4-0 down after 37 minutes and game over tonight against Brighton. Even better was the fact the match was televised for all to see how much of a crisis we are truly in.
Luckily, I wasn't home to watch the first half. Even luckier for my laptop screen, which would have been smashed into tiny pieces most likely. I did however listen to BBC Radio Leeds in the car and the way that both Noel Whelan and Adam Pope spoke about the sides performance at the Amex spoke volumes.
I don't think it's a case that Evans has lost his dressing room, from what I'm told he's never had it. There's factions of players that really want the Scotsman out and who can blame them?!
I can't solely put the blame on Evans, although I detest the man with all my being and know that in no way is he fit to run a club of our stature. The fact is, we really don't have any stature to brag about and we haven't had for some time.
I am however bewildered by Evans selection for the match. Starting Wootton in favour of moving Lewie Coyle out of position and keeping a newly fit Gaetano Berardi sums it all up.
The choice of Coyle on the right wing could have been a master stroke, but it wasn't. Leaving the likes of Carayol on the bench and starting four central midfielder's on the pitch with two out of position really shows how clueless Evans truly is. Really f****** clueless if you ask me.
Leeds are lacking goals and a lot of them to be frank. Antenucci can't be arsed, Doukara can't play there successfully without support, Erwin's not good enough and yet Evans still overlooks the recent form of young forward Eoghan Stokes, who scored his 5th goal in four appearances. There's nothing to play for Evans, why not give him the opportunity?
From what I've heard, the players had given up at 2-0 and I never saw the lads really give it a go, they just seemed to boot the ball up-field to allow for the pressure to subside. I'm not sure if some of the players just don't care any more. They've got nothing to play for and the men in charge are rather too hapless to understand their mistakes or the others are certifiably insane. Would you really want to join the club right now? Or even stay?
The only genuine reason I think that Evans is keeping his job is the fact that Cellino knows that fans may genuinely hate Evans more than himself. It may sound ludicrous but take a second to look at the sheer insolence the egomaniac has.
We're nine points away from relegation and as much as people seem adamant that we've no chance of the drop, stranger things have happened. If we can't pick up a win against Bolton at Elland Road, we're in serious bother. We have to remember that the man in charge of us only scraped survival by the skin of his teeth last season.
4-0 away to Brighton is the worst result in two seasons and if I'm honest, nothing's changed. We've a below par side with some gems hidden between some tragic players. We're dwindling in lower mid-table obscurity and we will be for some time without some drastic changes, both on and off the pitch.
I'm sick of writing the same story about Leeds, but it won't change until Cellino is out of the club and we're stable on all fronts. If I could fast forward to pre-season right now I don't think I would think twice about it, because it's not going to get any easier.
As I'm editing this, Phil Hay has tweeted that no-one from the Leeds camp will be speaking to the press. Maybe it's finally got into their heads that they aren't good enough, they should lock themselves away for a few days and think about what that shirt means to them and if they still feel the same, happily f*** off away from our club.
By Ryan Ingham
Watford v Leeds FA Cup Round 5
The magic of the FA Cup was fully in flow in the fifth round at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford FC.
Steve Evans made one change to the team that drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough on Monday, Sol Bamba came in for Liam Cooper who was injured. Mustapha Carayol was also absent from the eighteen due to injury, forgotten man Jordan Botaka getting his place on the substitute bench.
Leeds went out of the FA Cup thanks to a calamitous own goal by Scott Wootton, same old story. We were toothless in attack and when you've a player who has limitations in the position he plays in your defence, other teams will always get a chance, Why Evans defends him so much I'll never know.
Steve Evans was in a more benevolent mood when talking about the opposition manager Flores; "I think his teams play some fantastic football" and added he would make a "fantastic addition to the Premier League".
Actress Michelle Keegan, a star of Coronation Street had her Twitter account 'hacked' as a rogue tweet went out in support of #TimeToGoMassimo. Whether it was true she wrote it or not, it certainly got people's attention.
The sixth round draw was made, we weren't in it.
Birmingham City vs Leeds is rescheduled for Tuesday April 12th with a kick off time of 19:45. The original game was cancelled due to the FA Cup tie at Watford.
Confirmation that Guiseppi Bellusci will be banned for two games for picking up ten yellow cards, he misses Fulham at home and Brighton away.
Matt Smith is looking forward to a return journey back to his ex club, he Tweeted; 'Leeds bound. Looking forward to a return to Elland Road tomorrow night. Some great memories there!'
