A season that promised so much for Leeds United once again failed to live up to the hope and expectations that everyone at the club would have set out at the start of the campaign back in August 2017.
Former Spanish international Thomas Christiansen was installed as manager and the optimism around Elland Road was certainly high, especially as back in September of last year the club was sitting top of the Championship after a 3-2 win over Ipswich.
However, things quickly turned sour for the man who at one time was on Barcelona’s books, and on 4 February he was sacked by owner Andrea Radrizzani after a poor run of results saw the club slide down the table.
That meant it was time to install another fresh face in what must be one of the warmest managerial hot seats in the country. The next incumbent was Paul Heckingbottom, who made the short journey over from fellow Championship outfit Barnsley.
The former Barnsley boss could only guide Leeds to 13th in the table, and some quarters will feel that this final position might not be enough for him to be in the job by the time the first ball is kicked in the 2018/19 season.
That said, I think it is fair to say that Leeds need some form of stability, and ultimately that starts at the top. Should Heckingbottom be in charge and, more importantly, be backed over the course of the summer, then there is no reason why Leeds cannot challenge next time around.
The fact that they were top for a short amount of time last season does at least suggest that the quality that Leeds require to mount a promotion challenge is there – it just needs the right man to unlock it.
If that is to happen, then they could well be deemed good value in terms of a promotion bet for next season. The Championship market on Stakers is set to be wide open, and the odds on offer for Leeds look favourable.
Football is ultimately a results-driven business, and if they go against Leeds, then Radrizzani will no doubt consider the employment status of the man he installed earlier in the year. However, if Heckingbottom is also moved on, then there can only be a sense of déjà vu around the club.
Though the opening of the transfer window could well be key for Leeds, in fairness the current boss has by and large been working with players that are not necessarily his, and he will now look to mould this Leeds squad into one that he can truly call his own.
This may mean a large amount of personnel changes at Elland Road over the summer, both in and out, but should the financial backing come, it could well see Leeds competing in the top half of the table.
There is no doubting that the Championship is a cut-throat league, and in any given year there are at least 12 teams that will consider themselves worthy of at least a play-off place, but if Leeds can get things right in this off-season, then they will certainly be among that dozen.
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