club.
United are four weeks into the transfer window and still to complete their first new signing as talks over the appointment of a new head coach continue. Leeds, who are pushing to bring in former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa following Paul Heckingbottom’s sacking on Friday, have been chasing Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley and Hull City striker Abel Hernandez. An offer has been made to Hernandez and the Uruguay international announced over the weekend that he was leaving Hull after four years at the KCOM Stadium, having rejected a new deal. Hull put forward what manager Nigel Adkins called “one hell of a contract” but Hernandez, who earns in the region of £40,000 a week, will become a free agent at the end of this month. United are optimistic of finalising an agreement with him.
In a statement released on Twitter, Hernandez said: “My time in Hull is now over, everything comes to an end and today I have to say goodbye. Sometimes a fair agreement is not reached and football is like that.”



June 4th. Hernandez one of Leeds top targets Hull City have confirmed the departure of Abel Hernandez from the club with the striker set to become a free agent at the end of the month. Leeds United have made the 27-year-old one of their top targets this summer but face stiff competition to land his signature with the Uruguayan leaving the KCOM stadium after four seasons with the Tigers.
Hull confirmed in a statement on their official club website that an offer had been made to Hernandez that “exceeded what the Club would normally offer at Championship level” but the forward has opted to move on with his contract expiring on June 30. “The striker will now look to make a fresh start elsewhere and we would like to wish him well for the future,” the statement continued. Hernandez joined Hull from Palermo in 2014 for a club-record fee, £10m, having just missed out on a £20m move to Aston Villa after failing to agree personal terms. The forward missed most of the 2017/18 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon but still managed to amass eight goals, despite playing just 10 times, as City avoided a late relegation scare.
United want a proven, UK-based striker to lead their line next season and Hernandez has emerged as a leading option this summer. Leeds also have first refusal of Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu, a £4m deal which was agreed in January, but as revealed by club president Stefano Bonacini the option will expire on June 30.


Marco Bielsa

June 2nd. Bielsa is Leeds number one target as boss Leeds United are in advanced talks with Marcelo Bielsa over becoming the club’s new head coach, Sky Sports News understands. The Argentine is currently unemployed, having been sacked by French side Lille in December after he was briefly suspended by the club following a poor run of results.
Leeds dismissed Paul Heckingbottom last week and managing director Angus Kinnear has since joined director of football Victor Orta in travelling to South America to meet Bielsa. Bielsa coached the Argentina national side from 1998 until 2004 and also had four years in charge of Chile before embarking on a club management career in Europe.
The 62-year-old had success with Athletic Bilbao, guiding them to the final of the Europa League and Copa Del Rey during the 2011-12 season, but he was unable to win either trophy.
He also had a spell with Marseille and quit Lazio only two days after being appointed, but he has been credited by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone as being a big influence on their managerial careers.

June 1st. The Hick goes the same way as The Hock and others before Leeds United can confirm that Paul Heckingbottom has left his role as Head Coach.

Managing Director Angus Kinnear said,?On behalf of the Board of Directors at Leeds United I would like to thank Paul for the commitment and passion he has demonstrated since he joined the club earlier this year. Paul came to us during a difficult period in the season and has conducted himself in an exemplary manner despite results not going as any of us had hoped.

“Our objective is to bring in a Head Coach with more experience who can help us reach the goals we have talked about since we became custodians of the club last summer. We are confident of making a quick appointment and we thank our fans for their continued support.”?

Assistant Manager Jamie Clapham, Head of Fitness Nathan Winder and Analyst Alex Bailey will also leave the club with Paul whilst Set Piece Coach Gianni Vio will not have his contract renewed. We would like to wish Jamie, Nathan, Alex and Gianni well for the future.

Thursday May 31st 2018. Draw Results. Many thanks to all members who sold draw cards and helped in any way with prizes etc. Results as follows :? 1st Prize €200 to Marie Foley (Card sold by Mickey Foley)? Congrats to Marie who has been a member for many years now.? 2nd Prize went to Monaghan and €100 to Mickey McCarron who bought the full card himself. (Well done Mickey !) 3rd Prize of €50 went to Peter Kelly from Drogheda c/o Francie Smyth (another long term member from the beginning)? 4th Prize Fyffes Fruit Hamper went to Pat Quinn?c/o the industrious Pat Quinn, King of Vice.??5th Prize of €25 Euro went to Emma Morgan c/o Brendan Ballantine from a long line of Leeds Utd members and fans Spots of bottles of Whiskey whisking their way to John Freeman (Monaghan) Ivor Martin (Ardee) Emma Morgan c/o Brendan Ballantine and Francie McQuaid in sunny Emyvale. Thanks to everyone for making the draw and night such an enjoyable one. MOT.

Louthand Eddie

A Little bit ‘grayer’ now



Jim Keating’s family



The Dalton Gang are back

Friday May 11th 2018. Louth Branch 25th year anniversary celebrations It was a privilige to have Eddie and Linda Gray present to celebrate with us our 25th year anniversary as an official Leeds United Supporters Club Branch. A lot of water has passed under that bridge and some of the hairs have gone from black to grey to white or in some cases none at all (isn’t that right Paddy ?)?Eddie Gray celebrated his 70th birthday in January of this year and he regailed us with stories from that great Revie era, arguably the best side that ever kicked a ball in English football. Don Revie once said of Eddie Gray he was that skilful and nimble that ‘he wouldn’t leave footprints in snow’. He was a throroughly charming and entertaining guest and no question was off limits as he answered to the best of his ability or memory. We heard about David Harvey and the monkey, The real David O’Leary, Cantona leaving Leeds United, The best of the young guns at Leeds, The Revie greats, Big Jack and the suitcase……and much much more.
It was great to see so many faces from yesteryear there also, members who were there at the beginning and who no doubt have a rekindled interest in Leeds United and the Supporters Club.

The food on the night was fantastic and our thanks goes to Aidan McBride for that. We are extremely grateful to Dundalk FC, in particular Martin Connolly for going well beyond the call of duty to make the evening such a success. The venue was excellent and Eddie enjoyed the match and how he was looked after in Oriel Park immensely. Dundalk FC gave us the Enda McGuill suite and took a bit of stick for doing so because their regulars normally drink in there after the match. It helped also that Pat Hoban scored an 88th minute winner against Sligo Rovers.


Mons on tour



Mid Louth on Tour



North Louth on Tour

Thanks to those who travelled distances on the night also. We had people from Belfast, Monaghan, Armagh, Co Down and of course every end of the ‘Wee County’ to name but a few and we are grateful for their generous donations to the charities that will benefit, The Louth Hospice and Children in Need.
It was lovely to see Ciara (Jim Keating’s daughter) present Linda Gray with a St Bridget Cross on her visit to County Louth. Matt Keating, Jim’s Dad was presented with a Leeds tie by Eddie Gray and Carol Keating, Jim’s sister had a lovely night also as well as the wider circle of the Keating family. Eddie Gray’s chosen charity ‘Children in Need’ was also presented with a cheque and he was humbled on receiving same. Jim Keating was present on the night in spirit.


Eddie and Gerry Foran

Greg Tipping, our chairman spoke from the heart and did not forget other ‘absent friends’ : Dickie Kellett, Gerard Rice, Brendan Tipping,? Jackie Ballantine and Eric Carlile all gone but very much not forgotten.
We are grateful to Cooley Distillery for affording us time and hospitality on his visit to their distillery on Friday afternoon. Both Linda and Eddie enjoyed it immensely.

On Saturday morning, Eddie visited Dealgan House Nursing Home to visit Gerry Foran who sadly isn’t well. The big Leeds fan was blown away by the Leeds legend.
If I can sum of Eddie Gray two words. Class and Gentleman. He oozes both in spades. Many thanks to the committee for all the hard work they put in to making this weekend such a huge success. Roll on the next one !!!


The Chairman looking a couple of years younger



Louth Branch through the years



We won’t forget absent friends on the night



and I’m sure this man will be with us in spirit



Going back in time!

Monday May 7th. 25th Anniversary night.? At last Friday 11th of May is nearly upon us and The Louth Branch 25th anniversary night promises to be a great event. We could have sold this event out twice over but we wanted a nice boutique setting and we believe we found one in Oriel Park, the home of Irish football. Unfortunately it is now sold out. Entrance is by ticket only and these will be distributed imminently if not already done so. Draw cards at this stage should be left in to Peadars, You will understand it won’t be possible to collect draw cards on Friday night due to the busy schedule on hand. We will be holding a Raffle in aid of The Louth Hospice, Jim Keating’s chosen charity. There are some juicy items in here being raffled such as : Signed Billy Bremner framed picture, Signed Peter Lorimer caricature, Signed and Framed Gary Kelly Leeds shirt and more....Our draw will take place at the end of the night. Eddies chosen charity is “Children in Need’ and he will do a Q + A session. As a club Ambassador I’m sure he will be well up to speed on events at LS11. There is also the little matter of a game between Dundalk and Sligo Rvs and hopefully ‘The Town’ will start events rolling nicely with a home win. Look forward to seeing you all on the night.


Eddie Gray on his way to Louth


It’s Ticket only on Friday night

Louth LUSC 25th anniversary. Our club is on the go 25 years this year and to mark the occasion we have invited over Eddie Gray, one of the greatest players ever to wear to wear the white shirt to Dundalk. Eddie as you all know is an EddieGray2 Ambassador for the club and does the commentary at LUTV so he is well up to speed at Elland Road. We will? have over 100 members past and present in the Enda McGuill Suite in Oriel Park on Friday, May 11th to celebrate the occasion. This event is now sold out and in truth we probably needed space for 250 people such is the draw of Eddie Gray and the occasion in ?hand. Apologies if we have disappointed anybody but unfortunately everyone can’t be accommodated. Only those with tickets will be let in. It will take place at 9:30PM after the Dundalk v Sligo Rovers match in Oriel that night. We are grateful to Dundalk FC for letting us have the room because this is normally used by supporters before and after the match each second Friday. Hot food and salads will be served also. There is no charge. The Supporters club have invested heavily in this event to make it a success. We are having our annual draw that night and all members should have received their cards by now. Please do your best to sell as many lines as possible. It promises to be a great night. We will be making a presentation to Eddie Gray’s charity and also selling raffle tickets on the night to raise funds for out late friend and member Jim Keating’s charity also, The Louth Hospice. (If you want to be reminded of Eddie’s talent on the ball, Click on Youtube Leeds United at top of screen, He is seven down and sit back and marvel) Sun May 6th Head coach on QPR win. Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom spoke exclusively to LUTV following Sunday’s victory over Queens Park Rangers. Goals from Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips secured Leeds a Sky Bet Championship victory on the last day of the season at Elland Road. United’s head coach Heckingbottom was happy with the result, clean sheet and the way his side played.


Was this Heckinbottom’s last game in charge ?

“I’m pleased with the victory and the performance,” said Heckingbottom. “It was a nice way to end the season, it hasn’t been the season we wanted, but everyone will have enjoyed the game and gone home happy. “The fans have also been able to show their appreciation to the players, so it is a nice way to finish. “I thought we thoroughly deserved the win, we were on top and it was probably one of the quietest games Bailey Peacock-Farrell has had in goal. “We changed things around a little bit in terms of getting three players high up the pitch and I picked a team which was better out of possession. “Although we played well with the ball, we were a much better team without the ball, in terms of how we won it back and where we won it back. “That is important, which was shown as we scored our second goal through that. “It was nice to get the win, do the lap of honour, the players were able to thank the fans for their support and it was a good ending to a frustrating season. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us now, in all aspects of the football club.” May 6th SunUnited finish off with?a win. Leeds United 2 (Roofe 30, Phillips 47) Queens Park Rangers 0


Leeds finish up with home win

Leeds United headed into the summer on a winning note as a goal in either half was enough to see off Queens Park Rangers at a sundrenched Elland Road. Luke Ayling made a welcoming return following four months on the sidelines, whilst 16 year-old Ryan Edmondson was named on the bench. Former Leeds striker Matt Smith had the first half chance of note but his header was easily held by Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Josh Scowen then tried his luck from 25 yards, but saw his half volley just fly over the crossbar. It was the visitors again who showed their intent through Smith, but his header sailed just over. Leeds’ first chance came on 27 minutes following a corner, there was a huge scramble in the visitors penalty area. Pontus Jansson saw an effort blocked, Kemar Roofe’s shot then hit Caleb Ekuban on the line before Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips follow ups were stopped by a crowd of bodies. Leeds took the lead three minutes later following and Adam Forshaw corner. Hat-trick hero at Loftus Road Kemar Roofe netted once again, with an overhead kick home following a Kalvin Phillips header. Tom Pearce then stung the hands of Lumley before Ezgjan Alioski saw a header drop just wide. Half time: Leeds United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers Leeds were straight on the attack in the second half and Kalvin Phillips made it two when he picked up a sloppy clearance from Joe Lumley, before shooting past the keeper from the edge of the box. Luke Freeman almost pulled a goal straight back for the visitors, but his effort from the edge of the box went just wide of Peacock-Farrell’s goal. Alioski really should have made it three but his close range shot was saved for a corner by Lumley, after a wonderful ball across goal from Roofe. Leeds head coach Paul Heckingbottom then handed a debut to youngster Edmondson and he came close to netting when he was teed up by Alioski, but his effort deflected just over. Alioski nearly scored direct from a corner, when his delivery headed towards goal, forcing Lumley to tip the ball over his own crossbar. The Whites then saw out injury time, to seal a clean sheet and end the season with all three points. Full time: Leeds United 2-0 Queens Park Rangers Leeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Jansson (Pennington 46), Cooper, Pearce, Ronaldo Vieira, Forshaw (O’Kane 86), Phillips, Roofe (Edmondson 73), Alioski, Ekuban. Subs not used: Lonergan, Saiz, Sacko, Lasogga QPR: Lumley, Wszolek (Smyth 62), Furlong, Bidwell, Manning, Scowen, Cousin, Chair (Osayi-Samuel 60), Freeman, Eze (Oteh 73), Smith, Subs not used: Ingram, Kakay, Hamalainen Owens Referee: D. England Booked: Alioski, Edmondson, Phillips (Leeds United), Scowen, Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 30,004 Friday 30th of March Leeds 2-1 Bolton Leeds United ended their run of four games without a win with victory over Bolton at Elland Road. Caleb Ekuban broke the deadlock after three minutes, volleying home his first Championship goal from eight yards. The hosts doubled their lead after the break when Pablo Hernandez met the rebound from Ezgjan Alioski’s shot. Adam Le Fondre pulled one back for the visitors, heading Sammy Ameobi’s free-kick beyond the arms of Bailey Peacock-Farrell.