Leeds drew 2-2 with Huddersfield Town in an under 21 game, Eoghan Stokes getting both goals for Leeds. The side included Gaetano Berardi and trialist William Vouama, he's a 19-year old winger who plays for Parisien semi pro side Viry-Chatillon.
Steve Evans made himself quite the villain during his post-match press conference on Saturday, following the defeat to Watford in the FA Cup 5th round.
During the press interviews, Evans decided to go all out on why young winger Jordan Botaka was included in the matchday squad. Evans has previously gone on record of his criticism of the Congolese attacker, citing that he does not think the player has put in enough effort to warrant a first team place.
Evans didn't seem to give any support to Botaka as he stated the only reason Jordan was in the team was because 'he had no-one else'.
Although this may be his own opinion, the fact that he can openly speak about the issues with Botaka's squad status is downright unprofessional. No manager should be allowed to speak about one of his players in that way.
The fact that he has decided to speak openly about this issue isn't the worst of it all though. The real fact is that Evans is simply not giving the winger any sort of chance, even after his impressive performances for the Development squad.
The 22-year old winger has recently put out stellar performances in the Under21 games against Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City, scoring in the later. In my opinion, if a player is starting to prove his worth in the reserves, then you should be seeing what he can do in the first team, especially with the lack of goals and the sheer lack of interest from players like Mirco Antenucci.
When Evans states that Botaka 'hasn't opened doors' he seems to forget that the game before he started his role Jordan was Man of the Match against Brighton. In Evans second game in charge against Charlton, the winger came on and produced some fantastic skill before putting the ball on a plate for Tom Adeyemi, who sliced it horrifically wide.
As for the fact that the wide man never tracks back, I urge you to watch this video and make your own mind up.
While other players shuffle back, Botaka sprints 70 yards to win back the ball. Another issue is apparently his lack of end product, our midfield has only contributed 9 assists this season in the league. With Cook Mowatt, Taylor and Doukara only having 5 between them.
Botaka has constantly gone on record stating how desperate he is for a chance at Leeds and how much he is committed to the cause and yet Evans is still playing Doukara out of position and Antenucci even though the Italian begged for a move away from Elland Road. Let's not forget he a self his country to let him stay at Elland Road to focus on his Leeds career.
This isn't an isolated case for Evans either, his constant approval of the calamitous Scott Wootton proves that he is picking favourites over giving chances to players who could really change the game for Lufc, like impressive youngster Lewie Coyle.
Speaking to someone who is close to the club, he informed me of how Evans had changed training this week and allowed players more freedom on the ball. Botaka was said to be a stand-out player along with others who adapted to this really well.
I know that Jordan hasn't set the world alight when he has been on the pitch, but his abilities and position are something that Leeds really need to start utilising. When he has had a chance, he has proved that his skill and pace can be a real asset, forcing opposition players to really get at him and double mark the player. The space this creates for other players like Cook, Doukara and Dallas could be phenomenal and actually get more chances for goals.
I'm not saying that Botaka should start every game, or that his '5* skill rating' means he's our best player. I'm saying that our season is over and we need to focus on who can come in and make a difference for next season, players like Coyle, Botaka and Phillips really need game time to see if they can cut it and lambasting them t the press and keeping them out of the squad is just sheer incompetence.
And to Mr Evans, if you've got an opinion about a player or don't think he's up to scratch, speak to the player about it and fuck off to the pie stand after. Loud mouth Scottish prick!
By Ryan Ingham
Steve Parkin, who was linked with the purchase of Leeds United a couple of months ago has no sponsored the East Stand at Elland Road. This is how it will look.
His position seems to have changed, as only recently he commented in the Telegraph; "I’m not into having my mugshot over the papers. I’ve got four young children.
He then added; "That scares me about it. At the moment I wouldn’t do it because I haven’t got time." Mr Parkin has been a regular visitor in the directors box alongside Massimo Cellino at recent games, he was at Blackburn on Saturday.
Parkin told the club’s official website: “As a lifelong Leeds fan I’m delighted to have the business I’ve built over the past two decades and now become a sponsor of the club.”
Welcome aboard Steve.
Forgotten winger Jordan Botaka, quite a favourite with some upon his arrival but recently out of the picture has been given a bit of encouragement by Evans, he said; “We’ve looked at Jordan, who I was critical of before, and he’s suddenly producing performances on the training ground. They’re making me say we have a player here."
Man of the moment Mirco Antenucci had a bit of bad news after a week in which he could do little wrong, his Range Rover was reported to be have been found 'in flames'. The alert was raised by his neighbours who called the local fire brigade, local police are looking into the incident.
