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Click on picture to see both teams pay their respects to Jim Keating former Louth Branch member

Monday 19th of February 2018 Jim Keating was laid to rest last Wednesday 14th of February after mass in St Nicholas chapel was followed by burial in St Patricks’s cemetary. It’s not often you hear ‘Marching on together’ when lowered to the grave. There was huge turn out for a very popular gentleman. Jim was a big Leeds and Dundalk fan. LUFCPROGJK.jpBoth clubs gave him a good send off. LUSC contributed most of their page in the match day programme v Bristol City on Sunday 18th of February, and Dundalk FC gave him a minute’s applause in Oriel on Friday 16th versus Bray Wands. No more than the man deserved. Ar deis de, go raibh a ainm.




Lassoga, in form currently, grabs the first


Forshaw had a better second half and almost grabbed a winner for Leeds

Sunday 18th of February Leeds 2-2 United fight back to earn draw – YP Leeds United: Wiedwald, Anita, Pennington, Jansson, De Bock, Forshaw, O’Kane (Phillips 73), Dallas (Sacko 64), Hernandez, Lasogga, Ekuban (Roofe 64). Subs not used: Lonergan, Denton, Vieira, Alioski. Bristol City: Fielding, Wright, Flint, Magnusson, Bryan, Brownhill (Paterson 79), Smith, Pack, Kent, Diédhiou (Woodrow 80), Reid. Subs not used: Steele, Kelly, Walsh, Eliasson, Diony. Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 28,004 (536 away). LEEDS UNITED fought back from being 2-0 down to take a 2-2 draw in another breathless game against Championship visitors Bristol City at Elland Road. City drew first blood when Famara Diedhiou stabbed the ball home into an unguarded net after ‘keeper Felix Wiedwald missed a punch to a Hordur Magnausson long throw in the 11th minute and another Magnusson throw led to the Robins doubling their lead just five minutes later through Bobby Reid. Leeds looked down and out but Pierre-Michel Lasogga then gave United hope when converting a Pablo Hernandez cross with 18 minutes left and substitute Kemar Roofe amazingly drew United level just eight minutes later. United then went all out for the winner and came within inches of getting it when Lasogga hit the crossbar with a header in the final minute of added time. The added physical presence of Caleb Ekuban in a new 4-4-2 created Leeds a chance in the fifth minute when the striker played in winger Stuart Dallas whose strong shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Frank Fielding. But poor goalkeeping from Wiedwald then allowed the Robins to take an 11th-minute lead as the German ‘keeper failed in his attempts to punch clear a Magnusson long throw. The loose ball was pounced upon by Diedhiou who gratefully converted the chance through a crowd of players into an empty net. The Robins were evidently out to target Wiedwald and Leeds with high deliveries and City then doubled their lead from another long throw just five minutes later. This time Aden Flint knocked down Magnusson’s delivery and Marlow Pack’s cross was then seized upon by Reid who rifled the ball home into the roof of the net. Reid went close to making it 3-0 a few minutes later when his shot was deflected wide before Leeds squandered an opening when Vurnon Anita played inHernandez who sent an inviting delivery across the box which ultimately whizzed away to safety. The Robins continued to press for a third and after Lasogga had scuffed a long shot wide, Wiedwald produced a strong save to deny Ryan Kent after the winger was teed up at an angle by Reid. From the corner, Flint then glanced a header just wide. United’s Matthew Pennington was then booked for a hefty late challenge on Reid shortly before the break and the end of two minutes added time and the half-time whistle were greeted by loud boos inside Elland Road. Whites head coach Paul Heckingbottom made no changes during the half-time break and Leeds created a chance three minutes after the restart but Hernandez ultimately saw his shot blocked. A good sliding challenge from Flint then denied Lasogga a one-on-one but more awful Leeds defending gifted City an opening moments later with Wiedwald keeping out Diedhiou’s drive from close range. United’s fans were getting increasingly restless and referee Simon Hooper then felt the crowd’s wrath when failing to award United penalty after a powerful Hernandez long shot was blocked. City’s Magnusson then fired a free-kick from 30 yards out over the bar but United were given a glimmer of hope with 18 minutes left when Lasogga brilliantly converted a Amazingly, United then sent their fans wild when equalising just eight minutes later when a Hernandez corner was finished at the far post by substitute Roofe. Elland Road sensed an unlikely looking victory and Adam Forshaw twent mightily close to bagging United a third when curling an effort just wide from the edge of the box with five minutes left. Kalvin Phillips then had an even better chance in the third minute of stoppage time but the midfielder sent his close-range header from a Hernandez free kick over the bar. And incredibly Lasogga then hit the crossbar with the very last touch of the game with a towering header from a Hernandez free-kick in the fifth minute of added time. The point left Leeds in 11th and eight points off the play-offs with 14 games left. Wiedwald wouldn’t get a punch in at Maddison Square Gardens. I can’t recall Leeds having two worse keepers that Lonergan or him. That said our defending was desperate. We can’t keep giving sides two goal leads. Criminal !


Jim on his last trip to Leeds with all his friends


Jim on his last trip to Elland Road v Mbro in November 2017


RIP Jim Keating


Jim Keating and Pete Sebine and Pat Quinn

Saturday February 10th 2018. Jim Keating RIP  Underneath the word ‘gentleman’ in the Oxford English dictionary, there is a picture of Jim Keating. If e ver a man had the right to complain on this planet it was Jim. He wasn’t dealt the fairest hand re health but I don’t think I ever saw Jim in bad form. It just wasn’t in his nature to complain. Constructive, positive, enlightening yes but never negative. It was a pleasure to be in the man’s company because he had a wealth of knowledge on every topic, and on his favourite two…..Leeds United and Dundalk it was marvellous to hear his opinions. He travelled with us on our last official trip v M’boro in November 2017 and boy how he enjoyed that win. He wasn’t in the best of health but he didn’t let that hold him back. Jim was on kidney dialysis treatment daily in the house and to travel away for two days took an awful lot out of him. Jim was a member of the Louth branch for the past 23 years and served on the committee for two of those years also. He will leave a huge void in the life of his daughter, Ciara, his dad Matt and all his brothers and sisters (especially Gerry in America to whom he was so close) RIP Jim. We will all miss you.

The death has occurred of Jim (James) KEATING Hyde Park, Dundalk, Louth

Suddenly but peacefully at Beaumont Hospital Dublin surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his mother Delia. Loved and adored by his daughter Ciara Casey, granddaughter’s Ellie and Darcie, father Matt. Jim will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his daughter, granddaughters, father, sisters Carol and Sandra, brother Gerry, brother-in-law James, Ciara’s mam Sharon, aunt Rose, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends especially his fellow supporters at Dundalk F.C. Oriel Park.

May He Rest In Peace

Reposing at the home of his sister Carol Bradley, 66 McSwiney Street, Dundalk from 7 o’clock this evening, Sunday. Removal on Tuesday afternoon at 12.30 o’clock (walking) to Saint Nicholas Church, arriving for Funeral Mass at 1 o’clock. Thereafter (walking) to Saint Patrick’s Cemetery for burial. House private on Tuesday morning please. Family flowers only, Donations to the North Louth Hospice. (Donation box at church). Enquiries to Dixons Funeral Home T 0429334240


Lasogga celebrates his equaliser but it wasn’t enough for a point

Sunday  February 11th 2018 Another coach, same old story – YEP Paul Heckingbottom’s tenure began with a defeat at Bramall Lane but that doesn’t really mean anything, we always lose at Bramall Lane. If Sheffield United could summon the energy used in the two fixtures against Leeds this season on a more consistent basis, they would be top of the league. Similarly, Billy Sharp is another like Steve Morison who seems to be able to find far more motivation in playing against Leeds than he ever did for us. Even allowing for all that, we could and perhaps should, have got something out of our meetings with Sheffield United this season. Saturday was a more even game than the Elland Road match in October and nobody could have complained about a draw. Leeds United’s inability to get going in the first half, a great save from Jamal Blackman and a moment of stupidity from Eunan O’Kane were our undoing. On the positive side, Heckingbottom’s substitutions and tactics late in the game were far more attacking and, we went down fighting. Pablo Hernandez’s introduction changed our game for the better and he must start next week. Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez. KEITH INGHAM Paul Heckingbottom’s first game as head coach ended in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, it will take more than a few days training to turn the situation around at Leeds, even Yorkshire magician ‘Dynamo’ would struggle to put things right on the field right now! Leeds didn’t do themselves any favours and went behind again to an incredible ‘scissor kick’ by ex-Leeds striker Billy Sharp (I knew he’d score!). Leeds were level within two minutes of the restart, Pablo Hernandez got around the Blades defence and his cross was superbly headed past Jamal Blackman by Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The winner came from the penalty spot, Eunan O’Kane tried to pull out of a challenge on John Fleck in the penalty area but the Sheffield man went sprawling. Sharp netted the resultant penalty. Like a lot of games, Leeds only got going when behind and although the second half was better Heckingbottom must get them to put in a 90-minute performance before too long or Leeds’ slide down the Championship will continue. Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez. MIKE GILL Going Behind in less than two minutes thanks to a fine goal from their nemesis, Billy Sharp, Leeds seemed to be back in the old routine. Although shellshocked for the first quarter, the Whites edged their way back into this game. Pontus Jansson’s diving header was denied by a fine save from Jamal Blackman. Kemar Roofe, who had struggled to make a contribution had to leave the field after a knock on the head. He was replaced by Pablo Hernandez who added some much-needed craft and invention. The second half saw a fight back from the Whites. Pierre-Michel Lasogga equalised with a powerful header after a great cross from Hernandez and it was game on. Leeds continued to press but couldn’t find the back of the net. Tragedy struck when Eunan O’Kane conceded a penalty. He was unable to pull out of a challenge on John Fleck. Sharp, of course, did the honours. New coach, same old story. It looks like Paul Heckingbottom is going to have his work cut out. Man of the match: Pablo Hernandez. DAVID WATKINS Three of the jury went for a draw this week and I have to say, even though I wasn’t one of them, they’ve been thwarted by a very questionable penalty call by referee Andy Madley. Stars Who Are Way Shorter Than Expected Off Camera Read More Trendchaser In real time it looked a penalty but having seen replays it was another case of a very clever piece of feigning as John Fleck threw himself to the ground. VAR would have helped us with this one but it’s hard to blame the referee who only had one look. Maybe Eunan O’Kane could have done better in the incident. As they say, it’s gone, it’s history and sadly, although we’ve changed the coach we clearly haven’t changed our luck yet. Leeds were outplayed in the first half but with the arrival of Pablo Hernandez to replace the lacklustre Kemar Roofe we finally got started and a point each would have been a fair result. Paul Heckingbottom must be the only man in Yorkshire who didn’t know it is pointless playing Roofe out wide but I reckon he’s got the message. There did seem to be more spirit about the side and we might still surprise some of these top half sides we are yet to play but forget the play-offs. Man of the match: Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Top marks to Eunan O’Kane. Not content with costing us three points at Ipswich with his stupidity, he does it again at Sheffield. Clown !  