Ekuban got his 1st Leeds goal

Leeds could have extended their lead in added time when substitute Samuel Saiz played Ekuban into a one-on-one with Ben Alnwick, but the Bolton keeper stood firm. Paul Heckingbottom’s side dominated the opening exchanges, but Ameobi missed a chance to equalise when his driving run saw him fire narrowly wide after escaping Ronaldo Vieira. Pontus Jansson’s header on the stroke of half-time beat Alnwick but crashed against the bar, moments after Bolton defender Mark Beevers had nearly guided Eunan O’Kane’s cross into his own net. Victory gave Heckingbottom his second win as Leeds boss in nine attempts, while defeat for Bolton kept them six points clear of the drop, with Birmingham looking to close the gap when they host Ipswich on Saturday. Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds: “We more than deserved the three points. The chances created were a positive but we should have been well in control of the game. “We started both halves well and got the goal when on top. We defended well and Bailey only had two things to do all game.? “We had chances from set plays, chances from the counter, chances from good plays. Ben Alnwick made two world class saves but then he made two saves smothering the ball when we should have aimed straight at him, and then we let him off five or six times.” Bolton manager Phil Parkinson: “Today was a setback. We started slowly. We always knew coming here today – in front of a big crowd against a team that could’ve potentially been nervous – we needed to start well. “At 2-0 down we could’ve let our heads drop but we didn’t. We got the goal back and we had a couple of good chances to get the equaliser. “We’ve got to give our lads credit that they kept going but equally we need to analyse the start of the game and what we need to do better. “We know we’ve got to get at least three more wins. That’s our aim. We’ve got ourselves in a good position and we’re confident we can achieve that.”


Another shocking result

Sat March 17th. Leeds 1-2 Sheff Weds Atdhe Nuhiu’s late winner gave Sheffield Wednesday three vital points at Yorkshire rivals Leeds United. The Owls took the lead when Nuhiu poked home after Adam Reach’s effort came back off the post. Substitute Jay-Roy Grot looked to have earned the home side a draw when he headed home Pablo Hernandez’s cross. However, Nuhiu showed good strength and composure to score his second in added time to give Wednesday a first league win since 13 February. Defeat for Leeds means they have taken just six points from Paul Heckingbottom’s first eight games in charge and won only one of their last 15 games in all competitions. The hosts enjoyed the better of the first half but wasteful finishing from striker Caleb Ekuban saw them go in level at the break and they were ultimately made to pay for their profligacy. Wednesday were able to call on midfielders Sam Hutchinson and Barry Bannan for the first time since December and boss Jos Luhukay will have been impressed with how his charges responded to Grot’s 87th- minute equaliser. The Owls had won only one of 11 league games under the Dutchman, but Nuhiu’s injury-time goal kept them eight points above the bottom three. Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds: “You get what you deserve. I won’t make excuses and moan about things. We didn’t win because we didn’t take our chances and we conceded two poor goals. “We weren’t clinical with our chances today and we weren’t ruthless at the back. “I should be going in on Monday and talking to the team about how we won this game but I’m not. “We’re in this together. It is everybody’s responsibility to turn this around.” Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay told BBC Radio Sheffield: “Atdhe Nuhiu made the difference today but the team worked very hard and we’re very happy with the win. “Atdhe always works unbelievably hard but the goals were very important. “It was big to have Sam Hutchinson and Barry Bannan back because they bring big personality and character. Sam is a fighter and a winner, I’m happy that he’s back now. “You could see that the team needed that win. It gives us something to build on after the international break.” March 10th Reading 2-2 Leeds Out-of-form Reading and Leeds had to settle for a point each after a thrilling draw at the Madejski Stadium. Under-pressure Royals boss Jaap Stam, whose side have now won only once in 17 Championship matches, led through Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s one-on-one finish. Pontus Jansson’s strike made it 1-1 and Leeds led after the break when Pablo Hernandez’s shot found the top corner. But the hosts denied Leeds just a second win in 13 league games thanks to Eunan O’Kane’s unfortunate own goal. Leeds keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell had to make several superb saves in the first half, notably to deny Dom Barrow and push a George Evans shot on to the bar, but he was powerless to prevent Bodvarsson giving the hosts the lead. The visitors had also had chances, with Gaetano Berardi and Ezgjan Alioski both going close, before captain Jansson and Hernandez turned a pulsating match on its head either side of the break. However, Leandro Bacuna ensured the hosts earned a point when his shot found the net after an unlucky deflection off O’Kane. There were numerous opportunities to earn maximum points in the final 30 minutes but both sides lacked composure in front of goal, meaning Reading have now won just eight league games from 36 and drop to 19th in the table. Leeds remain in 13th place, nine points off the play-offs. Reading manager Jaap Stam: “It was a deserved point. If you look at how we played in the first half, we were very good at times. We made the right decisions in what to do and when and how to go forward. “We scored the first goal and created another couple of very good opportunities. They were 100 per cent chances and we needed to score them. When you can do that, then it’s a totally different game. “In the second half, after we’d got our equaliser, we tried to push forward. But, at times, we couldn’t produce what we’d produced in the first half. “It’s a bit frustrating. No one misses chances deliberately but it’s important that when you get into situations like that, you need to finish them.” Leeds head coach Paul Heckingbottom: “The play-offs are out of my mind but they are attainable. My mind is on getting the players winning, working with them and pushing them. “I want to begin to build a winning mentality because whatever happens this season, if we’re not in the play-offs, we want to be in them next season, so all the work starts now. “We worked our socks off to get back into the game and I thought that we were the better team in the second half. “The game started pretty evenly and it was quite an open match. We grew into it after going. In the second half, we wanted to keep the ball more but be very positive with our passing through their midfield to the front four.”? ?DREAM LAND dear coach if you think this side has a chance of the play offs


Wolves preyed on the sheep that were Leeds

Weds 7th of March Leeds 0-3 Wolves Wolves restored their six-point lead at the top of the Championship with a dominant win over Leeds at Elland Road. Wanderers had previously gone three league games without a victory, their longest winless run of the season. Two first-half goals came from Barry Douglas corners, with Romain Saiss and Willy Boly heading in from close range. Diogo Jota struck the crossbar with a thunderous shot before Benik Afobe lobbed onrushing goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell to finish the game. Substitute Afobe’s goal was his first since returning to Wolves on loan from Bournemouth in January. ?With 11 matches left to play, there is a 10-point gap between Wolves and third-placed Aston Villa – their opponents at Villa Park on Saturday. Their margin of victory would have been much wider but for some good first-half saves from Peacock-Farrell, who was making only his second senior start in goal for Leeds in place of the dropped Felix Wiedwald. The 21-year-old denied Jota, Ivan Cavaleiro and Leo Bonatini but was perhaps at fault for Wolves’ third goal, racing off his line and allowing Afobe to lift the ball over him from 25 yards. A speculative long-range shot from full-back Gaetano Berardi was the closest Leeds came to a reply as they fell to a second consecutive 3-0 defeat, and they have won only one of their six matches since Paul Heckingbottom took charge in February. Leeds head coach Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds: We didn’t do ourselves any favours. There were times where Wolves looked really good, we tried to press and at times it worked well, and at times they cut through us. “The disappointing thing is that it wasn’t their really good play that opened us up. We’ve conceded from two set-plays and a long ball. “You’re not going to give yourselves a chance conceding those goals against that type of team.” Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM: “We improved a lot from the last performance (a 2-0 defeat at Fulham). Our approach was very good – we recognised that we had to get better, and that requires character. “It was a very good performance. “To come here to a good stadium and a massive club and be superior – we did very well.” Friday March 2nd Mbro 2-0 Leeds Patrick Bamford scored the first hat-trick of his career as Middlesbrough comfortably beat Leeds to climb to sixth in the Championship table. The forward, 24, flicked home Stewart Downing’s cross to put Boro in front. He then ran onto Adama Traore’s through ball to slot the second under visiting keeper Felix Wiedwald.


Bamfortd’s 1st career hat-trick and it had to be against us

Leeds created little in attack and Bamford added his third from inside the penalty area after a shot from Traore was blocked into his path. The victory lifted Tony Pulis’ side into the play-off places, displacing Sheffield United by virtue of a superior goal difference, while Leeds remain 11th, six points outside the top six. Having tasted victory for the first time as Leeds head coach when they??last Saturday, Paul Heckingbottom named an unchanged starting XI as they looked to build further momentum. But after Bamford scored twice in five first-half minutes, Boro were in control, with Traore in particular causing major problems for the Leeds defence. It took until the 86th minute for substitute Caleb Ekuban to produce the first shot on target by the visitors, which was saved by Darren Randolph. By then, Bamford had snuffed out any chance of a comeback by slotting home his third goal, and he now has six in three games after scoring only once in his previous 22 appearances. Sunday 25th. New crest delayed??Leeds United have delayed the launch of a new club crest until their centenary year in 2019-20.



They??in January to start being worn next season, but the design was mocked as “awful”, “shocking” and “horrendous” by fans. Over 77,000 people signed a petition asking owner Andrea Radrizzani to stop the launch of the original design. BBC Radio Leeds reports the Championship club has since received more than 1,200 ideas from supporters.?In a statement, Leeds said the release of a new crest had been delayed “due to the volume of ideas and designs submitted by fans.”?“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all fans for the inspiration they have provided which, following further consultation with supporters’ groups, will form the basis of a democratic vote later this year,” the statement said.?“We look forward to our loyal and passionate fans selecting a crest that will proudly herald in the next 100 years.” Saturday 24th of February Leeds 1-0 Brentford Leeds United ended their 10-match winless run with victory over Brentford to boost their play-off hopes. Liam Cooper headed the hosts into the lead from Ezgjan Alioski’s free-kick. Pierre-Michel Lasogga nearly scored a second when his shot beat goalkeeper Dan Bentley but Ryan Woods cleared off the line. Bees defender John Egan had forced a fine save from home keeper Felix Wiedwald before Cooper’s goal but the visitors rarely threatened thereafter. It was Leeds’ first win under Paul Heckingbottom, their previous success having come at Burton on Boxing Day under previous head coach Thomas Christiansen. They had come within seconds of claiming victory at Derby on Wednesday before conceding a late equaliser, but never looked likely to suffer a similar disappointment after Cooper headed in his first goal of the season. Alioski felt he should have had a penalty in the second half when he went down under a challenge from Yoann Barbet, but the referee was unmoved, while Woods did well to clear Lasogga’s shot off the line as Leeds pressed for a second. Heckingbottom’s men are now 11th, five points off the play-offs, with Brentford a point and a place better off.?Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom: “It’s good to have the first win, it is a reward for the hard work of the players.?“There are lots of positives to take from the performance. Lots of organisation goes into it and to be successful in this league you have to be?able to defend and stop teams as well as hurt teams.?“We had chances to get the second and close the game out and that is an area where we will need to be better.” Brentford boss Dean Smith: “It looked like it was going to be one way traffic, but then the Leeds goal comes from an offside position.?“We should have had a penalty when Neal Maupay gets thrown to the ground. You want the big decisions to go your way, but they didn’t today.?“We were too sloppy on the ball and the subs didn’t work today. We were very poor on the ball, certainly in the second half.”?? Weds 22nd of February Derby County 2-2 Leeds Utd??Former Huddersfield Town loanee Kasey Palmer struck in added time to deny Leeds United a first win since Boxing Day and earn Derby County a draw.?Palmer, on as a substitute, pounced to lash home after Leeds failed to clear a corner and secure a vital point. Leeds lead twice and thought they had won it when Ezgjan Alioski finished off a counter attack to regain the lead to add to Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s opener. Andreas Weimann had earlier levelled for Derby, who remain in fourth place. By contrast Leeds are eight points off the top six, and it is they who will feel the loss of those two points most. Changes played a key role in both sides’ Derbysecond-half flurry as Samuel Saiz and Alioski came off the bench to make a huge impact for Leeds, as Palmer did for the hosts. The bitterness between these two teams goes back to the early 1970s and Brian Clough and Don Revie’s personal rivalry, long before many fans in the stands were born, although the terrace chant sparring between the fans suggested the embers still burn bright. Promotion is the aim of both sides bidding to return to those glory days and Gary Rowett’s Rams began with purpose, having??and might have been ahead but David Nugent nodded a Tom Lawrence cross wide. That wastefulness was made to pay when Lasogga nodded in ahead of Scott Carson after Stuart Dallas was set away down the right on Leeds’ first meaningful break. Lawrence rapped the bar with a swerving drive as the Rams mounted an immediate response and with seconds to play of added time, Weimann rifled past Felix Wiedwald after Liam Cooper’s attempted clearance glanced into his path. It was a much closer second half with fewer clear-cut chances as Nugent skewed his shot well wide after half-time, while Liam Cooper headed over a swinging Pablo Hernandez cross. With both teams rotating their line-up as time ticked on, Saiz and Alioski combined for a suckerpunch goal after Palmer’s free-kick for Derby was blocked, and Paul Heckingbottom could almost taste his first win as Leeds boss. However Palmer, on loan from Chelsea for the season, scrambled in to make amends and ensure Derby avoided back-to-back league losses for the first time this season.?OUR WORST GOALKEEPER SINCE PAUL PACHUBKA! Derby County manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby: “The goals we gave away tonight were very, very poor. We can’t afford to give Leeds a free header from three yards out. It was their only chance of the half. “The first-half was the best we’ve played: we had 25 chances to their eight, then it all became a bit frantic, we were trying to force the ball forward. “Thankfully we got our composure back and got the equaliser, but unfortunately we ran out of time. It just feels like someone doesn’t want us to win a game at the moment. We’ve played well again, we just haven’t put away the chances.” Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Leeds: “I’m gutted for them. I’m disappointed for the lads, not with them. I’m stood there on 85 minutes thinking about tomorrow’s post-match review, everything I’m going to show them that won them the game in terms of the quality, resilience, the work rate, putting bodies on line. “All bits we’ve been speaking about and we didn’t get the result I think we deserved because of all those factors, we’ve been undone at the back end of the half, which makes the game feel worse. “I’d rather take three points than the positives, but my message to the players is get your heads up, come out feeling high. I was pleased with lots of things, but I saw things we need to get better at which in my eyes is pleasing because I know we can get better.”

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Click on picture to see both teams pay their respects to Jim Keating former Louth Branch member

Monday 19th of February 2018 Jim Keating was laid to rest last Wednesday 14th of February after mass in St Nicholas chapel was followed by burial in St Patricks’s cemetary. It’s not often you hear ‘Marching on together’ when lowered to the grave. There was huge turn out for a very popular gentleman. Jim was a big Leeds and Dundalk fan. LUFCPROGJK.jpBoth clubs gave him a good send off. LUSC contributed most of their page in the match day programme v Bristol City on Sunday 18th of February, and Dundalk FC gave him a minute’s applause in Oriel on Friday 16th versus Bray Wands. No more than the man deserved. Ar deis de, go raibh a ainm.


