Sat 30th of May Whites move for West Ham’s head of recruitment Martyn Glover, West Ham United’s head of player recruitment, is set to take up the same role at Leeds United. The Elland Road club have approached Glover after pulling out of a deal to appoint Norwich City scout Steve Head as their new head of recruitment earlier this week. Head appeared to have secured the job at Leeds after visiting Thorp Arch and reaching an agreement with owner Massimo Cellino but Cellino withdrew his offer after learning that Head was due to depart on an immediate holiday. Leeds are pushing for signings after naming Uwe Rosler as head coach and Cellino said he had “no time” to wait for Head to start work at Elland Road. The Italian has also spoken with Celtic scout David Moss in the past month but Glover – West Ham’s head of recruitment since 2011 – is emerging as Cellino’s preferred alternative. Before moving to Upton Park, Glover worked as head of recruitment at Blackburn Rovers. He is under contract at West Ham but the Premier League outfit are set for a summer of change after parting company with manager Sam Allardyce. Leeds are revising their entire backroom team and news of their move for Glover comes as former Leicester City boss Rob Kelly prepares to become Rosler’s assistant. United are also close to naming a new goalkeeping coach, with Cardiff City’s Richard Hartis in the frame. Hartis – once a member of Manchester United’s youth-team staff – has been with Cardiff for the past 18 months. Neil Sullivan, who worked as Leeds’ goalkeeping coach during the recent Championship season, is expected to remain with the club and return to his academy coaching post. Thurs May 28th. Hoffenheim and Bilbao to play Leeds in Pre-season Leeds United will clash with Spanish side Athletic Bilbao during a pre-season tour of Austria, the club revealed today. The match on July 21 is one of two friendlies announced by United with Uwe Rosler’s squad due to play German outfit Hoffenheim in Norway on July 25. Rosler, who was named as Leeds’ new head coach last week, is taking his squad to Austria for a week-long training camp between

July 18 and July 24. United’s players will then fly on to Norway to meet Bundesliga team Hoffenheim in Lillestrom ground the following day. Rosler told “We decided it was in the best interests of our club, and for the quality of teams that we can meet, to go to Austria where we will find very good conditions to train. “I don’t like to go into the heat. I like to go into a moderate climate, very similar to the UK where you can really put a shift in, in terms of laying the foundations for the season.” Rosler revealed that former Leeds defender Gunnar Halle – recently linked with a coaching job at Elland Road – had helped to organise the game against Hoffenheim, a side who finished this season in the top half of the Bundesliga. Bilbao ranked seventh in La Liga and play Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final this weekend. Rosler said: “It’ll be a good trip against two top teams. I didn’t want another game because I think we have to put a lot of things on the training pitch. “I’ll spend a lot of time with the players on and off the training pitch to lay the foundations technically and tactically. Not having too many games allows us to do a lot of groundwork for what is needed in the season.” Leeds will announce further friendlies shortly and the YEP understands that the club have been considering the option of playing Everton at Elland Road in August. Thurs May 28th Cornman changes his head of recruitent target Leeds United’s hunt for a head of recruitment is starting again after the bizarre breakdown of an attempt to appoint Norwich City scout Steve Head. Head was lined up to take the job at Elland Road and visited United’s Thorp Arch training ground last Friday but owner Massimo Cellino has withdrawn his offer in an apparent disagreement over Head’s plans to depart on an immediate holiday.The YEP understands that Cellino took issue with the absence of United’s new recruitment boss at a time when the club are actively looking for players in the transfer market. Leeds named Uwe Rosler as head coach last week and have been identifying potential signings in the days since the German took charge of their first-team squad. Head – a former head of recruitment at Reading – became Norwich’s chief scout last year but is understood to have been on gardening leave since Neil Adams resigned as manager at Carrow Road in January. Head was poised to lead the transfer strategy at United and was one of a number of additions to the backroom team planned in the aftermath of Rosler’s arrival. Rob Kelly, the former Leicester City manager, is expected to become assistant boss and Rosler will also be allowed to appoint a first-team coach. United are now looking for a different head of recruitment, though Celtic’s David Moss – another option who Cellino has spoken to directly – is unlikely to be in the frame after he and the Italian failed to reach an agreement about the role. Leeds have also been linked with Francesco Marroccu, a man has been working as sporting director at Cagliari and whom Cellino admires, but Marrocu speaks little English and does not fit the criteria of a recruitment specialist with extensive experience of the British game.


Billy Bremner points to not one but two pieces of dalylight robbery


Beckenbauer nearly breaks Allan Clarke in two in the box


Leeds players surround the French ref after he disallows Lorimer’s stunning volley


Lorimer is disconsolate after the match

May 28th. Robbery in Paris 40 years on Heartache and a sense of injustice still taint the 1975 European Cup final, but fans and players alike know in their heart of hearts that Leeds United were the real champions of Europe that year. Phil Hay reports. It was 15 years after the 1975 European Cup final when the injustice of it all truly dawned on Allan Clarke. He flicked on the television and caught an interview with Franz Beckenbauer, reliving the night in Paris when Bayern Munich mugged Leeds United and Leeds smashed the Parc de Princes up. The discussion with Beckenbauer turned eventually to his tackle on Clarke 34 minutes into the game; a penalty which should have been given but wasn’t. “He admitted straight up that it was a blatant foul,” Clarke says. “It was the first time I’d heard him talk about it and the jist of what he said was: ‘I brought him down, I took him out.’ I sat there thinking ‘what an absolute disgrace.’” Football’s a small world but Clarke has never seen or spoken to any of the Bayern players who featured that night, or to the referee, Michel Kitabdjian. “To be perfectly honest, I hope I never do,” he says. It’s a recurring attitude among a squad of players who were denied the perfect end to a glorious era and have never been able to forget. It said much that even Jimmy Armfield, United’s mild-mannered manager, found it difficult to be philosophical about a 2-0 defeat which was scandalous in more ways than one. “I always felt we were robbed,” Armfield told the YEP in 2008. “What should have been a great night wasn’t.” The squad at Leeds belonged to Armfield but it had been built in the main by Don Revie before him. The European Cup was one of the few trophies missing from the record at Elland Road but 1975 was set up as the club’s year, particularly after an epic semi-final defeat of Barcelona. “That trophy was the pinnacle of club football,” Clarke says. “Representing your country was the biggest honour for a player but at club level, you wanted the European Cup. Obviously I’m aggrieved about what went on. We wanted the trophy and we wanted the medal. We were all of us winners. “To lift the European Cup back then you had to win your league first. There was none of this finish-fourth-and-qualify nonsense. “There was no room for error in the early stages either. From round one if you lost over two legs you were out. Good Night Vienna. “But that final against Bayern Munich must go down as the most one-sided in the history of the European Cup. How a team who played like we did could end up as the losing side I’ll never know. Well, I do know. We were cheated out of it.” The catalogue of controversial incidents was long, beginning early with a raking, third-minute challenge by Terry Yorath on Bayern’s Swedish defender, Bjorn Andersson. Andersson was substituted and one of Munich’s other players, forward Uli Hoeness, described it as the “most brutal tackle I’d seen.” Kitabdjian let it go but began to even the score as the first half wore on and Munich backpedalled. The French official – now in his 80s and living in Nice – ignored one questionable incident when Beckenbauer, Bayern’s captain and German international, appeared to handle the ball as he lay on the ground inside his box. Clarke’s memory of that decision is less clear than the tackle on him, which Kitabdjian refused to penalise on 34 minutes. Everyone in the stadium thought it was a penalty,” Clarke says. “I looked at the Bayern fans behind the goal and some of them had their hands on their head. If you’d been watching on TV at home you’d have had no doubt. “I’d cut in from the wing and I was about to bend the ball around their keeper into the far corner. “I’d have scored, I’m certain about that. Then Beckenbauer dived in and wrapped his legs around mine. A more blatant penalty you won’t ever see. “I was annoyed at the time but even so, it was quite early in the game and we were totally dominant, totally outplaying them. Gerd Muller was lucky if he’d been in our half twice. I could only see us winning. It’s when I think about it now that (the decision) annoys me.” At the end of half-time, with the final still goalless, Clarke saw Beckenbauer and Muller walking out of Munich’s dressing room together. “They took an age to appear,” Clarke says. “The bell goes and you all get ready for the second half but they stayed in their changing room a while longer. “When they came out, the look on Beckenbauer’s face and the look on Muller’s face told me they couldn’t believe it was still nil-nil. “They’d been done a massive favour and they knew it. I should have realised then that it would be their night.” The signs for Leeds continued to look promising but ominous. Sepp Maier, the long-serving goalkeeper who Bayern nicknamed ‘the cat from Anzing’, pulled off a brilliant save in the 65th minute to deny Billy Bremner from five yards out. A minute later, Maier was beaten with equal skill by a trademark Peter Lorimer volley, driven home from inside the box. What happened next can only be judged on what television footage shows. Kitabdjian appears to point towards the centre circle, awarding a goal. Beckenbauer then confronts him to argue the toss about Bremner straying into an off-side position as Lorimer scored. Kitabdjian consults with a linesman before disallowing the strike. Television commentator David Coleman can be heard remarking: “I don’t know what Beckenbauer’s claiming but it’s clearly a goal.” “The ref gave it,” Clarke says. “We were celebrating and thinking ‘at last’. We’d earned that goal the hard way. Then Beckenbauer had a word and you can draw your own conclusion from what happened after he got involved. He had a word and the goal was disallowed. “I thought then that it was a perfectly legitimate goal and I still do.” Painter and Leeds fan Gary Edwards – a published author on the subject of United – tracked down Kitabdjian via email for a book called ‘No Glossing Over It’ published in 2011. In broken English, Kitabdjian defended the decision to disallow Lorimer’s strike, saying Bremner had indeed been offside. Asked about the foul on Clarke and other incidents, he claimed he could not remember them. “Leeds United were a fine team and very unfortunate,” he told Edwards during one of their exchanges. Beckenbauer would later admit that Bayern were “very, very lucky.” The Germans finally made the most of Kitabdjian’s help in the 71st minute when Franz Roth finished off a move involving Muller and Conny Torstensson. Muller killed the game by converting Jupp Kapellmann’s cross on 81 minutes, 60 seconds after Armfield sent on Eddie Gray in the hope of salvation. Riots inside the stadium were in full swing by then with seats and other missiles thrown towards Maier’s net and short-lived pitch invasions. United were subsequently banned from European football for four years by UEFA, reduced to two years on appeal. Kitabdjian needed a police escort from the pitch at full-time, though Armfield’s players made no attempt to confront him. I was over near our supporters when he went off,” Clarke says. There was nothing we could do about it after the final whistle, just as there’s nothing we can do about it now.“ But in my mind we were champions of Europe that night. I love that our fans sing about us being champions of Europe because it reminds everyone of what really went on and how shocking that final was. “It was brushed over afterwards, no apologies or anything. It could only happen to Leeds United. “If that had been Manchester United or Liverpool it would all have been different.“ But Leeds – well, if it can happen it does happen.” Fan’s View: By Phil Beeton Our coach trip to Paris in 1975 included an overnight stay and cost us £25 a head. That was a bargain even back then and I guess it goes down as one of the positives of the final, writes Phil Beeton (Leeds United Supporters’ Club treasurer). The European Cup was the Holy Grail. And the way we played right through the tournament made me think we’d go all the way. What I remember best about that night in ’75 are the contentious decisions. From where we were standing, Beckenbauer’s foul on Allan Clarke was a penalty which 999 out of 1,000 referees would have given. It couldn’t have been more obvious. I suspected we might be on to a loser, even though we were the better team and we had more than enough on the pitch to see off Bayern. Peter Lorimer’s off-side ‘goal’ was just as bad and that was the final straw for some of the crowd. The trouble on the terraces was bad. There’s no denying that. People began jumping on seats to break them and use them as missiles. The French police created a bit of a cordon around the perimeter of the pitch. Before long they were in the stands and fighting with some of our fans. None of the trouble was planned. It wasn’t as if groups of troublemakers went to Paris looking to fight with the police. It was down to total frustration about the decisions that had gone against us. A lot of us were able to look on in anger and disgust without doing anything. Others lost their heads completely. There was a sense amongst Leeds fans of these things happening again and again. It was that feeling of ‘here we go again’ as things conspired to stop us winning a trophy. Not that I’m trying to excuse what went on. You can’t excuse the violence. At the end of it all there were always going to be sanctions against the club. We had a bit of previous history and Elland Road had been shut during the 1971-72 season because of crowd trouble. No doubt the authorities reckoned the bad behaviour was an insult to their showpiece event. And it was. You could easily say the same of the refereeing but if it gets out of hand the way it did in Paris then you have to expect that some punishment will follow. On the night we should have won that final and everyone knows why we didn’t. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to control external forces or stop injustice. As a Leeds fan, it was and is a huge disappointment.