Sol Bamba poured a little cold water on the prospects of achieving a top six place after the recent run of three victories, Bamba said; "Its difficult. In Leeds, one week your talking about going up. One week your talking about going down. I just think we need to win as many games as possible and see where that takes us."
In a behind doors friendly Leeds lost 3-2 to Peterborough United. Chris Wood played sixty minutes and scored, Kalvin Phillips got the other Leeds goal.
Here's a few photographs from previous games with the small dogs recently.
Let's hope for a big win on Saturday. COME ON LEEDS!
Steve Evans reiterated his desire to 'blood' youngsters and give squad players opportunities in what games are left in the season. With the wage budget due to be looked at in the summer there can't be any players in the squad that quite simply don't feature in the club's future. So the likes of Botaka, Sloth, Erwin and a few others will have to show they have enough to be in the Head Coach's plans for 2016/17.
The rumour that never seems to stop is the one involving Kyle Lafferty of Norwich City, he hopes that Leeds rekindle their interest before the loan window closes for this season. The Northern Ireland international striker is desperate to get 'game time' before the end of the current season because his place in the national sides trip to the Euro's in France may be affected without any.
The resurgent 'Ant and Douk' partnership currently doing the 'business' and Chris Wood's return from injury makes a move to West Yorkshire extremely unlikely though.
Through it all Together spoke to Huddersfield Town fan Sean about this weekends fixture at Elland Road on Saturday. Here's a link to the interview:
Many Thanks to Through it all Together for the link. M O T
Lewis Cook has been called into the England under19 squad that will play in Spain at the back end of March, England will play Greece, Georgia and Spain. The team winning the group will play in the finals in Germany. Cook said; "It’s always good representing your country – you can never say no to that."
Stuart Dallas has also been called up for the Northern Ireland full international squad for the friendly games with Wales and Slovenia. Robbie McDaid, who is on loan at Lincoln City is in the under twenty one squad to play Scotland next week.
Fifty five years ago the late and great Don Revie walked through the doors at Elland Road to begin the dynasty that was to become one of the most famous teams of this era. Thank you Don, you built something that even in the darkest days the fans still follow it wherever it goes.
'Marching on Together'
Leeds United's threat of legal action prompted the removal of the 'Cellino Out' poster outside the East Stand. It's comforting to know that although the club remains stuck in mild table, the lawyers that have been employed since the Italian arrived have made enough money from the club to keep the wolf from the door.
Just shows mind you that their actions provided more coverage of the placard because of the club's reaction, ignoring it I guess was never a option.
Neil Warnock took the Rotherham United job, whatever happened to the comment that "Leeds is my last job". Once a ARSE always one I suppose.
Youngster and probably the longest name ever to go on a Leeds United goalkeepers shirt Bailey Peacock-Farrell is going to be offered a new contract to ward off interest from other teams. The impressive youngster, although yet to start a Championship game is nearing the end of his current one year deal.
No game for Leeds due to it being moved by Sky, it is hoped that the hundreds of Scandinavians and Irish fans find something to do in Leeds as they had pre-booked travel and accommodation before the fixture was rearranged.
It is scandalous that fans like these are not considered when fixture changes are made, some of the fans will have an extended stay so they can see the game.
Billy Paynter scored a goal for Hartlepool United in their 2-1 victory over Yeovil, you know the man who couldn't hit a cows backside with a banjo when he played for Leeds?
Not much love in the air on Valentine's Day when it comes to relations between a section of fans, the FL and Cellino.
The organisers of the 'poster' may well show their disenchantment of the Italians regime with some kind of protest at the televised game versus Middlesborough on Monday. This story I feel has a long way to go.
Massimo Cellino is allegedly suing the Football League over the TV rights that bring in over £100 million to League. The Italian would like a bigger say in negotiating Leeds' 'piece of the cake'. It has to be said that he has a point considering the amount of times the club is broadcasted by Sky so far this season, the next being Middlesborough tomorrow evening The club later denied this in a press statement.
It was widely mentioned in the media that Leeds were forced to play the said game (Boro) due to a legal injunction to make sure that Sky were allowed to televise the fixture on the date that was rearranged for, there was no confirmation from the FL that this was the case. The lack of information forthcoming from them about the club is strange.
Leeds v Middlesborough
Head Coach Steve Evans kept the same eleven that started last time out versus a team we usually do well against at Elland Road. The sign projected on the East Stand showed that the protests against Cellino are far from over.