Lassoga, in form currently, grabs the first



Forshaw had a better second half and almost grabbed a winner for Leeds

Sunday 18th of February Leeds 2-2 Bristiol City United fight back to earn draw – YP Leeds United: Wiedwald, Anita, Pennington, Jansson, De Bock, Forshaw, O’Kane (Phillips 73), Dallas (Sacko 64), Hernandez, Lasogga, Ekuban (Roofe 64). Subs not used: Lonergan, Denton, Vieira, Alioski. Bristol City: Fielding, Wright, Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, Brownhill (Paterson 79), Smith, Pack, Kent, Diédhiou (Woodrow 80), Reid. Subs not used: Steele, Kelly, Walsh, Eliasson, Diony. Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 28,004 (536 away). LEEDS UNITED fought back from being 2-0 down to take a 2-2 draw in another breathless game against Championship visitors Bristol City at Elland Road. City drew first blood when Famara Diedhiou stabbed the ball home into an unguarded net after ‘keeper Felix Wiedwald missed a punch to a Hordur Magnausson long throw in the 11th minute and another Magnusson throw led to the Robins doubling their lead just five minutes later through Bobby Reid. Leeds looked down and out but Pierre-Michel Lasogga then gave United hope when converting a Pablo Hernandez cross with 18 minutes left and substitute Kemar Roofe amazingly drew United level just eight minutes later. United then went all out for the winner and came within inches of getting it when Lasogga hit the crossbar with a header in the final minute of added time. The added physical presence of Caleb Ekuban in a new 4-4-2 created Leeds a chance in the fifth minute when the striker played in winger Stuart Dallas whose strong shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Frank Fielding. But poor goalkeeping from Wiedwald then allowed the Robins to take an 11th-minute lead as the German ‘keeper failed in his attempts to punch clear a Magnusson long throw. The loose ball was pounced upon by Diedhiou who gratefully converted the chance through a crowd of players into an empty net. The Robins were evidently out to target Wiedwald and Leeds with high deliveries and City then doubled their lead from another long throw just five minutes later. This time Aden Flint knocked down Magnusson’s delivery and Marlow Pack’s cross was then seized upon by Reid who rifled the ball home into the roof of the net. Reid went close to making it 3-0 a few minutes later when his shot was deflected wide before Leeds squandered an opening when Vurnon Anita played inHernandez who sent an inviting delivery across the box which ultimately whizzed away to safety. The Robins continued to press for a third and after Lasogga had scuffed a long shot wide, Wiedwald produced a strong save to deny Ryan Kent after the winger was teed up at an angle by Reid. From the corner, Flint then glanced a header just wide. United’s Matthew Pennington was then booked for a hefty late challenge on Reid shortly before the break and the end of two minutes added time and the half-time whistle were greeted by loud boos inside Elland Road. Whites head coach Paul Heckingbottom made no changes during the half-time break and Leeds created a chance three minutes after the restart but Hernandez ultimately saw his shot blocked. A good sliding challenge from Flint then denied Lasogga a one-on-one but more awful Leeds defending gifted City an opening moments later with Wiedwald keeping out Diedhiou’s drive from close range. United’s fans were getting increasingly restless and referee Simon Hooper then felt the crowd’s wrath when failing to award United penalty after a powerful Hernandez long shot was blocked. City’s Magnusson then fired a free-kick from 30 yards out over the bar but United were given a glimmer of hope with 18 minutes left when Lasogga brilliantly converted a Amazingly, United then sent their fans wild when equalising just eight minutes later when a Hernandez corner was finished at the far post by substitute Roofe. Elland Road sensed an unlikely looking victory and Adam Forshaw twent mightily close to bagging United a third when curling an effort just wide from the edge of the box with five minutes left. Kalvin Phillips then had an even better chance in the third minute of stoppage time but the midfielder sent his close-range header from a Hernandez free kick over the bar. And incredibly Lasogga then hit the crossbar with the very last touch of the game with a towering header from a Hernandez free-kick in the fifth minute of added time. The point left Leeds in 11th and eight points off the play-offs with 14 games left. Wiedwald wouldn’t get a punch in at Maddison Square Gardens. I can’t recall Leeds having two worse keepers that Lonergan or him. That said our defending was desperate. We can’t keep giving sides two goal leads. Criminal !


Jim on his last trip to Leeds with all his friends



Jim on his last trip to Elland Road v Mbro in November 2017



RIP Jim Keating



Jim Keating and Pete Sebine and Pat Quinn

Saturday February 10th 2018. Jim Keating RIP? Underneath the word ‘gentleman’ in the Oxford English dictionary, there is a picture of Jim Keating. If e ver a man had the right to complain on this planet it was Jim. He wasn’t dealt the fairest hand re health but I don’t think I ever saw Jim in bad form. It just wasn’t in his nature to complain. Constructive, positive, enlightening yes but never negative. It was a pleasure to be in the man’s company because he had a wealth of knowledge on every topic, and on his favourite two…..Leeds United and Dundalk it was marvellous to hear his opinions. He travelled with us on our last official trip v M’boro in November 2017 and boy how he enjoyed that win. He wasn’t in the best of health but he didn’t let that hold him back. Jim was on kidney dialysis treatment daily in the house and to travel away for two days took an awful lot out of him. Jim was a member of the Louth branch for the past 23 years and served on the committee for two of those years also. He will leave a huge void in the life of his daughter, Ciara, his dad Matt and all his brothers and sisters (especially Gerry in America to whom he was so close) RIP Jim. We will all miss you.

The death has occurred of Jim (James) KEATING Hyde Park, Dundalk, Louth

Suddenly but peacefully at Beaumont Hospital Dublin surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his mother Delia. Loved and adored by his daughter Ciara Casey, granddaughter’s Ellie and Darcie, father Matt. Jim will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his daughter, granddaughters, father, sisters Carol and Sandra, brother Gerry, brother-in-law James, Ciara’s mam Sharon, aunt Rose, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends especially his fellow supporters at Dundalk F.C. Oriel Park.

May He Rest In Peace

Reposing at the home of his sister Carol Bradley, 66 McSwiney Street, Dundalk from 7 o’clock this evening, Sunday. Removal on Tuesday afternoon at 12.30 o’clock (walking) to Saint Nicholas Church, arriving for Funeral Mass at 1 o’clock. Thereafter (walking) to Saint Patrick’s Cemetery for burial.?House private on Tuesday morning please.?Family flowers only, Donations to the North Louth Hospice. (Donation box at church).?Enquiries to Dixons Funeral Home T 0429334240


Lasogga celebrates his equaliser but it wasn’t enough for a point

Sunday? February 11th 2018 Another coach, same old story – YEP Paul Heckingbottom’s tenure began with a defeat at Bramall Lane but that doesn’t really mean anything, we always lose at Bramall Lane. If Sheffield United could summon the energy used in the two fixtures against Leeds this season on a more consistent basis, they would be top of the league. Similarly, Billy Sharp is another like Steve Morison who seems to be able to find far more motivation in playing against Leeds than he ever did for us. Even allowing for all that, we could and perhaps should, have got something out of our meetings with Sheffield United this season. Saturday was a more even game than the Elland Road match in October and nobody could have complained about a draw. Leeds United’s inability to get going in the first half, a great save from Jamal Blackman and a moment of stupidity from Eunan O’Kane were our undoing. On the positive side, Heckingbottom’s substitutions and tactics late in the game were far more attacking and, we went down fighting. Pablo Hernandez’s introduction changed our game for the better and he must start next week. Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez. KEITH INGHAM Paul Heckingbottom’s first game as head coach ended in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, it will take more than a few days training to turn the situation around at Leeds, even Yorkshire magician ‘Dynamo’ would struggle to put things right on the field right now! Leeds didn’t do themselves any favours and went behind again to an incredible ‘scissor kick’ by ex-Leeds striker Billy Sharp (I knew he’d score!). Leeds were level within two minutes of the restart, Pablo Hernandez got around the Blades defence and his cross was superbly headed past Jamal Blackman by Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The winner came from the penalty spot, Eunan O’Kane tried to pull out of a challenge on John Fleck in the penalty area but the Sheffield man went sprawling. Sharp netted the resultant penalty. Like a lot of games, Leeds only got going when behind and although the second half was better Heckingbottom must get them to put in a 90-minute performance before too long or Leeds’ slide down the Championship will continue. Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez. MIKE GILL Going Behind in less than two minutes thanks to a fine goal from their nemesis, Billy Sharp, Leeds seemed to be back in the old routine. Although shellshocked for the first quarter, the Whites edged their way back into this game. Pontus Jansson’s diving header was denied by a fine save from Jamal Blackman. Kemar Roofe, who had struggled to make a contribution had to leave the field after a knock on the head. He was replaced by Pablo Hernandez who added some much-needed craft and invention. The second half saw a fight back from the Whites. Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalised with a powerful header after a great cross from Hernandez and it was game on. Leeds continued to press but couldn’t find the back of the net. Tragedy struck when Eunan O’Kane conceded a penalty. He was unable to pull out of a challenge on John Fleck. Sharp, of course, did the honours. New coach, same old story. It looks like Paul Heckingbottom is going to have his work cut out. Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez. DAVID WATKINS Three of the jury went for a draw this week and I have to say, even though I wasn’t one of them, they’ve been thwarted by a very questionable penalty call by referee Andy Madley. Stars Who Are Way Shorter Than Expected Off Camera Read More Trendchaser In real time it looked a penalty but having seen replays it was another case of a very clever piece of feigning as John Fleck threw himself to the ground. VAR would have helped us with this one but it’s hard to blame the referee who only had one look. Maybe Eunan O’Kane could have done better in the incident. As they say, it’s gone, it’s history and sadly, although we’ve changed the coach we clearly haven’t changed our luck yet. Leeds were outplayed in the first half but with the arrival of Pablo Hernandez to replace the lacklustre Kemar Roofe we finally got started and a point each would have been a fair result. Paul Heckingbottom must be the only man in Yorkshire who didn’t know it is pointless playing Roofe out wide but I reckon he’s got the message. There did seem to be more spirit about the side and we might still surprise some of these top half sides we are yet to play but forget the play-offs. Man of the match: Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Top marks to Eunan O’Kane. Not content with costing us three points at Ipswich with his stupidity, he does it again at Sheffield. Clown !??


Lassoga equalises for Leeds

Sat Feb 10th 2018 Sharp double secures points Sheff Utd 2-1 Leeds – Phil Hay BILLY SHARP’S second-half penalty condemned Paul Heckingbottom to defeat in his first game as Leeds United head coach as Sheffield United edged a hard-fought derby at Bramall Lane. READ MORE Player Ratings How Leeds’ players rated at Bramall Lane Sharp made no mistake from the spot on 74 minutes after Eunan O’Kane brought down John Fleck as both sides fought for a winning goal. Leeds had earlier recovered from a stunning Sharp volley to level through Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s 47th-minute header. Sharp gave Heckingbottom the worst possible start to his reign with a deadly effort in the second minute, striking at the end of Sheffield United’s first attack. Leeds, whose run of six league games without a win cost Thomas Christiansen his job at Elland Road last weekend, were exposed at the back again early on but Lasogga’s clinical goal looked set to earn a point for a side who are still searching for a first victory since Boxing Day. Ezgjan Alioski and Adam Forshaw of Leeds United tackle Mark Duffy. PIC: Simon Bellis/Sportimage Sharp, though, took advantage after O’Kane felled Fleck, further weakening Leeds’ bid to make the Championship play-offs. Sharp stunned Heckingbottom and lit up Bramall Lane with his goal, beating Felix Wiedwald after Eunan O’Kane’s attempt to head Mark Duffy’s cross clear dropped to him inside the box. Sharp’s first-time hit crashed beneath Wiedwald’s crossbar. Leeds, whose run of six league games without a win cost Thomas Christiansen his job at Elland Road last weekend, were exposed at the back again early on but Lasogga’s clinical goal looked set to earn a point for a side who are still searching for a first victory since Boxing Day. Phil Hay The forward had scored at exactly the same stage of Sheffield United’s 2-1 win at Elland Road in October, drawing first blood on that occasion too, and Sharp might have struck again on 10 minutes when he nodded a free header over the crossbar from point-blank range. Leeds struggled to muster any response and two speculative efforts from Gjanni Alioski, both from a hopeful range, failed to trouble Sheffield United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman. Heckingbottom’s line-up showed three changes, with O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips drafted in after returning from suspension, but it took until the 24th minute for his side to threaten as Lasogga drove a good effort from 25 yards just wide. Sheffield United, however, continued to press and Leon Clarke narrowly failed to turn home a low centre from Sharp on 28 minutes. Duffy then whipped a long range effort a fraction beyond Wiedwald’s goal as Leeds fought to avoid a second concession before the break. New Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom arrives at Bramall Lane for his first game in charge against Sheffield United. Heckingbottom was forced to alter his side shortly before the break after Kemar Roofe went off with concussion and Blades midfielder Lee Evans was lucky to escape with a booking for a studs-up foul on Alioski but Leeds should have levelled in injury-time when Pontus Jansson’s close-range header drew a superb one-handed stop from Blackman. Lasogga promptly found a way through in the second minute of the second half, steering home a header after Pablo Hernandez, Roofe’s replacement, floated an inviting cross into the box. The German’s downward finish crept inside Blackman’s post as the keeper tried desperately to claw it wide. Hernandez almost turned the game on his head when his 58th-minute shot deflected just beyond the far post but Duffy came within inches of finding Wiedwald’s net with a rising hit six minutes later. Both sides pressed for a winner and Sheffield United claimed it 17 minutes from time amid mounting pressure after O’Kane ran in and tripped Fleck in the box as Fleck chased a quick free-kick. Sharp blasted a low finish beyond Wiedwald and the Blades held on as a late penalty claim for handball against Enda Stevens was waved away. A six-game bounce before Christmas was window dressing for a wider run which shows 27 points taken and 12 defeats suffered in 23 fixtures. That record weighed against Christiansen’s win ratio of 43 per cent. The rot was setting in. It was setting in despite the fact that the players at Leeds stuck with Christiansen, as far as a dressing room ever sticks with an under-pressure manager. There were factions at play under Garry Monk in the latter stages of last season but none of the same splits this time. Matthew Pennington’s comment on Saturday, saying the players wanted no “finger-pointing” at Christiansen, are said to have been genuinely supportive and news of his sacking was met with none of the cartwheeling which famously greeted the departure of one of the Dane’s more distant predecessors. In spite of that, the squad’s discipline was a worry for United’s board: red cards of a needless or repetitive nature which Christiansen was failing to cut out or to tackle with anything more than standard two-week fines. Christiansen, a warm and softly-spoken coach, never cast himself as a disciplinarian and when Gaetano Berardi was sent off for two bookings against Cardiff on Saturday, the Dane was almost out of answers. “It’s difficult to show them how not to take a red card,” he said. “I cannot be in their minds in the moment that they go to ground.” The trail of sendings-off – four in five matches, six in total since the last week of September – will handicap Christiansen’s intended replacement, the Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom, but also offer a very obvious point of improvement. Goals, on the other hand, have been drying up for a while and Leeds have acute problems defensively. A unit which registered six consecutive clean sheets in the Championship in the first six weeks of the season has deteriorated to the point of confusion and disorganisation, underlined by Cardiff scoring four times from almost unmissable range. Christiansen was hamstrung by absentees and having used Adam Forshaw as part of a three-man defence in the second half on Saturday, he admitted that the midfielder


Liam Miller celebrating the winner in that famous 4-3 come back at the Saints

Sat Feb 10 2018 ?Tributes flow in for ex-white Liam Miller TRIBUTES are flowing in for former Leeds United midfielder Liam Miller who has lost his battle with cancer aged just 36. Miller joined United on loan from Manchester United in November 2005 and will be best remembered by Whites fans for scoring the winning goal in an epic 4-3 win at Southampton later that month, a game in which Leeds were 3-0 down with 20 minutes to go. The former midfielder had been battling pancreatic cancer and passed away aged just 36 on Friday evening. Former Leeds midfielder Shaun Derry started alongside Miller in the memorable win at Southampton and Derry Tweeted:Waking up to the news that my old teammate @LUFC Liam Miller has passed away. Such tragic news. What a gifted footballer he was and a true gentleman http://too.RIP Liam.” Current United under-23s captain Paudie O’Connor? said: “Lucky enough to have got the chance to share a pitch with him.. What a player, gone far too soon!” Leeds United’s official Twitter feed Tweeted: “Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #LUFC midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.” Friday Feb 9th 2018 Heckinbottom promises ‘fresh start’ for everyone – YP