Violence after game as Leeds fans take their frustrations out on the police

May 28th. Lorimer on 1975 ‘travesty’ I was interviewed recently by the BBC about the European Cup final in 1975. They had a film of the entire game and it was watched back by Keith Hackett, the ex-Premier League referee. Keith took a look at the two key incidents – the goal I scored which was ruled offside and the trip by Franz Beckenbauer on Allan Clarke – and he had absolutely no doubt in either case. My goal was valid and Beckenbauer’s tackle was a definite penalty. Clear as day. It felt reassuring to hear him say that because sometimes when I think back to that night I wonder if I’m overstating things by saying we were cheated out of the biggest trophy in club football. But the occasion was sickening and even now, from the point of view of the players involved, it’s a bitter experience to relive. Don Revie had moved on by then, replaced as manager by Jimmy Armfield, but the squad was his and the one thing Don wanted was for us to be crowned champions of Europe. We’d won the Fairs Cup in 1968 but the European Cup was the one. To be robbed in the way we were robbed by Bayern Munich was incredibly hard to take. ack Charlton and Terry Cooper had moved on by then and rumour had it that Johnny Giles and Billy Bremner would be leaving the club before long. As a team at the end of a great era, Paris was our last chance to claim the European Cup and to put the icing on the cake. On the night it didn’t cross my mind that the opportunity might not come again but, unsurprisingly, it never did. Cheating is the only way to describe what went on at the Parc de Princes 40 years ago. Sorry if that offends anyone but it’s how we felt. When it comes to apportioning blame, you’ve got to point the finger at the referee first and foremost. Twice in two years we fell foul of diabolical officiating in Europe. In those days, referees for European finals were usually appointed from the country where the final was taking place. So in Paris we got a Frenchman by the name Michel Kitabdjian. Quite often these guys were about to retire so appointing them was a bit of a ‘thank you for your service’. They were basically amateurs with regular day jobs. As we found out in Salonika in 1973, some of them weren’t up to the job. They weren’t very good at handling the pressure or of dealing with some of the biggest players in Europe. Let’s not beat around the bush: Beckenbauer had a massive influence that evening and not just because of the foul he got away with. Great player though he was, Beckenbauer was well known for getting in the ears of referees. It’s what he did. I’d seen it when he played for Bayern and I’d seen it when he played for Germany. I’m still convinced that he was responsible for persuading the officials to disallow my goal in the second half. I can picture the finish clearly – me catching the ball perfectly on the volley and smashing it into the corner of the net. The first thing I did was look at the referee because I wanted to make sure he’d awarded it. He pointed clearly to the centre circle. There was no reaction from the linesman, or nothing I noticed, and when I looked at Bayern’s goalkeeper, Sepp Maier, I could tell that he thought it was a goal. Then Beckenbauer started having words with Kitabdjian and to our total disbelief, the goal was ruled out. It was the final straw for us in a lot of ways. We were an hour into the game and it felt like one kick in the teeth too many. They scored on the break with about 20 minutes to go and everything fell apart after that. They claimed a second and the final was over. Our players were shattered emotionally. I’m well aware of how messy it got in the stadium after that and history shows that the trouble on the terraces led to a European ban for the club. All I’d say is that I don’t believe any of the violence involving our fans was premeditated. It was borne out of utter frustration about the fact that we were getting stiffed – just as we had been during the Cup Winners’ Cup final in Greece two years earlier. That’s not simply my opinion. No so long ago I watched a programme about the Bayern Munich team of the 1970s – a great team, it has to be said. Uli Hoeness, their forward, was interviewed and asked about 1975. In his own words, he said that the result was a travesty. The better team lost and they lost for no other reason than the performance of the referee. I can’t disagree. Does it still rankle with me? Of course it does. We wanted that trophy and we wanted it on our record. We wanted it for the club and the city, like Don would have wanted. Lifting the European Cup should have been the pinnacle of an incredible era. Instead it was the disappointment of our lives.


Kelly to be Rosler’s number two at Leeds

Weds 27th of May Kelly to be number two The arrival of Rob Kelly as Uwe Rosler’s No 2 is virtually finalised and little by little Leeds United look less like a one-man club. Adam Pearson, their new director, made the point last week that Leeds still have a solitary owner – he’ll set the policies and he’ll make the ultimate decisions” – but Massimo Cellino appears to be embracing the framework of staff which many think he needs. The involvement of Pearson himself is progress for a club who, Cellino aside, have not had an experienced football mind in the boardroom for the best part of two years. Rosler, too, is a credible head coach; good enough to justify replacing Neil Redfearn, though not to justify the treatment of Redfearn in general. Rosler was given free rein to appoint his own backroom team and Kelly should become the first addition to it before the end of this week, returning to the game four months after leaving West Brom in the aftermath of Tony Pulis’ appointment at the Hawthorns. Kelly, 46, had a limited profile as a player, largely because a back injury forced him to retire before his 25th birthday. Between periods at Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and a loan with Tranmere, he made fewer than 100 league appearances. His first coaching job was with the youth-team ranks at Molineux. As a coach, Kelly is well regarded and has found regular work in the Football League, much of it coming as assistant to Alan Irvine – they were together at Sheffield Wednesday. His reign at Leicester City in 2006 and 2007 was his only spell as a full-time manager but he has acted as caretaker at almost all of his clubs, most recently at West Brom. Kelly’s input at Thorp Arch will be supplemented by the arrival of another, as yet unnamed, first-team coach. In his discussions with Cellino, Rosler was told that he could fill both positions and would also be supported by a dedicated head of recruitment. United have not officially parted company with their existing sporting director, Nicola Salerno, but the Italian is highly unlikely to play any active role at Elland Road next season. He has been absent from the club since becoming embroiled in the suspension of Steve Thompson – Redfearn’s assistant – at the beginning of April. Earlier this month, Cellino spoke with David Moss, a scout at Celtic, about the head of recruitment post but Moss will not be taking it up. Steve Head, Norwich City’s chief scout, was strongly linked with the job over the weekend and is understood to have visited United’s training ground at Thorp Arch last Friday but sources at Leeds say it is not certain that Head will join the club. Cellino, meanwhile, is an admirer of Francesco Marroccu – the outgoing sporting director at his former club Cagliari – but Marroccu speaks little English and is not seen as a viable candidate. Rosler appears happy to work with a recruitment specialist, saying: I like it, whatever you call (the job). You need to work with somebody who lets you focus on what’s the most important thing – working and being around the players and having an influence on recruitment. “I like to work with someone in this role and I’ve got experience of this. I think it will come more and more into English football.”  United’s approach to transfers last season paid close attention to the foreign market and particularly the Italian leagues. Eight of their 15 summer signings arrived from abroad and all three transfers in January – Sol Bamba, Granddi Ngoyi and Edgar Cani – were brought in from Italy. Rosler has inherited a squad with a continental feel and the German said he would not be averse to more foreign arrivals. “It’s all about balance,” he said. “If you get the balance in the team right between know-how and hunger, spirit and talent then I think you can go a long, long way. “For us, we are under financial restrictions so we have to look where we are getting that sort of talent. Sometimes you have to go outside the UK to find that sort of talent. The balance has to be right.” Monday 25th of May Eddie Gray: Now Rosler’s got the job let’s get behind him Uwe Rosler’s appointment as head coach wasn’t what I’d call a ‘surprise’ because I don’t think anybody knew what was going on anyway. The owner does things his way and whoever was going to come in, I don’t think it can be looked upon as a surprise – just something that’s happened. It was obvious over the last few months that Neil Redfearn wasn’t going to be in charge. Everybody was getting the vibes that the relationship between him and the owner seemed to have broken down a bit for whatever reason and that cannot happen at a football club. I don’t know much about Uwe Rosler – only from his stints here in England where he has done well. He had a good record at Brentford and he was doing quite well at Wigan so it’s a new start for the club and everybody has to get behind him. Hopefully the coach and the owner have a good relationship and they get things going because it’s an important time for the football club now and Adam Pearson in there as well as UweRoslerLUFCchief exec. He will help it along. I don’t know what style Rosler will want to play though he’ll be wanting to recruit the type of players that he sees fit to help get us in the top half of the Championship. He says top 10 is the aim but I think he’ll soon realise that top 10 will not be good enough. We’ve got to be up there trying to challenge for the top six and I think once Uwe gets his feet under the table and he realises the size of the club and the supporters’ demand, I think he’ll realise that you’ve got to be aiming higher. That’s a definite. We’ll just have to wait and see what the recruitment is, what players come in and if any players are going to be leaving the club. There were reports yesterday linking us with a goalkeeper – Simon Moore at Cardiff – and I don’t know much about him. But obviously he has worked for the coach before so he knows about him. There’s also been talk of Jermaine Beckford coming in but I think it’s very difficult for players to come back to football clubs. And Jermaine probably wouldn’t want to come back after going up with Preston – he’s doing well there and scoring vital goals for them. Also Jermaine is not getting any younger and if Jermaine’s speed is blunted then that’s a big part of his game – his pace. We’ll see what happens but Uwe has got experience of the game and experience of the lower leagues as well with Brentford. And I think he will be really looking forward to the challenge – he has said that himself which was nice to hear when he realised Leeds had come calling. He admits that it could be tough but he’s willing to take that opportunity and take that chance. In terms of how long he’ll get, that’s down to one man and that’s the owner. Massimo Cellino is not patient with his managers and if he thinks they’re not doing a job he’ll move them on. I think we have got to give him the opportunity but we have got to start the season well next season because if we don’t people will get disgruntled easily because there’s no doubt about it that Neil was a favourite with the fans. You want things to start well for the new coach, I hope they do and I think they could. But we’ve got to be up and running in getting the players in and I still think we are going to need players in and get the squad settled before we can contemplate anything else. I feel that Rodolph Austin going is a blow and I would have thought that if Uwe Rosler was here he’d have tried to keep him. One way or the other, there’s no doubt about it, there’s got to be investment. We were found out last year and quite simply we weren’t good enough. As far as Neil is concerned, we’ll have to wait and see what happens but he has done a good job for the club and I don’t know what he will have in mind – whether he wants to take the Academy which I think would be difficult for him because he’s tasted being in charge. He’s got the experience now to get a decent job (at senior level) and push on and further his managerial career. I don’t know the ins and outs of it but I believe he can still step back into his job at the Academy but that will probably not suit Neil now. Monday 25th of May No nonsense Rosler right for United – Clayyton Donaldson Ex Brentford Clayton Donaldson was one of Uwe Rosler’s earliest signings at Brentford. The London club have a certain appeal these days but back then, in the summer of 2011, transfers required a harder sell. I didn’t know much about Brentford and I needed a bit of persuading,” Donaldson says. “When I met (Rosler) he gave me these big ideas. He talked about a new direction where it wouldn’t be ‘little old Brentford’ any more. It would be ‘Brentford who were going places’.” And helped by Rosler’s input, they have. If Brentford were in need of vision four years ago then Leeds United are no different now. The appointment of Rosler as head coach at Elland Road is, at face value, a shift towards a plan and structure befitting a Championship club and the start of a bigger process. A new club secretary – Stuart Hayton, recently employed in the same role at Liverpool – will follow him into Leeds and Rosler’s intended backroom team consists of an assistant, a first-team coach and a specialist head of recruitment. The success of that team depends as ever on Massimo Cellino’s willingness to let them work but there are signs at least of a delegation of authority by United’s unpredictable supremo. Brentford have their own single-minded owner; professional gambler Matthew Benham whose statistical approach to professional football has ruffled feathers but delivered results, both in England and with FC Midtjylland, the club in Denmark where he is majority shareholder. At a press conference at Elland Road last Wednesday, Rosler said Benham had chosen him as head coach in 2011 because Brentford had decided to “think outside the box.” Donaldson thrived inside the box at Griffin Park and became increasingly influential in a style of football which the Germans (or Jurgen Klopp to be precise) call ‘heavy metal’; high intensity, rapid switches from defence to attack and a strategy dependent on pace. Donaldson scored 11 times in Rosler’s first season as manager and 24 times in his second – a campaign in which Brentford fell a missed penalty short of automatic promotion. We were always 4-3-3 at Brentford,” Donaldson says.The style that suited the players who were there and (Rosler) knew that. We never played 3-5-2. I know he played that way quite a lot at Wigan but it wouldn’t have worked for us. We didn’t have the right squad. “That’s pretty much how he thinks. He’ll look at the personnel and then he’ll work out what’s best for them. I don’t how it’ll go at Leeds but at Brentford there was lots of research and statistics. The owner there was big on stats. That’s how he made his money. In the time I played for them it gave us a really successful formula. We had a philosophy. The era that Brentford are in started with Uwe. I’d definitely say that.” Donaldson, who left Brentford for Birmingham City last summer, says Rosler was a stickler for fitness and discipline – “that was fine by me, I agreed with him on that” – and other players who have worked with the German tell the same story. Rosler did not go so far as describing himself as a disciplinarian last week but the 46-year-old said: “I like structure and to work under rules and responsibilities. I like to be clear to my employees and players about how we play and conduct with each other. “You can call that discipline or good management. I don’t know. I just want people to judge me as a person; how I deal with people and how I deliver results.” Results under him at Brentford were largely above criticism. When it went wrong for him at Wigan Athletic, leading to his dismissal in December of last year, people around the Lancashire spoke of a tense and unhappy mood in the dressing room. If you get on well with him then he’s one of the best people to be around,” Donaldson says. “If you cross a line or disrespect him then he’ll let you know. “I can only speak about Brentford but when I was there, the players were very happy with his way of doing things. Yeah, he likes good discipline but it was more about him making us think that we wanted to be on that ride with him. It was a whole new change for us and it was good. The club’s still rising now. “Sometimes new philosophies work and sometimes they go wrong but everyone was in the right frame of mind.” Rosler’s plan to implement a 4-3-3 formation at Elland Road will require skilful work in the transfer market. United’s squad is short of the pace at the front end of their team and arguably lacking the prolific striker needed to take advantage of it. Rosler has two attacking, overlapping full-backs in Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram but both players finished this season as wingers. Byram admitted this week that right-back is my best position.” United’s new boss will be at Thorp Arch this week to meet with staff and begin arranging pre-season friendlies and a training camp. Neil Redfearn, his predecessor as head coach, had planned a tour to Ireland this summer but Rosler has previously taken squads to Norway and Germany. Leeds will allow him to organise his own programme. “Pre-season was hard (at Brentford) but pre-season’s always hard,” Donaldson says. “I’ve done 12 or 13 pre-seasons and I’ve never had an easy one. “It was nothing out of the ordinary – just very good and what you needed. “Whatever Leeds United do he’ll have it all planned out because that’s how he works.”


