By Keith Ingham
On Monday Neil Warnock passed the 12 months mark of his tenure at Elland Road. It's not been the easiest year for either the manager or the long suffering Leeds United fans. There is a long list of reasons why this 'marriage' didn't work.
Firstly you cannot in all honesty wait from May until to December for a interested party to finally sign on the dotted line. This hampered him without doubt but it is not the only reason why it's been unsuccessful. His playing players out of position and a constant blame culture of everybody but him has 'ruffled' the feathers of the most ardent Leeds fan. He has hinted that the 'reasons' for his unsuccessful stint in Leeds 11 will come out in a book in June, heard this before see the David O'Leary book after the Bowyer and Woodgate trial.
I'm of the opinion that when we appointed a generally respected manager a lot of fans thought he might be the answer, but the same problem remained: Mr Bates. He has bought in players he has said were 'first choices' so the argument he wasn't backed at all holds not a lot of water even though it's known we missed out on a few of the top targets he wanted. He has treated some of the players with a lack of respect examples being Aidy White and Luciano Becchio, this could be another reason the teams performances were not as they should be under a manager who's been in the game long enough to know that some players need handling different to others.
We face a massive game versus Paul Ince's new club Blackpool and he's bound to get a warm welcome as he was associated with a certain club across the Pennines. With 8 points separating us and a Playoff place and 9 from the bottom three it's a 'must win' game because it's not worth even thinking about if we drop down the Championship.
So 12 months have gone and the 'Warnock experiment' for me has been a failure, simple as that.
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