Paul Heckinbottom – new Leeds coach

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM says his appointment as head coach offers a definite clean slate to every member of Leeds United’s squad. Heckingbottom will take charge of his first game since succeeding former head coach Thomas Christiansen when the Whites visit Sheffield United for Saturday’s Championship Yorkshire derby. Leeds still have three players suspended for the clash with skipper Liam Cooper, fellow defender Gaetano Berardi and star no 10 Samu Saiz all remaining banned for their recent misdemeanours while United could have as many as four players missing through injury. Right-back Luke Ayling is definitely out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury while centre-back Conor Shaughnessy is another player recovering from an ankle problem. Striker Caleb Ekuban also remains sidelined as he continues to recover from breaking a bone in his foot while doubts still concern the participation of deadline day striker signing Tyler Roberts who arrived at the club having taken a knock. Heckingbottom will subsequently be utilising the United squad as a whole and the 40-year-old head coach admitted that his arrival offered a definite chance for every player to impress including those currently not involved. Asked if his appointment meant a clean slate and a fresh start, Heckingbottom admitted; “Yes, definitely. “I have seen games and played against them and I know players from previous clubs who have been at our previous games that I have seen and then I would be foolish not to tap into the knowledge of the staff who have been working with them all the time. There is always going to be an external input before I come in but now I am judging them as I see them, as I get to know them as people and footballers because that’s one thing that I do like to do. “I don’t mind pushing the players and I don’t mind being tough on the players but they will have my back and they will have my support so I need to get to know them.” Heckingbottom has also hinted there will be no rigid formation in his tenure at the Whites. Leeds have predominantly played a 4-2-3-1 system for the last two seasons under Thomas Christiansen and before that Garry Monk whereas Heckingbottom had recently favoured a 4-1-4-1 approach at former club Barnsley. But asked if he would be bringing that recently favoured formation to Leeds, Heckingbottom said: “Not necessarily. “Predominantly last season and the season before I played 4-4-2 due to recruitment and the personnel in the squad. It didn’t suit us so we changed. “But I don’t get hung up on systems, especially in possession. “We have got principles and when we have got the ball we will us the formation if you like and it will just be based on how we defend. “We could defend as a 4-4-2 or we could defend as a 4-3-3 but in possession it may look exactly the same. “That will be the message that we will get across.” Weds 7th of Feb Phil Hay: The hand Heckingbottom’s been dealt at Leeds United is far from perfect Rightly or wrongly the feeling at Leeds United is that Thomas Christiansen might prove himself before long. The right idea, the club maintain, but the wrong time for him to be carrying the weight of the world at Elland Road. Almost a case of too much too soon. Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 1: Appointing Christiansen was a ‘big mistake’, admits Leeds United owner Managerial sackings take a variety of forms, from mutual-consent partings to Brian McDermott communicating with Massimo Cellino via his solicitor, but Christiansen sitting down with United’s players for breakfast on Tuesday was as gentle a goodbye as any head coach will have. No bad blood and no resentment, even after the worst of months. Christiansen fell into the category of what Freddie Shepherd, haunted by the experience of sacking Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle United, called “shooting bambi”: a man who Leeds no longer had faith in but could not criticise on a personal level. The club liked him and the players embraced him, to the extent that they were able to meet amicably at Thorp Arch two days after Christiansen had been shown the door. Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 2: Orta backed as Leeds United owner retains promotion hope His appointment did not work, though. By any measure it equates to the failure in the time he was given. Christiansen saw fewer games than Steve Evans and two more than Neil Redfearn, and the two best gauges for any manager – how much better the team was under him and how much individual players improved – both gave a low reading on Saturday night. The decision was staring Leeds in the face, much as it gave the club no pleasure to take it. Where Christiansen scored highly was on accountability, showing the self-awareness to admit he was in a corner after a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City. His resigned honesty on Saturday night – “if it’s their decision that they want to find somebody better then I’ll go away with my head high” – made you ask yourself if he already knew or if the smoke signals were starting to rise, but it could not be said that the Dane wandered blissfully into a hail of bullets. Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 4: Leeds Owner defends Under-23s set-up A touch more arrogance might not hurt his career but it is always better to fall on the right side of cockiness. Accountability matters in football. A club is a free-for-all without it. Bristol City, who came out the other side of the storm surrounding Lee Johnson last season, recently introduced personal handbooks for all of their players, providing information about every aspect of the club: useful contacts, social media policies and the specific details of dressing-room fines. Mark Ashton, their chief executive, said the guides were intended to create a “no-excuses” culture. “For the first time everyone knows the rules,” he told The Guardian a few weeks ago. Christiansen carried the can for a wretched first month of 2018, a period of overwhelming misjudgements. The misjudgements were not all his, not even close, but the timing of his dismissal felt right nonetheless. His sacking pushes the well-worn reset button at Elland Road but it also shifts accountability: to Paul Heckingbottom, his replacement, but also toward an owner, a director of football and a regime who need their second-choice as head coach to click. Managerial appointments are a test of judgement and Christiansen was a mistake. It is hard with the benefit of hindsight not to reflect that the 44-year-old, to all but those with an encyclopedic knowledge of European football, was plucked from thin air. The choice of Heckingbottom caused predictable divisions: underwhelming for some, disappointing for others. What he has in his favour is the confidence of large numbers of people within the game – most with no dog in this fight – who think he will go on to be a top-level coach. Barnsley were failing to make him look like one, with one win in 16 games and three at home in a year, but there are agents, other managers and players who rate his potential. He is a stricter character than Christiansen too. One of his first requests after taking the job this week was to see the players’ disciplinary charter which, in light of four red cards in five games, was plainly achieving nothing. Leeds need his potential to kick in quickly if this season is to be anything other than a stepping stone to another year in the Championship. Heckingbottom said it on Tuesday: the five games in front of the club are defining now and the longer shot that promotion has become does not mean his initial results can be as bad as Christiansen’s most recent. But he is stepping in at the most difficult time, with players in short supply, form non-existent and the fixture list squaring up to him. The hand he has been dealt merits some realism about how easily he can bring the season round, and how quickly. Weds 7th of February Leeds United’s appointment of Paul Heckingbottom is a calculated risk worth taking – Phil Hay Leeds United were not the first club to court Paul Heckingbottom and his reputation in various boardrooms transcended Barnsley’s league position. Barnsley are in trouble this season, out of form and in the soup, but Heckingbottom’s stock remains intact, untainted by the prospect of him taking them down. The Championship table, with Barnsley in 21st place, is an unflattering reflection of Heckingbottom’s talent but the landscape at Oakwell and the reality of his two years as manager were more nuanced and complicated.


It seems Heckinbottom went as far as he could with the Tykes

Barnsley, in their own way, are a talent factory, adept at generating a good calibre of footballer but prone to selling them when the knock on the door comes. Player sales were the backdrop to Heckingbottom’s entire reign. The trend began before his tenure commenced and continued during it. Barnsley’s precarious standing suggests the club, inspite of Heckingbottom’s responsibility, have pushed their luck too far. They were eighth in the Championship after beating Leeds at Oakwell last January, in with a shout of the play-offs. They sold Sam Winnall, Conor Hourihane and James Bree in the space of three weeks and tailed off into 14th. Their preparation for this season, in a problematic summer transfer window which suffered at first from the absence of a chief executive, was such that Heckingbottom warned the club they were “falling way behind with recruitment.” ? Heckingbottom was part of the production line at Barnsley, an academy coach before the opportunity of management presented itself when Lee Johnson left for Bristol City in 2016. The South Yorkshire club have reaped a sizeable income from their output, selling John Stones and Mason Holgate to Everton and Alfie Mawson to Swansea City. Sunderland tried to appoint him in November but the 40-year-old sized up the mess at the Stadium of Light and said no. He came onto Nottingham Forest’s radar last month and is understood to have spoken to the club twice, before Forest appointed Aitor Karanka There was ample motivation for him to leave Oakwell before Christmas, at a time when Barnsley was stuck in the cogs of a protracted buy-out of the late Patrick Cryne’s shares, and the irony of him quitting for Leeds four days after signing an improved contract is that he upped sticks at the precise point where Barnsley were under new ownership and happy to hike up his way his pay. “There was never any doubt,” Heckingbottom said after accepting the deal last Friday. There is, as a result of both Thomas Christiansen’s sacking on Sunday but also Leeds’ deteriorating results, mounting debate about the suitability of the structure at Elland Road, the director of football model in which Victor Orta holds so much sway, but the layers of management maintained by United might sit comfortably with Heckingbottom. The 40-year-old is used to juggling balls and in his first year as Barnsley’s manager he found time to study and qualify for an MSc in sport coaching at Leeds Beckett University. But earlier this season, and not for the first time, he voiced wearily about the infrastructure at Barnsley and a shortage of key personnel which in his view was stretching him too far and limiting his coaching input. He was waiting for a takeover which finally came in December, a few days before Christmas. “I want to try and get more away from the administration stuff I should never been doing anyway,” he said at the time. “I have to do stuff like that and get dragged away. “It’s needs must and you have to do it but it dilutes your work and spreads you too thin to be really focused on what your role should be. “If anything is taking me and the coaching staff away from the grass then something is wrong. That’s one area we can improve definitely.” Leeds did not ask Christiansen to do any more than prep his players week after week. The Dane, who lost his job after a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City and his 35th game in charge last Saturday, was an out-and-out head coach in the continental mould. Orta managed the club’s scouting network and pulled the strings with transfers. In principle Heckingbottom, who as recently as last month was asking Barnsley to employ a recruitment specialist, could accept that arrangement, although it remains to be seen if the appointment of a domestic coach with experience of the Championship, both as a manager and in his days as a left-back, alters Orta’s influence. In the short-term, some authority in the dressing room is what Leeds will seek from Heckingbottom. The high regard in which Christiansen was held by United’s players was demonstrated by the squad meeting the Dane for a final time yesterday morning, saying their goodbyes as Heckingbottom signed his contract at Elland Road. Christiansen’s sacking was not the result of any bad blood but Leeds were troubled by the stream of red cards which leaves Heckingbottom with a threadbare squad for his first match at Sheffield United on Saturday. He and his assistant, Jamie Clapham, took training yesterday and have three days to organise a line-up which might contain only two recognised defenders. With a stronger set of players, Heckingbottom leaned towards a 4-4-2 system last season to good effect before the January sales. This season, with poorer resources and in an attempt to bail water, Barnsley often used a holding midfielder and a lone striker either side of two banks of four. Leeds had no problem working that formation out during a 2-0 win at Oakwell in November. His first block of games is as difficult as it could possibly have been, culminating in the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to Elland Road on March 7 which will challenge him to avoid a low-key start. He and the club have much to prove: Heckingbottom, after irking his boyhood club by quitting Oakwell so suddenly, to show that his coaching ability is better than the sum of Barnsley’s results, and Leeds to demonstrate that the squad they possess is more than the mid-table unit some believe it to be. There is risk involved, for him and United, but a belief on both sides that the risk is calculated. Mon 5th of Feb Christiansen’s exit proof that Leeds United have not given up on play-off target – Phil Hay CHRISTIANSEN was crushed in the stampede as Elland Road voted with its feet on Saturday, abandoned by the masses as Cardiff City beat him and his players into submission. Leeds United: Former England manager Steve McClaren NOT in the running to take over at Elland Road Leeds United saw no life left in their head coach with public opinion turning against him, but the club refused to accept that he had already taken the season down. Leeds and the incumbent regime there have tried at every turn to look beyond the immediate term, but Christiansen’s sacking on Sunday night was a throw of the dice, an attempt to stop March and April serving up a round of dead rubbers in the Championship. That scenario might materialise regardless but the timing of his dismissal was significant: now or most probably never with his squad already seven points short of the play-offs. Christiansen, with suspensions in every corner of his dressing room and injuries biting hard, had shown no sign of solving the crisis and the next five fixtures awaiting Leeds – Sheffield United, Bristol City, Derby, Brentford and Wolves – felt terminal without a change of tackht have to play as a centre-back again at Sheffield United this weekend.


TC cuts a lonely figure during Cardiff debacle

Nonetheless, the concessions were totting up: 37 in the Championship, just 10 short of the tally conceded by Leeds during 46 matches under Monk last season. Cardiff’s aerial threat told at the weekend and the appointment of set-piece specialist Gianni Vio – still on the staff at Thorp Arch despite Christiansen’s exit – failed to enhance the club’s resistance at the back. Vio, in his defence, built his reputation for innovation on attacking routines. In a broader sense, the demise of Christiansen shines a light on Leeds’ footballing structure, both in the backroom at Thorp Arch and the offices of Elland Road. United’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, stood by Christiansen when results first went awry in the autumn, in part because the club were convinced by the 44-year-old’s ideas but also out of a desire to be seen to be different to previous owners; to not only speak about stability but to deliver it. Christiansen’s sacking, though, calls into question the decision to appoint a relatively raw coach whose managerial experience had been limited to three seasons in Cyprus. It also raises the subject of the influence of Victor Orta, the club’s director of football and the man driving United’s transfer strategy. Orta was cast locally as one of the villains of the piece during Middlesbrough’s Premier League collapse, accused of meddling and interfering to an excessive degree in his role as head of recruitment. His eight months at Elland Road have generated none of those complaints but his authority over scouting and recruitment is exceptionally strong. Christiansen, Orta said at the outset, would have the final say on signings and Christiansen always echoed that sentiment, though questions from the press about transfers or requirements were often met with the answer of: “Ask Victor.” It is not a secret that Orta leads on that front and does so with a clear mandate. The sacking of a head coach who Leeds genuinely expected to be here next season should prompt some examination of the squad they have built and set-up they are asking their next head coach to join. It ought not to be beyond Heckingbottom, with more tactical flexibility and a different voice, to find a way to settle Leeds United down and thicken the hide of a team who have lost all but one of the games in which they conceded first this season. Part of Christiansen’s pitch to Radrizzani involved a dissection of United’s failings under Monk and a promise of more ideas but it took the worst of times against Millwall and Cardiff for him to deviate from 4-2-3-1. There are players at Leeds with form to find and, inevitably, many who would benefit from an injection of confidence. It does not mean, as it didn’t in 2012 when Leeds jettisoned Simon Grayson for Neil Warnock, that United are about to find fifth gear or surge into the play-offs. But it was hard not to draw the conclusion on Saturday that they can be better than this. Read more: Who is Hannes Wolf and why has he been linked jobs at Leeds and Bradford? Leeds United fans have their say with former Hull and Watford man top of the wish list POLL: Were Leeds United right to sack manager Thomas Christiansen? Leeds United manager latest: Christiansen just another name to add to the long list of Elland Road failures.


Radrizanni felt TC was wrong man for job. Why not appoint someone earlier then and get his own players in during January ?

Weds Feb 7tht Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 1: Appointing Christiansen was a ‘big mistake’, admits Leeds United owner – Phil Hay Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has apologised for the “mistake” of appointing Thomas Christiansen and admitted he had been tempted to sack him earlier after ending Christiansen’s 35-game reign as head coach.