Becks is linked to a move back to ER – there is no bigger fan of Beckford than myself but I wonder about players going back and secondly Simon Grayson was the one manager who consistently got the best out of the player — His best move may be to stay at Preston

Monday 25th of May Whites conside move for Beckford Leeds United are considering joining the group of teams bidding to sign Jermaine Beckford on a free transfer. The former Whites star scored a stunning hat-trick for Preston North End in their 4-0 League One play-off final victory over Swindon Town at Wembley yesterday. The Elland Road club have been in contact with Beckford’s representatives over the past month and owner Massimo Cellino scouted the forward during Preston’s play-off semi-final against Chesterfield. Discussions between the two camps are understood to have taken place prior to Uwe Rosler’s appointment as Leeds head coach last week and it is not clear if United’s new boss will look for Cellino to follow up his interest in Beckford. But the 31-year-old – a prolific goalscorer in a previous five-season spell at Elland Road – is one of the Football League’s more attractive free agents after reaching the end of his deal at Bolton Wanderers. Bolton released him last week and Beckford, who is on loan at Preston, will start actively looking for new employers after yesterday’s play-off triumph. His haul of 15 goals in his spell at Deepdale helped Simon Grayson’s side gain promotion to the Championship and Preston have already expressed their desire to keep Beckford next season. Wigan Athletic – Rosler’s old club who were recently relegated to League One – also want to sign the striker. Rosler, however, is looking to reshape the squad at Elland Road after replacing former head coach Neil Redfearn on a two-year deal last week. The German will search for a forward suited to his preferred 4-3-3 formation and Leeds are in need of goals after a season in which Mirco Antenucci finished as the club’s top scorer with 10. Beckford produced 85 in his final three seasons at United, famously claiming the goal which sealed promotion from League One in 2010. He left for Everton that summer and then spent two years at Leicester City before joining Bolton in 2013. Cellino is understood to have watched him during the second leg of Preston’s play-off semi-final win over Chesterfield, a match in which Beckford scored twice. Sat 23rd of May From – We all Love Leeds With the season at a close, the transfer window coming up fast and the inevitable merry-go-round in the English leagues nearly upon us, the list of players set to become free agents may interest you. It will certainly interest other clubs and players agents will be on the phone trying to convince sides to sign their clients up. Here is a list of players who catch the eye this summer. Matt Mills – Bolton Wanderers Once worth over £5 million the Bolton man has probably been released due to the wage bill issues at the club and huge amounts of debt. Leeds have been linked with the centre-half for the past three summers. With the Sol Bamba deal seemingly on the back-burner at the moment this could well be a deal that interests Uwe Rosler. Nick Powell – Man United The Manchester United man spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Wigan Athletic, where he was a first-team regular under Rosler. He played 42 times that season, scoring 12 goals, finally showing some of the promise that made United buy him for what the BBC claimed was a £6 million fee. This is where his other Leeds link comes in. Powell was part of the Crewe Alexandra team that won the 2012 League Two play-offs – scoring a sensational volley in the final against Cheltenham Town.Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy, who reinvigorated his Leeds career under Redfearn this season, was also in that team. Powell is now expected to leave Manchester United, after a season that saw him booted out of a loan deal at Leicester City and struggling for fitness for the rest of the campaign. Rosler would so well to reunite him with Murphy and hope his former Wigan loanee can also get back to his best form. Paul Robinson – Blackburn Rovers The ex-Leeds favourite left the club what seems an age ago as he left for London side Tottenham Hotspur where he became one of the best keepers in the league. He is now a veteran but with Stuart Taylor leaving and Marco Silvestri the only recognised keeper at the club Rosler will be looking for some healthy competition. Jacob Mellis – Blackpool Despite having a dreadful season Blackpool actually don’t have the worst squad on paper and it seems off-field problems have cost the club their Championship status. Mellis is an ex-Chelsea graduate and is a very good technical player. Jermaine Beckford – Bolton Wanderers I couldn’t possibly do a list without mentioning the man linked to us in every window since he left. Although I don’t think Leeds will make a move the return of the striker would please most Leeds fans. Always welcome back at Elland Road in any shirt I’d say. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – Bristol City Newly promoted Bristol City will see the departure of key player Emmanuel-Thomas as the striker come winger looks for a new challenge. He would suit Rosler’s “Heavy Metal” approach as he looks for pace and power down the flanks at Elland Road. Ross Wallace – Burnley Ross Wallace is the ideal winger with Championship experience. He has a wonderful left-foot but is not blessed with great pace. Would certainly do a job for the club but maybe not the pace and power Rosler craves. Nicky Maynard – Cardiff City A striker who has never really reached his potential. Certainly has goal in his locker along with pace but needs to be in the team every week rather than two or three games at a time. We are severely lacking the clinical touch in the final third, is Maynard a viable option? Chris Eagles – Charlton Athletic Another who has never reached the heights predicted in his early career. Could certainly provide some good deliveries and some composure on the ball. Jamie Ward – Derby County Ward seemed all set to join local rivals Nottingham Forrest from Derby County last week but as it has gone quiet it could alert other clubs. Can add goals from wide positions along with determination and pace. Has caused us problems in the past. Ben Pringle – Rotherham Utd Another who has been linked with Leeds a lot in the last few months. Has a very good left foot but didn’t impress interested fans as Rotherham visited Elland Road on the final day of the season. Lacks pace but no denying technical ability. Marc-Antoine Fortune – Wigan Athletic Fits the pace and power mould but struggles with the end product. Has played in the Premier League in a front three which Uwe Rosler seems intent on playing. Can cause problems at this level but commitment can often be questioned at times.These are the players I have picked out from a very long list. I’m sure others will catch the eye of fans, the likes of James McClean have also been mentioned, sparking debate amongst us. I even heard a rumour Noel Hunt could be returning to the club after his release from Ipswich James McClean Tore us apart at Elland Road. Controversial but meets the heavy metal criteria laid down by Rosler Friday 22nd of May From I hate Leeds – A long suffering Lees fan embracing reality Objectively, Uwe Rösler is a pretty good appointment.  We’ve heard of him too; which is a better start than 2/3 of the other men El Presidente has watermeloned into a position of authority.  But I’ve also heard of Luke Varney so fame doesn’t necessarily indicate quality. While the German obviously deserves our full support it’s pretty easy to make a case for him struggling (through no fault of his own). There’s an element of truth to Cellino’s watermelon adage, as much as it makes me wince to admit it. There aren’t many managers (or head coaches in this system) who are good enough to be universally brilliant in whatever role they take. Football is a strange sport and football clubs are an even more unpredictable beast; chemistry, personnel, owners, politics, history – all of these things play a part. A coach who has been good at one club may not have the same environment to replicate it; or at least that’s what I hope Massimo means. Rösler is an okay appointment, paired with Adam Pearson’s reasurringly professional presence it actually makes me think stability isn’t as far fetched as it sounds. The problem remains, and its name is Massimo Cellino. The Manager Eater Short of Tony Pulis there aren’t many “instant fix” coaches in English football, especially at clubs like Leeds who have churned through players and staff alike for a miserable decade of unambitious seasons, short-terminism in the Summer window followed by another bleak season.  Any moment of positivity has been disrupted by parasitic or egotistical individuals or self-destruction through lack of ambition.  This isn’t a role where success will come overnight, not without enormous investment.  Uwe needs time, in the same way Neil Redfearn needed time.  It’s hard to believe he’ll get it, either. Dave Hockaday didn’t need time because he shouldn’t have been near Leeds in the first place.  Darko Milanic arguably deserved more time, dreadful results aside, 6 games isn’t really enough to learn the squad properly let alone impose any distinctive playing style.  That’s where I hoped Redders would be different, a man practically part of the furniture at Leeds and aligned to a long-term strategic ambition for the club.  Leveraging our strong academy I thought he would be given the time and materials to build Leeds 2.0. Alas, the Sheriff of Leeds couldn’t tolerate a man who was nigh-universally loved by the fans whilst going “off-piste”.  Neil did what he thought was right and when properly supported (by an absence of meddling owners and the presence a good assistant) he put us on promotion winning form.  Short lived as that was once the meddling began again. Massimo the Meddler Silenced by Pearson the Pragmatic? Where Rösler has an advantage is in Adam Pearson.  In a clear layer of abstraction between Italian lunatic and playing side, Uwe has the calming influence of a professional individual (something I believe Matt Childs was doing without fanfare during our more stable period).  If this helps pull Massimo away from his ego-driven press conferences, shot-from-the-hip quips to journalists and other eccentric behaviour that hurts the club, it could prove revolutionary. It all comes down to whether Uwe will be supported properly.  His footballing mantra is one I’m keen to see at Leeds; a high-tempo pressing game with counter attacking breaks.  I genuinely think this is the most scalable style you can employ at this level; any team can hurt anyone else, so you need to restrict whoever you’re playing and hurt them when transitioning from defending to attack.  It’s what Scum do on weeks where they’re effective, it’s what Mourinho does (when he’s not parking the bus), it works.  It’s not gung-ho, it’s a case of training elasticity into the squad, to compress in defense and soak up pressure before springing forward from the back and transitioning into an incisive attacking move. IF he gets a good assistant and IF we recruit in the right places (both on and off the pitch), Rösler could do well here. If.  Could.  These are words that augment any discussion at this club because of the eternal circus behind the scenes.  But let’s not forget, McDermott, Hockaday, Milanic and Redfearn have all been undermined, under-supported and ultimately dragged through the mud.  I find it hard to believe that Uwe will face a different fate. But then Pearson is here this time, which might make all the difference. Or it’ll make none and Rösler might join the increasingly long list of familiar faces tending the proverbial garden at Elland Road. I don’t “hate” that Redfearn was binned – though I would have kept him, as would many others – but I respect the fact that it’s not my money, if the owner wishes to change head coach for whatever reason it’s his prerogative.  I don’t like the decision, but I can’t really disagree with the appointment of Rosler.  What I hate is how this has been approached, it’s been another petty battle purely for the satisfaction of one man’s ego.  That’s what I hate. If Neil was deemed the wrong man to carry us forward then so be it, thank him for his hard work and we move on, heads held high and dignity in-tact. Instead Massimo publicly criticises him in the national press and appoints a successor without having the courtesy of even talking to him.  That, dear readers, is why I’m struggling to see good in El Fuhrer. It’s less what he does, but how he does it.  But here we are.  We’ve lost one of our own because of ego and a proverbial pissing contest.  Maybe this time it’ll be different. What’s that expression about leopards changing their spots?  Hmm.   