Lassoga equalises for Leeds

Sat Feb 10th 2018 Sharp double secures points Sheff Utd 2-1 Leeds – Phil Hay BILLY SHARP’S second-half penalty condemned Paul Heckingbottom to defeat in his first game as Leeds United head coach as Sheffield United edged a hard-fought derby at Bramall Lane. READ MORE Player Ratings How Leeds’ players rated at Bramall Lane Sharp made no mistake from the spot on 74 minutes after Eunan O’Kane brought down John Fleck as both sides fought for a winning goal. Leeds had earlier recovered from a stunning Sharp volley to level through Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s 47th-minute header. Sharp gave Heckingbottom the worst possible start to his reign with a deadly effort in the second minute, striking at the end of Sheffield United’s first attack. Leeds, whose run of six league games without a win cost Thomas Christiansen his job at Elland Road last weekend, were exposed at the back again early on but Lasogga’s clinical goal looked set to earn a point for a side who are still searching for a first victory since Boxing Day. Ezgjan Alioski and Adam Forshaw of Leeds United tackle Mark Duffy. PIC: Simon Bellis/Sportimage Sharp, though, took advantage after O’Kane felled Fleck, further weakening Leeds’ bid to make the Championship play-offs. Sharp stunned Heckingbottom and lit up Bramall Lane with his goal, beating Felix Wiedwald after Eunan O’Kane’s attempt to head Mark Duffy’s cross clear dropped to him inside the box. Sharp’s first-time hit crashed beneath Wiedwald’s crossbar. Leeds, whose run of six league games without a win cost Thomas Christiansen his job at Elland Road last weekend, were exposed at the back again early on but Lasogga’s clinical goal looked set to earn a point for a side who are still searching for a first victory since Boxing Day. Phil Hay The forward had scored at exactly the same stage of Sheffield United’s 2-1 win at Elland Road in October, drawing first blood on that occasion too, and Sharp might have struck again on 10 minutes when he nodded a free header over the crossbar from point-blank range. Leeds struggled to muster any response and two speculative efforts from Gjanni Alioski, both from a hopeful range, failed to trouble Sheffield United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman. Heckingbottom’s line-up showed three changes, with O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips drafted in after returning from suspension, but it took until the 24th minute for his side to threaten as Lasogga drove a good effort from 25 yards just wide. Sheffield United, however, continued to press and Leon Clarke narrowly failed to turn home a low centre from Sharp on 28 minutes. Duffy then whipped a long range effort a fraction beyond Wiedwald’s goal as Leeds fought to avoid a second concession before the break. New Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom arrives at Bramall Lane for his first game in charge against Sheffield United. Heckingbottom was forced to alter his side shortly before the break after Kemar Roofe went off with concussion and Blades midfielder Lee Evans was lucky to escape with a booking for a studs-up foul on Alioski but Leeds should have levelled in injury-time when Pontus Jansson’s close-range header drew a superb one-handed stop from Blackman. Lasogga promptly found a way through in the second minute of the second half, steering home a header after Pablo Hernandez, Roofe’s replacement, floated an inviting cross into the box. The German’s downward finish crept inside Blackman’s post as the keeper tried desperately to claw it wide. Hernandez almost turned the game on his head when his 58th-minute shot deflected just beyond the far post but Duffy came within inches of finding Wiedwald’s net with a rising hit six minutes later. Both sides pressed for a winner and Sheffield United claimed it 17 minutes from time amid mounting pressure after O’Kane ran in and tripped Fleck in the box as Fleck chased a quick free-kick. Sharp blasted a low finish beyond Wiedwald and the Blades held on as a late penalty claim for handball against Enda Stevens was waved away. A six-game bounce before Christmas was window dressing for a wider run which shows 27 points taken and 12 defeats suffered in 23 fixtures. That record weighed against Christiansen’s win ratio of 43 per cent. The rot was setting in. It was setting in despite the fact that the players at Leeds stuck with Christiansen, as far as a dressing room ever sticks with an under-pressure manager. There were factions at play under Garry Monk in the latter stages of last season but none of the same splits this time. Matthew Pennington’s comment on Saturday, saying the players wanted no “finger-pointing” at Christiansen, are said to have been genuinely supportive and news of his sacking was met with none of the cartwheeling which famously greeted the departure of one of the Dane’s more distant predecessors. In spite of that, the squad’s discipline was a worry for United’s board: red cards of a needless or repetitive nature which Christiansen was failing to cut out or to tackle with anything more than standard two-week fines. Christiansen, a warm and softly-spoken coach, never cast himself as a disciplinarian and when Gaetano Berardi was sent off for two bookings against Cardiff on Saturday, the Dane was almost out of answers. “It’s difficult to show them how not to take a red card,” he said. “I cannot be in their minds in the moment that they go to ground.” The trail of sendings-off – four in five matches, six in total since the last week of September – will handicap Christiansen’s intended replacement, the Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom, but also offer a very obvious point of improvement. Goals, on the other hand, have been drying up for a while and Leeds have acute problems defensively. A unit which registered six consecutive clean sheets in the Championship in the first six weeks of the season has deteriorated to the point of confusion and disorganisation, underlined by Cardiff scoring four times from almost unmissable range. Christiansen was hamstrung by absentees and having used Adam Forshaw as part of a three-man defence in the second half on Saturday, he admitted that the midfielder


Liam Miller celebrating the winner in that famous 4-3 come back at the Saints

Sat Feb 10 2018  Tributes flow in for ex-white Liam Miller TRIBUTES are flowing in for former Leeds United midfielder Liam Miller who has lost his battle with cancer aged just 36. Miller joined United on loan from Manchester United in November 2005 and will be best remembered by Whites fans for scoring the winning goal in an epic 4-3 win at Southampton later that month, a game in which Leeds were 3-0 down with 20 minutes to go. The former midfielder had been battling pancreatic cancer and passed away aged just 36 on Friday evening. Former Leeds midfielder Shaun Derry started alongside Miller in the memorable win at Southampton and Derry Tweeted:Waking up to the news that my old teammate @LUFC Liam Miller has passed away. Such tragic news. What a gifted footballer he was and a true gentleman http://too.RIP Liam.” Current United under-23s captain Paudie O’Connor‏ said: “Lucky enough to have got the chance to share a pitch with him.. What a player, gone far too soon!” Leeds United’s official Twitter feed Tweeted: “Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #LUFC midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.” Friday Feb 9th 2018 Heckinbottom promises ‘fresh start’ for everyone – YP


Paul Heckinbottom – new Leeds coach

PAUL HECKINGBOTTOM says his appointment as head coach offers a definite clean slate to every member of Leeds United’s squad. Heckingbottom will take charge of his first game since succeeding former head coach Thomas Christiansen when the Whites visit Sheffield United for Saturday’s Championship Yorkshire derby. Leeds still have three players suspended for the clash with skipper Liam Cooper, fellow defender Gaetano Berardi and star no 10 Samu Saiz all remaining banned for their recent misdemeanours while United could have as many as four players missing through injury. Right-back Luke Ayling is definitely out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury while centre-back Conor Shaughnessy is another player recovering from an ankle problem. Striker Caleb Ekuban also remains sidelined as he continues to recover from breaking a bone in his foot while doubts still concern the participation of deadline day striker signing Tyler Roberts who arrived at the club having taken a knock. Heckingbottom will subsequently be utilising the United squad as a whole and the 40-year-old head coach admitted that his arrival offered a definite chance for every player to impress including those currently not involved. Asked if his appointment meant a clean slate and a fresh start, Heckingbottom admitted; “Yes, definitely. “I have seen games and played against them and I know players from previous clubs who have been at our previous games that I have seen and then I would be foolish not to tap into the knowledge of the staff who have been working with them all the time. There is always going to be an external input before I come in but now I am judging them as I see them, as I get to know them as people and footballers because that’s one thing that I do like to do. “I don’t mind pushing the players and I don’t mind being tough on the players but they will have my back and they will have my support so I need to get to know them.” Heckingbottom has also hinted there will be no rigid formation in his tenure at the Whites. Leeds have predominantly played a 4-2-3-1 system for the last two seasons under Thomas Christiansen and before that Garry Monk whereas Heckingbottom had recently favoured a 4-1-4-1 approach at former club Barnsley. But asked if he would be bringing that recently favoured formation to Leeds, Heckingbottom said: “Not necessarily. “Predominantly last season and the season before I played 4-4-2 due to recruitment and the personnel in the squad. It didn’t suit us so we changed. “But I don’t get hung up on systems, especially in possession. “We have got principles and when we have got the ball we will us the formation if you like and it will just be based on how we defend. “We could defend as a 4-4-2 or we could defend as a 4-3-3 but in possession it may look exactly the same. “That will be the message that we will get across.” Weds 7th of Feb Phil Hay: The hand Heckingbottom’s been dealt at Leeds United is far from perfect Rightly or wrongly the feeling at Leeds United is that Thomas Christiansen might prove himself before long. The right idea, the club maintain, but the wrong time for him to be carrying the weight of the world at Elland Road. Almost a case of too much too soon. Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 1: Appointing Christiansen was a ‘big mistake’, admits Leeds United owner Managerial sackings take a variety of forms, from mutual-consent partings to Brian McDermott communicating with Massimo Cellino via his solicitor, but Christiansen sitting down with United’s players for breakfast on Tuesday was as gentle a goodbye as any head coach will have. No bad blood and no resentment, even after the worst of months. Christiansen fell into the category of what Freddie Shepherd, haunted by the experience of sacking Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle United, called “shooting bambi”: a man who Leeds no longer had faith in but could not criticise on a personal level. The club liked him and the players embraced him, to the extent that they were able to meet amicably at Thorp Arch two days after Christiansen had been shown the door. Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 2: Orta backed as Leeds United owner retains promotion hope His appointment did not work, though. By any measure it equates to the failure in the time he was given. Christiansen saw fewer games than Steve Evans and two more than Neil Redfearn, and the two best gauges for any manager – how much better the team was under him and how much individual players improved – both gave a low reading on Saturday night. The decision was staring Leeds in the face, much as it gave the club no pleasure to take it. Where Christiansen scored highly was on accountability, showing the self-awareness to admit he was in a corner after a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City. His resigned honesty on Saturday night – “if it’s their decision that they want to find somebody better then I’ll go away with my head high” – made you ask yourself if he already knew or if the smoke signals were starting to rise, but it could not be said that the Dane wandered blissfully into a hail of bullets. Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 4: Leeds Owner defends Under-23s set-up A touch more arrogance might not hurt his career but it is always better to fall on the right side of cockiness. Accountability matters in football. A club is a free-for-all without it. Bristol City, who came out the other side of the storm surrounding Lee Johnson last season, recently introduced personal handbooks for all of their players, providing information about every aspect of the club: useful contacts, social media policies and the specific details of dressing-room fines. Mark Ashton, their chief executive, said the guides were intended to create a “no-excuses” culture. “For the first time everyone knows the rules,” he told The Guardian a few weeks ago. Christiansen carried the can for a wretched first month of 2018, a period of overwhelming misjudgements. The misjudgements were not all his, not even close, but the timing of his dismissal felt right nonetheless. His sacking pushes the well-worn reset button at Elland Road but it also shifts accountability: to Paul Heckingbottom, his replacement, but also toward an owner, a director of football and a regime who need their second-choice as head coach to click. Managerial appointments are a test of judgement and Christiansen was a mistake. It is hard with the benefit of hindsight not to reflect that the 44-year-old, to all but those with an encyclopedic knowledge of European football, was plucked from thin air. The choice of Heckingbottom caused predictable divisions: underwhelming for some, disappointing for others. What he has in his favour is the confidence of large numbers of people within the game – most with no dog in this fight – who think he will go on to be a top-level coach. Barnsley were failing to make him look like one, with one win in 16 games and three at home in a year, but there are agents, other managers and players who rate his potential. He is a stricter character than Christiansen too. One of his first requests after taking the job this week was to see the players’ disciplinary charter which, in light of four red cards in five games, was plainly achieving nothing. Leeds need his potential to kick in quickly if this season is to be anything other than a stepping stone to another year in the Championship. Heckingbottom said it on Tuesday: the five games in front of the club are defining now and the longer shot that promotion has become does not mean his initial results can be as bad as Christiansen’s most recent. But he is stepping in at the most difficult time, with players in short supply, form non-existent and the fixture list squaring up to him. The hand he has been dealt merits some realism about how easily he can bring the season round, and how quickly. Weds 7th of February Leeds United’s appointment of Paul Heckingbottom is a calculated risk worth taking – Phil Hay Leeds United were not the first club to court Paul Heckingbottom and his reputation in various boardrooms transcended Barnsley’s league position. Barnsley are in trouble this season, out of form and in the soup, but Heckingbottom’s stock remains intact, untainted by the prospect of him taking them down. The Championship table, with Barnsley in 21st place, is an unflattering reflection of Heckingbottom’s talent but the landscape at Oakwell and the reality of his two years as manager were more nuanced and complicated.