I never felt TC was up to it, especially tactically but it’s very easy for the chairman to throw all the blame at his door now.

In a wide-ranging interview with the YEP, United’s owner said he had given Christiansen “many chances” to prove himself and pointed to Leeds’ FA Cup defeat to League Two side Newport County last month as the result which ended his faith in Dane. Christiansen was appointed by Radrizzani last June, a month after the Italian took 100 per cent control of Leeds, and he led the club to the top of the Championship in his first seven matches but a recent run of six league games without a win, culminating in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City, led to Christiansen’s sacking on Sunday night. Paul Heckingbottom was named as his replacement within 48 hours, arriving from Barnsley after Leeds paid £500,000 to buy him out of his contract at Oakwell. Radrizzani accused Christiansen of failing “in terms of communication, leadership and confidence” and apologised to the club’s support for gambling on a coach whose prior experience consisted of three years spent managing in Cyprus. “Anything that doesn’t work is a mistake so yes, I did make a mistake,” Radrizzani said. “I apologise to the fans and the club, and for my experience I need to learn and analyse better my choice before making it. At the same time, he seemed to be someone successful and fresh who could match with the new phase of the club, my new management and the new freshness around the team “But if you watch the games we conceded so many chances early on, in the first few minutes. This is a sign that mentally the players are not relaxed. They are stressed and this is why I could feel that probably the manager was not transmitting security and confidence. “I waited for a long time before taking the decision and gave him many chances. Already at the beginning of January I was really keen to change. Victor (Orta, Leeds’ director of football) convinced me to hold on and give him one more, one more, one more; extra chances but at the end, something was missing.” Christiansen maintained a win ratio in excess of 40 per cent but cut a downbeat figure after the loss to Cardiff, admitting: “If it’s their (the board’s) decision that they want to find somebody better then I cannot do anything about that. I will then go away but with my head high.” Radrizzani, who described the dismissal as a case of “now or never” in terms of Leeds’ bid to reach the Championship play-offs, said: “We need to share this responsibility but probably the job was a little bit too big for him at this point in his career. Radrizzani, who described the dismissal as a case of “now or never” in terms of Leeds’ bid to reach the Championship play-offs, said: “We need to share this responsibility but probably the job was a little bit too big for him at this point in his career. Andrea Radrizzani “I wish him good luck and success and he will have the time to grow but at the same time I think this league is competitive, very difficult and he probably lacked a little bit in terms of knowledge of the football. “More than that he needs to improve in terms of communication and leadership and confidence, which is a word I used a lot with him but it didn’t improve. “I had two situations that put me in the mind to change. First, the crazy Christmas period where we had four games in eight days. I was expecting (Christiansen) to manage the group in terms of changing some players. At the end, what happened was the opposite. “As a result we had to change 10 players and have a shame-game against Newport. Congratulations to them but we didn’t come onto the pitch to play. That was a message to consider a change.” Barnsley, under Heckingbottom, were 21st in the Championship when the 40-year-old walked out of Oakwell after two years in charge on Tuesday but he is widely regarded as a promising coach. Radrizzani said he believed Heckingbottom would be better equipped for the Championship, saying: “We want to have on board someone with a bright future but at the same time a knowledge of the territory. Someone fresh, ambitious and motivated to do well. “In his short career he already achieved a promotion. He’s someone who could lead the group and that’s what we need now. We need a leader. In my first moment I was thinking of someone more senior, someone older with more seasons behind him, but this could be compensated by Paul with his leadership. In the long run I think we could hopefully have found a good manager. Time will show.” Tuesday Feb 6th Leeds appoint Heckinbottom new coach – Phil Hay Leeds United have named Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach on an 18-month contract. Heckingbottom’s appointment was confirmed this morning after the Elland Road club paid £500,000 to activate a release clause in the new deal signed by Heckingbottom at Barnsley last week. Heckingbottom committed himself to improved terms at Oakwell on Friday but walked out of Barnsley to take charge at Elland Road after United sacked Thomas Christiansen over the weekend. Leeds finalised negotiations with Heckingbottom yesterday evening and the 40-year-old signed a contract to 2019 this morning, in time to take his first training session at Thorp Arch. Christiansen, who was dismissed just seven months into a two-year contract, had earlier met United’s squad for a final time, saying his farewells to a group of players he managed for 35 games. The Dane left United with the club seven points outside the Championship’s play-off places and on a run of six league games without a win, a worsening position which convinced the board at Elland Road to act. Leeds see Heckingbottom, a former Sheffield Wednesday defender, as a bright and talented coach and moved to exercise his release clause less than 24 hours after Christiansen’s departure. Heckingbottom spent exactly two years in charge of Barnsley and steered the club to promotion from League One and victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final during his first season. He took charge of more than 100 games for Barnsley and recently turned down approaches from Sunderland and Nottingham Forest. Jamie Clapham, the former United loanee who worked as Heckingbottom’s number two at Oakwell, has joined him as assistant at Leeds. Barnsley’s head of sport science, Nathan Wilder, and first-team performance analyst Alex Bailey have also left for Elland Road. In a statement, Barnsley expressed their “shock at Ppaul Heckingbottom’s desire to leave having agreed a new contract last week.” Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye told their official website: “Yes, it was unexpected. Yes, it has come during an already complicated period. Yes, it will make things more difficult short term but our club is full of resources and certainly not dependent on one man alone.” Monday 5th of Feb Heckingbottom to get the gig??LEEDS UNITED are set to finalise the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach tonight after activating a clause to release him from his contract at Barnsley. The Oakwell boss is due to conclude negotiations at Elland Road this evening and should be installed in time to take charge of training at Thorp Arch tomorrow morning. Leeds have moved quickly to recruit Heckingbottom, less than 24 hours after sacking Thomas Christiansen and just three days after the 40-year-old signed a new contract with Barnsley. The former Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday defender put pen to paper on an improved rolling deal at Oakwell on Friday but his contract included a release clause and Leeds moved to finance it earlier today having sacked Christiansen late last night. Royston-born Heckingbottom, who grew up as a Barnsley supporter and played for the club between 2006 and 2008, has been manager at Oakwell since 2016. He took charge of his 100th competitive last month and secured an improved deal following the recent takeover of Barnsley. Despite the regular sale of key players, Heckingbottom took Barnsley to promotion via the League One play-off final in his first six months in the job and also claimed the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. His side finished 14th in the Championship last season but have struggled this term and lie fourth from bottom in the table after one win from 16 games. Leeds, however, see Heckingbottom as a highly-talented coach and are ready to install him as Christiansen’s successor. He turned down the Sunderland job earlier this season and was strongly linked with Nottingham Forest last month before ruling himself out of the running. Christiansen was sacked on Sunday after 35 games in charge with Leeds seven points off the Championship play-offs. ? Sunday 4th. McClaren becomes favourite for Leeds gig. Steve McClaren has beome the early favourite for Leeds manager after TC got the bullet. He was allegedly at the Cardiff match on Saturday. I didn’t see him.?


Louth on tour at Cardiff

Sunday 4th of February Head coach departs – LUFC Official statement. Leeds United can confirm that head coach Thomas Christiansen has left the club.Chairman Andrea Radrizzani and the Board of Directors would like to thank Thomas and his staff for their hard work over the past eight months.The club will be making no further comment at this time. Feb 4th TC on his way out and Larry on his way back ? Current Whites boss Thomas Christiansen is under pressure another defeat yesterday.Cardiff left Yorkshire with a comfortable 4-1 victory which leaves Leeds seven points off the play-off spots. Christiansen’s side haven’t won a match since Boxing Day and have lost four of their last six clashes. Owner Andrea Radrizzani claimed finishing in the top six was the minimum requirement for the Leeds boss before the season started. And the Dane is now facing questions over his future at the club. But former Leeds boss Simon Grayson is eyeing a spectacular return to the club. According to the Daily Mail, the ex-Sunderland boss is aware of the situation at his former side and would be open to return. Grayson is still a supporter of the West Yorkshire club. He also oversaw a Leeds’ promotion from League One in 2010. In the same year, the club recorded a famous victory over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. Grayson was relieved of his duties in 2012 and has since been in charge of Huddersfield, Preston and Sunderland. His latest stint, on Wearside, didn’t go as planned. But this hasn’t stopped Grayson wanting to take charge of another club in the Championship. The 48-year-old is the favourite to take over if Christiansen becomes the latest Leeds boss to lose his job. Sat Feb 3rd Bluebirds put four past Leeds. Leeds United 1 (Bamba O.G 54) Cardiff City 4 (Paterson 9, Hoilett 41, Morison 45, Pilkington 88) Leeds: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson (Dallas 30), Pennington, De Bock, Forshaw, Ronaldo Vieira (Grot 86), Alioski, Hernandez (c), Roofe, Lasogga (Sacko 73): Subs not used: Lonergan, Anita, Grot, Romario Vieira, Pearce Cardiff: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Traore, Grujic (Halford 82), Paterson, Ralls, Hoillett, Wildschut (Pilkington 55), Madine (Zohore 72): Subs not used: Murphy, Feeney, Pilkington, Damour, Ward Referee: G Scott Booked: Berardi (Leeds United), Madine, Ralls, Pilkington, Grujic (Cardiff City) Sent off: Berardi (Leeds United)Attendance: 30,534 (624 Cardiff) Venue: Elland Road


Dallas v Cardiff in 4-1 defeat

Cardiff City ran out comfortable winners at Elland Road, as Leeds succumbed to a second home defeat in a row. The Whites made one change from the side that started in 0-0 draw at Hull City on Tuesday night with Matthew Pennington returning from injury in place of the injured Conor Shaughnessy. The match was preceded by a minute’s applause for the former Leeds United manager Jimmy Armfield who sadly passed away on January 22nd. It was the Bluebirds who had the first chance of the match when Sol Bamba saw his header deflect over for the bar. Cardiff took the lead in the ninth minute when Leeds failed to clear a corner and Callum Paterson headed home from an Armand Traore cross. Leeds nearly found an equaliser moments later when Pierre-Michel Lasogga on the counter attack, saw his effort from 25 yards pushed onto the post by Neil Etheridge. Cardiff then had a chance to make it two, but Yanic Wildschut could only head a good opportunity wide. Leeds went close from a corner, when Matthew Pennington got on the end of Laurens De Bock’s delivery, but his header was wide of the post. United had a great chance to level when Pablo Hernandez did well and his cross found Lasogga at the back post, but his header from inside the six yard box hit the crossbar and Ezgjan Alioski’s scuffed his rebound and Etheridge made the ave. The Whites were dealt another injury blow when Pontus Jansson was stretchered off and his replacement Stuart Dallas had an opportunity when Lasogga played him in on goal, but he tripped as he shot and couldn’t beat Etheridge. Junior Hoilett then made it two for Cardiff, when he got on the end of Paterson’s shot across goal. The Whites were then reduced to ten men when Gaetano Berardi was sent off for a second bookable offence and from the resulting free kick, Sean Morrison headed in Cardiff’s third, following Hoilett’s delivery. Half time: Leeds United 0-3 Cardiff City In the 50th minute, there was a second minute’s applause of the game, taking place to mark the life of Eric Carlile, secretary of the Leeds United Supporter’s Club for 50 years, who recently passed away at the age of 89. The Whes pulled a goal back nine minutes into the second half, when former defender Sol Bamba could only divert a Stuart Dallas shot into his own net, after the Northern Irishman did well down the right flank. Kemar Roofe then did well to win Leeds a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left side, close to the byline, but Hernandez was unable to keep his attempt on goal down. Paterson came close to getting a fourth for the visitors when he fizzed a shot in from 25 yards, but it just went past the post. Cardiff’s Joe Ralls was then teed up by Hoilett on the edge of the box, but he couldn’t find the target with his well hit effort. The Bluebirds then made it four with two minutes remaining when Anthony Pilkington slid home at the far post, to convert Paterson’s low cross. Alioski then tried his luck from distance as he looked for a consolation goal, but he was unable to keep his effort down. The result ensured back to back home defeats at Elland Road, with the Whites still looking for a first win in 2018. Friday? Feb 1st Goodbye to Eric?Five members of the Louth branch attended the service for our old and dear friend Eric Carlile in Eric1Cottingley and we had a drink or two afterwards in the Gary Speed suite followed by a few drinks in the Peacock. On 50 minutes a rousing round of applause at Elland Road paid tribute to the man who spent 50 years as secretary of LUSC, and some time as a director of the club also. One year alone he wrote 12,000 letters, all by pen and some on that old type writer he occasionally used, the one he joked ‘couldn’t spell right’.? His like will never be seen again and in the early years went more than out of his way to get us tickets for big match games at Elland Road (yes we used to have some) because he recognised the sacrifices made by the Irish branches that travelled great distances to follow this great club. Every time we travlled over to Leeds it was a privilige to travel out to the Moorhouse (his local) and meet him for a drink. It was never a chore but an enjoyment to sped time in the man’s company. He laso travelled to Dundalk a number of times and great enjoyment was had there too.? Alas those times have now past but he has left behind many fond memories. RIP Eric ! Weds 31st of January Roberts completes move to Leeds Tyler Roberts vowed to make an immediate impact on Leeds United’s faltering play-off bid after signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road.


Tyler Roberts United’s deadline day signing

Roberts finalised a £2.5m move from West Bromwich Albion this morning and insisted he was ready to throw himself into the Championship and help United claim a top-six finish. The 19-year-old has completed three separate spells on loan in League One, including the first half of this season with Walsall, but he could make his Championship debut on Saturday when Leeds host Cardiff at Elland Road. “I’ve been in League One last season and the start of last season and I think I coped with it very well,” Roberts told the YEP after sealing his transfer today. “I’ve adapted to each club and I think I’ve got better as well. I’m ready to come into the Championship and show what I’m about. “I’d like to think I can go straight into the first team and have an impact. Of course it’s not about me, it’s about the team and me being able to gel with them, but I can’t wait to get into training.? “I know they’re pushing for the play-offs and that’s a big thing to come into. It’ll be exciting times.” United stepped into sign Roberts – a prospect they had been tracking for sometime – yesterday after West Brom began listening to bids for the Wales Under-21 international. His situation at The Hawthorns was dramatically altered on Monday night by the arrival of England striker Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool. Leeds have taken their January spending to over £6m by paying an initial fee of £2.5m and Roberts’ contract at Elland Road will run to the summer of 2022. His deal at West Brom was due to end this summer and Albion The club were at risk of losing Roberts for a minimal compensation at the end of the season and opted to cash in on him after landing Sturridge, despite initial suggestions that manager Alan Pardew would use him in the second half of the Premier League term. Roberts, who played once for West Brom in the top flight in 2016, said: “There’s no PROBLEMS with me back at West Brom. There was just the situation of me wanting to go and play. When a big club like Leeds comes in for you it seems like the perfect opportunity to go and do that. “Everyone hears things about what’s going on but I was just training there, pushing to get into the team. Then I start to know that Leeds was more of a serious note so I was prepared for anything. “It’s gone into talks with West Brom and my agent and it became more set in stone that it could happen. If you get asked to come here, it’s a massive honour. Any player would.”? Meanwhile Andy Lonergan’s move to Sunderland has fallen through. ? Tuesday 3oth Jan Hull City 0-0 Leeds.? Although United stopped their losing streak a bore draw was not what the doctor ordered. It’s wins we need now not one pointers.? Leeds United: Wiedwald, Berardi, Shaughnessy (Dallas 6), Jansson, De Bock, Forshaw, Ronaldo Vieira, Alioski (Sacko 86), Hernandez, Roofe (Cibicki 90), Lasogga. Subs not used: Lonergan, Pearce, Anita, Romario Vieira. Referee: T Harrington.