Weds 20th of May Whites offer Redfearn old job back in academy Leeds United director Adam Pearson has told Neil Redfearn that he is free to resume his old job as academy boss, despite his unceremonious removal as head coach and a bitter fall-out with owner Massimo Cellino. Redfearn has been offered a return to United’s youth-team set-up after the club confirmed his departure from the first-team role at Elland Road by appointing Uwe Rosler as their new head coach. Rosler signed a two-year contract yesterday and is already in the process of recruiting his backroom staff ahead of the start of pre-season training in July. Redfearn’s short tenure as head coach – a reign which began last November – looked ill-fated during the closing weeks of the Championship season and his demotion was effectively confirmed at the weekend following a scathing newspaper interview in which Cellino accused him of acting “like a baby” and of being a “weak character”. Cellino has not spoken to Redfearn since the end of the Italian’s Football League ban on May 3 but Pearson – named as executive director at Elland Road last week – has taken the matter in hand by promising the 49-year-old that he is still entitled to work in United’s academy. The contract Redfearn signed last November tied him down as head coach until June 30 and included a clause guaranteeing him that his previous role as development-squad coach would be available again if Leeds chose not to take up a different option to keep him in charge of the first team next season. Redfearn joined the academy at Thorp Arch in 2009 and took control of the youth-team system after former manager Chris Sulley quit the role in 2012. Pearson denied that Rosler had been appointed with a head coach still in place, saying: “There isn’t a head coach here. The clause (to extend Redfearn’s time in charge) has not been exercised on Neil. “Neil’s been offered the appointment back in charge of the academy and we await his answer. The role’s been offered to him and I’m sure he’ll come back to me as soon as he’s has time to think about it.” Pearson was adamant that the offer was a genuine one, regardless of obvious tensions between Redfearn and Cellino, but he conceded that Redfearn’s performance as head coach might earn him invitations to manage elsewhere. “It’s definitely a realistic offer because I made it,” Pearson said. “It was said with all credibility and it’s been given to him. “With Neil’s track record over the last year I’d imagine that he has other offers to consider. I’m sure that’s what he’s doing now. The conversation was held in a very mature and professional manner. I’m sure he’ll go forward to have a good career.” Rosler also offered Redfearn a vote of confidence, saying: “For me Neil did a good, solid job for me to push on from and I wish him all the best. “In the end this was not a decision of Uwe Rosler. It was a decision of the football club.” Weds 20th of May Fresh challenge for ‘survivor Rosler ‘ Uwe Rosler survived lung cancer and the close attention of the East German Stasi so getting a grip of Massimo Cellino and Leeds United should be his kind of job. Rosler had a glass of water in front of him when, on his first appearance as United’s head coach, he was asked how he would cope with a high-maintenance owner who goes through coaches like a Flymo through grass. “I don’t know how Rosleryou guys feel but I’m very happy,” he said. “For me that glass is half full and not half empty. That’s my philosophy in life.” Read about his life and you’ll understand why. None of that changes the reality on the ground at Leeds and in amongst the usual tasks of a new first-team boss, Rosler can see two necessary objectives: to make his relationship with Cellino work on his terms and to win the minds of supporters who are stewing over United’s decision to make way for him by dispensing with Neil Redfearn. Redfearn’s demise was neither Rosler’s fault nor a classy affair. Head coaches in general breeze quickly in and out of Leeds. Rosler, 46, is their fifth in the space of a year, a list which begins with Brian McDermott. Cellino might not like his reputation as a ‘mangia-allenatori’ but the numbers don’t lie. Even so, the appeal of the job at Elland Road is still apparent. To be head coach of Leeds United is the chance of a lifetime,” a relaxed Rosler said. Adam Pearson, the Leeds director, said Rosler was chosen from a list of candidates which ran to “hundreds”. “Ever since it started to come out that Uwe was to be appointed, my phone has been red-hot with other coaches throwing their hats into the ring,” Pearson said. It was quite a definite decision by (Cellino).” Rosler sold himself with a formal presentation to the Italian. “I think he has got a pretty good idea of what I’m looking for.” Rosler said the burning issue of “roles and responsibilities” was adequately addressed in his discussions with Cellino. “I’ll be responsible for key members of staff around the first team, the group of players, the tactical approach, the technical approach,” he said. “Picking the team will be completely my responsibility. I’ll have an impact in terms of who’s going in and who’s going out. “Life is a challenge and I know what I’m getting myself into. But I’m thriving on pressure and I’m thriving on challenges all my life. I’m a hard-working person. It’s the way I grew up, the way I played the game; the way I deal with personal problems and the way I manage. You need those qualities to make it count here. My experience of 10 years as a head coach will allow me to do that.” Cellino has always held a tight rein on transfers but in the next week or so, Leeds expect to appoint a new head of recruitment, replacing outgoing sporting director Nicola Salerno. “I’ll be heavily involved in recruitment,” Rosler said. “It’s very important that you recruit the right players. You have to create an environment of excellence where you set the expectation to your players and staff and be consistent in following that up – to create that hunger in the group, to drive on and come in every day trying to get better. That is essential.Redfearn made similar noises towards the end of his reign but none of them impressed Cellino. If anything Redfearn’s comments about his own uncertain future seemed only to rile the Italian. His inevitable demotion from the head coach’s position was confirmed this afternoon when Rosler signed a two-year contract. Rosler gave Redfearn credit for his six months in charge and said he understood the public support for him. “Neil took over the club last year and it was in a dangerous area but he lifted the players together and stabilised the club very well,” Rosler said. “There’s a good foundation to move on from. “When I started at Brentford, people in England and at Brentford only knew me as a player. Brentford appointed me because (owner) Matthew Benham was thinking outside the box. There was not only positive feedback at first so I had to win them over but I left the club in a far better state than when I started.” Brentford and Rosler were a nice fit. One dismal defeat to Stevenage Borough aside – a result which prompted a reading of the riot act in the dressing room afterwards – the progressive London club ticked forward under him for two-and-a-half years. They qualified for the League One play-offs in 2013 and were in the mix for promotion when the German left for Wigan in November of that year. Mark Warburton carried his work on. Rosler’s impact at Wigan was invigorating and at the end of his first season, the club came remarkably close to defending the FA Cup and lost in the Championship play-off semi-finals. But last summer the project unravelled. Wigan’s recruitment drive failed them and high-profile players who were open to a year in the Championship felt less enthused about a second. Rosler was sacked in December, leaving behind a squad who looked like being relegated and ultimately were. I’m proud of what I did the first seven months at Wigan,” he said. “Sam Allardyce spoke last week about very short memories in football but I always tell my players ‘you’re only as good as your last game.’ So obviously I have a point to prove. “What happened afterwards, there was a rebuilding job to do. At any club when you have to rebuild there are problems along the way. Because of my track record of getting teams into the play-offs I expected that I would get time to sort those problems out. “I was very disappointed when I got removed but I have no grudges whatsoever. I moved on and the club moved on. I probably had too many things going on in some areas. I like to be very close to my players and to communicate.” Rosler said he spent his six months out of work “educating myself”; scouting players and “studying the game”. But I was always keen to come back this summer,” he said. “I had one or two opportunities, then this one came at very short notice. It can’t get bigger than this for me. It was a no brainer.”In the way that McDermott was seen as a  4-4-2 man, Rosler is a disciple of 4-3-3 and plans to use that formation at Elland Road. It can pressure the opposition high up the field,” he said. “You need a high level of fitness and energy.” Players who have worked with Rosler in the past talk about the intensity of his pre-seasons. “Pre-season will now go ahead as Uwe wants it,” Pearson said, implying that Redfearn’s plans of a tour to Ireland is likely to be dropped. “Playing 4-3-3, I like to have pace on the sides,” Rosler said. “My alternative system is a 3-5-2 where we play with two strikers. I did that at Wigan and did it successfully in the FA Cup against Premier League opposition. That would be Plan B.” From front to back, United’s existing squad is short of pace. “In certain areas, we have the right players to do 4-3-3,” Rosler said. In certain areas we have to add. But not massively.” The former Manchester City striker wants to get the “ball rolling” with recruitment this week and plans to meet with staff at Thorp Arch next week. “This is good timing because I have time before the players return from holiday to speak to the different departments,” he said. As for the group of players he inherits, Rosler is pleased with it. That was one of the key factors,” he said. I saw Leeds United in the last six months and I was very impressed by some of the performances. There’s a core of players with the best years in front of them. We just need to get the balance right between being ambitious and expectation. This club has to be ambitious. It also has to have realistic expectations.” Expectation is the enemy of so many at Elland Road, largely because Leeds so often fail to meet it. The club finished 15th this season and Rosler said 10th place next season would represent progress. “For me we are aiming for top 10 and I think that would be progression, competing with the clubs on parachute payments which are getting bigger and bigger,” he said. I would call that a successful season.” In that respect and many others, Rosler has fixed ideas – ideas about how his team will shape up, what they should aim for and how they will play. “Transition football,” he replied when asked about his preferred style. Very quick into attack and defence. “It’s important for me to win the ball and play a high-pressing game, to force the opposition to make mistakes and to play the ball in areas where we can attack quickly. We also have to have a plan for when we play against established defences but I like very powerful quick football, that sort. Jurgen Klopp says it’s ‘heavy metal’.” It falls now to Rosler to hit the right notes.   Weds 20th of May Phil Hay’s notes from Uwe Rosler’s press conference (start from the bottom and read upwards) There endeth the press conference. Like chalk and cheese from last week. Pearson: “We’ve brought in a manager who knows his own mind. He’ll be strong in that and he’ll have my full support.” Pearson: “We’re excited about the future. It’s easy for me to say that but I’ve only seen positive signs.” “Names are all decided. Having to wade through a host of contracts. They’ll be in place in the next week.” Pearson says Leeds now need an assistant boss, a first-team coach and a head of recruitment Rosler on meeting Cellino: “It was interesting. I enjoyed it. He’s a knowledgable football man. I showed him a presentation.” Rosler: “Am I a disciplinarian? I like structure. I want to be clear to my players how we play and conduct with each other.” Rosler says he wants to “get the ball rolling” quickly with recruitment, contracts etc. Rosler will be at Thorp Arch next week to start planning pre-season. Pearson: “It’ll be planned as Uwe wants it to be done.” Rosler: “In certain areas we have the players (to play 4-3-3). In certain areas we need to add. But not massively.” Rosler says he likes a 4-3-3 system but also 3-5-2. “That would be plan B.” Pearson says Leeds (and the media) need to “move on” from the Redfearn saga. Wouldn’t comment on Cellino’s Sunday Mirror interview ReddersPearson on how many candidates were considered: “Hundreds. But it was quite a definite decision by the owner and it’s right for the club.” Rosler: “I want to play a high-pressing game. I like very powerful, quick football. Jurgen Klopp says ‘heavy metal’.” Pearson says Cellino isn’t here today because last week’s presser “became all about the owner.” That it did… Rosler: “I like to work with the sporting director role. It’s coming more and more into English football.” Pearson says Cellino hasn’t spoken to Redfearn. “I’m dealing with it. It’s in hand.” Pearson on Redfearn: “He’ll be welcome back at the academy.” Does Pearson regret treatment of Redfearn? “Not personally. As soon as I could I went to go and speak with him I did.” Re Redfearn – Pearson did say during a previous answers that he wouldn’t be surprised if other clubs are interested in Redfearn. Pearson: “We will be appointing a head of recruitment with experience of UK game.” Rosler: “We’re aiming for top 10. That would be progression.” Rosler: “I’ll be a decent communicator. At Wigan I probably had too many things going on. I want to be close to my players.” Pearson: “Offer to Redfearn to stay (at the academy) is genuine and credible because I made it.” RoslerandPearsonRosler on Redfearn: “I can understand (the affection).” Says he will have to win people over. Rosler on whether he thinks he can work with Cellino: “I’m not suicidal. I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t think we could work together” Pearson: “Coach of the calibre of Uwe wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t going to have an impact on signings.” Rosler: “Neil Redfearn left a good base for me to build on. This club has to be ambitious but expectations have to be realistic.” Rosler on Cellino: “The glass is half full, not half empty. That’s my philosophy.” Rosler on Wigan: “Disappointed to be removed but I hold no grudges.” Rosler on his backroom staff: “It’s a little bit too early. Contractual situations need to be resolved.” Adam Pearson says Redfearn’s contract won’t be extended. Says the academy role has been offered to him and club are awaiting response Rosler: “Being head coach of Leeds United is the chance of a lifetime. It’s important that I build relationships.” Rosler on the managerial turnover at #lufc: “Life is a challenge and I know what I’m getting myself into.” Rosler – “I’m head coach. I’ll be responsible for tactical approach, picking the team. I’ll have an input in who comes in and who goes out.” Rosler says his appointment happened in a short period of time. Says he and Cellino “made a few things clear – roles and responsibilities.” Rosler: “It doesn’t get bigger than this. It was a no-brainer.” Rosler says he’s used the last six months to study players, take stock. Says he always wanted to come back into management this summer. UweRoslerLUTVRosler: “I don’t know how you feel but I’ve very happy.” LUFC :We are pleased to announce Uwe Rosler has been appointed as the new #lufc head coach on a two-year deal. (Beginning of press conference) Weds 20th of March Who is Uwe Rosler ?  Uwe Rösler (born 15 November 1968) is a German football manager and former player. He has managed Lillestrøm, Viking, Molde and Brentford but is currently without a club after being sacked by Football League Championship club Wigan Athletic. A centre-forward in his playing career, Rösler played for several clubs, most notably Manchester City, where he was the leading goalscorer for three consecutive seasons from 1994–95 to 1996–97, and Kaiserslautern, where he played in the UEFA Champions League. He also also is a former East Germany International, whom he represented 5 times. He also represented East Germany U21‘s.


