We’ll cut right to the chase I feel. Yesterday I attempted to, fairly unsuccessfully, provide a bit of praise to Neil Warnock, given the way we performed against Crystal Palace relative to how bad it would have been a few months ago. The problem, I found, was that I didn’t actually have much to praise the man for, instead finding criticisms buried away beneath the veneer that I tried to present. After all, I criticised how he’d overworked the players in this run of unchanged selections – after all, the last time we did 6 games on the bounce with the same starting eleven, it was 1992/3, and everyone reading this would probably agree that the game has changed massively since then.
The problem is, really, that as I write I am facing unreasonable optimism from other writers out there who write about Leeds. I write overly negatively a lot, and I understand it is occasionally a chore to read about, but the reality is that there is plenty to nit-pick about with Leeds United. I was asked once what I would write about when Ken Bates left, and for a minute I was concerned, but then thought, “I’ll just write about the team”. The team hasn’t provided optimism, at least no optimism that I can understand logically.
There’s a risk that this’ll be taken too seriously, like it is a big deal, but there are certain pieces out there that have been bizarre recently, and you question what motivated writing them. People seem to have dropped objectivity and instead taken up a position where they write about what they desire to see on the pitch as if it is already there.
The reality is that the success on the pitch hasn’t been there. It’s a laboured point at this juncture, but we sold Becchio and have been no better. We’ve won three of the last eleven games. This is not promotion form. It is delusional to suggest we’ll somehow win nine out of the last nine. Hey, I’d love it if we did, I’d love it if we went up, but it’s not logical to suggest we will.
I hope the club moves forward positively and we do well next year, but things need to change before it does. 8 weeks until a guaranteed appointment between Neil Warnock and the Job Centre, it’s the first in a whole litany of dates that need to be landmarks before next season.
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