It seems Heckinbottom went as far as he could with the Tykes

Barnsley, in their own way, are a talent factory, adept at generating a good calibre of footballer but prone to selling them when the knock on the door comes. Player sales were the backdrop to Heckingbottom’s entire reign. The trend began before his tenure commenced and continued during it. Barnsley’s precarious standing suggests the club, inspite of Heckingbottom’s responsibility, have pushed their luck too far. They were eighth in the Championship after beating Leeds at Oakwell last January, in with a shout of the play-offs. They sold Sam Winnall, Conor Hourihane and James Bree in the space of three weeks and tailed off into 14th. Their preparation for this season, in a problematic summer transfer window which suffered at first from the absence of a chief executive, was such that Heckingbottom warned the club they were “falling way behind with recruitment.”   Heckingbottom was part of the production line at Barnsley, an academy coach before the opportunity of management presented itself when Lee Johnson left for Bristol City in 2016. The South Yorkshire club have reaped a sizeable income from their output, selling John Stones and Mason Holgate to Everton and Alfie Mawson to Swansea City. Sunderland tried to appoint him in November but the 40-year-old sized up the mess at the Stadium of Light and said no. He came onto Nottingham Forest’s radar last month and is understood to have spoken to the club twice, before Forest appointed Aitor Karanka There was ample motivation for him to leave Oakwell before Christmas, at a time when Barnsley was stuck in the cogs of a protracted buy-out of the late Patrick Cryne’s shares, and the irony of him quitting for Leeds four days after signing an improved contract is that he upped sticks at the precise point where Barnsley were under new ownership and happy to hike up his way his pay. “There was never any doubt,” Heckingbottom said after accepting the deal last Friday. There is, as a result of both Thomas Christiansen’s sacking on Sunday but also Leeds’ deteriorating results, mounting debate about the suitability of the structure at Elland Road, the director of football model in which Victor Orta holds so much sway, but the layers of management maintained by United might sit comfortably with Heckingbottom. The 40-year-old is used to juggling balls and in his first year as Barnsley’s manager he found time to study and qualify for an MSc in sport coaching at Leeds Beckett University. But earlier this season, and not for the first time, he voiced wearily about the infrastructure at Barnsley and a shortage of key personnel which in his view was stretching him too far and limiting his coaching input. He was waiting for a takeover which finally came in December, a few days before Christmas. “I want to try and get more away from the administration stuff I should never been doing anyway,” he said at the time. “I have to do stuff like that and get dragged away. “It’s needs must and you have to do it but it dilutes your work and spreads you too thin to be really focused on what your role should be. “If anything is taking me and the coaching staff away from the grass then something is wrong. That’s one area we can improve definitely.” Leeds did not ask Christiansen to do any more than prep his players week after week. The Dane, who lost his job after a 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City and his 35th game in charge last Saturday, was an out-and-out head coach in the continental mould. Orta managed the club’s scouting network and pulled the strings with transfers. In principle Heckingbottom, who as recently as last month was asking Barnsley to employ a recruitment specialist, could accept that arrangement, although it remains to be seen if the appointment of a domestic coach with experience of the Championship, both as a manager and in his days as a left-back, alters Orta’s influence. In the short-term, some authority in the dressing room is what Leeds will seek from Heckingbottom. The high regard in which Christiansen was held by United’s players was demonstrated by the squad meeting the Dane for a final time yesterday morning, saying their goodbyes as Heckingbottom signed his contract at Elland Road. Christiansen’s sacking was not the result of any bad blood but Leeds were troubled by the stream of red cards which leaves Heckingbottom with a threadbare squad for his first match at Sheffield United on Saturday. He and his assistant, Jamie Clapham, took training yesterday and have three days to organise a line-up which might contain only two recognised defenders. With a stronger set of players, Heckingbottom leaned towards a 4-4-2 system last season to good effect before the January sales. This season, with poorer resources and in an attempt to bail water, Barnsley often used a holding midfielder and a lone striker either side of two banks of four. Leeds had no problem working that formation out during a 2-0 win at Oakwell in November. His first block of games is as difficult as it could possibly have been, culminating in the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to Elland Road on March 7 which will challenge him to avoid a low-key start. He and the club have much to prove: Heckingbottom, after irking his boyhood club by quitting Oakwell so suddenly, to show that his coaching ability is better than the sum of Barnsley’s results, and Leeds to demonstrate that the squad they possess is more than the mid-table unit some believe it to be. There is risk involved, for him and United, but a belief on both sides that the risk is calculated. Mon 5th of Feb Christiansen’s exit proof that Leeds United have not given up on play-off target – Phil Hay CHRISTIANSEN was crushed in the stampede as Elland Road voted with its feet on Saturday, abandoned by the masses as Cardiff City beat him and his players into submission. Leeds United: Former England manager Steve McClaren NOT in the running to take over at Elland Road Leeds United saw no life left in their head coach with public opinion turning against him, but the club refused to accept that he had already taken the season down. Leeds and the incumbent regime there have tried at every turn to look beyond the immediate term, but Christiansen’s sacking on Sunday night was a throw of the dice, an attempt to stop March and April serving up a round of dead rubbers in the Championship. That scenario might materialise regardless but the timing of his dismissal was significant: now or most probably never with his squad already seven points short of the play-offs. Christiansen, with suspensions in every corner of his dressing room and injuries biting hard, had shown no sign of solving the crisis and the next five fixtures awaiting Leeds – Sheffield United, Bristol City, Derby, Brentford and Wolves – felt terminal without a change of tackht have to play as a centre-back again at Sheffield United this weekend.


TC cuts a lonely figure during Cardiff debacle

Nonetheless, the concessions were totting up: 37 in the Championship, just 10 short of the tally conceded by Leeds during 46 matches under Monk last season. Cardiff’s aerial threat told at the weekend and the appointment of set-piece specialist Gianni Vio – still on the staff at Thorp Arch despite Christiansen’s exit – failed to enhance the club’s resistance at the back. Vio, in his defence, built his reputation for innovation on attacking routines. In a broader sense, the demise of Christiansen shines a light on Leeds’ footballing structure, both in the backroom at Thorp Arch and the offices of Elland Road. United’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, stood by Christiansen when results first went awry in the autumn, in part because the club were convinced by the 44-year-old’s ideas but also out of a desire to be seen to be different to previous owners; to not only speak about stability but to deliver it. Christiansen’s sacking, though, calls into question the decision to appoint a relatively raw coach whose managerial experience had been limited to three seasons in Cyprus. It also raises the subject of the influence of Victor Orta, the club’s director of football and the man driving United’s transfer strategy. Orta was cast locally as one of the villains of the piece during Middlesbrough’s Premier League collapse, accused of meddling and interfering to an excessive degree in his role as head of recruitment. His eight months at Elland Road have generated none of those complaints but his authority over scouting and recruitment is exceptionally strong. Christiansen, Orta said at the outset, would have the final say on signings and Christiansen always echoed that sentiment, though questions from the press about transfers or requirements were often met with the answer of: “Ask Victor.” It is not a secret that Orta leads on that front and does so with a clear mandate. The sacking of a head coach who Leeds genuinely expected to be here next season should prompt some examination of the squad they have built and set-up they are asking their next head coach to join. It ought not to be beyond Heckingbottom, with more tactical flexibility and a different voice, to find a way to settle Leeds United down and thicken the hide of a team who have lost all but one of the games in which they conceded first this season. Part of Christiansen’s pitch to Radrizzani involved a dissection of United’s failings under Monk and a promise of more ideas but it took the worst of times against Millwall and Cardiff for him to deviate from 4-2-3-1. There are players at Leeds with form to find and, inevitably, many who would benefit from an injection of confidence. It does not mean, as it didn’t in 2012 when Leeds jettisoned Simon Grayson for Neil Warnock, that United are about to find fifth gear or surge into the play-offs. But it was hard not to draw the conclusion on Saturday that they can be better than this. Read more: Who is Hannes Wolf and why has he been linked jobs at Leeds and Bradford? Leeds United fans have their say with former Hull and Watford man top of the wish list POLL: Were Leeds United right to sack manager Thomas Christiansen? Leeds United manager latest: Christiansen just another name to add to the long list of Elland Road failures.


Radrizanni felt TC was wrong man for job. Why not appoint someone earlier then and get his own players in during January ?

Weds Feb 7tht Radrizzani Exclusive Pt 1: Appointing Christiansen was a ‘big mistake’, admits Leeds United owner – Phil Hay Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has apologised for the “mistake” of appointing Thomas Christiansen and admitted he had been tempted to sack him earlier after ending Christiansen’s 35-game reign as head coach.


I never felt TC was up to it, especially tactically but it’s very easy for the chairman to throw all the blame at his door now.