Uwe Rosler

Germany Born in Altenburg, Rösler started his career in his native East Germany, joining Lokomotive Leipzig in 1987, where he spent one season, before moving on to BSG Chemie Leipzig in 1988. Following this he transferred to 1. FC Magdeburg in 1989, where he spent a year before signing for Dynamo Dresden in August 1990. After two years with Dresden, he also spent two years with 1. FC Nürnberg, where he failed to score once in 28 games, resulting in him being loaned back to Dresden for the second year. Having grown up in the East, where players were officially regarded as amateurs, Rösler found it difficult to adapt when he moved to the West after reunification: “I suddenly saw more individualistic thinking, cliques, a powerful press and personal politics around team selection. The Wall was still there in some people’s heads and in many ways I was naive.”- Manchester City In March 1994, Rösler joined Manchester City on trial. Given an opportunity in a reserve match against Burnley, he scored two goals, which resulted in a three-month loan.[3] He made his first team debut the following Saturday, against Queens Park Rangers. A return of five goals in twelve games saw the move made permanent in the close season,[4] reports of the transfer fee varying between £375,000 and £500,000.[5][6] After an ignominious start to the 1994–95 campaign, when he was sent off in a 3–0 opening day defeat at Arsenal,[4] Rösler formed a productive partnership with Paul Walsh, and scored 22 league and cup goals despite missing several games through injury. In an FA cup match against Notts County he scored four goals, becoming the first Manchester City player to score four in an FA Cup tie since Johnny Hart in 1953.[4] His performances that season meant he was the club’s leading goalscorer, and he won the club’s Player of the Year award.[5] At the start of the 1995–96 season, Alan Ball became manager and immediately changed the nature of the side. Despite City’s obvious strengths down the flanks, the team was adapted to play through the middle of the park. With no supply line from the wings (City’s other winger Nicky Summerbee often playing at right-back), and with the loss through injury of Beagrie and the shocking sale of Walsh, Rösler struggled in this season. Many felt that he and fellow striker Niall Quinn were too similar to play in a system that didn’t feed strikers effectively and Rösler clearly became unhappy. Much publicised disagreements with the manager culminated in Rösler being dropped from the side, only to be brought on as a sub in the Manchester derby and immediately score a phenomenal goal. Rösler’s goal celebrations saw him running to the bench, shouting at Ball and pointing to his name and squad number on the back of his shirt. City were relegated to Division One at the end of the campaign, but Rösler opted to stay with the Blues. Despite another difficult campaign, Rösler again finished top scorer and clearly benefited from the return to a 4–4–1–1 formation. After another spell out with injury, Rösler would eventually leave the Blues in May 1998 on a free transfer following relegation to Division Two. In his four years at City he played 176 games, scoring 64 goals. He was admitted to City’s “Hall of Fame” in December 2009.[7] Return to Germany In the summer of 1998, Rösler returned to Germany joining Kaiserslautern, then reigning German champions, for one season. His most remarkable game there was on 9 December 1998 when he came on as a substitute against HJK Helsinki and scored a second half hat-trick as Kaiserslautern won 5–2, helping them to win their group in the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League,[8] before going out in the quarter-finals to Bayern Munich. He then moved on to Tennis Borussia Berlin for the 1999–2000 season. Southampton When Tennis Borussia went bankrupt in the summer of 2000, Glenn Hoddle snapped Rösler up on a free transfer, but he was unable to become a regular in Saints’ first team as James Beattie started to find his form (scoring 10 goals in 10 games in November and December). Rösler also suffered a groin injury which required surgery, keeping him out for several weeks. Although he was a whole-hearted and committed player, he only managed to score once for the Saints, in a Worthington Cup game at Mansfield.[9] Rösler scored the last ever goal at The Dell on 26 May 2001 in a friendly against Brighton and Hove Albion – who were selected as Southampton’s opponents as they had been the stadium’s first visitors when it opened in 1898 – as Saints won 1–0.[10] However, the distinction of the last competitive goal at The Dell went to Rösler’s team mate Matthew Le Tissier, who had scored a late winner in the 3–2 Premier League win over Arsenal seven days earlier.[11] In the following season, he only made a handful of appearances before being loaned out to West Bromwich Albion on 30 October 2001, as cover for the injured Scott Dobie.[12] He made his debut away at Crystal Palace on 31 October 2001, and his only goal for Albion came in a 1–0 home win over Nottingham Forest four days later.[13] Rösler played just five games for West Bromwich Albion, as he joined German side SpVgg Unterhaching on a free transfer in January 2002, who went on to win promotion as Division One runners-up at the end of the 2001–02 season. LillestrømIn July 2002, Rösler signed for Norwegian club Lillestrøm. He played 11 matches and scored 10 goals for the Canaries in the latter part of the 2002 season. After the first match of the season in 2003, in which he was the match winner in a 1–0 win over Bodø/Glimt, Rösler was diagnosed with cancer when x-rays discovered a tumour in his chest, and had to put an end to his playing career.[14] After chemotherapy, he made a full recovery. While in remission he obtained his coaching badges, to enable him to continue working in football.[14] International career Rösler made his debut for East Germany on 26 January 1990 in a 2–1 win over Kuwait.[15] He was capped five times, scoring no goals.[16] He also represented East Germany U21‘s at international level. Management career Lillestrøm_After making a full recovery from lung cancer, he returned to Lillestrøm, and took the managers seat in 2005. He led Lillestrøm to two successive fourth-place finishes in the league, and also took them to the final of the Norwegian Cup in 2005 and the Royal League final in 2006, subsequently losing both. These results failed to satisfy the Lillestrøm board, and on 13 November 2006 he was sacked from his position along with assistant coach Gunnar Halle.[17] Vikin Rösler was appointed manager of Viking, another Norwegian team, on 22 November 2006,[18] replacing Tom Nordlie, who took over Rösler’s old job at Lillestrøm. In the 2007 season he led Viking to a third place in the Norwegian Premier League. On 18 November 2009 it was announced that Rösler was leaving Viking.[19] Molde On 31 August 2010, he was hired by Molde on a short-term contract. During Molde’s last eight games of the season, he doubled the team’s total number of points, didn’t lose once, and saved them from relegation.[20] He was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjær in November 2010 ready for the start of the 2011 season.[21][22] Brentford In November 2010, Rösler expressed his desire to return to the Premiership as a manager.[23] In June 2011 he was appointed manager of Brentford on an initial two-year contract.[24] Rösler’s first game in charge was a practice match against Strømmen, which ended 0–0,[25] while his first game open to fans was a 10–0 victory over Tonbridge Angels[26] and his first competitive match in charge ended in a 2–0 win over Yeovil Town. Rösler had a successful first season managing at Brentford, finishing in ninth place with a total of 67 points,[27] Brentford’s highest league finish in six years. In Rösler’s second season in charge of Brentford they came within minutes of securing promotion from League One to the Championship. For their final game of the season, on 27 April 2013, they faced second placed Doncaster Rovers at Griffin Park, with Brentford in third place only a win would see his side promoted. In the dramatic final minute of added time and with the game poised at 0–0, Brentford won a penalty. On-loan striker Marcello Trotta insisted on taking the penalty rather than captain, Kevin O’Connor, hitting the crossbar. Doncaster counter-attacked from the rebound and James Coppinger scored the goal which guaranteed Doncaster’s promotion as well as the league title.[28] Brentford entered the play-offs, where they were drawn in the semi-final against Swindon Town. Despite beating Swindon in an almost equally dramatic manner, eventually succeeding via a penalty shoot-out after a 4–4 aggregate scoreline. However promotion was never to come for Rösler’s Brentford as they were beaten 2–1 in the play-off final by Yeovil Town at Wembley Stadium, after a poor first-half performance. Following the drama and disappointment of the 2012–13 season, Rösler embarked upon a heavy overhaul of his squad in order to finally gain promotion to the Championship. In the summer transfer window. 13 players were either signed or loaned from other clubs whilst only three of last-season’s first-team squad were sold. Rösler left the position of Brentford manager on 7 December 2013, having led a revival in the team’s fortunes, winning seven of his final eight games. Under the stewardship of former Sporting Director Mark Warburton, the Bees achieved automatic promotion to the Championship on 18 April 2014.[29] Long-serving player Kevin O’Connor paid tribute to Rösler at the end of the season, saying “Uwe got the ball rolling. We were a bang average League One side, but Uwe changed the mentality. Everything he did was all Premier League standard. He did amazing, so we’ll be saying thank you to him”.[30] Wigan Athletic On 7 December 2013, it was announced that Rösler had been officially appointed as the new manager of Championship side Wigan Athletic,[31][32] taking over the position from Owen Coyle. His first game in charge came on 12 December 2013, a 2–1 loss against NK Maribor in the UEFA Europa League.[33] In March 2014, Rösler returned to Manchester City and led Wigan Athletic to a shock 2–1 victory over his old club at the Etihad Stadium in the quarter final of the FA Cup.[34] However, his team lost in the semi-finals to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, losing 4–2 on penalties after an impressive performance ina 1–1 draw. After finishing 5th in The Championship, Wigan qualified for The Championship playoff’s, but lost out to a place in the final after losing the two legged Semi final to eventual winners Q.P.R. 2-1 aggregate, with the second leg in extra time at 1-1 over the two legs, a Charlie Austin penalty saw Q.P.R. progress to the final 2-1 on aggregate where they would eventually overcome finalist Derby County to earn Promotion to the Premier League.[35] With Wigan being amongst the early favourites for promotion during the 2014/15 season, on 13 November 2014, Rösler was sacked by Wigan Athletic after the club fell into the relegation zone.[36] The then Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan proclaimed that despite sacking Rosler I still rate him as a very, very good manager and I think he’ll get another job very quickly and I wish him good luck and Whelan revealed that it was a harsh decison to sack Rosler after guiding Wigan to the Championship playoff semi finals and FA Cup Semi Finals months earlier.[37] He was replaced as Wigan Athletic Manager by Malky Mackay. Managerial Style Rösler is renowned for his teams to play a High, Pressing style of football, and is also a fan of squad rotation amongst players.[38] Personal life Born and brought up in East Germany as the Communist regime was collapsing, during his time at Lokomotive Leipzig Rösler was interviewed by the Stasi secret police organisation, who attempted to force him to inform on colleagues seeking to defect to the West in exchange for the Stasi allowing him to continue his fledgling football career unimpeded – only the furious intervention of his manager saved him from their attentions.[39] Having been a fan of English football from his childhood, Rösler claimed that he found his “home” in England during his time with Manchester City, and described the formation of his bond with the City fans as the “biggest achievement in my career”.[40] Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003, he credited his recovery to the support of the fans of the club,[39][40] and claimed that hearing them sing his name at a game while he lay in hospital made his bond with the club “unbreakable”.[39] Rösler has stated on several occasions that his ambition for his managerial career is to eventually become manager of the Manchester club.[41] Rösler has a Norwegian wife, with whom he has had two sons. His eldest is named Colin after Colin Bell, and is a member of Manchester City’s academy, while his younger son is named Tony after Tony Book[42] – both Bell and Book are former Manchester City players, both considered club legends.[43] Weds 20th of March . Rosler to be new coach LEEDS UNITED were last night on the verge of naming Uwe Rosler as th club’s neew head coach, The Yorkshire Post understands. The German has emerged as a leading candidate to take charge at Elland Road as owner Massimo Cellino tries to find a winning formula at the Championship club. Former Manchester City striker Rosler, sacked by Wigan Athletic in November just six months after leading the Lancashire club into the play-offs, is keen to find a way back into management. He was linked with the recent vacancy at Barnsley in the wake of Danny Wilson’s dismissal and is believed to have turned down 1860 Munich earlier this year due to a desire to remain in England. Redfearn, labelled a “baby” by Cellino last weekend, has been on his way out of Leeds for several weeks despite being popular with supporters. His contract expires on June 30. Gus Poyet, once Dennis Wise’s assistant at Leeds, and former Brentford chief Mark Warburton had both been heavily linked with the post, but Rosler leapt to the top of the club’s wish list following discussions earlier this week. An appointment could be made as early as today. Providing there are no late hitches, the Manchester-based 46-year-old will arrive with a much bigger profile in management than Leeds owner Cellino’s previous appointments, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic. Tues May 19th Stewart to receive ‘minimum of 500K payout‘ SOURCES close to former Leeds United winger Cameron Stewart have revealed that he has won his compensation claim against the club – and will receive a minimum of £500,000. Stewart’s claims for unpaid wages were heard at a hearing in London last month, with the 24-year-old having been seeking around £750,000 following United’s decision to renege on their offer of a three-year contract last summer. Stewart joined Leeds on an emergency loan from Hull City midway through last season but he agreed and signed a permanent deal at the time. United, however, withdrew the offer after the Football League spotted problems with the paperwork and sent it back to Elland Road. The deal had been signed by former United managing director David Haigh but Haigh quit his post in April and was no longer registered as one of Leeds’ ‘authorised signatories’ with the Football League. United owner Massimo Cellino, who completed his takeover of the club three days before Haigh’s departure, claimed the deal was invalid and refused to sign a new one. Stewart joined Ipswich Town on a three-year deal at the start of July, but subsequently elected to take Leeds to court after the agreement was not taken up. The claim was for the difference in wages between the agreed wage at Leeds and the wage he receives at Ipswich after agreeing to sign with them instead. The YEP have contacted Leeds United, but they declined to comment about the issue, with Stewart’s representatives also failing to response when contacted. Sun 17th of May. Cornman attacks Redfearn Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn is on the verge of the sack after an outspoken attack on him by owner Massimo Cellino. In a savage interview with Sunday Mirror, Cellino accused Redfearn of turning the club’s fans against him and acting “like a baby” over his contract at Elland Road. The Italian’s comments appear to have shattered an already tense relationship between him and his head coach, who was appointed by Cellino last November but will reach the end of his deal on June 30. Leeds have an option to extend Redfearn’s contract for another 12 months and speaking at a 70-minute press conference last Thursday, Cellino refused to confirm whether the 49-year-old would stay in his job for the 2015-16 season. But Redfearn is now poised to leave the club after Cellino claimed he “tried to play the fans against me” in the hope of remaining in charge. Redfearn received the backing of United’s support during the final weeks of the Championship season, a period which was marred by the unexplained suspension of his assistant, Steve Thompson. An away crowd of 3,000 subjected Cellino to chants of ‘time to go, Massimo’ during a 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic last month following the withdrawal of six foreign players through injury 24 hours before the match. Cellino, however, told the Mirror: He thinks he’s so strong that he can put me in the s**t because I’m worrying about the fans. F*** me, what kind of chairman have you got? “He tried to play the fans against me to keep his place. Do you think that Neil Redfearn loves Leeds more than me? “Tell me why I am in Leeds, why am I so involved with the club? Why am I putting in a lot of money, killing myself? Because I fell in love with this club. But to love this club is to do something for this club. “Neil Redfearn does the (Leeds United fans’) salute. He challenged me. If you are good I can accept the challenge. But not if you are a bad coach. “He wins two games and he disappears. He loses five games and he comes to me to ask my advice. Then he wins and disappears again. “He has to respect the chairman. He has to respect the club. He’s like a baby. He’s been badly advised and used by someone. He is not a bad person but he has a weak personality.” Redfearn’s position has been precarious for many weeks and he and Cellino have had no contact since the Italian completed a Football League disqualification earlier this month. The deal Redfearn signed in November gave him the right to return to his old job as academy manager if Leeds looked to replace him this summer but he looks likely to leave the club completely, six-and-a-half years after joining United as a youth-team coach. Nigel Adkins, Gus Poyet and Mark Warburton have all been touted as possible replacements. Redfearn has been approached for comment. Low even for Cornman and now paranoia is taking over him. Friday 15th of May Redfearn on the brink – YP. Neil Redfearn’s future as Leeds United head coach looked more precarious than ever last night after owner Massimo Cellino insisted he would not “please the fans” by bowing to pressure to extend Redfearn’s contract. At a bizarre and explosive press conference, Cellino refused to confirm whether Redfearn would remain as head coach next season, saying he was “fighting with his emotion” as he pondered the 49-year-old’s fate. Cellino presented himself to the media at Elland Road yesterday, speaking publicly for the first time since completing his Football League disqualification and retaking control of affairs at Elland Road. The Italian used the fractious event to scotch takeover rumours and insist that he would only consider selling the club in two years’ time if he was not ready to take this club to the Premier League.” Cellino has returned to Elland Road at the end of a turbulent season and is facing mounting criticism from United’s supporters over his handling of the club and the delay in making a decision over Redfearn’s future. Redfearn, who Cellino appointed as head coach in November, is out of contract next month. Leeds have the option to extend his deal for another year but he and Cellino have not spoken since the Italian’s ban ended almost two weeks ago. A defiant Cellino said: “I have to find the right coach and not because I want to please the fans for 15 days. Not because I don’t want them saying ‘Cellino, it’s time to go’ like they did. I’m used to that. “Who put Neil Redfearn in that position? It was me. Who wanted Neil to succeed more than anyone else? It was me. It was my choice, I took the risk. I took the Under-21 coach and gave him a bigger responsibility with a lot of pressure. “I’ve thought a lot of things. Is Neil the best coach for the club in the future? He’s not expensive and he’s from here but is he good for next season? Then I ask myself ‘are you sure you aren’t thinking Neil is good because you’re a coward with the fans. You don’t want to change it.’ Every day I must ask that same question.” Cellino, who said his daughter Eleonora had left her university course in Leeds due to abuse aimed at her by fans in the street, admitted he and Redfearn had not been in contact and criticised his head coach for failing to attend a party welcoming the club’s owner back to Elland Road. But Cellino saidCellino was banned from running Leeds by the Football League for three months in January, the result of a conviction for tax evasion imposed on him in Italy last year. Cellino said: “We’re still far away (from being) ready to go to the Premier League. We are not ready. It’s not mandatory and we don’t expect the club will go in the Premier League just because the name is Leeds and it’s a beautiful club. “I wish to go in the Premier League yesterday but it takes time. If in the next two seasons we fix the club and it’s ready to face finally this challenge, I’m going to stay. If in two seasons’ time I’m not ready to bring the club in the Premier League and fix this club forever, I’m going to sell. “But for two seasons don’t tell me any more that someone wants to buy the club or that I’m selling it. This club is not for sale. It’s never been for sale.” Cellino was joined at yesterday’s press conference by Adam Pearson, the new director appointed by Leeds on Monday. The eccentric Italian walked out with the event in full flow to take a cigarette break and faced a barrage of hostile questions, including heckling from a supporter who turned up uninvited. This guy is definitely not right in the head.


It was like Bud Abbot and Lou Costello and could only happen at Leeds United. We deserve so much better than this shyster that is Cornman.

