Captain's entry: Stardate 2/5/16
The last week of the football season is upon us and what a nine months it has been, no dramas doesn't come with being Leeds!
Yesterday Paddy Kisnorbo announced his retirement from the game. Thanks for the memories Paddy.
The true 'Warrior' - beware of any imitations.
Twelve years ago Leeds United were relegated from the Premier League after a 4-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
Me and Ryan watched it in a bar abroad. Not dispirited we sang "Marching on Together" as we walked back in the rain to our hotel. The weather reflected the mood of the fans on that day, we were down but not out.
Burnley Promoted to the Premiership. I wonder if they'll stay just a season akin to the last time they went up.
Leicester City: Champions of the Premier League 2015/16.
If Carlsberg did dreams this one must be the best.
The last word on the weekend and the events since from the keyboard of the talented @jonhowe1971
Many Thanks to LEEDSLIVING and Jon Howe.
Leeds settled their legal battle with Macron SPA out of court after a 'last minute deal' was agreed between the club and the kit manufacturer, which resulted in the trial being called off.
In a ten-second hearing this morning, Mr Justice Hickinbottom was told the settlement would be kept confidential.
Macron were looking for in excess of five million pounds due to the club cancelling the agreement due to end in 2017. Since then Kappa have agreed a deal with Leeds to supply kits and training wear until 2020.
Ex-Leeds Academy coach Paul Hart has joined Luton Town as assistant manager. Was his 'personal reasons' that he was another person who couldn't work with a certain Italian who owns the club?
I remember this day so well, Arsenal v Leeds 2003. The Gunners going for the title, Leeds desperate for points to stay up.
In front of the Sky camera's Leeds surprised everybody with a 3-2 win. It was bitter-sweet because Arsenal's defeat gave that team from Salford the Premiership title.
Guiseppi Bellusci's contract for the last two years was 'leaked' after the centre back put on Twitter a few comments backing his worth to the team.
The figures below make interesting reading
Basic wage - £592,800 (£11,400 p/w
10 games bonus - £63,500
Retain Championship status - £132,500
Promotion bonus to Premier League (not realised) - £206,400
Basic wage - £707,200 (£13,600 p/w
10 game bonus - £63,500
Retain Championship status - £132,500
Promotion to Premier League (not realised) £206,400
Since joining Leeds, Bellusci has earned £1.69 million, 7% of the entire wage budget of the club.
It will be interesting if the young players looking for contracts in the future are offered anything near the Italian. A very expensive 'warrior'
Thirty three years ago today Leeds United played in the 1973 FA Cup Final. The odds on favourites fell to underdogs Sunderland, Porterfield, Mongomery, Stokoe et all. The first of two disappointments in this season.
In 1990 on this day Bournemouth was the destination of thousands of Leeds fans, Leeds needing a win to gain automatic Promotion to Division One. Lee Chapman's second half header was enough to send the South Coast White, Yellow and Blue and Promotion was achieved.
Steve Evans presser:
Doukara is back after his lengthy suspension for biting a opponent, Carayol still injured. On his future; "In the last few days the president has been on other business. But a decision is coming."
It won't be much past the weekend and he is being patient, but it might come to a point when he just haves to ask Cellino what's going on (I think the owner has already made up his mind). Evans is still positive about his future at Leeds, Bellusci back in training tomorrow after illness kept him out, joked that in years time, if he's still here there will be champagne available for all, nine players picked for Preston already, goalkeeper position could go to either of the keepers in the squad, he ended with he thinks the head coach of LUFC needs to be someone with knowledge of the Championship. "But that's only my opinion."
Steve needs to know what is happening and so do we!
Ronaldo Vieira, an up and coming youngster from the Academy has signed his first professional contract at Leeds United, the deal is initially for two years. He is seventeen years old and joined Leeds from the York Football Academy named i2i sports.
The last stop of the season for Leeds is Preston with their multitude of ex-players, manager, assistant coach and chairman.
Simon Grayson is still the manager who would have taken us up to the Premiership if he had been backed, and Jermaine Beckford still holds the club in high esteem.
As for Steve Evans, his future may well have been decided before the game and, if he is leaving, it should not be forgotten that he’s taken the club from a precarious position to safety and needs to be thanked for it.
And he proved me wrong; I didn’t rate him but he’s brought the best out of a limited squad. If he stays, and I hope he does, he must be given the whole of next season at least and given financial support.
Prediction: Preston North End 2 Leeds United 3.
Today forty four years ago today:
Leeds vs Arsenal
FA Cup Final 1972 at Wembley.
"Clarke... One Nil"
It seems a lifetime ago and it is.
Excellent article on the momentous day by motforum.com
Many Thanks to mot forum.com
Preston v Leeds
Two changes to the team for the last fixture of the season at Preston. Diagouraga and Mowatt replacing Liam Bridcutt and Jordan Botaka. On the bench there was a first call up for Ronaldo Vieira and Doukara was in the eighteen for the first time since his suspension.