Pontus now on 9 yellows

LEEDS UNITED were left thankful to some important saves from ‘keeper Felix Wiedwald in a goalless draw at Tuesday night’s Championship hosts Hull City. Hull should have taken the lead after just three minutes but Fraizer Campbell fired wide from inside the area with just Wiedwald to beat after lobbing the ball over Conor Shaughnessy to fashion the chance Shaughnessy stayed down after being turned and it soon became apparent that the defender was injured and would be unable to continue. With no other centre backs on the bench, Stuart Dallas was brought on after just six minutes into an unfamiliar right back role as Gaetano Berardi switched to centre back to partner Pontus Jansson. The much-changed Whites defence was soon on the ropes and Wiedwald eventually gathered a fierce drive from the dangerous Jarrod Bowen before the German ‘keeper produced a fine save to tip a low effort from Nouha Dicko around the post. Wiedwald then kept out a strong shot from Jackson Irvine from a tight angle with a save with his legs before United’s card woes continued when Pontus Jansson was shown a ninth yellow of the season meaning one more will land the Swede a two-game ban. dangerous cross and then a low long shot cleared wide. Hull then had the ball in the net a few minutes later after some hesitant defending to a long punt for Dicko but Dicko was adjudged to have fouled Wiedwald. And Wiedwald again saved the day in first half stoppage time when producing another save with his legs to keep out a goalbound shot from Bowen amidst a scramble in the box. Leeds then began the second half in more promising fashion but Hull squandered a sitter in the 54th minute when Dicko somehow managed to divert Kamil Grosicki’s cross over the bar from one yard out. United looked to hit back through Hernandez who sliced a tricky volley wide but United were then grateful when Irvive was unable to cash in on some shaky Whites defending when his effort from 40 yards out failed to threaten the United goal with Wiedwald stranded outside of his box. Leeds were then inches away from taking the lead in the 72nd minute through Pierre-Michel Lasogga who worked an opening on the edge of the area and curled a fine effort narrowly over the top right corner. Alioski was then presented with a decent opportunity with 12 minutes left but the winger swiped at thin air from inside the box after Gaetano Berardi’s knock down to a Hernandez free-kick. Alioski then went similarly close when powering a volley from the same position with seven minutes left. But United were again left indebted to Wiedwald in second half stoppage time when the German produced yet another save at close range to deny Campbell and Leeds then wasted a fine chance when choosing the wrong OPTIONS when countering three on two in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Tues 30th of January Roberts to become a White West Brom have agreed to sell Tyler Roberts to Leeds United for £2.5m, according to Sky sources. Sky Sports News understands the deal for Roberts will be completed on Deadline Day subject to a medical. Roberts has made just one senior appearance for the Baggies since breaking into the first team in 2016. The 19-year-old has spent the majority of his senior career out on loan, enjoying spells at Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall. Roberts joined the Saddlers on loan at the start of the 2017-18 campaign and has since scored five goals in 17 appearances for the Sky Bet League One club. Meanwhile Andy Lonergan will leave Leeds to join Sunderland. Jan 26th Own goal! Design experts give their take on Leeds United crest?? The experts have had their say on the Leeds United crest fiasco – and the results aren’t pretty. Two creative outfits, Better Brand Agency and Delete, today ran the rule over the new crest, which triggered a fan backlash when it was unveiled by the club earlier this week. John Taylor, creative director at Better Brand Agency, was left distinctly unimpressed by the design, a cartoon-style effort inspired by the Leeds salute. Comparing it unfaCrestvourably with the badge adopted by Italian club Juventus last year, he said: “On a simplistic level both the concept and execution is pretty mediocre yet somehow the result manages to add up to less than the sum of its parts. “Part of the problem is that it falls into a dull middle ground. At one extreme, it doesn’t go as far as the ultra-slick, hyper-minimal Juventus redesign. “Yes, Juventus admittedly caused a bit of an uproar, but their overarching vision was clear and it was beautifully executed. Tom Dougherty. “At the other end of the scale, it doesn’t reference any of the club’s 100-year history either. “It feels like a cheap cover version of the American NFL aesthetic, which is entirely the wrong direction for something with so much built-in heritage.” Tom Dougherty, user experience director at Leeds-based Delete, raised questions about United’s approach to the redesign process. He said: “It appears the club underestimated the level of emotional attachment to the current crest. “When you factor in the bold and radically different new design, it’s easy to see why supporters have reacted as strongly as they have. “A club crest, in particular, is as cherished as a national flag. “In some cases it means more, and stands for more to the team’s supporters, so any slight modification, let alone a fundamental overhaul, has the tendency to cause mass hysteria.” Leeds have responded to criticism of the crest by pledging further consultations with fans over its design.


The real SALUTE!

Jan 25th Salute reaches 80,000 names The salute takes centre stage in the club’s new crest design which has attracted widespread outrage from Whites fans and prompted an online petition against its roll out which has to date attracted nearly 80,000 names. Jan 24th Kinnear says the fans should get behind it Leeds managing director said the fans should get behind the new club logo.He said: “This is the decision. We’re confident we’ve spoken to enough people and that we’ve had enough feedback to know we’re on the right path. “We accept that it’s going to take some time for people to get used to it, but we hope that they’ll get behind it.” He added: “What we do accept is when you make a change like this, you’re going to certainly divide fan opinion. “Ultimately the badge of the team grows with a team and it’s something people get used to and learn to love as the team perform. “We want this to be the badge the team wear in their first season back in the Premier League, and it’s going to be that journey that will help everyone adopt it.”? When you’re in a hole son you stop digging ! ? Monday January 22nd. Former Leeds manager Jimmy Armfield passes away Tributes have been paid to??Jimmy Armfield who has died aged 82. Jimmy took over from Brian Clough at Elland Road in 1974 and guided them to the European Cup final a year later during a four year spell in charge. He was also captained his country and was part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad before going on to become a much-loved radio commentator after his playing and managerial career. Jimmy, who leaves behind his wife Anne and two sons passed away at a hospice in his hometown of Blackpool after a long battle with illness his family JimmyArmfield JimmyArmfield2confirmed. Leeds United said today: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of former?UFC manager Jimmy Armfield. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.” Whilst the LUFC Supporter’s Trust said: “Very sad to hear of the loss of European Cup winner Jimmy Armfield. Our sincere condolences go out to Jimmy’s family and loved ones.”Jimmy picked up the pieces when Brian Clough, who had taken over from the legendary Don Revie who led them to the League title in 1974. was sacked just 44 days into his ill-fated spell in charge at Elland Road. He began the task of reviving Revie’s ageing but still talented squad and he guided them to the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in Paris in May 1975.Leeds lost 2-0 in the game however were denied a clear penalty and had a goal dubiously ruled out for offiside with Armfield insisting they were ‘robbed’. With Don Howe as his assistant he guided them to top finishes in every season of his four year spell in charge and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1977 and the League Cup in 1978. It was his second managerial role after leading Bolton to the third division title in 1973. However after leaving his post at Elland Road he changed career, training as a journalist and becoming a well-known and much loved football commentator primarily on BBC Radio 5 Live, for more than 35 years. A Mancunian by birth, he moved to Blackpool during the Second World War and went to spend his entire playing career with Blackpool, making 568 appearances for the Tangerines as a full-back between 1954 and 1971. He also captained England and was part of the squad that won the World Cup in 1966 though injury denied him making an appearance in the tournament. Only players who were on the pitch in the final received winners’ medal but what was rectified 43 years later when Armfield eventually received his medal, and he was also awarded a CBE in 2009. Jimmy said in 2008: “I’ve got a soft spot for Leeds as a club and I liked the city; the people were very good to me. And in the main I thought I did well.”?Today his family said: “”After a long and courageous battle, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law Jimmy Armfield, has passed away peacefully surrounded by his immediate family. “We have many wonderful messages of love and support, for which we are grateful, and moved by all the kind words. “We would also like to thank all the magnificent and dedicated NHS staff who have kept Jimmy, and the family, as well as possible over the ten years of his illness. “Jimmy had two great loves, first and foremost was his family, to which he was devoted and loved dearly. The other was football, especially Blackpool, England and his colleagues at the PFA. “Once again, the family extends its thanks as we try to come to terms in a world without Jimmy.”? I always liked Jimmy Armfield as a manager and a pundit. I thought he should have played Duncan Mckenzie in the 1975 EC Final in Paris (Yes we were robbed) but despite that United should have won that match. A gentle, kind man he will be remembered fondly from BBC radio 5 Live and from his Elland? Road days. RIP Jimmy. Monday 22nd of January Klich joins Utrecht – P Hay LEEDS UNITED midfielder Mateusz Klich has ended a torrid eight-month spell at Elland Road by joining Dutch club Utrecht on loan. Klich, who arrived at Leeds in a £1.5m transfer from FC Twente in June, has returned to Holland for the rest of this season and is likely to seek a permanent move elsewhere in the summer. The Poland international has been out of favour at United, making one league start, and he failed to break into head coach Thomas Christiansen’s line-up despite a recent spate of injuries and suspensions. His prospects were reduced further last week by Leeds signing midfielder Adam Forshaw in a £4.5m deal from Middlesbrough. Now I Get A Kick Out Of Fear Florist Gus Cavanagh on how he overcame his crippling anxiety through work – and found huge success. Read More Brought To You By American Express? Klich was hampered from the outset by an injury suffered in pre-season and his only league start came in a 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City in September. Christiansen substituted him after 67 minutes with Leeds 3-0 down. His struggle for appearances led to a number of pointed posts on social media, expressing frustration at his situation, and he failed to impress on a rare start in Leeds’ embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Newport County earlier this month. Klich holds a three-year contract with Leeds, running to 2020, but United were open to the idea of moving him on this month after receiving a number of expressions of interest from abroad. The 28-year-old joins a Utrecht side who are currently sixth in the Dutch top flight. Sat 20th Jan : Leeds United coach Christiansen sees the best and worst his squad has to offer Phil YP Neil Harris wasn’t sure so began by asking if anyone else needed a lie down after his side’s 4-3 victory. He could not bring himself to talk about a maddening Millwall victory without first acknowledging the team his players had devastated with seconds to spare. Very rarely does the Championship rattle the nerves like this. Devastated was the word and Pontus Jansson, ever the evocative character, spent several minutes sitting disconsolately in the centre circle as the agony of Leeds United’s defeat sank in. The gracious tone of a Millwall manager was almost the last thing anyone needed but Harris felt compelled to admit how wild the whole afternoon had been. “Well done to Leeds,” he said. “Second half, fantastic. An emotional rollercoaster? Definitely.” If one game encapsulated the rut Leeds are in, the extraordinary match which played out at Elland Road on Saturday was it: two goals and a man down at half-time, 3-2 in front with three minutes of normal time to play but beaten and bowed as the final whistle sounded.


