Lewis Cook won Young Player of the Year in the Football League Awards 2016 gala in Manchester. He beat Moussa Dembele and Walsall’s Rico Henry to win the award, the last winner was Dele Alli.
A fantastic award for the midfielder and credit must go to the staff of the academy at Leeds United, including the recently departed Neil Redfearn and Lucy Ward. He is the future Leeds need to build around.
Well done Lewis!
To see what fans thought from Saturday's time to go Massimo march on Elland Road, click the link below.
Many Thanks to the Yorkshire Post.
Steve Evans presser:
If he is at the club there will be promotion challenge next season,
refusing to make much of Cellino's comments in Telegraph, claimed Cellino is "entitled to his opinion."
Indicated that he would not be aggrieved but disappointed if he was replaced as coach, he will have 'other options' if replaced but is planning for player recruitment at Leeds in the summer, illness still in the camp, Bamba and Adeyemi now fit and Bridcutt could feature versus Wolves tomorrow.
Jovial, if matter-of-fact Mr Evans.
Leeds Under 21 's drew 1-1 with Colchester in a game at Thorpe Arch. Jack McKay with the Leeds goal from the penalty spot, Colchester equalised late in the game.
Cellino may face an investigation of claims brought about by the Lucy Ward dismissal case, so it was reported this morning.
Nothing can be done until after June 10th when a decision on the financial side of her judgement will be decided.
FA rules states that for anyone 'engaging in discriminatory abuse' the sanction will be a mandatory minimum five match suspension in all cases – this sanction may be increased depending on the specific facts of any case.
An FA spokesman said of the Ward case; "We can confirm we have contacted Lucy's legal people to discuss looking into the case. An investigation will begin in due course."
Buy a season ticket and get up to 50% back if the club fails to reach the playoffs in 2016/17.
Surprisingly this is the offer made to season ticket holders today. If you renew by May 31st 2016 you would be entitled to a 25% refund of the season ticket price paid, this could rise to 50% if the amount of season tickets sold exceeds 15,000 by
The price for the 2016/17 season ticket also remains the same as 2015/16.
Hopefully ambition on the field and sense off it too.
Leeds v Wolves
Steve Evans made three changes to the side that beat Reading 3-2 on Saturday, in came Bamba, Coyne and Erwin for Bellusci, Dallas and Antenucci who dropped to the substitutes bench.
Leeds recorded their first 'double' of the season with a 2-1 win over Wolves at Elland Road.
Leeds went ahead with two goals in four second half minutes, the first a blockbuster from captain Sol Bamba and another from Diagouraga.
The visitors though got themselves back in the game through Saville and it took a marvellous save from Silvestri to make sure Leeds claimed the three points and their third win in seven days. Superb performances from Cooper, Bamba, Wood and Cook.
Maybe, just maybe a top ten could be achieved in the three games left to play.
Thought Leeds should have scored six or seven goals tonight, against a Wolves side he rates, lots of praise for Chris Wood from Evans and even more for Lewis Cook.
Said he'd asked his midfielders/defenders to take chances to shoot, on Cook; "He's exceptional. As an opposition manager I didn't like playing against him because I knew the problems he could cause." Evans says he sees "massive potential" at Leeds. "It genuinely takes seven or eight months to get to know (the club)."
He hasn't had further contact with Cellino yet; "I'll have employment next season but I 100 per cent want to be head coach at Leeds."
“I thought we started the game very well and the first 20 minutes was probably our best period.
"We should have been ahead but we didn’t get the goal and after that Leeds turned the tide and they had too many shots against us. It finished 2-1, and in the end I didn’t think we did enough to get anything out of the game."
The son of Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been suspended from all football and football-related activity for three games and fined.
Edoardo Cellino, a director of the Championship club since 2014, has been suspended until Leeds United have completed three first team matches in approved competitions.
He was fined £5,000 following a breach of FA Rules. It was alleged social comments made by Edoardo were abusive and/or insulting and an 'aggravated breach' of the regulations as they included a reference to disability.
The charge, which Cellino denied, was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday (18 April 2016).
As well as having to serve his suspension with immediate effect, Edoardo Cellino was also warned as to his future conduct and must complete an education course within four months.
Jon Howe's weekly article. Excellent as ever
Many Thanks to LEEDSLIVING and Jon Howe.
Steve Evans presser:
Distanced himself from the rumours of him being considered for the Celtic job, wants to get a new contract at Leeds and if it was offered another job wouldn't come into the reckoning for him, said Cellino was happy with Tuesday's 2-1 win over Wolves, under 21's striker would have been on the bench versus Wolves if Dallas wouldn't have been fit, Peacock-Farrell and Erwin remain in his thoughts, but after Hull.
Evans on the future: "This club needs stability. It's needed it for some time. It has an opportunity to have some stability now."
A very happy Head Coach.
Leeds United Supporters' Club issued a statement regarding Leeds United season ticket details for 2016/17.