In a wide-ranging interview with the YEP, United’s owner said he had given Christiansen “many chances” to prove himself and pointed to Leeds’ FA Cup defeat to League Two side Newport County last month as the result which ended his faith in Dane. Christiansen was appointed by Radrizzani last June, a month after the Italian took 100 per cent control of Leeds, and he led the club to the top of the Championship in his first seven matches but a recent run of six league games without a win, culminating in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City, led to Christiansen’s sacking on Sunday night. Paul Heckingbottom was named as his replacement within 48 hours, arriving from Barnsley after Leeds paid £500,000 to buy him out of his contract at Oakwell. Radrizzani accused Christiansen of failing “in terms of communication, leadership and confidence” and apologised to the club’s support for gambling on a coach whose prior experience consisted of three years spent managing in Cyprus. “Anything that doesn’t work is a mistake so yes, I did make a mistake,” Radrizzani said. “I apologise to the fans and the club, and for my experience I need to learn and analyse better my choice before making it. At the same time, he seemed to be someone successful and fresh who could match with the new phase of the club, my new management and the new freshness around the team “But if you watch the games we conceded so many chances early on, in the first few minutes. This is a sign that mentally the players are not relaxed. They are stressed and this is why I could feel that probably the manager was not transmitting security and confidence. “I waited for a long time before taking the decision and gave him many chances. Already at the beginning of January I was really keen to change. Victor (Orta, Leeds’ director of football) convinced me to hold on and give him one more, one more, one more; extra chances but at the end, something was missing.” Christiansen maintained a win ratio in excess of 40 per cent but cut a downbeat figure after the loss to Cardiff, admitting: “If it’s their (the board’s) decision that they want to find somebody better then I cannot do anything about that. I will then go away but with my head high.” Radrizzani, who described the dismissal as a case of “now or never” in terms of Leeds’ bid to reach the Championship play-offs, said: “We need to share this responsibility but probably the job was a little bit too big for him at this point in his career. Radrizzani, who described the dismissal as a case of “now or never” in terms of Leeds’ bid to reach the Championship play-offs, said: “We need to share this responsibility but probably the job was a little bit too big for him at this point in his career. Andrea Radrizzani “I wish him good luck and success and he will have the time to grow but at the same time I think this league is competitive, very difficult and he probably lacked a little bit in terms of knowledge of the football. “More than that he needs to improve in terms of communication and leadership and confidence, which is a word I used a lot with him but it didn’t improve. “I had two situations that put me in the mind to change. First, the crazy Christmas period where we had four games in eight days. I was expecting (Christiansen) to manage the group in terms of changing some players. At the end, what happened was the opposite. “As a result we had to change 10 players and have a shame-game against Newport. Congratulations to them but we didn’t come onto the pitch to play. That was a message to consider a change.” Barnsley, under Heckingbottom, were 21st in the Championship when the 40-year-old walked out of Oakwell after two years in charge on Tuesday but he is widely regarded as a promising coach. Radrizzani said he believed Heckingbottom would be better equipped for the Championship, saying: “We want to have on board someone with a bright future but at the same time a knowledge of the territory. Someone fresh, ambitious and motivated to do well. “In his short career he already achieved a promotion. He’s someone who could lead the group and that’s what we need now. We need a leader. In my first moment I was thinking of someone more senior, someone older with more seasons behind him, but this could be compensated by Paul with his leadership. In the long run I think we could hopefully have found a good manager. Time will show.” Tuesday Feb 6th Leeds appoint Heckinbottom new coach – Phil Hay Leeds United have named Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach on an 18-month contract. Heckingbottom’s appointment was confirmed this morning after the Elland Road club paid £500,000 to activate a release clause in the new deal signed by Heckingbottom at Barnsley last week. Heckingbottom committed himself to improved terms at Oakwell on Friday but walked out of Barnsley to take charge at Elland Road after United sacked Thomas Christiansen over the weekend. Leeds finalised negotiations with Heckingbottom yesterday evening and the 40-year-old signed a contract to 2019 this morning, in time to take his first training session at Thorp Arch. Christiansen, who was dismissed just seven months into a two-year contract, had earlier met United’s squad for a final time, saying his farewells to a group of players he managed for 35 games. The Dane left United with the club seven points outside the Championship’s play-off places and on a run of six league games without a win, a worsening position which convinced the board at Elland Road to act. Leeds see Heckingbottom, a former Sheffield Wednesday defender, as a bright and talented coach and moved to exercise his release clause less than 24 hours after Christiansen’s departure. Heckingbottom spent exactly two years in charge of Barnsley and steered the club to promotion from League One and victory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final during his first season. He took charge of more than 100 games for Barnsley and recently turned down approaches from Sunderland and Nottingham Forest. Jamie Clapham, the former United loanee who worked as Heckingbottom’s number two at Oakwell, has joined him as assistant at Leeds. Barnsley’s head of sport science, Nathan Wilder, and first-team performance analyst Alex Bailey have also left for Elland Road. In a statement, Barnsley expressed their “shock at Ppaul Heckingbottom’s desire to leave having agreed a new contract last week.” Chief Executive Gauthier Ganaye told their official website: “Yes, it was unexpected. Yes, it has come during an already complicated period. Yes, it will make things more difficult short term but our club is full of resources and certainly not dependent on one man alone.” Monday 5th of Feb Heckingbottom to get the gig  LEEDS UNITED are set to finalise the appointment of Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach tonight after activating a clause to release him from his contract at Barnsley. The Oakwell boss is due to conclude negotiations at Elland Road this evening and should be installed in time to take charge of training at Thorp Arch tomorrow morning. Leeds have moved quickly to recruit Heckingbottom, less than 24 hours after sacking Thomas Christiansen and just three days after the 40-year-old signed a new contract with Barnsley. The former Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday defender put pen to paper on an improved rolling deal at Oakwell on Friday but his contract included a release clause and Leeds moved to finance it earlier today having sacked Christiansen late last night. Royston-born Heckingbottom, who grew up as a Barnsley supporter and played for the club between 2006 and 2008, has been manager at Oakwell since 2016. He took charge of his 100th competitive last month and secured an improved deal following the recent takeover of Barnsley. Despite the regular sale of key players, Heckingbottom took Barnsley to promotion via the League One play-off final in his first six months in the job and also claimed the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. His side finished 14th in the Championship last season but have struggled this term and lie fourth from bottom in the table after one win from 16 games. Leeds, however, see Heckingbottom as a highly-talented coach and are ready to install him as Christiansen’s successor. He turned down the Sunderland job earlier this season and was strongly linked with Nottingham Forest last month before ruling himself out of the running. Christiansen was sacked on Sunday after 35 games in charge with Leeds seven points off the Championship play-offs.   Sunday 4th. McClaren becomes favourite for Leeds gig. Steve McClaren has beome the early favourite for Leeds manager after TC got the bullet. He was allegedly at the Cardiff match on Saturday. I didn’t see him. 


Louth on tour at Cardiff

Sunday 4th of February Head coach departs – LUFC Official statement. Leeds United can confirm that head coach Thomas Christiansen has left the club.Chairman Andrea Radrizzani and the Board of Directors would like to thank Thomas and his staff for their hard work over the past eight months.The club will be making no further comment at this time. Feb 4th TC on his way out and Larry on his way back ? Current Whites boss Thomas Christiansen is under pressure another defeat yesterday.Cardiff left Yorkshire with a comfortable 4-1 victory which leaves Leeds seven points off the play-off spots. Christiansen’s side haven’t won a match since Boxing Day and have lost four of their last six clashes. Owner Andrea Radrizzani claimed finishing in the top six was the minimum requirement for the Leeds boss before the season started. And the Dane is now facing questions over his future at the club. But former Leeds boss Simon Grayson is eyeing a spectacular return to the club. According to the Daily Mail, the ex-Sunderland boss is aware of the situation at his former side and would be open to return. Grayson is still a supporter of the West Yorkshire club. He also oversaw a Leeds’ promotion from League One in 2010. In the same year, the club recorded a famous victory over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. Grayson was relieved of his duties in 2012 and has since been in charge of Huddersfield, Preston and Sunderland. His latest stint, on Wearside, didn’t go as planned. But this hasn’t stopped Grayson wanting to take charge of another club in the Championship. The 48-year-old is the favourite to take over if Christiansen becomes the latest Leeds boss to lose his job. Sat Feb 3rd Bluebirds put four past Leeds. Leeds United 1 (Bamba O.G 54) Cardiff City 4 (Paterson 9, Hoilett 41, Morison 45, Pilkington 88) Leeds: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson (Dallas 30), Pennington, De Bock, Forshaw, Ronaldo Vieira (Grot 86), Alioski, Hernandez (c), Roofe, Lasogga (Sacko 73): Subs not used: Lonergan, Anita, Grot, Romario Vieira, Pearce Cardiff: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Traore, Grujic (Halford 82), Paterson, Ralls, Hoillett, Wildschut (Pilkington 55), Madine (Zohore 72): Subs not used: Murphy, Feeney, Pilkington, Damour, Ward Referee: G Scott Booked: Berardi (Leeds United), Madine, Ralls, Pilkington, Grujic (Cardiff City) Sent off: Berardi (Leeds United)Attendance: 30,534 (624 Cardiff) Venue: Elland Road


Dallas v Cardiff in 4-1 defeat

Cardiff City ran out comfortable winners at Elland Road, as Leeds succumbed to a second home defeat in a row. The Whites made one change from the side that started in 0-0 draw at Hull City on Tuesday night with Matthew Pennington returning from injury in place of the injured Conor Shaughnessy. The match was preceded by a minute’s applause for the former Leeds United manager Jimmy Armfield who sadly passed away on January 22nd. It was the Bluebirds who had the first chance of the match when Sol Bamba saw his header deflect over for the bar. Cardiff took the lead in the ninth minute when Leeds failed to clear a corner and Callum Paterson headed home from an Armand Traore cross. Leeds nearly found an equaliser moments later when Pierre-Michel Lasogga on the counter attack, saw his effort from 25 yards pushed onto the post by Neil Etheridge. Cardiff then had a chance to make it two, but Yanic Wildschut could only head a good opportunity wide. Leeds went close from a corner, when Matthew Pennington got on the end of Laurens De Bock’s delivery, but his header was wide of the post. United had a great chance to level when Pablo Hernandez did well and his cross found Lasogga at the back post, but his header from inside the six yard box hit the crossbar and Ezgjan Alioski’s scuffed his rebound and Etheridge made the ave. The Whites were dealt another injury blow when Pontus Jansson was stretchered off and his replacement Stuart Dallas had an opportunity when Lasogga played him in on goal, but he tripped as he shot and couldn’t beat Etheridge. Junior Hoilett then made it two for Cardiff, when he got on the end of Paterson’s shot across goal. The Whites were then reduced to ten men when Gaetano Berardi was sent off for a second bookable offence and from the resulting free kick, Sean Morrison headed in Cardiff’s third, following Hoilett’s delivery. Half time: Leeds United 0-3 Cardiff City In the 50th minute, there was a second minute’s applause of the game, taking place to mark the life of Eric Carlile, secretary of the Leeds United Supporter’s Club for 50 years, who recently passed away at the age of 89. The Whes pulled a goal back nine minutes into the second half, when former defender Sol Bamba could only divert a Stuart Dallas shot into his own net, after the Northern Irishman did well down the right flank. Kemar Roofe then did well to win Leeds a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left side, close to the byline, but Hernandez was unable to keep his attempt on goal down. Paterson came close to getting a fourth for the visitors when he fizzed a shot in from 25 yards, but it just went past the post. Cardiff’s Joe Ralls was then teed up by Hoilett on the edge of the box, but he couldn’t find the target with his well hit effort. The Bluebirds then made it four with two minutes remaining when Anthony Pilkington slid home at the far post, to convert Paterson’s low cross. Alioski then tried his luck from distance as he looked for a consolation goal, but he was unable to keep his effort down. The result ensured back to back home defeats at Elland Road, with the Whites still looking for a first win in 2018. Friday  Feb 1st Goodbye to Eric Five members of the Louth branch attended the service for our old and dear friend Eric Carlile in Eric1Cottingley and we had a drink or two afterwards in the Gary Speed suite followed by a few drinks in the Peacock. On 50 minutes a rousing round of applause at Elland Road paid tribute to the man who spent 50 years as secretary of LUSC, and some time as a director of the club also. One year alone he wrote 12,000 letters, all by pen and some on that old type writer he occasionally used, the one he joked ‘couldn’t spell right’.  His like will never be seen again and in the early years went more than out of his way to get us tickets for big match games at Elland Road (yes we used to have some) because he recognised the sacrifices made by the Irish branches that travelled great distances to follow this great club. Every time we travlled over to Leeds it was a privilige to travel out to the Moorhouse (his local) and meet him for a drink. It was never a chore but an enjoyment to sped time in the man’s company. He laso travelled to Dundalk a number of times and great enjoyment was had there too.  Alas those times have now past but he has left behind many fond memories. RIP Eric ! Weds 31st of January Roberts completes move to Leeds Tyler Roberts vowed to make an immediate impact on Leeds United’s faltering play-off bid after signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road.