Thurs May 14th. The car crash of a press conference between Cornman and Pearson LEEDS UNITED chairman Massimo Cellino has refused to confirm whether Neil Redfearn will remain as head coach – following a thoroughly bizarre press conference at Elland Road. The Italian owner failed to answer a barrage of questions on whether Redfearn would be in charge at the club next season in at times thoroughly chaotic and confusing briefing with journalists. Cellino, who went out during the conference for a smoke break, leaving new chief executive officer Adam Pearson to field a whole host of questions, said that he had not yet spoken to Redfearn about his future. He said: “I have to find the right coach for Leeds and not because I want to please the fans for 15 minutes and not because I’m worried someone will tell me ‘Cellino, it’s time to go’. “Last year I was rushing. Now I have time and this decision is important because we have to build the team for next season. “The decision should not be for the short term because decisions for the short term are dangerous. “If the coach is bad, it is my mistake. I have made mistakes, a lot of mistakes because I make all the decisions.” Are you sure it’s not because you’re a coward with the fans. If you are a coward and you are scared of the fans, it’s time to find another job. To take the decision who will coach Leeds is the most important thing I have to do.” “I have to find the right coach for Leeds, not because I’m worried someone will tell me ‘Cellino, it’s time to go’ “If the coach is bad, it is my mistake. I have made mistakes, a lot of mistakes because I make all the decisions.” “I’m not scared of the fans,” he said. “I don’t thump my chest like they do, I just sign the cheques that will fix the club. “This sleeping giant was dead, but our giant is awake. He’s not fit yet, but he’s going that way, so we have to finish our work. When it’s healthy, it can go back where it belongs”.   Meanwhile, the 58-year-old reiterated that the club is not for sale following his return as chairman, but stated that if he can’t ‘fix the club’ in two years and take it to the top flight that he may look to sell up. He said: “I’m going to stay. This club is not for sale. If I cannot fix the club in two years, and take it into the Premier League, then I may sell it. “But this club is not for sale. It’s never been for sale. Someone called me, saying they wanted to buy the club. I was polite and I listened to them. “That was a mistake because it came into the news. How can I speak to employees about the future if they think I am selling the club to someone else? Cellino again amounted an impassioned defence regarding his charges under Italian law for tax evasion and reiterated that he did not break the law. He said: “I didn’t do anything I was charged with. I didn’t try to defraud the Italian state. If I did that, I would be stupid.” KEY POINTS: Cellino on Redfearn: “Who put Redfearn in that position? Me. Who wants Neil to succeed more than anyone? Me. It was my choice. No-one wanted Neil to succeed more than me. I don’t know what has happened in last ten games. “I have to find the right coach for this club and not because I want to please the fans for 15 days.” Cellino on why he hasn’t spoken to Redfearn: “I got 170 employees here. I’ve got three kids. I have other matters to sort. It’s not so urgent.” Cellino on Steve Thompson: “I was disqualified. What happened was very, very surprising. I like Thompson as a man. “I spoke to Steve and said ‘it’s hard to believe that I don’t know what’s happened but I don’t. I’m sorry.’” Cellino on the club: “If in two season time I’m not ready to take the club to the Premier League, I’m going to sell it. “But this club is not for sale. It’s never been for sale. I’m polite when people call me.” Cellino on himself: “Sometimes I make mistakes. I’m arrogant. I take a lot of pressure on my shoulders and ask too much of myself.” Cellno on His family Cellino says his daughter has moved from Leeds to London because she’s been taking abuse from the fans Cellino n the Italians and signings . Cellino: “We have enough foreigners. We bought too many. I was desperate” The McCormack money “The McCormack money went on garbage.” To which the question comes: “Didn’t you sign some of them?”Leeds spent £9.5m on players this season. “We spent money on some players we didn’t use.” So there we have it from the horses mouth. The man who was to get us promoted originally within two years wants another two years. The McCormack money is all gone and basically spent on ‘garbage’. Cani ‘was as good as Becchio’. Redfearn is as good as sacked as first team coach and he doesn’t give a tinker’s fuc# what the fans think of his decision because it’s his play thing and not our club. He claims to have had no idea what was going during the past 10 weeks of the season and absolves himself of most responsibility despite hiring and firing two coaches before Redfearn. He must be the only person in the world who doesn’t speak to his most important employee because he has 170 more important ones and treats the press with contempt by walking out half way through a PC for a cigarette to leave a man to answer questions who is only three days in the job. Unfuc#inbelievable! He treated McDermott like dirt irrespective of ability and is doing the same to Redfearn who deserves better, but worse still he is treating us the fans like absolute shite, as ignorant fools who know no better. He is no better than Bates and is dragging our club into the dirt. Shame on him and shame on us for standing for it ! What a mess and the pre season has hardly started. Still he wants us to trust him with choosing the new coach, picking all the players and basically running the club, so things should be alright because we are Leeds fans and we always come back for more.


Adam Pearson will hopefully get on better than the last two guys who worked along side Cellino

Thurs May 14th “It felt good coming back, I felt very much at home” – Pearson ADAM PEARSON knows a thing or two about what is required to reconnect a club with its home city. After calling time on his stint as commercial director at Elland Road in March, 2001, to rescue Hull City from administration, one of his primary tasks as chairman at Boothferry Park was restoring a credibility that had been stretched to breaking point by previous regimes. Unpaid bills, broken promises and years of rancour between boardroom and terraces meant patience with the local football club had all but run out on the banks of the Humber. Pearson, though, quickly set about repairing relationships and, before long, both sponsors and supporters were back on board as the Tigers embarked on a long overdue period of success. Even allowing for the travails that befell Leeds last term, the Championship club are in nowhere near as bad a state as Hull were when Pearson took control. Nevertheless, a chasm has opened up between the club and supporters in recent years that, despite an initial honeymoon period afforded Massimo Cellino, has shown no signs of being repaired. The anti-Cellino chants heard at several games towards the end of the season were ample proof of that. Now back at Leeds after 14 years away that included a stint in charge of Derby County, Pearson admits a priority is bringing harmony back to a club that has had far too much discord. “There are so many things that are positive at Leeds United,” said the 50-year-old to The Yorkshire Post in his new office at Elland Road. “Just look at the talented young lads that have broken through in the first team. “Our challenge is to harness that talent and if we can do that, we can get the fans on side. There needs to be a link with this football club that is restored all across the city. “We need to re-engage with both the corporate market and the club’s supporters. We need everyone back together and pulling in the same direction. “Leeds United has always been at its best when that happens. There is no more tough a place to play in the Championship than Elland Road when it is at its loudest and the fans are right behind their club. “We need to be united and fully in this together. If we do that, we will take some stopping. “This club’s support is tremendous. I witnessed that at Sheffield Wednesday just a couple of weeks ago (when Leeds won their final away game 2-1). “There is an intensity that you don’t see at many football clubs. You walk into the stadium and it is a stadium that is steeped in history, a history that you simply don’t get with the new ones that have been built.” Pearson is back at a club where he spent five years after being brought in by media company, Caspian, following their takeover in 1996. United, of course, was a very different beast back then. His stint as commercial director brought not only Champions League football on the pitch but also, by the turn of the Millennium, a £10m profit on an annual turnover of £80m – then the 11th highest in Football’s ‘Rich List’. Leeds have since been out of the top flight for 11 years and counting, but Pearson insists the future can be bright. “There are some really good staff here and they all know what they are doing,” he said. “My role is to be Mr Cellino’s right-hand man and to help out in areas where he needs assistance. It is too big a job for one person. “I am here all the time and, basically, working across all areas of the club and will work wherever he wants me to work.” On his return to Elland Road earlier this week, Pearson added: “You have to take opportunities when they arise. This is my hometown club and I have a strong allegiance to it. “I enjoyed my time here back in the late Nineties. Mr Cellino approached me to help out and that was a strong pull for me. “It felt good coming back in through the door and I felt very much at home.” Pearson’s return has been welcomed by United supporters, even if there are concerns over the possible longevity of the move considering that Cellino has already got through two previous ‘right-hand men’ in Graham Bean and Matt Child. “He is fully committed and that is what attracted me,” added Pearson. “He lives Leeds United 24 hours per day and he is desperate for this club to be successful. “The owner wants to be in the Premier League as soon as possible. He has put in an enormous amount of money and is desperate to get Leeds where we all believe the club should be. “He is passionate and charming. He can also be volatile, but he is definitely someone who people can work with.” “I’ve been around a long time and somebody put his name to me. I was interested, we spoke about what he wanted and I was happy to get involved. People know I’ve got connections with Leeds United going back a long way. “I’m here to help as much as possible and to provide input from an English football perspective. The workload is huge and there isn’t a big staff so I’ll try to take some of the pressure off with regards to Football League business, commercial aspects and any areas he wants me to deal with. I’ll give him some back-up. “In 15 years or so I’ve built up a very broad contacts book of regulators, administrators, agents and players. I think that can help us.” “Mr Cellino worked hard with the Football League to ensure that happened,” Pearson said. “He wants to push the club forward and make sure we have a real good go at the Championship next season. We want to be pushing towards the top end. “We’ve got a good opportunity to do that because the club aren’t burdened with heavy contracts or aging players. The squad’s got some very good young players in it and we need to add some experience to that, some experience of English football. Leeds are a big club to turn round, a big oil tanker, and if we’re going to do it then it’ll be done on good acquisitions this summer. That’s vital.” “I’ve only been here for a couple of days but I think the club’s in good shape. We can work on the corporate side, on commercial revenue and other things, but the position of the club looks healthy.” Pearson said the relationship between the club and their support needed to improve but insisted: “Now that Mr Cellino is back around the club, I’m sure it will. I know this club of old and at times stories and rumours run away with themselves. Clarity of communication would help everybody but clubs still need to do most of their business discreetly. “I certainly believe that we need to come together now and concentrate on getting the summer right. We really want to have a good crack at the Championship.” Thurs May 14th Return of Pearson ticks all the right boxes – Lorimer We’ve needed some good news at Leeds United and this week has given us some at last. Lewis Cook’s new contract was a big boost for everyone and that simply had to be done. He’s one of our brightest young talents and the thought of him being out of contract in 12 months’ time was clearly a worry. Deals aren’t always worth the paper they’re written on but Cook’s more protected now than he was before and he seemed very happy to sign on for longer. It counters the idea that players are worried about sticking around here. But just as significant was the appointment of Adam Pearson as a club director on Monday. It was a bolt from the blue and no mistake but as directors go he ticks all the boxes. Leeds have been crying out for someone like him for a very long time. Adam’s a proper football man and he’s massively experienced in running and managing clubs. He won’t be running Leeds – that’s still the job of Massimo Cellino – but he’s someone who the club’s owner can lean on when he needs to and trust to keep day-to-day business ticking over. The reality for Massimo is that no matter how tightly he likes to control things, or no matter how tightly he controlled things at Cagliari, he can’t do everything himself. He can’t be everywhere all the time and he can’t oversee every part of the operation at Leeds. At this level of the game it’s imperative that you have a team around you; a trusted team from top to bottom. When I look at Leeds I see a bit of a skeleton staff. Quite a few senior people have gone and I’ve always thought that Thorp Arch would benefit from having someone in overall charge there – a technical director who’s on top of absolutely everything, without actually running the first team. It sounds like that might be happening, too. I know for a fact that our scouting network has broken down over the years and, to be perfectly honest, there isn’t much of a network left any more. At every level of a major football club you need people who understand the game and know their jobs. That’s why I think Adam is a perfect choice in his role. I’ve known him for a long time, going back to the days when he was commercial director at Leeds some 15 years ago. The work he did at Hull City was seriously impressive and that goes without saying. When you think of Adam, you automatically think about Hull’s rapid rise through the leagues. The foundations he laid there are still paying off now, even if Hull are currently in a bit of trouble on the field. Most people will be hugely encouraged by his arrival. Some others might question whether he can make an impact at Elland Road. It’s not a secret that others before him have tried to work under Massimo and ultimately found that it didn’t work out. One thing we’ve seen in the past year is a pretty high turnover of staff. Where Adam might differ is that I think he’ll be very good at knowing what his remit is and knowing what not to get involved in. I get the feeling that from time to time certain people have strayed into areas which weren’t their business and didn’t necessarily concern them. (bullshit  the guy is a dictator and Lorimer is a crawler) It’s pretty obvious that Massimo’s the sort of person who wants people to do what they should be doing and I reckon his relationship with Adam will be really good. On top of all this, we’ve had the transfer embargo lifted and all in all you start to hope that after a long period of problems and difficulty, things are starting to take shape again. Operating without an embargo should make a big difference. Basically we’re free to sign who we like within our own limits, rather than having those limits set for us. That doesn’t mean we’re going to see a massive amount of money spent on players – that’s for Massimo to decide – but if the club want to invest heavily then they can. This squad requires investment and I’ve never pretended otherwise. But considering the talent we have in it, and the young players in particular, we very much need the right players. When you’re under embargo your options aren’t vast and it doesn’t help to attract new signings when players know you’ve got one hand tied behind your back. All of a sudden we’ve got a nice clean slate. A week like this has been long overdue and it’s amazing how a few days of good news can make you feel so much more positive. We’re still waiting for other things to happen – especially a decision over Neil Redfearn’s job – but it feels to me like a few wheels are in motion, just when we needed to start moving forward. The thing about someone like Adam is that he’ll appreciate the value of momentum. He’ll know from his days at Hull how important it is and I’m sure he’ll do everything to keep this going. There’s been a hole in that position, a shortage of experience at the top level, for a while but I see Adam’s arrival in as a really positive move. Hopefully, there’s more to come. Weds 13th of May Transfer ban lifted (Updated) Leeds United will be free to sign players without restriction this summer after the Football League lifted their Financial Fair Play (FFP) transfer embargo. In another positive development at Elland Road, United have cleared a hurdle which hampered them throughout January by demonstrating to the Football League that they are compliant with FFP rules. The governing body is understood to have informed the club last week that they would not be subject to an embargo during the coming window. Leeds were punished in January after losses of more than £22m in the 2013-14 financial year – most amassed prior to owner Massimo Cellino’s takeover – broke limits set for Championship clubs. They were one of three second-tier sides, along with Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest, who breached FFP regulations. The embargo did not prevent United from signing players completely but the club were limited to loanees and free transfers on wages of less than £12,000 a week. Three new players came to Elland Road in January, with Sol Bamba and Granddi Ngoyi moving on loan from Palermo and striker Edgar Cani joining temporarily from Catania. Club director Andrew Umbers, however, told the YEP in January that Leeds would exit their embargo at the end of the season, saying losses for the 2014-15 financial year would drop to around £7m.Umbers said: The situation has dramatically improved. We’ve submitted our FFP analysis. We’re already planning for what we need to do squad-wise for the 2015-16 season.” The Football League has not commented on the removal of United’s embargo but a statement issued by Leeds last night read: “Leeds United can confirm that the FFP transfer embargo recently imposed upon the club has been lifted in time for the 2015 summer transfer window. The window officially opens on July 1 and the club will not face any restrictions in relation to buying or selling players.” The news follows the announcement of a new contract for England Under-19 midfielder Lewis Cook and the appointment of ex-Hull City owner Adam Pearson as a club director on Monday. Cook’s deal now runs to 2017 and Pearson – Leeds’ former commercial director – has rejoined the board as Cellino faces up to a pivotal summer in charge. The Italian is planning to revamp United’s squad again having brought 15 new players to Elland Road last summer and the release from embargo will free his hands in the market.


Austin released by Leeds surprisingly

Weds 13th of May. Adkins distances himself from Leeds job Former Southampton and Reading manager Nigel Adkins has distanced himself from the Leeds United job. Nigel Adkins has cooled links with the Leeds job Adkins was sacked by Reading after a very poor season for the Royals, with his last game being a 6-1 drubbing from Birmingham City at St Andrews in December of last year. The consequence of the awful performance at St Andrews was that the former Wigan keeper lost his job, Steve Clarke taking over two days later. Reports in the national papers today have suggested that he is set to take over the job at Elland Road, despite Neil Redfearn still being in charge of the club. Many United fans that speculate over Redfearn’s job are unwarranted, after doing a decent job since taking over from Darko Milanic to become Leeds’ third manager of the season. Other names linked with the job are Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink and the soon-to-be jobless Mark Warburton. Adkins told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “This hasn’t come out of my mouth. They’ve got a manager in place who did a really good job last year.” Adkins has been in the mix for the QPR and Leicester jobs this season, despite the Foxes not even sacking Nigel Pearson. Neil Redfearn himself was linked with the Chesterfield job this week after Paul Cook joined Portsmouth, but that won’t be happening after the appointment of Dean Saunders this morning. Leeds ended the Sky Bet Championship season in 15th position, after accumulating 56 points in the campaign   Weds 13th of May Leeds release nine players Austin included. Leeds United have released nine professionals with Rodolph Austin and Aidy White amongst those released. Daniel Atkinson, Luke Booker, Alex Cairns, Afolabi Coker, Stuart Taylor, Zac Thompson and Michael Tonge have also been released has Leeds United look to transform the squad over the summer. Leeds have also released academy players Isaac Assenso, Liam Bennett, Adam Berry, Piteu Crouz, Munya Mbanje and Ian Molloy. Leeds United have offered new contracts to eight players have announcing their released and retained list. Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Eric Grimes, Luke Parkin, Kalvin Phillips, Alex Purver, Jake Skelton and Lewis Walters have all been offered new deals at Elland Road. Kalvin Phillips made his first team debut this season and Lewis Walters was named amongst the substitutes on a number of occasions. The offers for the eight youngsters show that Leeds are wanting to continue to build from the academy squad after Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor were amongst the most impressive first team players this season having come through the academy.