"Leeds United Supporters' Club welcomes the season ticket package for 2016/17. It is appreciate that the costs of adult season tickets has been frozen, but we are particularly pleased regarding the packages for juniors. Last season offers were made for Under-11s in the Family Stand and it is great that this has been offered to other areas of the stadium.
"The 45% reduction for Under-16s should encourage families and help to get the 'missing' young fans, back to Elland Road. We see this as a good sign of intent to progress the football club. It is hoped that as many fans as possible take up the offer so that we have a full and buzzing football ground to help cheer the team to success."
The offer of a refund is a good gesture, but one that we all hope we will not require.
Always Leeds, Always Loyal.
A look back on the Leeds United career of Tony Currie.
Many thanks to sheridandictates.com
One of the proudest days of the Leeds United Academy calendar. The scholarship signing day took place at Elland Road on Friday, with 11 young players putting pen to paper on two-year scholarship contracts.
The following players all signed scholarship terms... Alex Wollerton, Alfie McAlmont, Bobby Kamwa, Callum Nicell, Jamie Shackleton, Liam Kitching, Matthew Keogh, Moise Kroma, Moses Abioye, Robbie Gotts and Samuel Amissah.
Hull City v Leeds
Two changes for the trip to the KC Stadium, Bridcutt and Dallas replace Coyle and the unlucky Luke Murphy, who has played very well in the last two games. Both drop to the bench.
McGregor, Doubajo, Maguire, Davies, Huddlestone, Robertson, Livermore, Snodgrass, Maloney, Akpom, Hernandez
Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Hayden, Clucas, Diomande, Diame, Elmohamady
Silvestri, Berardi, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor, Bridcutt, Diagouraga, Cook, Dallas, Erwin, Wood
Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Coyle, Wootton, Murphy, Phillips, Botaka, Antenucci
Hull started the brightest and soon had the back line of Leeds worried, but although they dominated early pressure it was Leeds who gained the upper hand with the first goal, Charlie Taylor's wonderful left wing cross going over Erwin but falling at the feet of Chris Wood who volleyed the ball past McGregor on fifteen minutes, it was the striker's twelfth goal of the season.
Leeds held this lead until stoppage time when Snodgrass played in Hernandez six yards out and he didn't miss, worse was to follow, Huddlestone beating Silvestri from distance. Two goals in two minutes giving Hull City the lead at the break.
The second half brought a change for Leeds, as Steve Evans brought on Jordan Botaka for Lee Erwin and within minutes Leeds had the opportunity to draw level, Charlie Taylor's run into the box crudely stopped by Odubjajo and a penalty was awarded. Unfortunately Chris Wood's poor penalty was saved by McGregor, Evans brought on Murphy for Diagouraga as they tried to get the equaliser. Berardi stopped a certain goal with a block before Snodgrass, playing against his old club fired a shot high over the bar.
On seventy five minutes, Berardi was carried off after a challenge by Livermore, it looked a bad injury that could end the Swiss player's season. Lewie Coyle replaced him at right back after the stoppage, some bottles were thrown at the injured Leeds player as he left the field. No place for that in football!
Hull came close to increasing their lead before substitute Jordan Botaka set off on a run and laid the ball back to Stuart Dallas, the Northern Ireland international fired past McGregor to give Leeds a deserved draw.
A happy pair of goal scorers
Post Match quotes:
Evans said he thought it was a "great game" and reckoned a draw was about right. No blame laid on Wood for the penalty.
Hull's goals were down to "suicidal" defensive mistakes. Felt Leeds were soaking up the pressure well before then.
On Botaka; two months ago he wasn't sure if he had much of a future here. Says he can now see him making a big impact, Evans and Cellino spoke at length yesterday, but not about his future. Said they've agreed that they'll speak about it when Cellino's ready, owner is also aware that other teams are interested in him (Evans)
Mike Phelan (Hull City assistant manger):
“It’s a feeling of disappointment. We controlled the game, even at 1-0 down, and we did well to come in at half time 2-1 up," he added “We were still on the front foot in the second half, but you know in the Championship that if you don’t take the chances when they come your way and if you don’t concentrate for the full game, you will pay the price."
“Our decision making in the final third wasn’t as good as it could have been and we paid the price in the last couple of minutes with a goal, so we’re disappointed with the result.
Phil Hay Tweeted:
"It's a bold shout for anyone to say they'll deliver promotion bid next yr but I've got a much higher opinion of SE than I did when he joined."
Totally agree with the man from the YEP
Barcelona v Leeds: European Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg
41 years ago to the day.
For a few games I've been lucky enough to be given a link to Heidi Haigh's excellent match review / blog. Here's her thoughts on yesterday's 2-2 draw at Dull.
Thank so much to @FollowMeAndLUFC
Lewis Cook's award, a double over Wolves, season ticket incentive and a battling display in Hull.
Quite a good week in Leedsville.
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