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'
Simply the Best
A link to Richard Sutcliffe's excellent article about Don Revie in today's Yorkshire Post.
Steve Evans presser
'The 'smile' factor was evident at training this week, a happier place, Wood and Cooper fit for Huddersfield, only Turnbull absent. Lucky to be ahead at the break in the last game vs Town, concentrating on our results not others, SE on loans: "I'd be doing the boys here a disservice if I didn't look inwardly 1st. I've the strongest bench on Sat I've had.", Botaka and Phillips will get chances he reiterated, over 28,000 expected in Elland Road on Saturday, play eight games in twenty eight days after the international break.
The man in the 'Jacamo' style polo shirt looks a lot happier for the second week running.
Appearing on the M621 another protest against the owner Massimo Cellino. The billboard is owned by City Ads Yorkshire who'd previously put up a poster outside the East Stand. They removed it after pressure was forthcoming from the club. The advertisement was paid for by the group who want the Italian to sell up and leave.
If you’d have told most Leeds United fans that we would be facing our nearest, but not so dearest near neighbours Huddersfield Town on the back of a three-win run, they may have advised you may have needed psychological help, but remember this is Leeds we’re talking about.
Leeds’ recent record at Elland Road against Town is impressive, a never-to-be-forgotten 5-1 victory the day Brian McDermott was sacked then reinstated the Monday after. The last season Leeds staged one of their best performances of the season in a empathic 3-0 win.
The biggest problem Steve Evans has is over confidence, Leeds without doubt have their ‘tails up’ but before Huddersfield lost to leaders Burnley and were playing good football, or so their fans I know have been saying to me.
He (Evans) will have to decide if to split up the ‘Ant and Douk’ partnership up and restore Chris Wood to the frontline, I wouldn’t.
Another player for me has also had a massive impact on the upturn of fortunes – Gaetano Berardi. His return to the defence makes it look more solid.
It looks like a 30,000 crowd will witness another hard fought game, I’m very hopeful of a fourth win.
Prediction: Leeds United 2 Huddersfield Town 1.
A pretty busy time in Leedsville and the 'feel good' factor seems to be back within the whole club, hopefully it will continue tomorrow, a higher league place is achievable if the improved performances continue.
M O T
By Keith Ingham