Leeds were impressive in the first half and were unlucky not to be ahead at the break, De Leat's goal bound effort nearly giving the lead to the home side.
The second half brought chances for both teams, Rhodes and Stuani missing for Boro whilst Doukara was denied by two splendid saves by Dimi.
The difference between the Forest game and this was remarkable and if Leeds had a little luck they would have won.
For me 'Dave' had a impressive game in front of the back four and Doukara was a constant danger up front.
Much better Leeds!
It was revealed post game that Leeds declined a compromise offer from the FL to play the game at Saturday lunchtime, the offer was made before the meeting held last week. A response from Cellino needs to be forthcoming but it probably won't!
More details of the FL meeting last Thursday emerged via Phil Hay at the YEP, in the leaked memo was the information that Leeds knew about the fixture change on December 10th and the offer to change it to a Saturday lunch kickoff was rejected.
This forced the FL to get a temporary injunction against the club because if Sky weren't given the right to televise the game, they had grounds to terminate the lucrative £100million contract.
Leeds bid to curtain the TV deal collectively was stopped on January 28th. Although Cellino and Leeds may have a point due to the sheer number of times the club are on Sky. The way the broadcasters go about doing it smacks of a total amateurism or a spoilt child not getting his own way.
Evans was very happy how the team performed in his post match interview and rightly said 'the best save of the season' kept Leeds from claiming a win. Dimi took many plaudits for his display, but Leeds midfielder Toumani Diagouraga was named Sky's man of the match.
Neil Redfearn's radio interview will have done nothing to boost the popularity of Cellino, his interfering in team lineups and players being dropped are though no surprise, to me anyway. Well done Redders for being so honest about your time at the club, we still miss you.
Steve Evans indicated that from the outset of his Leeds tenure he never thought promotion was an achievable goal, but forgot to mention that around the transfer window though didn't he?
Neil Redfearn claimed that four players were contacted before he was unceremoniously sacked as Head Coach; Joey Barton, Jason Shackell, Matt Phillips and Charlie Adams were said to be interested in joining Leeds before Cellino decided against continuing with the services of the popular former Academy boss.
Lewis Coyle may be in line for a starting place on Saturday after impressing in some of the Development Squad fixtures and in the third round vs Rotherham United.
Joey Barton tried to clear up some confusion that a radio interview brought to the masses attention. Although he said he would have been interested in joining Leeds if the situation off the field was less chaotic, he or any of the people connected to him were not contacted about a move to Leeds. Confused? we usually are.
A shop in the vicinity of the Theatre of eternal hope has been denied a twenty four hour licence to sell alcoholic beverages, I know injury time can lengthen games but this is ridiculous!
Evans seemed very upbeat when talking of Leeds' chances of causing a cup upset at Watford in his weekly press conference staring; "it's a tie we can win" adding that Leeds would have to play and defend exceptionally.
Peter Lorimer's comments in his weekly column did little to placate the theories that his nose and tongue are stuck up whoever is in charge of the club's backside.
It's a shame he's given the opportunity to be such a 'brown nose' so regularly and that his legacy as a great player is now tarnished due to comments such as these.
By Keith Ingham
Ahead of tomorrow's eagerly anticipated clash with Aston Villa in which we are rolling back the years, I got the chance to speak to a Yorkshire Villain Dave, who's part of the Yorkshire Lions supporters group.
How long have you been a Villa fan?
I’ve been a Villa fan for as long as I can remember. I grew up 18 miles away from Villa Park and my parents weren’t really into football. I had my first Villa football kit bought for me as a 6 year old. I chose Villa (or was I chosen by Villa?) as I “liked their colours” when Central Goals Extra (similar to Calendar News) used to be on TV with the goals from Saturday’s games. Simple things. From then on, every year after that, my birthday present was always a Villa kit!
The first game I went to was against Athletic Bilbao in the then named UEFA Cup. I was 14 years old. The stand out thing that I remember from the game is when my mum and dad sent me off on the train to Birmingham and they gave me £20 to buy a Villa scarf. When I got into Birmingham, I found a scarf seller and I bought the best scarf I could find. When I boarded the train from New Street to Witton Park, it was rammed with Bilbao fans. When we got off the train, a Bilbao fan asked to swap scarves. As a 14yo, I was too afraid to say no. The Bilbao scarf was home knitted, smelt stale and had holes in. That scarf stayed pinned on my bedroom wall until I moved out as a 19yo.
Who is your favourite player this season and in your history?