Tyler Roberts United’s deadline day signing

Roberts finalised a £2.5m move from West Bromwich Albion this morning and insisted he was ready to throw himself into the Championship and help United claim a top-six finish. The 19-year-old has completed three separate spells on loan in League One, including the first half of this season with Walsall, but he could make his Championship debut on Saturday when Leeds host Cardiff at Elland Road. “I’ve been in League One last season and the start of last season and I think I coped with it very well,” Roberts told the YEP after sealing his transfer today. “I’ve adapted to each club and I think I’ve got better as well. I’m ready to come into the Championship and show what I’m about. “I’d like to think I can go straight into the first team and have an impact. Of course it’s not about me, it’s about the team and me being able to gel with them, but I can’t wait to get into training.  “I know they’re pushing for the play-offs and that’s a big thing to come into. It’ll be exciting times.” United stepped into sign Roberts – a prospect they had been tracking for sometime – yesterday after West Brom began listening to bids for the Wales Under-21 international. His situation at The Hawthorns was dramatically altered on Monday night by the arrival of England striker Daniel Sturridge on loan from Liverpool. Leeds have taken their January spending to over £6m by paying an initial fee of £2.5m and Roberts’ contract at Elland Road will run to the summer of 2022. His deal at West Brom was due to end this summer and Albion The club were at risk of losing Roberts for a minimal compensation at the end of the season and opted to cash in on him after landing Sturridge, despite initial suggestions that manager Alan Pardew would use him in the second half of the Premier League term. Roberts, who played once for West Brom in the top flight in 2016, said: “There’s no PROBLEMS with me back at West Brom. There was just the situation of me wanting to go and play. When a big club like Leeds comes in for you it seems like the perfect opportunity to go and do that. “Everyone hears things about what’s going on but I was just training there, pushing to get into the team. Then I start to know that Leeds was more of a serious note so I was prepared for anything. “It’s gone into talks with West Brom and my agent and it became more set in stone that it could happen. If you get asked to come here, it’s a massive honour. Any player would.”  Meanwhile Andy Lonergan’s move to Sunderland has fallen through.   Tuesday 3oth Jan Hull City 0-0 Leeds.  Although United stopped their losing streak a bore draw was not what the doctor ordered. It’s wins we need now not one pointersLeeds United: Wiedwald, Berardi, Shaughnessy (Dallas 6), Jansson, De Bock, Forshaw, Ronaldo Vieira, Alioski (Sacko 86), Hernandez, Roofe (Cibicki 90), Lasogga. Subs not used: Lonergan, Pearce, Anita, Romario Vieira. Referee: T Harrington.


Pontus now on 9 yellows

LEEDS UNITED were left thankful to some important saves from ‘keeper Felix Wiedwald in a goalless draw at Tuesday night’s Championship hosts Hull City. Hull should have taken the lead after just three minutes but Fraizer Campbell fired wide from inside the area with just Wiedwald to beat after lobbing the ball over Conor Shaughnessy to fashion the chance Shaughnessy stayed down after being turned and it soon became apparent that the defender was injured and would be unable to continue. With no other centre backs on the bench, Stuart Dallas was brought on after just six minutes into an unfamiliar right back role as Gaetano Berardi switched to centre back to partner Pontus Jansson. The much-changed Whites defence was soon on the ropes and Wiedwald eventually gathered a fierce drive from the dangerous Jarrod Bowen before the German ‘keeper produced a fine save to tip a low effort from Nouha Dicko around the post. Wiedwald then kept out a strong shot from Jackson Irvine from a tight angle with a save with his legs before United’s card woes continued when Pontus Jansson was shown a ninth yellow of the season meaning one more will land the Swede a two-game ban. dangerous cross and then a low long shot cleared wide. Hull then had the ball in the net a few minutes later after some hesitant defending to a long punt for Dicko but Dicko was adjudged to have fouled Wiedwald. And Wiedwald again saved the day in first half stoppage time when producing another save with his legs to keep out a goalbound shot from Bowen amidst a scramble in the box. Leeds then began the second half in more promising fashion but Hull squandered a sitter in the 54th minute when Dicko somehow managed to divert Kamil Grosicki’s cross over the bar from one yard out. United looked to hit back through Hernandez who sliced a tricky volley wide but United were then grateful when Irvive was unable to cash in on some shaky Whites defending when his effort from 40 yards out failed to threaten the United goal with Wiedwald stranded outside of his box. Leeds were then inches away from taking the lead in the 72nd minute through Pierre-Michel Lasogga who worked an opening on the edge of the area and curled a fine effort narrowly over the top right corner. Alioski was then presented with a decent opportunity with 12 minutes left but the winger swiped at thin air from inside the box after Gaetano Berardi’s knock down to a Hernandez free-kick. Alioski then went similarly close when powering a volley from the same position with seven minutes left. But United were again left indebted to Wiedwald in second half stoppage time when the German produced yet another save at close range to deny Campbell and Leeds then wasted a fine chance when choosing the wrong OPTIONS when countering three on two in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Tues 30th of January Roberts to become a White West Brom have agreed to sell Tyler Roberts to Leeds United for £2.5m, according to Sky sources. Sky Sports News understands the deal for Roberts will be completed on Deadline Day subject to a medical. Roberts has made just one senior appearance for the Baggies since breaking into the first team in 2016. The 19-year-old has spent the majority of his senior career out on loan, enjoying spells at Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall. Roberts joined the Saddlers on loan at the start of the 2017-18 campaign and has since scored five goals in 17 appearances for the Sky Bet League One club. Meanwhile Andy Lonergan will leave Leeds to join Sunderland. Jan 26th Own goal! Design experts give their take on Leeds United crest   The experts have had their say on the Leeds United crest fiasco – and the results aren’t pretty. Two creative outfits, Better Brand Agency and Delete, today ran the rule over the new crest, which triggered a fan backlash when it was unveiled by the club earlier this week. John Taylor, creative director at Better Brand Agency, was left distinctly unimpressed by the design, a cartoon-style effort inspired by the Leeds salute. Comparing it unfaCrestvourably with the badge adopted by Italian club Juventus last year, he said: “On a simplistic level both the concept and execution is pretty mediocre yet somehow the result manages to add up to less than the sum of its parts. “Part of the problem is that it falls into a dull middle ground. At one extreme, it doesn’t go as far as the ultra-slick, hyper-minimal Juventus redesign. “Yes, Juventus admittedly caused a bit of an uproar, but their overarching vision was clear and it was beautifully executed. Tom Dougherty. “At the other end of the scale, it doesn’t reference any of the club’s 100-year history either. “It feels like a cheap cover version of the American NFL aesthetic, which is entirely the wrong direction for something with so much built-in heritage.” Tom Dougherty, user experience director at Leeds-based Delete, raised questions about United’s approach to the redesign process. He said: “It appears the club underestimated the level of emotional attachment to the current crest. “When you factor in the bold and radically different new design, it’s easy to see why supporters have reacted as strongly as they have. “A club crest, in particular, is as cherished as a national flag. “In some cases it means more, and stands for more to the team’s supporters, so any slight modification, let alone a fundamental overhaul, has the tendency to cause mass hysteria.” Leeds have responded to criticism of the crest by pledging further consultations with fans over its design.


The real SALUTE!

Jan 25th Salute reaches 80,000 names The salute takes centre stage in the club’s new crest design which has attracted widespread outrage from Whites fans and prompted an online petition against its roll out which has to date attracted nearly 80,000 names. Jan 24th Kinnear says the fans should get behind it Leeds managing director said the fans should get behind the new club logo.He said: “This is the decision. We’re confident we’ve spoken to enough people and that we’ve had enough feedback to know we’re on the right path. “We accept that it’s going to take some time for people to get used to it, but we hope that they’ll get behind it.” He added: “What we do accept is when you make a change like this, you’re going to certainly divide fan opinion. “Ultimately the badge of the team grows with a team and it’s something people get used to and learn to love as the team perform. “We want this to be the badge the team wear in their first season back in the Premier League, and it’s going to be that journey that will help everyone adopt it.”  When you’re in a hole son you stop digging !   Monday January 22nd. Former Leeds manager Jimmy Armfield passes away Tributes have been paid to former Leeds manager Jimmy Armfield who has died aged 82. Jimmy took over from Brian Clough at Elland Road in 1974 and guided them to the European Cup final a year later during a four year spell in charge. He was also captained his country and was part of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad before going on to become a much-loved radio commentator after his playing and managerial career. Jimmy, who leaves behind his wife Anne and two sons passed away at a hospice in his hometown of Blackpool after a long battle with illness his family JimmyArmfield JimmyArmfield2confirmed. Leeds United said today: “It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of former LUFC manager Jimmy Armfield. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.” Whilst the LUFC Supporter’s Trust said: “Very sad to hear of the loss of European Cup winner Jimmy Armfield. Our sincere condolences go out to Jimmy’s family and loved ones.”Jimmy picked up the pieces when Brian Clough, who had taken over from the legendary Don Revie who led them to the League title in 1974. was sacked just 44 days into his ill-fated spell in charge at Elland Road. He began the task of reviving Revie’s ageing but still talented squad and he guided them to the European Cup final against Bayern Munich in Paris in May 1975.Leeds lost 2-0 in the game however were denied a clear penalty and had a goal dubiously ruled out for offiside with Armfield insisting they were ‘robbed’. With Don Howe as his assistant he guided them to top finishes in every season of his four year spell in charge and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1977 and the League Cup in 1978. It was his second managerial role after leading Bolton to the third division title in 1973. However after leaving his post at Elland Road he changed career, training as a journalist and becoming a well-known and much loved football commentator primarily on BBC Radio 5 Live, for more than 35 years. A Mancunian by birth, he moved to Blackpool during the Second World War and went to spend his entire playing career with Blackpool, making 568 appearances for the Tangerines as a full-back between 1954 and 1971. He also captained England and was part of the squad that won the World Cup in 1966 though injury denied him making an appearance in the tournament. Only players who were on the pitch in the final received winners’ medal but what was rectified 43 years later when Armfield eventually received his medal, and he was also awarded a CBE in 2009. Jimmy said in 2008: “I’ve got a soft spot for Leeds as a club and I liked the city; the people were very good to me. And in the main I thought I did well.” Today his family said: “”After a long and courageous battle, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law Jimmy Armfield, has passed away peacefully surrounded by his immediate family. “We have many wonderful messages of love and support, for which we are grateful, and moved by all the kind words. “We would also like to thank all the magnificent and dedicated NHS staff who have kept Jimmy, and the family, as well as possible over the ten years of his illness. “Jimmy had two great loves, first and foremost was his family, to which he was devoted and loved dearly. The other was football, especially Blackpool, England and his colleagues at the PFA. “Once again, the family extends its thanks as we try to come to terms in a world without Jimmy.”  I always liked Jimmy Armfield as a manager and a pundit. I thought he should have played Duncan Mckenzie in the 1975 EC Final in Paris (Yes we were robbed) but despite that United should have won that match. A gentle, kind man he will be remembered fondly from BBC radio 5 Live and from his Elland  Road days. RIP Jimmy. Monday 22nd of January Klich joins Utrecht – P Hay LEEDS UNITED midfielder Mateusz Klich has ended a torrid eight-month spell at Elland Road by joining Dutch club Utrecht on loan. Klich, who arrived at Leeds in a £1.5m transfer from FC Twente in June, has returned to Holland for the rest of this season and is likely to seek a permanent move elsewhere in the summer. The Poland international has been out of favour at United, making one league start, and he failed to break into head coach Thomas Christiansen’s line-up despite a recent spate of injuries and suspensions. His prospects were reduced further last week by Leeds signing midfielder Adam Forshaw in a £4.5m deal from Middlesbrough. Now I Get A Kick Out Of Fear Florist Gus Cavanagh on how he overcame his crippling anxiety through work – and found huge success. Read More Brought To You By American Express® Klich was hampered from the outset by an injury suffered in pre-season and his only league start came in a 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City in September. Christiansen substituted him after 67 minutes with Leeds 3-0 down. His struggle for appearances led to a number of pointed posts on social media, expressing frustration at his situation, and he failed to impress on a rare start in Leeds’ embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Newport County earlier this month. Klich holds a three-year contract with Leeds, running to 2020, but United were open to the idea of moving him on this month after receiving a number of expressions of interest from abroad. The 28-year-old joins a Utrecht side who are currently sixth in the Dutch top flight. Sat 20th Jan : Leeds United coach Christiansen sees the best and worst his squad has to offer Phil YP Neil Harris wasn’t sure so began by asking if anyone else needed a lie down after his side’s 4-3 victory. He could not bring himself to talk about a maddening Millwall victory without first acknowledging the team his players had devastated with seconds to spare. Very rarely does the Championship rattle the nerves like this. Devastated was the word and Pontus Jansson, ever the evocative character, spent several minutes sitting disconsolately in the centre circle as the agony of Leeds United’s defeat sank in. The gracious tone of a Millwall manager was almost the last thing anyone needed but Harris felt compelled to admit how wild the whole afternoon had been. “Well done to Leeds,” he said. “Second half, fantastic. An emotional rollercoaster? Definitely.” If one game encapsulated the rut Leeds are in, the extraordinary match which played out at Elland Road on Saturday was it: two goals and a man down at half-time, 3-2 in front with three minutes of normal time to play but beaten and bowed as the final whistle sounded.


