By Keith Ingham
The shambles that is currently Leeds United rolled back from another 'debacle' on the South Coast, where they were comprehensively hammered 4-1 by a workmanlike Bournemouth team. There are fingers pointing at certain individuals wearing but not working in a Leeds shirt in the recent matches. Ex captain Rudy Austin is coming in for a lot of criticism as he was seen when he came to the club as the answer to the clubs need for an 'enforcer', but as it turns out if he is the answer we need to ask another bloody question! He's at best a very average Championship player, no more or less. I'm not just picking on one player, Pugh, Lees, Hunt, are a few more earning money for 'old rope'. I'm leaving the youngsters Byram, Murphy and Mowatt out of my criticism because of their age and experience. A few have continued to do their best, Jason Pearce, Matt Smith and captain Ross McCormack without his goals, God knows where we'd be, but even these players cannot be without some 'flack' after such a woeful performance on Tuesday.
What concerns me as much is that the manager's post match comments to BBC Radio Leeds' commentator Adam Pope, in it he blamed the current farce that is happening away from the pitch is having an effect on the playing side and they are uncertain of their March wages, really Brian nearly two thousand fans travelled from all parts to watch that drivel and I'm sure although it could worry an 'average Joe', these are professional football players on plus ten thousand pounds a bloody week! Surely the prospect of playing for your fans out ways this. I'm pretty sure that their are players in the club that have given up and are throwing in the towel. If this is so wouldn't it be best to not play them and give other players an opportunity. The manager continues to swap and change nearly every game and this season I can only remember a few games in which he kept the same eleven in the team from a previous game. He is a decent manager but is he right for Leeds? Right now I'm beginning to think not as he certainly has his favourites and others like El Hadji Diouf, the most skilful player at the club continues to be omitted for some unknown reason. I still like the man but I've never been keen on managers particularly washing dirty linen in the public domain. He lost a lot of my respect in doing that interview, at best it was ill advised with his feelings laid bare for all to see.
Leeds now face back to back home games versus Doncaster and Charlton respectively and it is hoped that the manager now sees sense in removing Austin, Pugh, Hunt from the first team along with Byram and Mowatt because their confidence must be suffering seeing more experienced players not giving their all. Who should replace them I hear you ask, well Thompson could fill the right back berth, Coker or Bryan alongside Jason Pearce and forgotten man Aidy White at left back. In midfield I'd go with Chris Dawson alongside either Michael Tonge or Michael Brown with Luke Murphy given a free role with Ross McCormack and Matt Smith up front with either El Hadji Diouf or Lewis Walters given a chance. It would be a gamble, but without some changes to the current holders of the first team jersey I see I downward spiral that could leave the club in a position near the foot of the table. To be honest if Tuesday is anything to go by, that lot on view haven't the bottle to fight for their team. If the manager persists with his 'favourite few' he's lost mine and probably the last of the remaining supporters he's got within the fan base of the club.
Brian a message from the heart, although I don't think you'll read my blog. Show the fans you've the bollocks to actually remove the 'wasters' and build a team around the youth of what is left at our club. These next few weeks the least we can see from the starting eleven is at least one hundered and ten percent effort. The balls in your court Mr McDermott, show the football public of Leeds that you can continue to try and take the club forward and stop looking back at what you had at Reading. Remember they sacked you and Leeds can too if your squad is not performing, your the manager, kick some lazy arses it's part of the job, being a nice guy is not working at all. You cannot blame the takeover for all the problems on the pitch.
On On On but so fed up.