Favourite player this season is a hard one, the squad is so refreshing from what we've had in previous seasons. If I had to pick one, it'd probably be Albert Adomah. He was a bit of a 'meh' signing at the time but his direct approach and infectious smile and laugh is making him a real fan favourite for me. Shout out to Kodjia, Grealish & Amavi too!
As for my favourite player ever? Easy. Ian Taylor. Scored a goal, box to box midfielder, and he always appreciated every minute playing out his childhood dream. Awesome player and so underrated.
It'll be a quick journey for you on Saturday, planning for a pint beforehand?
It sure will be! I live near Kippax so it will be a quick trip into town and having a few beers before the game with the rest of the Yorkshire Lions. We have 150ish full Yorkshire Lions members in the region and about 40 are off to the game.
I've a lot of Leeds fans who are good mates so I'll be meeting up with them after the game. I've lived in Leeds for approaching 15 years now so I have a respect and liking for Leeds. However, when I meet back up in town after with my Leeds mates, I hope I'm the one gloating!
Any memorable moments against Leeds?
My favourite game I've ever been to was the FA Cup 5th Round game against Leeds in 2000.
The game ebbed and flowed with Leeds taking the lead twice. However a Carbone hattrick including an outrageous 35 yard goal against one of the best goal keepers ever in Nigel Martyn and an unbelievable performance from Merson remains my all time favourite game ever as Villa won 3-2.
What's your opinion on former Leeds striker Ross McCormack?
So far, and it's still early days, but he's been the biggest let down of all of our signings. He's obviously a good player but he is overweight and doesn't seem up-to-speed. For a professional footballer, that's shocking. I hope he comes good but the problem is I don't see him fitting into our system. Shame really.
You’re on a blistering run under Steve Bruce, do you think he's made a difference?
I don't admit this very often but...I was wrong about him. I didn't think Bruce was right for us but the atmosphere around the club has transformed since he walked into Villa Park.
We're playing good football at the moment and we are starting to play with a self belief and arrogance that I haven't seen in a Villa team for a long time. Leeds will be a tough test for us but you couldn't be playing us at a worse vtime from your perspective. The same is true though for us as Leeds are bang in form too!
Do you think you'll make the playoffs?
I'd be astounded if we didn't to be honest given the squad we have which now has confidence added into the mix. This squad is the best we've had in probably 3 or 4 years. It's just ironic that we had to get relegated to get rid of the poison from within Villa Park. We've spent approx. £60m in the summer and we'll probably spend again in January too.
I haven't given up hope of a run at automatic promotion but then I am probably being both blinkered and biased!
Your first season in the Championship, what is your opinion of England's second tier?
It's rekindled my passion for football and I've loved every minute. Has there ever been a worse Premier League than this season? Bournemouth, Burnley, Hull, West Brom, Swansea, Palace, Watford, Leicester! Absolutely naff clubs. The Premiership will be so much better when the likes of Villa, Newcastle, Leeds & Sheff Wednesday are all back where clubs of their standing in English football deserve to be!
Who would you like to see join your club in January?
A top notch central midfielder and a right back. As for names, Lewis Cook maybe ;)
Who will be your main threat on Saturday?
Our attacking quartet of Kodjia, Ayew, Adomah and Grealish are as good as anything in the league. They are dynamic and will cause every team problems. Kodjia has just received the player of the month award too for November.
Prediction and scorers?
We'll score but we concede goals too, even under Steve Bruce. I expect an entertaining end to end game. Villa 3-1.
We'd like to thank Dave for answering our questions and I hope that he's ready for a battle at Elland Road (I also hope his Leeds friends have a commiserations pint ready for him at FT).
If you're a Villa fan in gods own country, make sure to check out the Yorkshire Lions on twitter @yorkshireAVFC or go on the link below to see their facebook and speak to Dave or the Chairman Andy.
In a new feature Head of Content Keith Ingham logs the past week for Leeds United
Sol Bamba insisted that he was happy at Leeds even after several teams had enquired about him during the January transfer window. He did however say this; "When you see other teams, the players they bring in, they’re getting stronger. When you look at ourselves, we haven’t done much.". Pretty much what the fans have been saying on social media, Mr Cellino and Mr Evans are you listening?
Watford vs Leeds confirmed for Saturday 20th February at 3pm, So it looks like the BBC and BT Sport have decided against a live TV showing of our next FA Cup tie, Leeds will be backed by over 4,000 fans when the tie takes place.