Lassoga celebrates his 2nd against Millwall


Kemar Roofe scores v Millwall

What set itself up as the most improbable fightback Elland Road could remember ended with Leeds taking nothing more than a consoling pat on the head from Harris. Thomas Christiansen, without a win in four games, gave less heed to the second half. Very nice everything but zero points,” he said. I prefer to play like s**t and take three points.” In the first half he got half of that bargain: an abysmal effort, culminating in United’s captain, Liam Cooper, fuelling the view that discipline at Elland Road is not what it should be. Cooper, like Eunan O’Kane seven days earlier, spoke critically of Leeds’ disciplinary record on Friday afternoon and then followed those comments up with a straight red card on Saturday. Deja vu was everywhere as he waited for referee David Coote to rule on a sliding foul on George Saville in the 37th minute. Christiansen had tried to draw a line in the sand last week by addressing the issue of discipline directly with his players but three dismissals in as many games left nowhere to hide, much as Cooper’s punishment divided opinion. What could be said was that Cooper’s lunge beyond the halfway line was not a risk he needed to take. That must stop now,” Christiansen said, reflecting the problem on his hands by pointing out that Cooper, unlike O’Kane or Samuel Saiz, had at least been sent off for something less serious than spitting or a headbutt. “It was because one player went strong in a challenge,” he said. It caused a scuffle between both benches and Christiansen’s assistant, Julio Banuelos, and Millwall number two David Livermore were duly sent to the stands. Livermore is used to quick exits from Leeds. Kemar Roofe scrambles in the equalise. Tony Johnson Millwall had scored before Cooper exited the field, a back-post header from Aiden O’Brien after Steve Morison floated a cross over Gaetano Berardi in the 18th minute, and scored again when Lee Gregory arrived to bundle in another Morison delivery three minutes before half-time. Time has failed to heal Elland Road’s enmity towards Morison and he took those goals as his chance to goad the Kop. The joke had briefly been on him at 0-0 when Jed Wallace rammed a shot past Felix Wiedwald, only to see an offside flag rise. O’Brien picked Leeds off with Millwall’s next attack. Throughout the first half, Christiansen’s defence looked like they had met that morning. Laurens De Bock, on his debut at left-back, almost had but Millwall picked the entire back-four apart, dominating in the air. Shaun Hutchinson hit the crossbar and Felix Wiedwald pulled off two full-stretch saves as Leeds toyed with the idea of throwing the towel in last exchanges before the break. Christiansen felt even then that it should have been different. Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who was last seen starting a Championship game during an aimless outing at Brentford in November, was reintroduced and should have scored twice in his first 13 minutes, dollying a free header straight at Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer before driving a shot against Archer’s legs. The German is struggling for popularity and what came from him in the second half was as unforeseen as the football which came from Christiansen’s 10-man team. The United head coach said he was angry at the interval. “It was probably one of the speeches where I said my opinion straight,” he said. “But when you say something negative to make the team react, you then need to say something positive, to make them believe it is possible. “So went my speech and finally I said ‘does the team believe in this?’ Everyone said yes.” The Dane sacrificed Vieira and sent on Matthew Pennington. His usual 4-2-3-1 system was blown and a three-man defence backed up two lines of three in front of it. Thirty seconds into the second half, Shaun Williams missed an easy clearance, Kemar Roofe crossed low from the right and Lasogga hit the net with a shuddering shot. In the 55th minute, and with Millwall starting to panic, Archer spilled a gentle cross from De Bock and Roofe stuck around in a mass scramble for long enough to stab the ball over the line. Harris told it as it was. “In front of 35,000 at Elland Road, you give them a sniff and they’re going to take it,” he said. “It’s not just about making mistakes. It’s about how you deal with those mistakes and bounce back. We completely lost our composure for 15 minutes. No-one managed the game. There are certainly learning curves for us.” Lasogga caused pandemonium in the 62nd minute by controlling a pass from Hernandez and finding the bottom corner from 20 yards with the sort of sharp, deadly strike which once persuaded Hamburg that he was worth £50,000 a week. Millwall looked exhausted and riddled with mistakes, struggling to see a way back. “I compliment the team,” Christiansen said. “We changed the system, played with three behind and managed to change the [scoreline]. It was amazing. There was nothing where you could say the team didn’t try. It was about believing and having the pride we didn’t have in the first half.” Harris claimed that he had told his bench that a comeback might still be on the cards. “With five minutes to go, I said to Adam Barrett, my coach, ‘we’ll still win this’,” he said. His side were nonetheless pursuing dead ends and blind alleys until Tom Elliott, the one-time Leeds academy striker who debuted for United as a schoolboy in 2007, turned on the spot and drove a shot past Felix Wiedwald with 87 minutes gone, knocking the wind out of Leeds. Christiansen had already replaced Roofe and Lasogga, admitting that Lasogga after so few recent appearances was “finished” and out on his feet. Minus a focal point up front, a seventh goal looked like Millwall’s for the taking and Wallace snatched it in the second minute of injury-time with a deflected shot, driven in after Stuart Dallas allowed the ball to run away from him on the halfway line. Even then there was time left for Archer to deny Conor Shaughnessy with a point-blank parry. Christiansen had the right to be philosophical but Leeds are down in 10th in the Championship, without a win since Boxing Day and are losing players at quicker rate than they are signing them. Kalvin Phillips’ booking in the closing minutes earned him a two-match ban and all the while the fact remained that Millwall, before Saturday, had failed to win a game away from home all season or score more than six goals. Unfortunately we need to shoot ourselves in the feet to react and to be one player less,” Christiansen said. “Perhaps the tactic for the next game is to start with one less. This is when we play best.”Leeds United: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, De Bock, Phillips, Vieira (Pennington 43), Alioski Hernandez, Roofe (Dallas 74), Lasogga (Shaughnessy 83): Subs not used: Lonergan, Anita, Dallas, Sacko, Cibicki. A terrific game of football which ultimately yielded no points for Leeds. The sending off was wrong, It was a yellow card tackle. Nothing more. Leeds second half rally showed great character and portrayed a team that is playing for their manager. That said our defending from the off was shoddy. TC still made a cardinal mistake. Lassoga was on fire. Yes that’s hard to believe. We saw why Hamburg valued him so highly buy I can’t understand why he was substituted when the game was stretched and it suited Leeds and a player playing with confidence for the first time in a Leeds shirt. That was a bad call especially when Roofe was also substituted. We had no focal point and gave the initative to Millwall. Down to 10th. On a different note a super display from Pennington. Sat Jan 20th 2018 . Leeds chase striker – Phil Hay Leeds United are monitoring talented West Bromwich Albion striker Tyler Roberts amid attempts by West Brom to tie the teenager to a new contract. United have been tracking Roberts and are among the clubs awaiting developments as West Brom try to prevent the 19-year-old’s deal expiring at the end of the season. Roberts would be in a position to move elsewhere for a compensation fee this summer if his deal at The Hawthorns is allowed to run out, the same situation which saw Charlie Taylor leave Leeds for Burnley last July, and he has attracted interest from numerous sides after three lower-league loan spells and a run of appearances for Wales’ Under-21 side. His situation also gives him the right to negotiate a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs in this transfer WINDOW and Roberts is reported to have drawn attention from Scottish side Rangers and teams in France. The forward is currently on loan at League One side Walsall, where he has scored five times in 16 appearances, but is due to return to West Brom after tomorrow’s game against Charlton Athletic. New West Brom manager Alan Pardew is keen to keep the youngster at The Hawthorns and Albion are continuing with protracted talks in the hope of forcing an agreement over improved terms. Leeds, who paid an initial fee of £3m to secure midfielder Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough this week, are increasingly open to the idea of recruiting a striker before the end of the January WINDOW having dropped out of the Championship’s top six in the past fortnight. Roberts, who United regard as strong and quick, has made only one appearance for West Brom’s senior side but spent time on loan at Oxford United and Shrewsbury Town before moving to Walsall in August. He made his debut for Wales’ Under-21s last year and trained with their senior side while Chris Coleman was head coach.


Eric and Chris Fairclough when we won the league

Thurs 18th of January Eric’s funeral  The funeral of Eric Carlile will take place on Friday, 2nd February at Cottingley Crematorium (LS11 0EU) at 3-40 pm. The family would like a rough idea of how many will be attending and also who will be joining them afterwards at Elland Road in order to arrange catering. There will be a minutes silence before the Millwall game honouring our dear friend, Eric and all I can say is richly deserved.


