Leeds United – Fans Must Trust GFH To Make The Right Call
Saturdays 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield effectively put the final nail in the coffin for our season, with a seven point gap that would prove difficult for most in form teams, never mind one that lacks a severe cutting edge.
With any defeat comes negativity, but it’s when the defeat is also met with an air of expectancy that there becomes a serious problem.
When Neil Warnock took over as manager he was the first choice for many, and the fact that it hasn’t worked out for him doesn’t mean that any of us were wrong to get our hopes up over him coming in. Warnock is a good manager, his record proves that and it cannot be argued against, but there is only so much a good manager can do with a club that has spent years limiting the resources on offer. That being said, Warnock cannot argue that he hasn’t received backing of sorts, it was only a few games ago that he told us all that he wished he’d had this squad from the start of the season, before deciding that we were still one or two short.
Truth be told, we’re probably about seven or eight short. That team is an average Championship side, thankfully the players all seem committed to the cause, and you can’t help but think that the season could have been drastically worse had they not been.
With all this in mind, it looks as though Warnock’s time at Elland Road is coming to an end. Personally, I’ll look back at his tenure with a hint of regret, there was no doubt that he came here wanting promotion as much as we all did, but unfortunately the ambition we shared was not matched by Bates at the start of the season by GFH after they took over, who perhaps understandably seemed to be focusing on next season. Right man, wrong time.
Whether Warnock leaves before our game with Ipswich is anyone’s guess, but what we need to do now is let GFH handle this how they see fit. For the first time in a long time it would appear that we have very level headed owners who wont rush or panic into making decisions. They’ve already proved to be listening to the fans, the recent drop in season ticket prices reflects this, and that isn’t the first time they’ve tried to re-engage the fans.
Appointing the wrong man now would undo all that hard work, right now we need a dream to buy in to and the first piece of the jigsaw has to be a quality manager. Ambition breeds confidence in fans, bringing the right man in now could seriously galvanise the fans and club as a whole for next season.
Trust between the club and fans has been shattered in the past, but GFH have called a lot of the shots right since they arrived, and they deserve huge credit for restoring some of that lost trust.
Bring in the right manager, and they might be in danger of becoming popular.
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