The city of Leeds is a very proud one and Leeds United is a hugely proud football club. With immensely loyal supporters and a prodigiously successful history, all who wear the famous white shirt know they have to play with 100% passion and commitment to become a success and earn fans respect.
The last few years have been difficult to swallow for Leeds United fans and for Leeds as city. From the dizzy highs of a Champions League semi final to the third tier of English football and financial implosion, there hasn’t been a lot to smile about at Elland Road in recent years.
Now however, with Simon Grayson at the helm and Ken Bates bringing some sense of financial stability to the club, Leeds United appears to be on the up!
At the start of this season (after the success and excitement of promotion last season) most Leeds United fans would have to admit that survival in the Championship was the main aim and mid table would have been a huge success. But now, with a genuine shot at a play-off place and promotion to The Premier League possible, anything but a day out to Wembley and a home and away leg with Manchester United next season would feel like a disappointment. Simon Grayson has finally given Leeds fans something to shout about, a reason to puff out our chests again and some light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel. Without going out and spending millions on players (more interested in the alloys on their latest sports car than the club they play for), Grayson has assembled a squad that on it’s day looks capable of beating anyone in the league.
Young and hungry players playing with heart week in week out and the odd loan signing from the Premier League benches has equipped Leeds with an outfit that can score goals for fun and attack teams without fear. Fans love to cheer a goal and Elland Road finally has a buzz back – if only we could work on keeping the odd clean sheet I’m sure we’d be top of the table! It’s great to have a true Leeds fan steering the club – we’re not just a stepping-stone to a Premier League job for him and you can tell it really hurts when we lose. Simon Grayson understands the history of Leeds United and with the recent success he has finally restored some of the clubs pride!
With regards to whether Leeds are ready for the Premiership next season, as a club we’ve always been ready, but without a doubt we would need to sign several players to make the huge step up in class. The stadium needs a lick of paint, but bums on seats isn’t an issue (38,000 fans on a regular basis) and the state of the art training facilities at Thorpe Arch are certainly good enough. Leeds United is a big club – it’s as simple as that and the Premiership is where they belong.
Written by Matt Bowman from the Pigeon Detectives
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