Kirkland, Vermijl, Huntington, Wright, Woods, Browne, Johnson, Gallagher, Reach, Beckford, Garner
Subs: Pearson, Humphrey, Doyle, Welsh, Hugill, Robinson, Hudson
Silvestri, Coyle, Bamba, Cooper, Taylor, Diagouraga, Murphy, Dallas, Cook, Mowatt, Wood
Subs: Wootton, Antenucci, Doukara, Botaka, Phillips, Peacock-Farrell, Vieira
The early exchanges brought nothing to trouble either goalkeeper, Garner had the first sight of either goal but was wide with his effort.
Chris Wood nearly gave Leeds the lead but his intelligent lob just cleared Kirkland's bar and nestled on top of the net. Garner's late effort went over the bar before Cooper was injured with a clash of head with the same player.
Due to the injury Cooper had to be replaced by Scott Wootton in the second half, Garner again wasted another chance as Silvestri saved his tame effort.
Leeds went ahead after seventy eight minutes, Wood netting a penalty after Murphy was brought down by Kirkland.
The home side so nearly went level but Silvestri superbly saved Woods shot, just as the 5,000 plus fans were about to celebrate the win a ball that Wootton tried to watch going out for a goal kick was retrieved by Hugill, his first effort was blocked but his second flew into the net. Wootton will not be happy with his part in the build up to the goal.
Evans on whether he's staying; "I don't know. A week ago I thought I did. But I don't know.", didn't really explain what had changed but said it was a "gut feeling" that the club are going to replace him, was almost in tears during his BBCLeeds interview.
Evans said he doesn't know if he'll be at Thorp Arch on Monday morning; "I hope that me being pessimistic is wrong. But sometimes your head has to tell your heart what's going to happen."
Sol Bamba stated that a decision on head coach needs to be made. Says players don't know when they're due back for pre season, he said the players need better communication about issues like this, players are "waiting on a text" about pre-season and coach.
Bamba on Cellino; "He is making a lot of promises but I think the fans and everyone involved at the club wants to see action."
Simon Grayson: "I had a fantastic relationship with them (the fans) when I was there and we had good times so it was really, really nice to have that reception."
He added; "It's not always easy when they are asking to do things when you are obviously the manager of the opposition. Yeah it was fantastic..."
Champions: Leicester City, a story that will live in most people's memories for some time.
Fairy tales can really come true.
From the message left on Instagram it looks like Mirco Antenucci is leaving. Decent player, though his attitude can be questioned some times.
For the last time this season, Heidi Haigh time travels back to seventies for the trip to Preston.
Many Thanks as always to @FollowMeAndLeedsUnited.
Vital Leeds gave the Man of the Match to Sol Bamba for his impressive performance at the centre of defence yesterday at Preston.
Evans got a rapturous send off at the end and he was clearly emotional. I think he knows he is going. I personally believe he should be given a chance to bring in the players he wants in the summer and given a chance.
There is a chance for some stability at the club and I hope the owner gives him the opportunity but I cannot see it. Like when Milanic replaced Redfearn, the next head coach coming in has a thankless task because the pressure will be on from the start. By October, we could be in the same situation we have been in for the past two seasons.
For once Cellino, do the right thing and don't make a change for the sake of it.
If we are to be challenging next season, decisions need to be made quickly for the good of the club. We cannot be left behind when it comes to bringing players in and sorting out pre-season.
I say it every season, what would the support be like if we were challenging for something. 5,500 fans turned up for a meaningless end of season game with nothing to play for. A superb atmosphere that included one fan surfing up and down the crowd. I am never surprised by anything I see following Leeds.
The season is over but I am sure there will be plenty to keep us glued to what is going on at Elland Road. There is never a dull moment following Leeds.
Many Thanks to Vital Leeds
Six years ago today
Leeds 2 Bristol Rovers 1
What an amazing afternoon, beer, tears and more beer.
Noel Whelan's column today in the YEP was scathing of how the club is being run, the title was 'Very difficult to remember a club as disorganised as Leeds'. Below is a link to the article:
Thanks to the YEP and Noel Whelan.
Jon Howe provides the last rites of the season away at Preston:
Many Thanks to Jon Howe and LEEDSLIVING
On Monday afternoon news came through that the conviction against Massimo Cellino in a Italian court because of 'alleged' tax evasion on a Range Rover brought into Italy has been quashed. According to L’Unione Sarda, a newspaper in Sardinia, “recent legislative changes on the decriminalisation of certain tax offences led the judges to declare that (Cellino’s offence) is no longer a crime.”
This now puts the ban that is going through arbitration in doubt. No comment was offered by FA or Football League about him fighting the ban and were expected to invoke 223 day ban as soon as the arbitration had finished. This major development strengthens Cellino's ownership of the club, he has however other cases that are still to be heard in the Italian courts. One feels more 'skeletons' will emerge from the closets of the unpopular owner before too long.
May I thank all contributors for allowing me to include their pieces in my weekly 'Diary'.
It's been very enjoyable doing it, even though the team ended up only a couple of places better than recent seasons.
What makes this club so special is the fans who support it, we may be castigated by others and sometimes fall out with our own but the love of this club with continue, like the song says "until the world stops going round."
See you in August.
M O T
By Keith Ingham