United’s new midfield signing for £2.5M Adam Forshaw

Thurs 18th of January 2018. Two promotions, a possible England call-up and a broken jaw – a dozen things you might not know about Leeds United-bound Adam Forshaw -YEP Adam Forshaw made just two appearances for Everton but the midfielder savoured a debut as an 18-year-old when starting as the Toffees suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Bate Borisov in a Europa League dead rubber in December 2009. His only outing for Everton in the Premier League came 17 months later when brought on as a substitute in the 83rd minute of a 3-0 win at Wolves in April 2011. Adam Forshaw made 35 appearances for Middlesbrough in the Premier League including this one against Burnley 3. Rejected contract at Everton Forshaw was offered a new contract at Everton by then boss David Moyes in 2012 after the midfielder returned from a short loan spell at Brentford. But Forshaw was behind Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill in the Toffees pecking order and knew first-team opportunities would be limited, despite being voted Everton’s reserves player of the season. Instead, the midfielder joined Brentford permanently on a three-year deal in May 2012. Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain. Lee Sobot 4. League One player of the year Forshaw made 53 appearances in league and cup during his first full season for Brentford who were beaten in the League One play-off final by Yeovil. The midfielder also scored three times, the first three goals of his career. But an even better campaign was to follow the next year with Forshaw named the League One player of the year as the Bees finished second, ending their 21-year absence from the Championship. Adam Forshaw playing for Middlesbrough against Sheffield United earlier this season (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage) Forshaw netted eight times in his second season at Griffin Park. 5. Short spell at Wigan Forshaw ended two years at Brentford when signing for Championship club Wigan for around £2.5m in September 2014, joining the Latics on a four-year deal. The move reunited Forshaw with former Bees boss Uwe Rosler but both saw their stays at the DW Stadium shortlived. Rosler was sacked in November and Forshaw then joined Middlesbrough on a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £2m. 6. Second play-off final defeat Adam Forshaw spent time on loan at Wigan After making 20 appearances for the Riversiders in the second half of 2014-15, Forshaw was an unused substitute as Boro lost 2-0 to Norwich City in that year’s Championship play-off final. Rich compensation awaited the following year. 7. Promotion to the Premier League Forshaw made 29 appearances in his first full season at Middlesbrough who were promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up behind Burnley. That meant a second promotion in Forshaw’s young career. 8. Thirty-five games in the Premier Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League ended in tears as the Riversiders were swiftly relegated but Forshaw was a regular component of the Boro team, making 35 appearances. His early-season form was particularly strong with the midfielder signing a new four-year deal with Middlesbrough in August 2016. But Forshaw has made only 11 league appearances back in the Championship so far this campaign under former boss Garry Monk and now Tony Pulis. 9. Close to England call Forshaw has never received a call up to the England squad but his early season form in the Premier League last term saw the midfielder touted as a possible call-up for the Three Lions. Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain. 10. Liverpool fan Forshaw might have spent 13 years with Everton but the midfielder supported Liverpool as a boy, holding a season ticket. The midfielder told the Middlesbrough Gazette in October 2016: “We all still love Liverpool but my dad and older brother come and watch me a lot, so they don’t have a season ticket anymore. My younger brother (Tom) still has the season ticket and sits in the Kop where he always has.” 11. Surgery – and a broken jaw Forshaw underwent surgery to correct a long-standing ankle problem while at Brentford in April 2014. He also suffered a broken jaw in Brentford’s clash against Rochdale in March 2012 when he was initially on loan from the Toffees. 12. Sent off twice Forshaw, who is five foot eight and a half, picked up the first red card of his career when shown a second yellow in Brentford’s 2-1 win at Crawley in Febraury 2013. The midfielder also picked up two yellows in Brentford’s 1-0 loss at Swindon Town the following April. Forshaw has been booked 24 times so far in his career. In total, the 26-year-old midfielder has made 222 appearances, scoring 14 times. Now lets get in a decent striker and a goalkeeper. Thursday 18 January 2018 Phil Hay: Why Leeds United will have to bite the ‘promotion bullet’ soon  AS SEASONS and different faces go by, all of them converging in much the same ballpark, it gets harder to avoid the conclusion that Leeds United’s only way out of the Championship is to do what Wolves are doing: go big on players, hit the league with a sledgehammer and walk away from it without a scratch. Do that and you take out the uncertainty, the tension and the pressure which always infects the air at Elland Road. If the science was so exact then every club would be doing it and the list of those who went big and blew up is why owners look for alternative routes. It is often said that the best way to make a small fortune in football is to start with a large one and there is no knowing how long Fosun International could fund Wolves in the Championship in the way that it has. With 62 points from 27 games, it is not a question the Chinese conglomerate will have to answer. Leeds and Andrea Radrizzani are big on sustainability and big on the idea that funding in one season should not create problems with funding for the next. It was spelled out in Radrizzani’s sales pitch when he bought into Leeds last January, saying he was “not here to make big losses for many years” but promising to “reactivate the engine” of a club who have done no more than exist for a decade. Stability is the most prevalent cliche going at boardroom level but Leeds are establishing ways to find it: a transfer budget with limits and a wage structure which peaks at around £15,000 a week for their highest-earning players. GFH talked about stable management and paid Luke Murphy a higher salary. The bank’s goose was cooked within 12 months. Gjanni Alioski. United’s outlay and financial controls go a long way to explaining their activity in the transfer window last summer. Their strategy is value-driven, with an emphasis on finding players whose price falls into a certain bracket but falls below their intrinsic worth. It follows the largely-proven theory that European markets offer better margins than England. Samuel Saiz was the biggest win, a £3.5m signing whose present valuation on the basis of half a year in the Championship is markedly higher. Pierre-Michel Lasogga ought to have ticked the same box given his background: in principle a snip of a loanee after Hamburg agreed to pay 70 per cent of his wage. Gjanni Alioski, Caleb Ekuban, Pawel Cibicki, Mateusz Klich, Jay-Roy Grot: all signed by Leeds in the belief that the club were striking bargains. The result has been decidedly mixed. It is mixed in the sense that while several individual signings look questionable, Leeds have spent the entire season either inside or within stone’s throw of the Championship’s top six. Leeds talk regularly about the ‘medium term’, about the success of their transfer business becoming apparent in the long run and they are obliged to vindicate that confidence but half a season for the enterprise to click is a small window of grace. Phil Hay Radrizzani might consider that satisfactory for his first six months as owner but he is unlikely to be oblivious to the clamour for him to turn the screw in this transfer window. Leeds are seventh in the league and many on the outside want signings. Contrary to last summer, they want a certain type of signing; players of proven Championship stock, like Adam Forshaw, who can walk through the door and make their presence felt immediately. Players who cost what Championship players cost, which is never an inconsiderable amount. Leeds like what they see in Preston North End’s Jordan Hugill and have kept an eye on him for a while but the board at Deepdale will not answer the phone to offers of less than £8m. Leeds are not sold on his ability at that price but orshaw, at £2.5m, is a cost they are ready to pick up. History heightens the strain further. Leeds have been a Championship club for so long that even League One looks like a black-and-white film. They have threatened the Championship play-offs so infrequently that every missed opportunity feels like a criminal waste. January transfers were few in 2011 and again last year. Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Leeds had the play-offs at their mercy on both occasions and finished seventh. The past fortnight, amid dropped points, two ludicrous red cards and a bad injury to Luke Ayling, has created the unavoidable sense that the club are losing their grip again. They need goals and in the eyes of most, they need another centre-forward. No solution is more obvious than pressing Radrizzani to throw his money at it. This, though, is his first season in the chair and it is premature to call out his ambition on the basis of six months. There are doubts about Leeds’ ability to last the pace this season and questions too about the impact of Victor Orta, whose spell as head of recruitment at Middlesbrough is a perplexing story, but Radrizzani paid to control Leeds and his investment bought him the right to devise his own plan and pursue it for a sustained period of time. Leeds talk regularly about the ‘medium term’, about the success of their transfer business becoming apparent in the long run and they are obliged to vindicate that confidence but half a season for the enterprise to click is a small window of grace. For now it is Radrizzani’s prerogative to allow his ideas to play out. You buy the shares, you call the shots and it could yet be that the play-offs materialise at the first time of asking. What he cannot allow is for the same debate to be taking place this time next year; for the quality of United’s squad and recruitment to be contentious again or for under-performing fringe players to be excused as ‘medium-term’. Because medium-term eventually brings a club to the question: how soon is now? Mon Jan 15th 2018 Tributes to Eric, a gentleman and loyal Leeds United fan- YEP Phil Hay, Moving tributes have been paid to Leeds United Supporters’ Club stalwart Eric Carlile following his death at the age of 89. Retired export manager Eric, who served as secretary of the supporters’ club for 50 years until 2008, died peacefully on Friday afternoon after a short illness. Eric Carlile with United star Chris Fairclough. The club’s current co-chairman and treasurer, Phil Beeton, said today: “He was a top man and we are all missing Ericand2Eric1him like hell. “He helped so many people over the years with tickets, advice and so on. Nothing was too much trouble for him.” Many United fans took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute to Eric, who lived in Holbeck. Writing about him on Twitter, David Purvis said: “A gentleman who went out of his way to help supporters clubs and ordinary fans throughout the world. The man was also Leeds to the core.” . Rob Endley, meanwhile, tweeted: “RIP Eric Carlile the epitome of all that was great about our club & fans.” The first Leeds game that Eric attended was a fixture against York City in 1943. He became assistant secretary of the supporters’ club in 1958 before taking on the secretary role later that year. He was made vice president of the organisation after stepping down as secretary a decade ago. Eric famously appeared on the front cover of the Radio Times ahead of the start of the 1970-71 season when the magazine asked supporters from various clubs for their thoughts on how the campaign would go. Tues 16th of January 2018. Forshaw to sign for Whites – Phil Hay


Forshaw looks like business

ADAM FORSHAW will undergo a medical with Leeds United on Thursday morning after the club hijacked a bid by Cardiff City to sign the midfielder from Middlesbrough. United are hopeful of completing a deal in time for Saturday’s clash with Millwall following lengthy negotiations with Middlesbrough today. Adam Forshaw, right, is set to join Leeds from Middlesbrough. Leeds entered the running to sign the 26-year-old after Championship rivals Cardiff moved to meet Boro’s £2.5m valuation at the start of this week. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was intent to taking Forshaw to Wales and maintained his interest despite City signing another midfielder this afternoon with a loan deal for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic. Forshaw, however, favoured a transfer to Leeds and the Elland Road club have finalised a fee with Boro tonight, opening the door for Forshaw to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical. United head coach Thomas Christiansen wants the midfielder on board for this weekend’s game against Millwall having lost Eunan O’Kane to a three-match ban after his dismissal at Ipswich Town last weekend. O’Kane’s three-match suspension weakened Christiansen’s options with Ronaldo Vieira recovering from a knee injury and Kalvin Phillips one yellow card away from a two-match ban. Out with the bad, in with the good Healthy eating isn’t about denying yourself the things you love, it’s about finding healthier alternatives that fit into your life. Forshaw, whose professional career began at Everton, was surplus to requirements at The Riverside and made his last appearance for Boro in a 2-0 win over Ipswich at the start of last month. He has played over 100 times, however, since signing from Wigan Athletic three years ago and featured in both Boro’s Championship promotion season in 2015-16 and their subsequent Premier League campaign. He is tied to Boro until the summer of 2020. Forshaw’s arrival would free Leeds to send Mateusz Klich out on loan, seven months after the Poland international joined from FC Twente for £1.5m. Klich has made one league start under Christiansen having failed to impress United’s boss and the 28-year-old is the subject of foreign interest.ast summer and the Poland international is attracting interest from abroad. Klich has been hugely disappointing, CB Jackson hasn’t worked out, but Forshaw’s more direct style and experience of his division will be an asset to the team. Looks like a decent signing. Now for a striker and ‘keeper. 

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson


Klich (like Jackson, hugely disappointing )

Tuesday Jan 16th 2018 Shift in mindset sees Leeds United look to strengthen in January window – Phil Hay Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s return to Manchester United was not about money – save for Leeds United realising they were throwing good after bad at him – but the premature cancellation of his loan on Tuesday gave the club some financial wriggle room. The 20-year-old’s value to their squad was almost nil but in cutting close to £10,000 a week from their wage bill, Leeds began clearing the decks for the last two weeks of the transfer window. Other fringe players are likely to follow, Mateusz Klich amongst them, amid an acceptance at Elland Road that incoming deals are imperative. It was never United’s intention to be active in January or to focus heavily on first-team signings, but the club are down on form and numbers with the window into its final fortnight and their stance on recruitment has shifted. Adam Forshaw, the Middlesbrough midfielder, became a prime target after Eunan O’Kane’s red card last weekend and is set to join Leeds later today. United have also embraced the idea of signing a new striker. There is a sense of their season hanging in the balance with much to play for and promotion to lose. Results have set Leeds back, particularly the loss of eight points in their last three Championship games, but their selection issues were laid bare by an 18-man squad at Ipswich Town on Saturday which contained every last one of Thomas Christiansen’s senior professionals. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. O’Kane was sent off in the first half, incurring a three-match ban, and Pawel Cibicki left the field with an injury before half-time. Even if Christiansen had been minded to use Borthwick-Jackson, the defender’s lukewarm loan from Old Trafford was hampered further by a twisted ankle suffered last week. Leeds duly ended his stay on Tuesday night. Borthwick-Jackson played only six times, once in the Championship, and will not be missed. Leeds have an out-and-out left-back waiting in the wings after signing Laurens De Bock for £1.5m from Club Brugge and De Bock is expected to make his debut against Millwall on Saturday, but Christiansen has taken a hit in other areas of his squad. Samuel Saiz’s six-match ban for spitting sidelined the second-highest goalscorer in United’s squad and claimed Saiz’s creativity with it. O’Kane’s suspension means three weeks on the sidelines and while the 27-year-old will be back for a crucial Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United on February 10, Leeds are unexpectedly vulnerable in the centre of midfield. Kalvin Phillips is a booking away from a two-match ban and Ronaldo Vieira – bothered by tendonitis in one knee this season – last played on Boxing Day. Leeds were in a position of strength in late December but the events of this month and the setbacks hampering Christiansen made the case for signing reinforcements. Leeds United head coach, Thomas Christiansen Christiansen has been disinclined to field Klich all term and he used 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy to alter his line-up after O’Kane’s dismissal at Ipswich, despite Klich’s presence on the bench. The Poland international joined Leeds in a summer move from FC Twente six months ago, a deal which cost United £1.5m, but the club are listening to loan offers for him and Klich is increasingly likely to move abroad shortly. Klich’s future prospects are slimmer again after Leeds succeeded last night in reaching a deal for Forshaw, the former Everton trainee who played for Brentford and Wigan Athletic as a youngster and has been with Middlesbrough for the past three years. Forshaw was out of favour at The Riverside after Tony Pulis’ appointment as manager, but Leeds see him as a proven Championship player and spent yesterday in talks with Boro, wrestling with Cardiff City for his signature. Mateusz Klich. Boro valued Forshaw at £2.5m and Leeds and Cardiff are both ready to pay that sum. Forshaw, however, favoured a transfer to Elland Road and Leeds were quietly hopeful of beating Cardiff to the punch. Forshaw is set to take up a long-term contract in the next 24 hours, in time to make his debut against Millwall. Leeds, and their owner Andrea Radrizzani, did not bank on promotion this season, but the first half of the campaign has made it possible and the sudden increase in activity at Elland Road reflects the folly of United allowing a good position to slip. The club dropped to seventh place in the Championship last week but are within four points of Aston Villa in fourth and the upper end of the division has been tightly packed from the outset, below champions-elect Wolverhampton Wanderers. How to earn money as you spend Get £5 worth of points free today Read MorePromoted by Ice At the end of the transfer window on January 31, Leeds will enter a pocket of seven games which is fated to define their chances. All seven of those opponents are in the Championship’s top half and five are currently inside the Championship’s top six, including leaders Wolves. Leeds were in a position of strength in late December but the events of this month and the setbacks hampering Christiansen made the case for signing reinforcements. Christiansen was initially coy about transfers but spoke more openly about the need for recruits last week, with Saiz’s ban for spitting at the front of his mind. Good article by Phil Hay here. a lot of Orta’s signings have been abysmal. Grot looks more like a boxer than a striker and couldn’t trap a bag of spuds. I’m not going to even mention the big German whose hold up play is like an 8 year old Rock Celtic player and both of our keepers between them couldn’t catch a ball from a corner kick. Let’s hope our new left back is better. Ayling always made two mistakes per game so Berardi is a natural fit for right full. We know Saiz is talented, but the player we miss is most Vieira. If he can add goals to his game he will be some player. A striker is needed badly and we could have done worse than nabbed Camerone Jerome for £1.5M in this window. We missed an opportunity for the play offs last season which was careless. Two season in a row would be unforgivable.


