Date:Saturday April 28 2012
Tim Steere writes his weekly article for Vital Leeds United and this week he talks about the disappointment of this season and what lies ahead this summer.
As far as this season goes for Leeds United, if it was a horse it would`ve been shot by now.
The overwhelming desire is for this campaign to be finished ASAP.
After the final game of the season at home to Leicester, Leeds could aim for the dizzying heights of tenth, and that`s if other results go the Whites way.
To say that is all we are aiming for shows how much this season has fallen into a dark hole; a hole, which many fans are staring down wondering what, happened. It just needs to end, fast.
The desperation for this is based on the prospect of what the summer will bring.
I`m not talking about the Olympics or Euro 2012 (did you forget England were in that? I did, not been much talk about it has there?), but what squad Neil Warnock is going to assemble.
Warnock has hyped up the need for change and major surgery on the squad and a desire to get going with transfer targets after sending a squad of vultures out to different games in the last week or so to hunt down targets.
This burning desire to act fast has propelled the desire to see this season over and done with. It has almost become painful hearing Warnock talk about how he needs to make changes and that the summer can`t come soon enough. It`s getting tiresome, and there`s only so many ways he can say, I want a change in personnel at the club.
The list of names has grown by the day of who Warnock supposedly wants. Publicly, he`s keeping everything to himself, to be expected. We are used to that. No names will be mentioned until it`s done. We`ve seen it all before.
You can say anything with stats. Any point can be proven or shot down in flames with a succession of stats, but, with that said, Warnock has seven promotions. He wants the eight and knows what is needed for the eighth. As Leeds fans we just have to trust and hope he gets who he wants.
Ultimately the list of who is being linked is so long it`s hard to comment on them all. The most worrying is that of El Hadji Diouf. The Senegalese midfielder is never far away from the limelight with a string of incidents in the past that has left him vilified.
He was a part of the Willie McKay experiment at Doncaster where top premiership players were brought into the club and paid low wages to put them in the shop window. It ultimately failed, Doncaster are bottom and relegated.
A clause in Diouf`s contract means he can leave the club in the summer, as a result of the relegation. Rumours persist that we have already held talks, but I sincerely hope this isn`t the case.
The man is a liability. He`s been involved in controversy everywhere he has gone. No doubt he has talent, but is it worth it for the baggage he would bring. Warnock called him a 'sewer rat` after he allegedly taunted QPR striker Jamie Mackie on the pitch when he broke his leg in a league match.
I would be amazed if Warnock makes a u-turn and wants to sign him. If he does, I`m not sure it`s worth the risk.
As far as the Leicester game goes this weekend, obviously to end the season with a win would be great. More importantly, I just want to see this campaign over and done with. The result has almost become worthless.
Unlike in the premiership where every place you rise in the table can increase prize money by nearly £750,000, it isn`t like that in the Championship.
However there is one unwanted stat, which I think would be unfair on this current squad to be tagged with if they lose at the weekend.
A defeat would mean it would be the worst ever season at Elland Road. 11 home defeats in one campaign would be the most since the club was reformed in 1919. For all the squad`s failings this season, that would indicate they are the worst side to perform at Elland Road, and in my memory, I can think of far worse teams that have donned the famous white shirt.
So for the players` reputations, a win would at least avoid a severe damming on their careers.
Really though, all I want is for this season to be over so we can move on and try and start to build a squad for a push at promotion and return to the top flight in 2013. It`s what we all crave and have done since we lost our place in the top flight.
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Date:Saturday April 28 2012
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