By Keith Ingham
Football, like love can and sometimes is a bit of a let down. All excited for the first of many things to come but usually ending up in tears. Supporting my beloved Leeds is akin to waiting for a certain girl when I was at school, she was beautiful but I thought I'd chance my arm and ended up with wilted flowers and a bruised ego.
Leeds United have done this to me too many times, the promise of a new dawn swiftly gone in a matter of matches. This season I had limited expectations anyway, with a new sheriff who had a questionable past and his deputy, who's last club kicked him out of town but I bought into the idea and bought the shirt and paid for my tickets to see them. I realise now and it hurts to say it that as a team we are no better than a below average Championship team but with an incredibly loyal following.
Cellino has without doubt saved the club from going into Administration as a business so badly run that there are still 'skeletons' climbing out of the Elland Road brickwork, but last weeks revelation of him meeting our nemesis Ken Bates will have done his reputation with the fans some harm. If it was to sort out the mess GFH made by sacking bates why not come out and bloody say so?! It seems the commentary rights are the 'bone' Cellino is willing to offer to stop a lengthy and costly court case. If so, be honest Mr President we've had enough 'cloak and dagger' from the ones before.
It also seems his patience is running low on said deputy, Hockaday has won only two of the five games played and in both cases fortune favoured us. The other games played we have been outplayed and out thought by other coaches. His preoccupation with playing a diamond formation with players so out of confidence they are struggling in nearly every game we play. His post match comments also are becoming a bad joke as he tries to pull wool over eyes that have seen bull droppings before.
There is an old saying that in life you get what you pay for and football is no different, Cellino brought a coach at the equivalent of shopping at a low price supermarket and the result is plain for all to see. The joke just might be on the President now!.
There is hope in this fifty year fan but only if a realisation comes from within us all and the club. Give the youth of Leeds an opportunity to show they can or can't do it and stop the ceaseless incomings of players from the Italian B division. It's worth a try and at least you'll know that the effort so lacking in this fledgling season will be there in abundance in the likes of Lewis Cook and Chris Dawson to name just a couple.
We had far too many 'dates' that turned into tears, let's hope Massino Cellino sees his folly and understands that although he pulls the purse strings he can't be captain of everything. Some jobs like running the team on the field need to be in the hands of somebody qualified to do it in the Championship. He should be 'humble' too, he preaches it enough.
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