Lassoga celebrates his 2nd against Millwall



Kemar Roofe scores v Millwall

What set itself up as the most improbable fightback Elland Road could remember ended with Leeds taking nothing more than a consoling pat on the head from Harris. Thomas Christiansen, without a win in four games, gave less heed to the second half. Very nice everything but zero points,” he said. I prefer to play like s**t and take three points.” In the first half he got half of that bargain: an abysmal effort, culminating in United’s captain, Liam Cooper, fuelling the view that discipline at Elland Road is not what it should be. Cooper, like Eunan O’Kane seven days earlier, spoke critically of Leeds’ disciplinary record on Friday afternoon and then followed those comments up with a straight red card on Saturday. Deja vu was everywhere as he waited for referee David Coote to rule on a sliding foul on George Saville in the 37th minute. Christiansen had tried to draw a line in the sand last week by addressing the issue of discipline directly with his players but three dismissals in as many games left nowhere to hide, much as Cooper’s punishment divided opinion. What could be said was that Cooper’s lunge beyond the halfway line was not a risk he needed to take. That must stop now,” Christiansen said, reflecting the problem on his hands by pointing out that Cooper, unlike O’Kane or Samuel Saiz, had at least been sent off for something less serious than spitting or a headbutt. “It was because one player went strong in a challenge,” he said. It caused a scuffle between both benches and Christiansen’s assistant, Julio Banuelos, and Millwall number two David Livermore were duly sent to the stands. Livermore is used to quick exits from Leeds. Kemar Roofe scrambles in the equalise. Tony Johnson Millwall had scored before Cooper exited the field, a back-post header from Aiden O’Brien after Steve Morison floated a cross over Gaetano Berardi in the 18th minute, and scored again when Lee Gregory arrived to bundle in another Morison delivery three minutes before half-time. Time has failed to heal Elland Road’s enmity towards Morison and he took those goals as his chance to goad the Kop. The joke had briefly been on him at 0-0 when Jed Wallace rammed a shot past Felix Wiedwald, only to see an offside flag rise. O’Brien picked Leeds off with Millwall’s next attack. Throughout the first half, Christiansen’s defence looked like they had met that morning. Laurens De Bock, on his debut at left-back, almost had but Millwall picked the entire back-four apart, dominating in the air. Shaun Hutchinson hit the crossbar and Felix Wiedwald pulled off two full-stretch saves as Leeds toyed with the idea of throwing the towel in last exchanges before the break. Christiansen felt even then that it should have been different. Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who was last seen starting a Championship game during an aimless outing at Brentford in November, was reintroduced and should have scored twice in his first 13 minutes, dollying a free header straight at Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer before driving a shot against Archer’s legs. The German is struggling for popularity and what came from him in the second half was as unforeseen as the football which came from Christiansen’s 10-man team. The United head coach said he was angry at the interval. “It was probably one of the speeches where I said my opinion straight,” he said. “But when you say something negative to make the team react, you then need to say something positive, to make them believe it is possible. “So went my speech and finally I said ‘does the team believe in this?’ Everyone said yes.” The Dane sacrificed Vieira and sent on Matthew Pennington. His usual 4-2-3-1 system was blown and a three-man defence backed up two lines of three in front of it. Thirty seconds into the second half, Shaun Williams missed an easy clearance, Kemar Roofe crossed low from the right and Lasogga hit the net with a shuddering shot. In the 55th minute, and with Millwall starting to panic, Archer spilled a gentle cross from De Bock and Roofe stuck around in a mass scramble for long enough to stab the ball over the line. Harris told it as it was. “In front of 35,000 at Elland Road, you give them a sniff and they’re going to take it,” he said. “It’s not just about making mistakes. It’s about how you deal with those mistakes and bounce back. We completely lost our composure for 15 minutes. No-one managed the game. There are certainly learning curves for us.” Lasogga caused pandemonium in the 62nd minute by controlling a pass from Hernandez and finding the bottom corner from 20 yards with the sort of sharp, deadly strike which once persuaded Hamburg that he was worth £50,000 a week. Millwall looked exhausted and riddled with mistakes, struggling to see a way back. “I compliment the team,” Christiansen said. “We changed the system, played with three behind and managed to change the [scoreline]. It was amazing. There was nothing where you could say the team didn’t try. It was about believing and having the pride we didn’t have in the first half.” Harris claimed that he had told his bench that a comeback might still be on the cards. “With five minutes to go, I said to Adam Barrett, my coach, ‘we’ll still win this’,” he said. His side were nonetheless pursuing dead ends and blind alleys until Tom Elliott, the one-time Leeds academy striker who debuted for United as a schoolboy in 2007, turned on the spot and drove a shot past Felix Wiedwald with 87 minutes gone, knocking the wind out of Leeds. Christiansen had already replaced Roofe and Lasogga, admitting that Lasogga after so few recent appearances was “finished” and out on his feet. Minus a focal point up front, a seventh goal looked like Millwall’s for the taking and Wallace snatched it in the second minute of injury-time with a deflected shot, driven in after Stuart Dallas allowed the ball to run away from him on the halfway line. Even then there was time left for Archer to deny Conor Shaughnessy with a point-blank parry. Christiansen had the right to be philosophical but Leeds are down in 10th in the Championship, without a win since Boxing Day and are losing players at quicker rate than they are signing them. Kalvin Phillips’ booking in the closing minutes earned him a two-match ban and all the while the fact remained that Millwall, before Saturday, had failed to win a game away from home all season or score more than six goals. Unfortunately we need to shoot ourselves in the feet to react and to be one player less,” Christiansen said. “Perhaps the tactic for the next game is to start with one less. This is when we play best.”Leeds United:?Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, De Bock, Phillips, Vieira (Pennington 43), Alioski Hernandez, Roofe (Dallas 74), Lasogga (Shaughnessy 83): Subs not used: Lonergan, Anita, Dallas, Sacko, Cibicki. A terrific game of football which ultimately yielded no points for Leeds. The sending off was wrong, It was a yellow card tackle. Nothing more. Leeds second half rally showed great character and portrayed a team that is playing for their manager. That said our defending from the off was shoddy. TC still made a cardinal mistake. Lassoga was on fire. Yes that’s hard to believe. We saw why Hamburg valued him so highly buy I can’t understand why he was substituted when the game was stretched and it suited Leeds and a player playing with confidence for the first time in a Leeds shirt. That was a bad call especially when Roofe was also substituted. We had no focal point and gave the initative to Millwall. Down to 10th. On a different note a super display from Pennington. Sat Jan 20th 2018 . Leeds chase striker – Phil Hay Leeds United are monitoring talented West Bromwich Albion striker Tyler Roberts amid attempts by West Brom to tie the teenager to a new contract. United have been tracking Roberts and are among the clubs awaiting developments as West Brom try to prevent the 19-year-old’s deal expiring at the end of the season. Roberts would be in a position to move elsewhere for a compensation fee this summer if his deal at The Hawthorns is allowed to run out, the same situation which saw Charlie Taylor leave Leeds for Burnley last July, and he has attracted interest from numerous sides after three lower-league loan spells and a run of appearances for Wales’ Under-21 side. His situation also gives him the right to negotiate a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs in this transfer WINDOW and Roberts is reported to have drawn attention from Scottish side Rangers and teams in France. The forward is currently on loan at League One side Walsall, where he has scored five times in 16 appearances, but is due to return to West Brom after tomorrow’s game against Charlton Athletic. New West Brom manager Alan Pardew is keen to keep the youngster at The Hawthorns and Albion are continuing with protracted talks in the hope of forcing an agreement over improved terms. Leeds, who paid an initial fee of £3m to secure midfielder Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough this week, are increasingly open to the idea of recruiting a striker before the end of the January WINDOW having dropped out of the Championship’s top six in the past fortnight. Roberts, who United regard as strong and quick, has made only one appearance for West Brom’s senior side but spent time on loan at Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town before moving to Walsall in August. He made his debut for Wales’ Under-21s last year and trained with their senior side while Chris Coleman was head coach.


Eric and Chris Fairclough when we won the league

Thurs?18th of January Eric’s funeral??The funeral of Eric Carlile will take place?on Friday, 2nd February?at Cottingley Crematorium (LS11 0EU) at 3-40 pm. The family would like a rough idea of how many will be attending and also who will be joining them afterwards at Elland Road in order to arrange catering. There will be a minutes silence before the Millwall game honouring our dear friend, Eric and all I can say is richly deserved.


United’s new midfield signing for £2.5M Adam Forshaw

Thurs 18th of January 2018. Two promotions, a possible England call-up and a broken jaw – a dozen things you might not know about Leeds United-bound Adam Forshaw -YEP Adam Forshaw made just two appearances for Everton but the midfielder savoured a debut as an 18-year-old when starting as the Toffees suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Bate Borisov in a Europa League dead rubber in December 2009. His only outing for Everton in the Premier League came 17 months later when brought on as a substitute in the 83rd minute of a 3-0 win at Wolves in April 2011. Adam Forshaw made 35 appearances for Middlesbrough in the Premier League including this one against Burnley 3. Rejected contract at Everton Forshaw was offered a new contract at Everton by then boss David Moyes in 2012 after the midfielder returned from a short loan spell at Brentford. But Forshaw was behind Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill in the Toffees pecking order and knew first-team opportunities would be limited, despite being voted Everton’s reserves player of the season. Instead, the midfielder joined Brentford permanently on a three-year deal in May 2012. Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain. Lee Sobot 4. League One player of the year Forshaw made 53 appearances in league and cup during his first full season for Brentford who were beaten in the League One play-off final by Yeovil. The midfielder also scored three times, the first three goals of his career. But an even better campaign was to follow the next year with Forshaw named the League One player of the year as the Bees finished second, ending their 21-year absence from the Championship. Adam Forshaw playing for Middlesbrough against Sheffield United earlier this season (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage) Forshaw netted eight times in his second season at Griffin Park. 5. Short spell at Wigan Forshaw ended two years at Brentford when signing for Championship club Wigan for around £2.5m in September 2014, joining the Latics on a four-year deal. The move reunited Forshaw with former Bees boss Uwe Rosler but both saw their stays at the DW Stadium shortlived. Rosler was sacked in November and Forshaw then joined Middlesbrough on a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £2m. 6. Second play-off final defeat Adam Forshaw spent time on loan at Wigan After making 20 appearances for the Riversiders in the second half of 2014-15, Forshaw was an unused substitute as Boro lost 2-0 to Norwich City in that year’s Championship play-off final. Rich compensation awaited the following year. 7. Promotion to the Premier League Forshaw made 29 appearances in his first full season at Middlesbrough who were promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up behind Burnley. That meant a second promotion in Forshaw’s young career. 8. Thirty-five games in the Premier Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League ended in tears as the Riversiders were swiftly relegated but Forshaw was a regular component of the Boro team, making 35 appearances. His early-season form was particularly strong with the midfielder signing a new four-year deal with Middlesbrough in August 2016. But Forshaw has made only 11 league appearances back in the Championship so far this campaign under former boss Garry Monk and now Tony Pulis. 9. Close to England call Forshaw has never received a call up to the England squad but his early season form in the Premier League last term saw the midfielder touted as a possible call-up for the Three Lions. Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain. 10. Liverpool fan Forshaw might have spent 13 years with Everton but the midfielder supported Liverpool as a boy, holding a season ticket. The midfielder told the Middlesbrough Gazette in October 2016: “We all still love Liverpool but my dad and older brother come and watch me a lot, so they don’t have a season ticket anymore. My younger brother (Tom) still has the season ticket and sits in the Kop where he always has.” 11. Surgery – and a broken jaw Forshaw underwent surgery to correct a long-standing ankle problem while at Brentford in April 2014. He also suffered a broken jaw in Brentford’s clash against Rochdale in March 2012 when he was initially on loan from the Toffees. 12. Sent off twice Forshaw, who is five foot eight and a half, picked up the first red card of his career when shown a second yellow in Brentford’s 2-1 win at Crawley in Febraury 2013. The midfielder also picked up two yellows in Brentford’s 1-0 loss at Swindon Town the following April. Forshaw has been booked 24 times so far in his career. In total, the 26-year-old midfielder has made 222 appearances, scoring 14 times. Now lets get in a decent striker and a goalkeeper. Thursday 18 January 2018 Phil Hay: Why Leeds United will have to bite the ‘promotion bullet’ soon? AS SEASONS and different faces go by, all of them converging in much the same ballpark, it gets harder to avoid the conclusion that Leeds United’s only way out of the Championship is to do what Wolves are doing: go big on players, hit the league with a sledgehammer and walk away from it without a scratch. Do that and you take out the uncertainty, the tension and the pressure which always infects the air at Elland Road. If the science was so exact then every club would be doing it and the list of those who went big and blew up is why owners look for alternative routes. It is often said that the best way to make a small fortune in football is to start with a large one and there is no knowing how long Fosun International could fund Wolves in the Championship in the way that it has. With 62 points from 27 games, it is not a question the Chinese conglomerate will have to answer. Leeds and Andrea Radrizzani are big on sustainability and big on the idea that funding in one season should not create problems with funding for the next. It was spelled out in Radrizzani’s sales pitch when he bought into Leeds last January, saying he was “not here to make big losses for many years” but promising to “reactivate the engine” of a club who have done no more than exist for a decade. Stability is the most prevalent cliche going at boardroom level but Leeds are establishing ways to find it: a transfer budget with limits and a wage structure which peaks at around £15,000 a week for their highest-earning players. GFH talked about stable management and paid Luke Murphy a higher salary. The bank’s goose was cooked within 12 months. Gjanni Alioski. United’s outlay and financial controls go a long way to explaining their activity in the transfer window last summer. Their strategy is value-driven, with an emphasis on finding players whose price falls into a certain bracket but falls below their intrinsic worth. It follows the largely-proven theory that European markets offer better margins than England. Samuel Saiz was the biggest win, a £3.5m signing whose present valuation on the basis of half a year in the Championship is markedly higher. Pierre-Michel Lasogga ought to have ticked the same box given his background: in principle a snip of a loanee after Hamburg agreed to pay 70 per cent of his wage. Gjanni Alioski, Caleb Ekuban, Pawel Cibicki, Mateusz Klich, Jay-Roy Grot: all signed by Leeds in the belief that the club were striking bargains. The result has been decidedly mixed. It is mixed in the sense that while several individual signings look questionable, Leeds have spent the entire season either inside or within stone’s throw of the Championship’s top six. Leeds talk regularly about the ‘medium term’, about the success of their transfer business becoming apparent in the long run and they are obliged to vindicate that confidence but half a season for the enterprise to click is a small window of grace. Phil Hay Radrizzani might consider that satisfactory for his first six months as owner but he is unlikely to be oblivious to the clamour for him to turn the screw in this transfer window. Leeds are seventh in the league and many on the outside want signings. Contrary to last summer, they want a certain type of signing; players of proven Championship stock, like Adam Forshaw, who can walk through the door and make their presence felt immediately. Players who cost what Championship players cost, which is never an inconsiderable amount. Leeds like what they see in Preston North End’s Jordan Hugill and have kept an eye on him for a while but the board at Deepdale will not answer the phone to offers of less than £8m. Leeds are not sold on his ability at that price but orshaw, at £2.5m, is a cost they are ready to pick up. History heightens the strain further. Leeds have been a Championship club for so long that even League One looks like a black-and-white film. They have threatened the Championship play-offs so infrequently that every missed opportunity feels like a criminal waste. January transfers were few in 2011 and again last year. Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Leeds had the play-offs at their mercy on both occasions and finished seventh. The past fortnight, amid dropped points, two ludicrous red cards and a bad injury to Luke Ayling, has created the unavoidable sense that the club are losing their grip again. They need goals and in the eyes of most, they need another centre-forward. No solution is more obvious than pressing Radrizzani to throw his money at it. This, though, is his first season in the chair and it is premature to call out his ambition on the basis of six months. There are doubts about Leeds’ ability to last the pace this season and questions too about the impact of Victor Orta, whose spell as head of recruitment at Middlesbrough is a perplexing story, but Radrizzani paid to control Leeds and his investment bought him the right to devise his own plan and pursue it for a sustained period of time. Leeds talk regularly about the ‘medium term’, about the success of their transfer business becoming apparent in the long run and they are obliged to vindicate that confidence but half a season for the enterprise to click is a small window of grace. For now it is Radrizzani’s prerogative to allow his ideas to play out. You buy the shares, you call the shots and it could yet be that the play-offs materialise at the first time of asking. What he cannot allow is for the same debate to be taking place this time next year; for the quality of United’s squad and recruitment to be contentious again or for under-performing fringe players to be excused as ‘medium-term’. Because medium-term eventually brings a club to the question: how soon is now? Mon Jan 15th 2018 Tributes to Eric, a gentleman and loyal Leeds United fan- YEP Phil Hay, Moving tributes have been paid to Leeds United Supporters’ Club stalwart Eric Carlile following his death at the age of 89. Retired export manager Eric, who served as secretary of the supporters’ club for 50 years until 2008, died peacefully on Friday afternoon after a short illness. Eric Carlile with United star Chris Fairclough. The club’s current co-chairman and treasurer, Phil Beeton, said today: “He was a top man and we are all missing Ericand2Eric1him like hell. “He helped so many people over the years with tickets, advice and so on. Nothing was too much trouble for him.” Many United fans took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute to Eric, who lived in Holbeck. Writing about him on Twitter, David Purvis said: “A gentleman who went out of his way to help supporters clubs and ordinary fans throughout the world. The man was also Leeds to the core.” . Rob Endley, meanwhile, tweeted: “RIP Eric Carlile the epitome of all that was great about our club & fans.” The first Leeds game that Eric attended was a fixture against York City in 1943. He became assistant secretary of the supporters’ club in 1958 before taking on the secretary role later that year. He was made vice president of the organisation after stepping down as secretary a decade ago. Eric famously appeared on the front cover of the Radio Times ahead of the start of the 1970-71 season when the magazine asked supporters from various clubs for their thoughts on how the campaign would go. Tues 16th of January 2018. Forshaw to sign for Whites – Phil Hay


Forshaw looks like business

ADAM FORSHAW will undergo a medical with Leeds United on Thursday morning after the club hijacked a bid by Cardiff City to sign the midfielder from Middlesbrough. United are hopeful of completing a deal in time for Saturday’s clash with Millwall following lengthy negotiations with Middlesbrough today. Adam Forshaw, right, is set to join Leeds from Middlesbrough. Leeds entered the running to sign the 26-year-old after Championship rivals Cardiff moved to meet Boro’s £2.5m valuation at the start of this week. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was intent to taking Forshaw to Wales and maintained his interest despite City signing another midfielder this afternoon with a loan deal for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic. Forshaw, however, favoured a transfer to Leeds and the Elland Road club have finalised a fee with Boro tonight, opening the door for Forshaw to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical. United head coach Thomas Christiansen wants the midfielder on board for this weekend’s game against Millwall having lost Eunan O’Kane to a three-match ban after his dismissal at Ipswich Town last weekend. O’Kane’s three-match suspension weakened Christiansen’s options with Ronaldo Vieira recovering from a knee injury and Kalvin Phillips one yellow card away from a two-match ban. Out with the bad, in with the good Healthy eating isn’t about denying yourself the things you love, it’s about finding healthier alternatives that fit into your life. Forshaw, whose professional career began at Everton, was surplus to requirements at The Riverside and made his last appearance for Boro in a 2-0 win over Ipswich at the start of last month. He has played over 100 times, however, since signing from Wigan Athletic three years ago and featured in both Boro’s Championship promotion season in 2015-16 and their subsequent Premier League campaign. He is tied to Boro until the summer of 2020. Forshaw’s arrival would free Leeds to send Mateusz Klich out on loan, seven months after the Poland international joined from FC Twente for £1.5m. Klich has made one league start under Christiansen having failed to impress United’s boss and the 28-year-old is the subject of foreign interest.ast summer and the Poland international is attracting interest from abroad. Klich has been hugely disappointing, CB Jackson hasn’t worked out, but?Forshaw’s more direct style and experience of his division will be an asset to the team. Looks like a decent signing. Now for a striker and ‘keeper.?

