By Mike Courtney
Following yesterday's crushing defeat at Ipswich, thanks in no small way to the sending off of Tom Lees when we were well on top and pressing for the lead goal, Leeds are now closer to the relegation zone then to a Playoff Spot.
This is the reality that we find ourselves in with just seven games to play which makes tomorrow's home game against Derby a must win. Defeat could leave us looking precariously over our shoulders as another season which flattered to deceive comes to a close. Who would have thought at the turn of the year with the takeover finally completed that we would be in this position. Fans genuinely bought into the euphoria of GFH's ownership and looked forward to a transfer window which many hoped would see Leeds acquire the one or two quality signings that would see us push on to a top six spot. But instead all we got was more of the same, empty promises, failure to pay the extra few pounds to get a wide man in and finally the sale of our top scorer to our apparent parent club Norwich.
Granted we got Morison in return but he was injured at the time and has failed to set the world alight, just like Becchio has failed, as many feared he would, to shine at a higher level. Now with a run of one win in six, or two in eleven since the start of February, many of which were winnable games, we are now just seven points ahead of Wolves who fill the final relegation place. Our form is that of a club in freefall and although we do have the luxury of having 10 teams between us and Wolves, a few more defeats could see us in a battle for survival instead of where we should be up battling for promotion.
So where has it all gone wrong and who is to blame? Our supreme leader Mr Warnock would have you believe it is the players, the refs, the crossbars, the missed chances and a litany of other excuses which put the blame squarely on anyone but his own good self. Yesterday it was Tom Lees who received the wrath of Warnock; in the past it has been McCormack, Becchio to mention but two. There may have been some justification in blaming Lees but there is just one moment in a season where the manager himself has not endeared himself to the fans or dare I say it some of the players with his dictatorial attitude and his failure to place any of the blame at his own door.
For me the end of the season can't come enough so that Warnock's reign can come to an end and I hope and pray that we have secured enough points to stay in this division. Then we can get a new young vibrant manager in place to galvanise the club and help us strive for the promotion that all of us fans crave. And when we look back at Neil Warnock's tenure at Leeds United I believe the history books will reveal that it was nothing but complete and utter failure in a Championship season where the teams was mediocre at best and where there was a genuine opportunity for our great club to achieve the dream of promotion. Failure which should not rest with the players, the fans or the board but on the shoulders of a manager who talked the talk but could not walk the walk when it mattered most.
Keep the faith, MOT Leeds Leeds Leeds