I wont lie, I toyed with the idea of doing an open letter to Neil Warnock instead of this, but after practically begging Snodgrass to stay in the open letter I wrote to him, days before he sharply took off from Elland Road, I decided against it.

The reason I had the idea to write one to Warnock came about after listening to his post match interview after the game against Brighton. To me, he couldn’t have sounded more fed up.

And who could blame him?

When he signed up to take over (sigh, those words again) at Leeds last season even he couldn’t have imagined how things would go. Sure, he probably didn’t quite believe Bates’ ‘warchest’ promises but I doubt he expected there to be this much work involved.

Not only that, but mid summer he probably couldn’t believe his luck when the club confirmed they were in takeover talks, for a man that only wants one more year in the game to achieve a record breaking number of promotions, this would’ve been absolute music to his ears. What he didn’t realise was that good things don’t come easy at Leeds, in fact most of the time they don’t come at all.

Cue half a year of takeover nonsense. It’s on, it’s off, they’ve gone, they haven’t gone, have they gone? They’ve gone, have they? They have gone but kind of haven’t gone. Etc.

And here we are now, with the talks still going on and a squad in serious need of a touch up.

For me, the current team and Warnock are doing a good job under the circumstances. Before the season kicked off I hoped that if the takeover was going to drag on past the transfer window that we’d at least be hovering around the play offs come January, ready for a full on assault with new recruits brought in with our fancy new GFH style credit cards.

Hovering around the play offs pretty much sums up our current position, even if we are a little lower than we would’ve liked.

What we could really do with is giving Warnock a little pick me up, just to remind him that we do actually all understand and appreciate how frustrating this must be for him. Regardless of whether you like his style of football or whether you’re happy with the players he’s brought in, you have to admit that if he was given the financial muscle required in the first place to make a real go of this division, that he’d be doing just that.

So here it is, Neil, if you’re reading this (and why wouldn’t you be?) keep up the good work. Nobody envy’s you having to work under the almost unbearable conditions that you’re in, but we do appreciate that what we’re seeing at the minute isn’t quite what you were promised when you came here.

Oh and sign Beckford and Max Gradel please. Thanks.

(Not telling you how to do your job, but they’re really quite good)

No matter what happens over the next few weeks, takeover, no takeover, it’s massively important that we all try and stay ‘united’ behind Neil and the players, there’s a good squad there and for once I do feel like we’re watching a team that genuinely want to play for us.

Other than Varney who still seems to need a bit of time, not a single player looks like they cant handle the pressure of playing for Leeds, that can only bode well for the future.

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  • Trev
    1 year ago

    Great article Steve .. agree entirely. MOT

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  • padge
    1 year ago

    If warnock had money I think we would have mckaile Smith and George boyde at the moment we miss someone to light that spark up front

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  • Paul
    1 year ago

    Solid article except for the bit about Beckford; WE REALLY NEED TO BE AIMING HIGHER EVEN THOUGH HE WAS GOOD FOR US IN lEAGUE 1. also we heed more than just the journey men players brought in, yes i know this was due to lack of any kind of budget, NW should have threatened to walk if he wasn’t going to get a sniff of the 6 million plus sitting in Bates back pocket. Another mediocre season lies in wait if nothing happens re takeover and then we lose NW and end up worse than we started out.

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    • trev
      1 year ago

      Totally agree with you about Beckford. Has not progressed from league1. Bring back Max, get a quality striker and a midfielder.But NW needs the money only the takover will bring. MOT

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  • Benjy
    1 year ago

    Completely true the whole thing, NW has done everything to keep us where we are, which I dont think for a totally new team is bad at all. I genuinly fear where in the leauge we would be without him. If he had some money for Jan I think he could finish off a team, with the fighting spirit we are showing at the minute, that would destory the playoffs.

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  • lucky leeds
    1 year ago

    Good article would like to see the team play in their best postion,s and two forwards not a midfielder.Then we can truley see what team we,ve got.

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  • leedstooth
    1 year ago

    I absolutely disagree with you.

    I think Warnock has been poor , and tactically inept. He continues to play hoof-ball in the league matches , but allows his players to express themselves and play passing football in the cup matches. And the results speak for themselves.

    I think we have a squad of players in place already who are more than capeable of challenging for promotion if they were told to play in a decent way. The long ball game is now obsolete – nobody will win anything playing long-ball football.

    I feel that Warnock is just in this job to line his pockets for retirement, and possibly get a visit to Wembley to keep his daughter happy.

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  • wath
    1 year ago

    Great post, in Warnock we trust and keep up the good work Neil. Lets hope the takeover happens soon and the full on assault can take place with the so called marquee signings we were promised…

    The only thing I would say please keep Byram in midfield and Aidy White as left back rather than moving them about all the time,,,

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  • Bluesman
    1 year ago

    Warnock is the man to take us forward. He is the only person at Leeds that I trust and respect. Great manager. Lots of character and has developed an honest hard working team. Once he has the funds in January he will have a good go at it. You wait and see.

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  • andyman
    1 year ago

    simon grayson got the sack when we were in a better position this time last year and trying to play football.

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  • Lorralorimer
    1 year ago

    90+% of the fans are behind NW and rightly so. I do agree tho that hoof ball isn’t the way to go – why do we adopt this tactic when passing has paid off big time in the cup? I fear that by the January window we’ll be no nearer a takeover and if that happens its no playoff place and no Warnock.

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