Adam Pearson

Mon Nov 11th Pearson back at Leeds Leeds have released the following statement :We would like to welcome Adam Pearson back to Leeds United as the club’s new Executive Director. “Nigel Pearson has a wealth of experience in football and is no stranger to the club having previously held the position of Commercial Director at Elland Road before going on to purchase Hull City in 2001″. Under Pearson’s chairmanship, Hull rose from being a team in administration and on the brink of exiting the to becoming a competitive Championship side pushing for the top-flight after a remarkable ascent up the divisions. Pearson decided to sell the club in 2007 and soon took up the role of executive chairman at Derby County, before returning to Humberside within just two years as he resumed the position of chairman at the KC Stadium. In 2011 he then purchased Super League side Hull FC, who he still owns, and eventually moved on from the Tigers the following year. His most recent role in football came at local rivals Sheffield Wednesday as part of their committee. Pearson explained: “I’m here to assist Massimo as much as possible on all sides of the club and I’m really looking forward to it. “I’ll be like his right-hand man as executive director at the club, trying to get the club moving forward in the right lines and in tune with its supporters. “We’re hopeful for a good season in the Championship\l ” next year. “I know the club really well, I was here 15 years ago. Quite a lot has changed internally but there’s still a lot of familiar faces and some really good staff here. “Hopefully we can build on that teamwork off the pitch and really take the club forward. “I know this city very well, I know the club and it’s my hometown city. I want to get back in here and make a difference and get the club moving forward again. “I’ll be working on all aspects of the club, looking primarily to start with the business\l ” and commercial sides to make sure we’re maximising all the revenues coming in. “I want to make sure that the supporters are getting looked after and the facilities are right. There are some key people already here at the club so it’s just bringing that together and pushing that forward.” United chairman Massimo Cellino added: “Adam is coming here to be my right-hand man, to help me with everything that needs to be done. There is a lot of work to do. “He is a good man. He loves football and he knows this club well, that is important. “Since I came back to Leeds, I have not stopped working, but Adam will help me now. I wanted him here at Leeds and I believe the working relationship will be positive. “He has quickly started in his job and he has shown in the past that he knows how to be successful in football. “We will work together on making sure we are ready to have a strong season on and off the pitch.” Monday 11th of June Redfearn’s planning for future regardless Neil Redfearn says he will plan to take charge of Leeds United’s pre-season schedule until the club tell him otherwise, admitting he is wary of being “caught short” by the doubt over his future. United’s head coach is no closer to knowing if Leeds will renew his contract for another season, a week after owner Massimo Cellino returned from a Football League ban, but he is continuing to prepare for the resumption of training on July 1 as the wait for clarity goes on. Cellino resumed control of United last week, three months after the Football League disqualified him from running the club, but he and Redfearn are yet to meet and discuss the head coach’s future. Speaking to the YEP, Redfearn said his situation was “something for us to speak about between us” but admitted he was anxious to avoid being under-prepared if an agreement to extend his deal comes later in the summer. Cellino did not finalise the appointment of former head coach David Hockaday last year until the middle of June, bringing Hockaday to Elland Road little more than a week before the start of pre-season training. Redfearn has organised a summer tour for July, with Ireland a likely destination, and he has also suggested opponents for domestic friendlies. “I’ve got to look at it as if I’m going to be here,” Redfearn said. Whatever happens happens, but I don’t want to get to July and be in a position where we’re not ready to go. “That’s why we sent the players away with fitness programmes last week. “They’ve got to stick to them and if they don’t, if they come back short of where they should be and I’m in charge, then they won’t be involved. We’ve told them that. “The lads need a break, from a physcological point of view as much as a physical one. “It’s been a difficult season and that does take its toll. But we need to be ready and that goes for me too because we don’t want to get caught short when the season starts.” Redfearn was asked to put pre-season plans in place before the end of the recent Championship term and he has also submitted a retained list and a suggested transfers targets to the club’s board. The list of possible signings includes Charlie Adam, the Stoke City midfielder, and Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips, whose side were relegated to the Championship yesterday. Redfearn has also recommended a move for Burnley centre-back Jason Shackell, whose side also dropped out of the top flight at the weekend. Signings of that ilk would depend on numerous factors, not least the lifting of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) embargo which the Football League imposed on United in the January transfer window. The FFP santion limited Leeds to free transfers and loan signings on a maximum wage of around £11,000 a week. The Football League is yet to confirm whether United’s embargo will be removed ahead of the summer window. Redfearn said: “There’s a lot that needs to happen but certain things are in place, whether I’m here or not. Pre-season shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve said before that if we can add the right players to what we’ve got then we’ll be in a good place but everyone in the Championship is looking to do the same now. “When it (the new season) comes round, the club have got to be ready for it.” Mon 11th of May Pointless talking about targets until we know Massimo’s plans – Eddie Gray IT’S been a very quiet week at Leeds United and there’s not much you can say. I don’t think anything is happening at the football club yet though we’ll probably get to know sooner rather than later. We’ll just have to see but I think the most exciting thing this week has been the play-offs! It was a good draw between Ipswich and Norwich and it was a terrific win for Middlesbrough. And it was a good win for Simon Grayson with Preston against Chesterfield. At our club – you can’t really say much about it yet can you? I don’t think anybody really knows what’s going on with Neil Redfearn and if he’s staying. It’s still all speculation. But you would think if anything was going to happen with Neil leaving it would have happened by now. But I don’t know and there’s not really been any official statement from Massimo Cellino yet on what his plans are for the future of the club and how he sees it going forward. It will be how he sees the club going forward that counts. The Red Bull talk is back but that’s been going on for a year or so now, hasn’t it? And the most important thing just now is to know what the plans are – how Massimo sees the club going forward and Neil’s future. Until we know that, you can’t really say too much but they have got to put things into motion soon as regards recruitment and who is leaving the club. A lot of clubs have got their retained lists out now – who they are keeping and who they are letting go. We’ve not really got any idea yet though I would imagine Massimo was maybe working on that last week with Neil to see what their plans are. We will obviously have players leaving the club and you would hope there would be players coming into the club. The quicker that is done the better. Charlie Adam has been mentioned but I wouldn’t imagine we would get him, let’s put it that way. He’s still playing well at Stoke, he scored again on Saturday and he is still playing in the top half of the Premier League – scoring and making goals. Also, I would imagine his salary would be quite good – I just don’t know. He’s a good target if we can back that up. But sometimes things like that get out in the press and it’s quite easy to throw names about but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. I think the best way to do your job is to get players signed, sealed and delivered before anybody else gets a sniff of who you are interested in. I would imagine if Adam was available, there would be a lot of teams at the top end of the Championship interested in him – and in the Premier. But there will be loads of names mentioned and until the basic fundamentals at the football club are sorted out, talking about names is just a waste of time. Until Massimo says what his plans are, then talking about other players just doesn’t make any sense. We’ve got to think about what is happening at the club first. I know that we’ve offered a contract extension to Lewis Cook and I think the boy might sign and I think it’s important that he stays at the football club. He’s only a young player and he’s still got a lot to learn in the game. He seems to have done well under Neil so far so there’s no reason why that can’t carry on for another couple of years and see where that takes him. I don’t think there’s any doubt that he will be in the Premier League eventually but whether he can step up to mark just yet I don’t know. You are talking about a different ball game in the Premier League. You’d be playing against Yaya Toure, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney and Matic. You are talking about a lot of top players and, while he’s young, you’ve got to give Lewis a chance to mature. Sun May 10th Leeds United dropped into even more trouble By Ryan Ingham It seems like Leeds United can never be out of the news or trouble this season As yet another problem arises at Elland Road. There is more unrest at Leeds United. Controversial owner Massimo Cellino has been plunged in further trouble as reports suggest that Cellino sanctioned a bung regarding the sale of Ross McCormack, BBC Sport reports. An FA investigation has shown that a sum of £185k was sanctioned by Cellino for a payment to football agent Derek Day. The fee paid to Day was then sent to McCormack’s advisor Barry Hughes, who’s isn’t a licensed agent. This move contravenes FA ruling. Cellino has since said to BBC Sport about the matter; “Everything I done. For me was clear I had the club consultant and my accountants. I don’t know many people in England, if I did something wrong I didn’t do it on purpose”. These words seem to point at the fact that there is guilt on Cellino’s part. According to the FA’s football-agent regulations, section J1, states: ‘A club must not directly or indirectly make any payments to any unauthorised agent in respect of any agency activity’. This is the second controversy to hit Leeds in the past week after the FA have started to investigate whether current loanee, Adryan, is third party owned and if Leeds have paid the third party for his services. The news is just another setback this season as the club is rocked by more bad news. With owner Cellino just returning to Leeds after being banned for convictions of tax evasion in Sardinian court, and is set to have a rocky summer of uncertainty with fans waiting with baited breath if he sacks fan favourite Neil Redfearn. Trouble follows the Cornman like a bloodhound, and we won’t free of it until he is gone. Friday 8th of May Leeds cut to be relegated  Betfair are offering 4/1 that Leeds get relegated, and make it odds on that whoever begins the campaign as head coach does not make it through the season. Michael Bowers, football Trader for Betfair, told HITC via e-mail: “There’s no denying the negative impact Cellino’s hiring and firing policy has had on the club’s performance. “Now that the Football League have agreed to allow him back to Elland Road, we make it very short odds that the club will go through more than 1.5 managers over the course of the season and just a 4/1 shot for them to be relegated to League One.” Leeds last season had three permanent managers and Cellino is yet to make his mind up regarding this coming season. To contrast the odds of 4/1 to be relegated, SkyBet make it 33/1 that Leeds win promotion to the Premier League next season. Betfair are offering 4/1 that Leeds get relegated, and make it odds on that whoever begins the campaign as head coach does not make it through the season. Michael Bowers, football Trader for Betfair, told HITC via e-mail: “There’s no denying the negative impact Cellino’s hiring and firing policy has had on the club’s performance. “Now that the Football League have agreed to allow him back to Elland Road, we make it very short odds that the club will go through more than 1.5 managers over the course of the season and just a 4/1 shot for them to be relegated to League One.” Leeds last season had three permanent managers and Cellino is yet to make his mind up regarding this coming season. To contrast the odds of 4/1 to be relegated, SkyBet make it 33/1 that Leeds win promotion to the Premier League next season.


Lewis Cook has been offered a one year extension – Surely we should be putting him on a long term deal ?

Friday 8th of May. Cook mulls over new deal. Leeds United hope starlet Lewis Cook will put pen to paper on a new contract next week after offering the 18-year-old an extension to his deal. Owner Massimo Cellino says Cook is considering improved terms after a highly impressive first season as a professional at Elland Road. Cook’s emergence from Leeds’ academy was one of the highlights of a hard and underwhelming Championship term but the midfielder’s existing contract expires next summer, leaving United exposed to interest in him. The club were considering handing Cook a new three-year deal but comments from Cellino last night indicated that United plan to extend his agreement by 12 months to 2017. Cook is weighing up the offer but Cellino told the YEP that he was hopeful of finalising the deal early next week. The teenager has become one of Leeds’ most valuable assets in the space of a year, catching the eye with his marauding performances in midfield. Cook, who was part of England’s European Under-17 Championship-winning squad last summer, made 38 appearances this season before an ankle ligament injury ended his campaign early. He was named as the Football League’s apprentice of the year last month. Aston Villa and Newcastle United have both been credited with interest in him in the lead-up to the summer transfer window.