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson



Klich (like Jackson, hugely disappointing )

Tuesday Jan 16th 2018 Shift in mindset sees Leeds United look to strengthen in January window – Phil Hay Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s return to Manchester United was not about money – save for Leeds United realising they were throwing good after bad at him – but the premature cancellation of his loan on Tuesday gave the club some financial wriggle room. The 20-year-old’s value to their squad was almost nil but in cutting close to £10,000 a week from their wage bill, Leeds began clearing the decks for the last two weeks of the transfer window. Other fringe players are likely to follow, Mateusz Klich amongst them, amid an acceptance at Elland Road that incoming deals are imperative. It was never United’s intention to be active in January or to focus heavily on first-team signings, but the club are down on form and numbers with the window into its final fortnight and their stance on recruitment has shifted. Adam Forshaw, the Middlesbrough midfielder, became a prime target after Eunan O’Kane’s red card last weekend and is set to join Leeds later today. United have also embraced the idea of signing a new striker. There is a sense of their season hanging in the balance with much to play for and promotion to lose. Results have set Leeds back, particularly the loss of eight points in their last three Championship games, but their selection issues were laid bare by an 18-man squad at Ipswich Town on Saturday which contained every last one of Thomas Christiansen’s senior professionals. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. O’Kane was sent off in the first half, incurring a three-match ban, and Pawel Cibicki left the field with an injury before half-time. Even if Christiansen had been minded to use Borthwick-Jackson, the defender’s lukewarm loan from Old Trafford was hampered further by a twisted ankle suffered last week. Leeds duly ended his stay on Tuesday night. Borthwick-Jackson played only six times, once in the Championship, and will not be missed. Leeds have an out-and-out left-back waiting in the wings after signing Laurens De Bock for £1.5m from Club Brugge and De Bock is expected to make his debut against Millwall on Saturday, but Christiansen has taken a hit in other areas of his squad. Samuel Saiz’s six-match ban for spitting sidelined the second-highest goalscorer in United’s squad and claimed Saiz’s creativity with it. O’Kane’s suspension means three weeks on the sidelines and while the 27-year-old will be back for a crucial Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United on February 10, Leeds are unexpectedly vulnerable in the centre of midfield. Kalvin Phillips is a booking away from a two-match ban and Ronaldo Vieira – bothered by tendonitis in one knee this season – last played on Boxing Day. Leeds were in a position of strength in late December but the events of this month and the setbacks hampering Christiansen made the case for signing reinforcements. Leeds United head coach, Thomas Christiansen Christiansen has been disinclined to field Klich all term and he used 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy to alter his line-up after O’Kane’s dismissal at Ipswich, despite Klich’s presence on the bench. The Poland international joined Leeds in a summer move from FC Twente six months ago, a deal which cost United £1.5m, but the club are listening to loan offers for him and Klich is increasingly likely to move abroad shortly. Klich’s future prospects are slimmer again after Leeds succeeded last night in reaching a deal for Forshaw, the former Everton trainee who played for Brentford and Wigan Athletic as a youngster and has been with Middlesbrough for the past three years. Forshaw was out of favour at The Riverside after Tony Pulis’ appointment as manager, but Leeds see him as a proven Championship player and spent yesterday in talks with Boro, wrestling with Cardiff City for his signature. Mateusz Klich. Boro valued Forshaw at £2.5m and Leeds and Cardiff are both ready to pay that sum. Forshaw, however, favoured a transfer to Elland Road and Leeds were quietly hopeful of beating Cardiff to the punch. Forshaw is set to take up a long-term contract in the next 24 hours, in time to make his debut against Millwall. Leeds, and their owner Andrea Radrizzani, did not bank on promotion this season, but the first half of the campaign has made it possible and the sudden increase in activity at Elland Road reflects the folly of United allowing a good position to slip. The club dropped to seventh place in the Championship last week but are within four points of Aston Villa in fourth and the upper end of the division has been tightly packed from the outset, below champions-elect Wolverhampton Wanderers. How to earn money as you spend Get £5 worth of points free today Read MorePromoted by Ice At the end of the transfer window on January 31, Leeds will enter a pocket of seven games which is fated to define their chances. All seven of those opponents are in the Championship’s top half and five are currently inside the Championship’s top six, including leaders Wolves. Leeds were in a position of strength in late December but the events of this month and the setbacks hampering Christiansen made the case for signing reinforcements. Christiansen was initially coy about transfers but spoke more openly about the need for recruits last week, with Saiz’s ban for spitting at the front of his mind.?Good article by Phil Hay here. a lot of Orta’s signings have been abysmal. Grot looks more like a boxer than a striker and couldn’t trap a bag of spuds. I’m not going to even mention the big German whose hold up play is like an 8 year old Rock Celtic player and both of our keepers between them couldn’t catch a ball from a corner kick. Let’s hope our new left back is better. Ayling always made two mistakes per game so Berardi is a natural fit for right full. We know Saiz is talented, but the player we miss is most Vieira. If he can add goals to his game he will be some player. A striker is needed badly and we could have done worse than nabbed Camerone Jerome for £1.5M in this window. We missed an opportunity for the play offs last season which was careless. Two season in a row would be unforgivable.


Toby – Fair play to all at Leeds and Saiz for giving two of his week’s wages to this worthy cause



The Captain and the Kid

Weds 17th of Jan Fantastic achievement Leeds raise £200,000 for five-year-old fan Toby Nye’s cancer treatment in heartwarming gestureLeeds have raised a massive £200,000 in aid of a five-year-old supporterToby Nye is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which spreads. The club achieved their target with Samuel Saiz donating the final £25,000. Leeds have reached their fund-raising target of £200,000 for young fan Toby Nye’s cancer treatment, the club have announced. Toby, five, is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which spreads rapidly across the body, and Leeds launched their One Day for Toby campaign in October. All the club’s players and staff donated a day’s salary and the final £25,000 has been pledged by midfielder Samuel Saiz RIP Eric Carlile (Secretary, Legend, Supporter, Friend)


Eric the last time we were all in the Moorhouse

It is with profound sadness that we learn of?Eric’s passing. Although 89 years young, one almost felt that he drank from that eternal?fountain of Mark Dorian and Friendsyouth (Sovereign Bitter maybe). Eric?it seems was?almost always among us and travelled to Dundalk quite a few times. He knew our kids names, helped out out with tickets, and although his body became frail in the last 18 months or so, he?could more than hold his own at the bar. A gentleman from top to toe. It was never a chore heading out to the Moorhouse at 8:30 PM on the eve of a match, always a pleasure to spend time in the man’s company. He had a word for everyone,?with that glint in the eye and always a good story. ?When one of our lads was in bad form after a hiding at home that day, Eric’s thoughtful retort was ‘remember there is always another game next week and this one will soon be forgotten’. He really was a class act. Bremner rightly has his statue. The Don has one also. If ever a man deserved to be honoured for a life devoted to Leeds United it is Eric Carlile. Rest in peace dear friend. We all will miss you. From LUSC website ERic Carliile 1928-2018



It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we have to inform you of the death of our Life Vice President, Eric Carlile.Eric passed away peacefully this afternoon on the 12th January at the age of 89.? He served the Supporters Club for 50 years as secretary before he retired in 2008 when he was made a vice president. Eric made many friends over the years both in England and abroad and was well known by Branch officials throughout the country.? He loved his job as LUSC Secretary and enjoyed his involvement with Leeds United.? Eric was elected to represent the Supporters Club, as a council member, on the board of directors at Leeds United in November 1985 and held his position until the end of the 1994/5 season.? In this role he made many friends at other clubs whilst attending? first team and Central League games.?Eric will be sadly missed by us all and our condolences go to his family. Sat Jan 13th 2018 Ipswich Town 1-0 Leeds Report – Phil Hay Leeds United: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Anita (Lasogga 78), Phillips, O’Kane, Cibicki (Sacko 28), Hernandez, Alioski (Shaughnessy 46), Roofe. Subs: Lonergan, Dallas, Klich, Grot. Referee: Robert Jones Attendance: 18,638 Leeds United paid for Eunan O’Kane’sfirst-half red card as a Bersant Celina goal condemned them to a harsh defeat at Portman Road. Celina curled home a sweet finish from 25 yards to break Leeds’ resistance on 68 minutes after United lost O’Kane to an off-the-ball dismissal seven minutes before half-time. The Republic of Ireland international was sent off in the 37th minute for a clash with Jonas Knudsen, appearing to headbutt the centre-back after the ball ran out of play at Ipswich’s end of the field The dismissal came at a time when Leeds were dominating possession and threatening to open the scoring, leaving Thomas Christiansen’s side to fend with 10 men for an hour. Ipswich struck the same post twice late in the first half but Leeds fought bravely after the interval until Celina came up with a fine strike to break the deadlock and a late onslaught from United failed to force an equaliser. Ipswich’s high line gave Leeds an invitation to play in behind their defence from the outset and Pawel Cibicki should have drawn first blood on 20 minutes when Pablo Hernandez left Myles Kenlock standing with a clever touch on the right wing. CRUCIAL MOMENT: Leeds United’s Eunan O’Kane is sent off. Picture: Simon Hulme The midfielder laid the ball off nicely to CIbicki who mishit a finish and wafted the ball wide with Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken badly exposed. Ipswich’s first chance of note came soon after as David McGoldrick lobbed a cross to the far post and Joe Garner drove a volley narrowly wide but the hosts rarely looked like forcing an opener before the red card. Leeds suffered a blow shortly before the half-hour when Cibicki – recalled to the starting line-up as Saiz started his six-match suspension – pulled up injured and was replaced by Hadi Sacko but Kemar Roofe was denied on 33 minutes when he burst clear and cut inside Knudsen before seeing a shot blocked by Luke Chambers. O’Kane, however, halted Leeds’ momentum by clashing with Knudsen and Ipswich twice hit the woodwork before the break with Martyn Waghorn driving a corner against the near post and Celina rattling the frame of Felix Wiedwald’s goal in injury-time. Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen arrives at Portman Road. Leeds tried to push forward after the break, despite Roofe sitting in an isolated position up front, but Ipswich came close again on 51 minutes with a shot from Callum Connolly which Wiedwald parried at full stretch. The German, though, could do nothing to stop Celina’s effort when the Kosovan broke away after Kalvin Phillips lost his footing and curled a perfect strike beyond the reach of United’s keeper. Leeds had a glorious opportunity to snatch a point nine minutes from the end when Hernandez laid on a gift of a cross for Liam Cooper but Cooper skied the ball over an empty goal and Hernandez saw a 20-yard effort fly inches over as Christiansen’s fight fought desperately for a point. The game slipped away, however, after Gerken dived to reach an injury-time bullet from substitute Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Ipswich Town: Gerken, Iorfa, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock, Skuse (Hyam 76), Connolly, McGoldrick, Waghorn, Celina, Garner. Subs: Crowe, Sears, Drinan, Bru, McDonnell, Smith. Three points dropped against a poor side all because of stupidity by O’Kane. Even with ten men we had enough chances to grab a draw. Cooper’s miss from under the bar was easier to score and Cibicki clean through (one on one) has to score…simple as. Poor, poor and more poor. Time to splash the cash Radrizanni and I worry more and more about TC and his substitutions. As for O’Kane what an idiot.?Can rot in Reserves for the rest of the season.?He let us all down badly.


De Bock United’s new left back

Thursday 11th of January De Bock wants trophies – YEP NEW WHITES left back Laurens De Bock set his sights on winning further sliverware at Leeds United after leaving Club Brugge to join the Whites on a four-and-a-half year deal. Former Belgium youth international De Bock has joined Leeds for a fee in the region of £1.5m following five successful years with Brugge who are currently top of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. De Bock helped Brugge win the title in 2016 with the defender’s side also lifting the Belgian Super cup the same year, one season after winning the Belgian Cup. The 25-year-old could now make his United debut in Saturday’s Championship clash at Ipswich Town and the defender is hoping that further silverware can follow at Leeds. De Bock told LUTV: “I won two cups in Belgium and the league title with Club Brugge for the first time in 11 years. “It was a big thing to win and I hope to win a lot here as well. “I’m very happy to be here and it feels like the next step in my career.” United further bolstered their ranks yesterday afternoon when announcing that forward Oliver Sarkic had turned his half-season loan from Benfica into a permanent deal. Sarkic has been a regular for United’s under-23s this term and the Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a Tues 11th of January Benfica B striker arrives LEEDS UNITED have signed forward Oliver Sarkic from Benfica with the Whites turning the 20-year-old’s half-season loan into a permanent deal. Sarkic has been a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s so far this term and scored a penalty before setting up a goal for Romario Vieira in Thursday afternoon’s 4-3 win against Hull City at Thorp Arch. The Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a further year.further year. Whilst I don’t expect us to be shopping in Marks and Spencers. Surely we can do better than Benfica B players in Lidl. We haven’t replaced Chris Wood and this guy won’t be filling that void any time soon.


New signing Laurence De Bock will walk straight into the No 12 shirt at left back with Berardi moving to right back

Jan 11th. De Bock can’t wait to get started at ‘beautiful’ Leeds United? Laurens De Bock said he had joined a “beautiful club” with “beautiful fans” after Leeds United confirmed the arrival of the defender from Club Brugge on a four-and-a half-year deal. De Bock was confirmed as United’s third signing of the January transfer window this morning with the 25-year-old moving to the Whites for an undisclosed fee in the region of £1.5m. Laurens De Bock battles for the ball with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former Belgium under-21s ace will wear the no 12 shirt at United and the defender could make his Whites debut in Saturday’s Championship clash at Ipswich Town. De Bock has been called up to the senior Belgium squad on several occasions though the new Whites recruit is still awaiting his first cap. “I am very happy to be here and it feels like the next step in my career,” De Bock told LUTV. I’m looking forward to playing for this beautiful club with the beautiful fans with the stadium and the atmosphere and everything. I’m looking forward to playing for this beautiful club with the beautiful fans with the stadium and the atmosphere and everything. Laurens De Bock “I’m really looking forward to it.” The defender also revealed that United were highly recommended to him by former players to have featured in England. “I have heard a lot about Leeds United,” he added. “To every player who played in England I asked a few questions and everybody said the same – that it’s a beautiful club. “I also know when I was younger they were playing in the Premier League and everybody has the same beautiful words about Leeds.”?