By Mike Courtney
One thing is for sure, supporting Leeds United is never dull. Of late it's like one big Soap Opera moment after the other. I fully expect to hear the Eastenders drum roll every time we are mentioned on Sky Sports HQ as they cut to a picture of Cellino or Hockaday. Last weekend was no different...
It started off ok and for an hour or so at Vicarage Road things were going alright. We were holding our own at 1-1 and, wait for it, our midfield were on top. Then a moment of madness by our debutant Centre Back Bellusci, my language is a little less flowery than what Cellino used, and suddenly all hell breaks loose. We end up losing 4-1 and finish the game with 9 men. Cue the release of hysterical fans on social media calling for the head of Hockaday. Rumours abound that he will be sacked within 24 hours. Emergency meeting called for Sunday lunchtime and it seemed like only a matter of time before we were looking for a new coach (I refuse to call him Manager as we all know he is not the man in charge). But before Sky Sports can even have the betting odds on a new manager put up on screen, Cellino does a u-turn, blames himself for what has happened and given Hockaday his backing, well for the time being anyway. It reminds me of events at the end of January when Cellino sacked McDermott only for him to be reinstated on the back of outcry from the players and fans. I don't think we would have had the same outcry if Hockaday had got his papers.
And so the Soap Opera continues. There is plenty of speculation regarding transfers as the window closure looms. Caspar Sloth has already signed up and it looks like the deal for Adryan is imminent. There is also talk about Argentinian winger Lucas Castro from Catania, who have already supplied us with Bellusci and Doukara from the relegated Italian side. We do need a wide player or two to provide the ammo for our strikers so Castro's signing would be welcome but I think most of us would prefer proven English based players. But Cellino's vision, not Hockaday's, seems to be to bring in a host of foreign imports and hope that they gel with the remnants of Warnock and McDermott's squad. This may prove to be successful in the long term and only time will tell but I don't think Hockaday has the luxury of that time. I'm sure Hockaday is a decent bloke and not a bad coach but as a number one at a club like Leeds or indeed any Championship club he is seriously out of his depth. Defeat at Bradford tonight and a bad performance at the weekend at home to Bolton could see his cards marked as the International break will be upon us and Cellino will have two weeks to find a replacement before we visit Birmingham and Bournemouth in the space of 4 days.
If that does happen and we are on the look out for our 3rd manager under Cellino the big question is, who will it be? Fans will be looking for the likes of Pulis, Holloway, Sherwood or those with Leeds connection like McAllister again or even O'Leary. For me I can't see any of them working under Cellino in the capacity that he would want them to. Former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia is being strongly linked with the job as he looks for a new post having quit Maccabi Haifa. Whether he would fit in with Cellino's philosophy is another thing. He would bring a fresh approach and he did a decent enough job at Brighton and has a better pedigree then Hockaday.
Whatever happens I have no doubt there will be plenty of drama, plenty of speculation and plenty of interesting weeks ahead at Elland Road as Cellino tries to fulfill his and us fans dreams of making Leeds United great again. We all want Leeds back at the top table of English Football and only then can we dream of European football and the Champions League. Hockaday's statement that he wants to be part of the Journey that brings us to the Champions League is admirable but deluded. His journey will end sooner rather then later. For us fans the journey will be a long one but when you support Leeds United you do so through the good times and bad and no matter how long that journey take we will be there at the finish. Let the Soap Opera continue, We Are Leeds, We Are Leeds, We Are Leeds.
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