Leeds v Nottingham Forest
Steve Evans made one change for the game vs Nottingham Forest, Liam Cooper replacing Sol Bamba.
The match... Leeds lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest with Oliveira getting the goal just on the hour mark. Nothing up front and slackness at the back were enough to give the visitors the three points. A very poor performance in front of nearly twenty five thousand fans.
Evans comments post match about Sol Bamba will not rest easy with the club's captain or with the fans, He said if Bamba had a problem with being left out of the side "thats his problem".
Surely these things should be kept 'in house'.
Quite a lot of 'fallout' from yesterday's game and a few irate Leeds fans arguing amongst 'the keyboard warriors' on social media. Nothing much from Elland Road in the way of comments. A very quiet day in Leedsville.
Super bowl 50 : Broncos 24 Panthers 14
Scott Wootton not for the first time, came under a certain amount of scrutiny. His last performance wasn't his worse in my view, but he is still a centre back playing out of position at right back. Yet Mr Evans likes him there and incoherently he knows best.
The Leeds United academy is rated second in producing players that progress to the first team, the top team wasn't stated as only the parent club get the statistics. Paul Hart commented;
“It shows that we continue to produce young players and we’re determined to build on that legacy,” Hart said. “If you took a 10-year view it would still definitely stand up. If you took a 20-year view it would be massive. “If you took a 60-year view, Right back to the days of Lorimer, Gray, Hunter, Cooper, Madeley, Reaney and all those great players – the club’s Academy system would still be at the top.
“It continues to be a huge part of this football club and it really is something to be proud of. What separates the Leeds United Academy from many of our rivals is that we actually put people in the first team". Wise words indeed.
Mirco Antenucci's wife indicated that she would still like to leave England and return to home. She has recently presented the striker with his second child and would like them to grow up back in Italy. It is to be seen if the striker is offered a extension of his contract or allowed to leave.
Gaetano Berardi will hopefully return to training this week after being out since December, hopefully his return may give another option at right back for Steve Evans.
Ex-Leeds United legend Andrew Hughes left Rotherham United by 'mutual agreement' after yesterday's announcement of the sacking of Neil Redfearn. Paul Clement was also removed from his post at Derby County the same day.
New signing 'Dave' has so far failed in his attempts to find a suitable property, in his latest attempt the landlord refused him permission to look around a house because "he didn't want footballers in it".
Evans had words of encouragement for Lewis Cook after the nineteen year old had a poor game against Forest, The Scotsman said; “He has to learn and he has to continue to get better. Sam Byram’s just gone to the Premier League and he’s 22. Cook’s got four years until he gets to that sort of age. We’ve got an 18-year-old going out there and being our big performer in a lot of Championship matches".
Massimo Cellino in a Italian interview first admitted in implementing the 'pie tax' because of the insults he received at the Blackburn Rovers home game, He then denied in a later statement and claimed he was joking in the previous interview. I just wish he'd think before he spoke to journalists, but that's never been his mojo.
Leeds is one of the most expensive places to watch Championship football with only three clubs charging more for season tickets and match day tickets being 14% higher than the league average. In all it proves that football is a very expensive activity. In the Premiership, after Liverpool fans walked out of the game versus Sunderland revently because of the proposed increase in ticket prices (£77) for some games, the owners backed down and their will be a freeze in ticket prices and tickets available for only £9 for some games.
Fan power can work !.
Because of yesterday's about turn by the owners of Liverpool FC, certain blog sites called for a 'call to arms' from Leeds fans to at least get the attention of Massimo Cellino. I think it's fair to say that many of our long suffering fans, myself included have had enough of the egocentric Italians antics and broken promises. Remember Huddersfield Town at Elland Road a couple of years ago? He certainly got that message loud and clear, but most importantly it made a difference.
As if by magic the poster to the left arrived outside the East Stand today, It was paid for by a group that is opposed to Cellino. When asked by Adam Pope about if it's time to go, the Italian said to him "I agree". Whether the response was 'tongue in cheek' we shall see.
In a later twist to the story, Leeds United contacted the advertiser that had let it's space be used and asked for it to be removed, citing that it was 'harassment' of the club's owner. They threatened legal action if it was not revealed who placed the advertisement. I've said it before but you really couldn't make this up.
Steve Evans assistant Paul Raynor asked fans to stick behind the team and not to copy Liverpool's fans in leaving the game en mass, He stressed the importance of them during games. He considers the detractors would be won over if the team went on a winning run and stated; "We’re working very hard to turn it around and I believe we will".
By Keith Ingham