Toby – Fair play to all at Leeds and Saiz for giving two of his week’s wages to this worthy cause


The Captain and the Kid

Weds 17th of Jan Fantastic achievement Leeds raise £200,000 for five-year-old fan Toby Nye’s cancer treatment in heartwarming gestureLeeds have raised a massive £200,000 in aid of a five-year-old supporterToby Nye is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which spreads. The club achieved their target with Samuel Saiz donating the final £25,000. Leeds have reached their fund-raising target of £200,000 for young fan Toby Nye’s cancer treatment, the club have announced. Toby, five, is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which spreads rapidly across the body, and Leeds launched their One Day for Toby campaign in October. All the club’s players and staff donated a day’s salary and the final £25,000 has been pledged by midfielder Samuel Saiz RIP Eric Carlile (Secretary, Legend, Supporter, Friend)


Eric the last time we were all in the Moorhouse

It is with profound sadness that we learn of Eric’s passing. Although 89 years young, one almost felt that he drank from that eternal fountain of Mark Dorian and Friendsyouth (Sovereign Bitter maybe). Eric it seems was almost always among us and travelled to Dundalk quite a few times. He knew our kids names, helped out out with tickets, and although his body became frail in the last 18 months or so, he could more than hold his own at the bar. A gentleman from top to toe. It was never a chore heading out to the Moorhouse at 8:30 PM on the eve of a match, always a pleasure to spend time in the man’s company. He had a word for everyone, with that glint in the eye and always a good story.  When one of our lads was in bad form after a hiding at home that day, Eric’s thoughtful retort was ‘remember there is always another game next week and this one will soon be forgotten’. He really was a class act. Bremner rightly has his statue. The Don has one also. If ever a man deserved to be honoured for a life devoted to Leeds United it is Eric Carlile. Rest in peace dear friend. We all will miss you. From LUSC website ERic Carliile 1928-2018



It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we have to inform you of the death of our Life Vice President, Eric Carlile.Eric passed away peacefully this afternoon on the 12th January at the age of 89.  He served the Supporters Club for 50 years as secretary before he retired in 2008 when he was made a vice president. Eric made many friends over the years both in England and abroad and was well known by Branch officials throughout the country.  He loved his job as LUSC Secretary and enjoyed his involvement with Leeds United.  Eric was elected to represent the Supporters Club, as a council member, on the board of directors at Leeds United in November 1985 and held his position until the end of the 1994/5 season.  In this role he made many friends at other clubs whilst attending  first team and Central League games. Eric will be sadly missed by us all and our condolences go to his family. Sat Jan 13th 2018 Ipswich Town 1-0 Leeds Report – Phil Hay Leeds United: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Anita (Lasogga 78), Phillips, O’Kane, Cibicki (Sacko 28), Hernandez, Alioski (Shaughnessy 46), Roofe. Subs: Lonergan, Dallas, Klich, Grot. Referee: Robert Jones Attendance: 18,638 Leeds United paid for Eunan O’Kane’sfirst-half red card as a Bersant Celina goal condemned them to a harsh defeat at Portman Road. Celina curled home a sweet finish from 25 yards to break Leeds’ resistance on 68 minutes after United lost O’Kane to an off-the-ball dismissal seven minutes before half-time. The Republic of Ireland international was sent off in the 37th minute for a clash with Jonas Knudsen, appearing to headbutt the centre-back after the ball ran out of play at Ipswich’s end of the field The dismissal came at a time when Leeds were dominating possession and threatening to open the scoring, leaving Thomas Christiansen’s side to fend with 10 men for an hour. Ipswich struck the same post twice late in the first half but Leeds fought bravely after the interval until Celina came up with a fine strike to break the deadlock and a late onslaught from United failed to force an equaliser. Ipswich’s high line gave Leeds an invitation to play in behind their defence from the outset and Pawel Cibicki should have drawn first blood on 20 minutes when Pablo Hernandez left Myles Kenlock standing with a clever touch on the right wing. CRUCIAL MOMENT: Leeds United’s Eunan O’Kane is sent off. Picture: Simon Hulme The midfielder laid the ball off nicely to CIbicki who mishit a finish and wafted the ball wide with Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken badly exposed. Ipswich’s first chance of note came soon after as David McGoldrick lobbed a cross to the far post and Joe Garner drove a volley narrowly wide but the hosts rarely looked like forcing an opener before the red card. Leeds suffered a blow shortly before the half-hour when Cibicki – recalled to the starting line-up as Saiz started his six-match suspension – pulled up injured and was replaced by Hadi Sacko but Kemar Roofe was denied on 33 minutes when he burst clear and cut inside Knudsen before seeing a shot blocked by Luke Chambers. O’Kane, however, halted Leeds’ momentum by clashing with Knudsen and Ipswich twice hit the woodwork before the break with Martyn Waghorn driving a corner against the near post and Celina rattling the frame of Felix Wiedwald’s goal in injury-time. Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen arrives at Portman Road. Leeds tried to push forward after the break, despite Roofe sitting in an isolated position up front, but Ipswich came close again on 51 minutes with a shot from Callum Connolly which Wiedwald parried at full stretch. The German, though, could do nothing to stop Celina’s effort when the Kosovan broke away after Kalvin Phillips lost his footing and curled a perfect strike beyond the reach of United’s keeper. Leeds had a glorious opportunity to snatch a point nine minutes from the end when Hernandez laid on a gift of a cross for Liam Cooper but Cooper skied the ball over an empty goal and Hernandez saw a 20-yard effort fly inches over as Christiansen’s fight fought desperately for a point. The game slipped away, however, after Gerken dived to reach an injury-time bullet from substitute Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Ipswich Town: Gerken, Iorfa, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock, Skuse (Hyam 76), Connolly, McGoldrick, Waghorn, Celina, Garner. Subs: Crowe, Sears, Drinan, Bru, McDonnell, Smith. Three points dropped against a poor side all because of stupidity by O’Kane. Even with ten men we had enough chances to grab a draw. Cooper’s miss from under the bar was easier to score and Cibicki clean through (one on one) has to score…simple as. Poor, poor and more poor. Time to splash the cash Radrizanni and I worry more and more about TC and his substitutions. As for O’Kane what an idiot. Can rot in Reserves for the rest of the season. He let us all down badly.


De Bock United’s new left back

Thursday 11th of January De Bock wants trophies – YEP NEW WHITES left back Laurens De Bock set his sights on winning further sliverware at Leeds United after leaving Club Brugge to join the Whites on a four-and-a-half year deal. Former Belgium youth international De Bock has joined Leeds for a fee in the region of £1.5m following five successful years with Brugge who are currently top of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. De Bock helped Brugge win the title in 2016 with the defender’s side also lifting the Belgian Super cup the same year, one season after winning the Belgian Cup. The 25-year-old could now make his United debut in Saturday’s Championship clash at Ipswich Town and the defender is hoping that further silverware can follow at Leeds. De Bock told LUTV: “I won two cups in Belgium and the league title with Club Brugge for the first time in 11 years. “It was a big thing to win and I hope to win a lot here as well. “I’m very happy to be here and it feels like the next step in my career.” United further bolstered their ranks yesterday afternoon when announcing that forward Oliver Sarkic had turned his half-season loan from Benfica into a permanent deal. Sarkic has been a regular for United’s under-23s this term and the Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a Tues 11th of January Benfica B striker arrives LEEDS UNITED have signed forward Oliver Sarkic from Benfica with the Whites turning the 20-year-old’s half-season loan into a permanent deal. Sarkic has been a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s so far this term and scored a penalty before setting up a goal for Romario Vieira in Thursday afternoon’s 4-3 win against Hull City at Thorp Arch. The Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a further year.further year. Whilst I don’t expect us to be shopping in Marks and Spencers. Surely we can do better than Benfica B players in Lidl. We haven’t replaced Chris Wood and this guy won’t be filling that void any time soon.


New signing Laurence De Bock will walk straight into the No 12 shirt at left back with Berardi moving to right back

Jan 11th. De Bock can’t wait to get started at ‘beautiful’ Leeds United  Laurens De Bock said he had joined a “beautiful club” with “beautiful fans” after Leeds United confirmed the arrival of the defender from Club Brugge on a four-and-a half-year deal. De Bock was confirmed as United’s third signing of the January transfer window this morning with the 25-year-old moving to the Whites for an undisclosed fee in the region of £1.5m. Laurens De Bock battles for the ball with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former Belgium under-21s ace will wear the no 12 shirt at United and the defender could make his Whites debut in Saturday’s Championship clash at Ipswich Town. De Bock has been called up to the senior Belgium squad on several occasions though the new Whites recruit is still awaiting his first cap. “I am very happy to be here and it feels like the next step in my career,” De Bock told LUTV. I’m looking forward to playing for this beautiful club with the beautiful fans with the stadium and the atmosphere and everything. I’m looking forward to playing for this beautiful club with the beautiful fans with the stadium and the atmosphere and everything. Laurens De Bock “I’m really looking forward to it.” The defender also revealed that United were highly recommended to him by former players to have featured in England. “I have heard a lot about Leeds United,” he added. “To every player who played in England I asked a few questions and everybody said the same – that it’s a beautiful club. “I also know when I was younger they were playing in the Premier League and everybody has the same beautiful words about Leeds.”