McCormack transfer to be investigated by FA

Friday 8th of May FA investigates Ross McCormack transfer Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino is being investigated by the Football Association, just one day after returning to the club’s board. The FA is looking at whether the Italian sanctioned an unauthorised payment to an unlicensed agent in Ross McCormack’s transfer to Fulham last year , reports BBC Radio Leeds. McCormack, 28, joined the Craven Cottage side for £11m in July. Cellino is also being accused of breaking third-party ownership rules. Brazilian forward Adryan, 20, spent the season on loan at Elland Road from Flamengo. The Daily Mirror reports that they have seen documents that the deal to bring the player to the club would have seen Leeds pay Rio de Janeiro firm RP4 Football Management 20% of any sell-on fee if they had signed Adryan permanently. The Brazil Under-20 international has now returned to his parent club after making 13 appearances for the Whites. The FA’s third-party ownership regulations prevents clubs from making payments to third parties except for in exceptional circumstances. Cellino returned to the club on Thursday after serving a Football League ban for being found guilty of tax evasion in Italy. Meanwhile, BBC Radio Leeds reports that midfielder Lewis Cook, 18, is close to signing a new deal. Cellino contacted the station to say the contract, that will keep Cook at the club until 2017, is now with the player and his agent. Friday May 8th Whites eye Celtic scout as new sporting director Leeds United have identified Celtic head scout David Moss as a potential candidate for the role of sporting director at Elland Road, the YEP has learned. Moss is among a list of options drawn up by Leeds and he is understood to have spoken to the club about the position earlier this week. The 46-year-old currently leads Celtic’s scouting network and he has worked for the Scottish champions since 2010, initially with their academy. He also managed the academies at both Crystal Palace and Swansea City having retired as a professional player in 2003. His career took him to Doncaster Rovers, Chesterfield and Dunfermline before ending at Swansea. United’s interest in him is another indication that the club’s current sporting director, Nicola Salerno, will vacate that position before the start of next season. Salerno, who joined Leeds after Massimo Cellino’s takeover last April, has a year left on his contract at Elland Road but he has been absent from the club since becoming embroiled in the controversy surrounding the suspension of United assistant boss Steve Thompson last month. Thompson was unexpectedly suspended on April 2 via a letter signed by Salerno. Leeds have not commented on the specific reasons for the decision but director Andrew Umbers told the YEP recently that there had been “a breakdown in communication” and “a breakdown of trust” between Salerno and Thompson. Cellino claimed that Salerno had resigned from his job in the aftermath of that controversy but the 58-year-old is still on the books at Elland Road. He is believed to be back in Italy at present. The former Cagliari sporting director handled much of United’s transfer business last summer, a window in which the club signed 15 new players, but Cellino is believed to want a sporting director with more knowledge of the English leagues. Other alternatives to Moss are being considered but Moss would bring substantial experience to Leeds at a time when the club are drawing breath after a turbulent Championship season. United finished 15th in the table and Cellino was absent for most of the second half of the campaign following his disqualification as owner by the Football League. That ban ended last Sunday, 24 hours after the final game of the season, and the Italian rejoined the board at Elland Road as chairman on Wednesday after passing the Football League’s Owners and Directors Test. He and head coach Neil Redfearn, however, are still to hold any discussions about a deal to extend Redfearn’s contract at Leeds. The 49-year-old’s situation is as precarious as Salerno’s with his existing deal due to expire on June 30. Cellino, who appointed Redfearn as a replacement for Darko Milanic in November, is still considering whether to take up an option to retain him for another 12 months. Friday May 5th. Speed is the key – Andt Ritchie One of the first jobs for a football club at the end of each season is the publication of a retained list.It’s called the retained list but quite often it’s nothing more than a massive list of players who are moving on. The turnover of footballers seems to grow every year and these are tense times for a lot of them. The vast majority will be big enough to take what comes. It’s a cut-throat industry and you don’t get many favours in football. There were stages in my career when I knew my time at a certain club was up and you have to accept those decisions with good grace. Even so, you always want decisions to be taken quickly. If a manager moves to keep you and offer you a new contract, great. If you’re told to look for pasture new then fair enough – but finding a new club isn’t an overnight process. Leeds United are still to announce their retained list and a fair few members of their squad will be anxious to discover exactly where they stand. You can usually split out-of-contract players into two camps – those who will have plenty of options and those who could struggle to stay in the game. But every one of them will be keen to see what the future holds before they go on holiday. It’s not so relaxing sitting on the beach when you’re technically out of work. Among the eight Leeds players who are out of contract this summer, Rodolph Austin stands out. It’s not a secret that Neil Redfearn wants to keep him at Elland Road and I definitely think that offering Austin a new deal would be a sensible move. He’s not the most skilful of players and, without being disrespectful, I don’t think he’s Premier League standard but he’s very good in the Championship and you can tell that by the fact that numerous other Championship clubs seem to be interested in him. He’s a midfield enforcer and, for me, he’s very good at setting the tone of a match. You need playmakers around him without a doubt but his engine and running make a difference when he’s on blob. Even as a member of the squad, he’s an impact player who can change the dynamic. I’d think carefully before letting him go for nothing. Aside from Austin, the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Walters must be no-brainers. They’re just emerging from a very successful academy so Leeds would be daft to let them go. But where Aidy White’s concerned, the situation’s a bit more complex. Deep down I wonder if this is the point where he and Leeds part company. Going back a few years, Aidy was a player who I expected to be a really big hit. Again, if the choice was mine then I’d probably give him another chance. But from his point of view, a fresh start could be better for him. He’s had a tough time since he signed his last contract and he’s been unlucky with injury. Perhaps this is an chance to get himself going again with a new club and a fresh outlook. Of the players who were on loan at Elland Road this season, Sol Bamba doesn’t need much discussion. He’s been excellent and he has to stay – regardless of what he said about the club in the press this week. Leeds won’t appreciate players talking out of turn but Bamba was only saying what a lot of us have been thinking for a while: that the club’s not in a great state. Coming from someone as level-headed as Bamba seems to be, Leeds should really try to take his opinion on board. Guys like Zan Benedicic and Edgar Cani made no impact and I’d be amazed if we see them again. With Dario Del Fabro and Brian Montenegro, what happens with them might well come down to what the academy staff think of them. Most of their appearances have come for the development squad. But Adryan’s the interesting one. He’s the player we all expected big things of last summer and, if I’m honest, he’s probably been the biggest disappointment. You can see that he’s got natural talent but for all of that I’m not convinced he’s the sort of player Leeds need. It’s not that he can’t play or that he’s got nothing about him but I don’t believe he’d ever thrive in the Championship. Something tells me the club have reached that conclusion too. Thursday May 4th. Whites place Adam top of summer targets Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has placed Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam at the top of an ambitious list of summer transfer targets. The Scotland international was included in the recommendations made by Redfearn to United’s board as part of his planning for the new Championship season. Redfearn is not certain of being in charge for the 2015-16 term with his contract set to expire next month but he has tabled a list of high-earning options in the hope of mounting a challenge for promotion if owner Massimo Cellino decides to extend his deal. Adam, 29, is one of Redfearn’s prime targets, though the midfielder would be forced to take a major pay cut at Elland Road and it is not clear if Stoke will make him available during the forthcoming transfer window. He struggled for appearances during the first half of this season and was said to be close to leaving the Britannia Stadium on loan before Christmas but Stoke have used him regularly during the Premier League run-in and he made headlines with a brilliant 60-yard strike at Chelsea a month ago. Adam recently ruled out a close-season move, saying: Some people seem to think I’m going to go in the summer but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve still got a year on my contract and I’ll see it out.” Redfearn’s suggested targets also include Burnley centre-back Jason Shackell – a defender who United’s boss showed an interest in ahead of the January window – and Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips and Tom Ince who went on oan to Derby. With Leeds heading for a mid-table finish after a difficult season, Redfearn spoke last week about the need to sign “four or five players of the right quality who understand this division.” “That’s a no-brainer to be honest,” he said. Anyone who understands this level would say that.” Adam and Phillips worked at Blackpool with Steve Thompson, the assistant whom Leeds suspended last month. Redfearn has not spoken to Cellino directly about his plans and the pair are still to hold talks about Redfearn’s future as head coach. Cellino returned to the club this week after serving a three-month Football League ban. United are awaiting to learn if the Financial Fair Play (FFP) transfer embargo imposed on them by the League in January will be lifted.


Cornman celebrates his return to the board – Most Leeds fans don’t

Weds 6th of May Cornman returns to board The Football League has approved Massimo Cellino’s return to the board at Leeds United, the club’s Italian owner said tonight. Cellino told the YEP that the governing body had officially sanctioned his appointment as Leeds chairman, three days after the end of his disqualification. The 58-year-old completed a suspension imposed on him by the Football League on Sunday and has resumed control of United ahead of pivotal summer. Cellino held the position of president prior to the Football League banning him in January but he is now taking up the role of chairman. Andrew Umbers – the financier who was named as chairman when Cellino quit the board – is vacating that role but remaining at Elland Road as a director. Cellino’s disqualification was was the result of a conviction for tax evasion imposed on him by a court in Italy last year. The Football League barred him from influencing the running of Leeds and required him to retake its Owners and Directors Test before allowing him to become a club director again. But speaking this evening, Cellino told the YEP: “I have the permission. It came through today. I’m pleased they acted quickly.” The Football League was asked to comment but is yet to respond. Weds 6th of May Redfearn’s future is the club’s ‘biggest decision of the summer’ – Lorimer Former Leeds United striker Peter Lorimer believes Neil Redfearn’s future as head coach is “the biggest decision of the summer” at Elland Road – and says Redfearn would be wise to leave the role if he and Massimo Cellino can’t sing from the same hymnsheet”. Writing in his YEP column, Lorimer claimed that the retention of Redfearn as first-team boss next season would be “delaying the inevitable” unless the 49-year-old and Cellino were able to agree on a fixed plan for the year ahead. Redfearn, who took over as United’s head coach in November, is at the end of his contract and awaiting talks with Cellino following the Italian’s return from his disqualification as club owner. Cellino’s ban ended on Sunday and he has been back at Elland Road this week, awaiting permission from the Football League to rejoin United’s board of directors as chairman. He and Redfearn have not spoken since the end of his ban and Redfearn has been planning for the return of Leeds’ squad for pre-season training on July 1 without any assurances that he will still be in charge on that date. His contract includes an option allowing him to resume to his old job as academy boss should Leeds appoint a new head coach, but recent comments from Redfearn indicated that he would be reluctant to take up that role again after six months in control of the first team. Lorimer said: It’s by far the biggest decision of the summer and to my mind everything hinges on the two of them sitting down, speaking their minds, seeing where the conversation takes them and then agreeing to either move forward together or to part company. As much as Neil must want to keep the job and make a success of it, he’d admit himself that there’s absolutely no point in him continuing as head coach unless he and Massimo have a shared view on how things should work. “That would be a waste of everyone’s time.” Lorimer added: “If they don’t see eye-to-eye or if they’ve got fundamentally different ideas, keeping Neil on would be a case of delaying the inevitable. Football’s the same as life in general – contentious issues always lead to fall-outs and the only way Leeds can ever be successful is if the whole club are singing from the same hymnsheet. A head coach and his owner have got to be like-minded.” Typical Lorimer. He took his 30 pieces of silver from Bates, and is now doing likewise from the Cornman. He is  paid by the YP to give his opinion and yet even now still won’t speak out against Cellino who appointed an ex Forest Green Rovers manager in charge of our great club when everyone said it was a ludicrous decision and followed it up by taking some obscure figure from Austrian football and after 32 days and six games without a win, sacked him and reinstated the guy who had won the previous three matches out of four. His treatment of Steve Thompson has been spiteful, disgraceful and shameful and yet Lorimer doesn’t comment on any of this, nor the signings made by Salerno/Cellino 95% of whom were absolute shite. If it hadn’t have been for the Mowatts or Cooks or Taylors or Byrams of this world (all home produced) we would be playing Blackpool, Wigan, and Millwall again next season………in League One ! But yet Lorimer doesn’t mention those tit bits or the ‘little bits’ that Neil Redfearn played in it. Why can’t he be like our captain Sol Bamba who said ” . I can’t just hide my feelings and when I think someone deserves something, I say it. If (Cellino) thinks I shouldn’t say it, that’s up to him. I speak the truth. “It’s a great club and everything is there; the fanbase, training ground and stadium. The people upstairs have to make the right decision because it’s sad for the club and the city. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with me but it doesn’t matter. The club deserves better and the person in charge has to do better for our club and the supporters. “We can’t give this image to other clubs and the football world. Leeds have a great history and what we’ve shown the last few years is wrong. I’ve embraced being here, it’s a great club. It’s ridiculous when you know the club. It deserves better.” “It was tough for everyone to take because he (Thompson) was doing a wonderful job. People don’t know but behind the scenes he was very, very good. The results showed that as well. Personally I was hurt when Thommo left. “Some of the players think it was the right decision and fine. But I think it was” . Real men step up to the plate and make their opinions known. Others do like Lorimer. Parasites.


Adryan deal under investigation

Weds 6th of May FA to investgate Adryan transfer Cellino denied that Leeds were guilty of a breach of the rules on third-party ownership. Adryan joined United on a temporary basis from Flamengo last August, moving to Elland Road after freeing himself from a separate loan deal at Italian club Cagliari. Cellino persuaded Cagliari to end their arrangement with Flamengo and a deal was reached to bring Adryan to England with a view to a permanent transfer. At the time, Leeds negotiated an option allowing them to sign Adryan full-time for around £3m this summer. The 20-year-old made a limited impact at Elland Road, however, and is not expected to return to the club. He flew home to Brazil after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Rotherham United, the last game of the Championship term. News of the investigation into his move comes days after Cellino returned from a Football League ban. FA rules forbid third-party ownership of players and ban payments by clubs to third parties except in exceptional circumstances. A spokesman for the FA declined to comment but Cellino told the YEP: “I’m seeing lawyers from the FA tomorrow. They tell me there is a problem so I asked them to come here and see me. “We did nothing wrong. We dealt with Flamengo and they are his club. We never paid any money to anyone else.” Tues 5th of May. Leeds ask FL for date re Cellino back on board Leeds United have asked the Football League to reapprove Massimo Cellino as a club director with the Italian ready to head-up the board at Elland Road again. Cellino is set to retake the League’s Owners and Directors Test – two months after vowing to remain “independent” of United while he fought against the governing body’s treatment of him. His disqualification as Leeds owner – imposed in January following his conviction for tax evasion in Italy last year – ended on Sunday but Cellino is still intent on overturning the League’s decision to ban him and has asked the Football Association to arbitrate in the dispute. Cellino claims the guilty verdict against him in Italy should not be classed as a formal conviction until it has passed through three stages of appeal, an argument which was turned down when he challenged his Football League disqualification earlier this year. The failure of that challenge saw the 58-year-old barred from exerting any control over United’s day-to-day operations for 79 days. That ban was subsequently extended to the end of this season due to Cellino’s failure to supply the League with documents relating to his court case in Cagliari. Cellino resigned as United president towards the end of January but in a statement published on the club’s official website on February 24, he insisted he would not retake his seat on the Elland Road board while the FA’s arbitration process was pending. Cellino said that decision would allow him to be free of defending myself as any normal citizen” while chairman Andrew Umbers claimed Cellino’s “independent action” would “help the football club avoid any sanctions.” An FA arbitration ruling in Cellino’s failure would potentially protect the Italian from additional bans if future court cases in Italy result in new convictions. Two other tax cases, in which Cellino is accused to avoid VAT on a yacht and Range Rover respectively, are due to be heard by a judge in Cagliari next month. Cellino denies any wrongdoing but the Football League is likely to move to disqualify him from running United again if he is found guilty. Neither Leeds nor the FA have yet confirmed a date for Cellino’s arbitration hearing. Approached by the YEP today, the Football League declined to comment on when Cellino was likely to receive approval to retake his seat on the board at Elland Road. A spokesman would only confirm that the rules of the League “require any individual seeking to operate as a relevant person at a club to certify themselves under the Owners and Directors Test.” Cellino’s existing conviction for tax evasion in Italy is spent under UK law, meaning the former Cagliari owner should presently comply with League regulations. It is not clear if his wait for approval from the governing body will delay key decisions at Leeds. The Italian is contemplating the future of head coach Neil Redfearn, who is out of contract this summer and yet to speak to Cellino about his future, and United are still to finalise a retained list with seven players at the end of loan deals and another eight out of contract next month.


Sol Bamba speaks the truth about the mismanagement of the club how he wants Redfearn and Thompson to return even to his own cost of speaking out of turn….something Cellino won’t take lightly

Tues 5th. Bamba speaks out about the running of the club Sol Bamba signed off from his loan at Leeds United with an outspoken attack on the club’s hierarchy, saying he was willing to risk his chance of a full-time contract at Elland Road by speaking the truth”. The centre-back is hoping to secure an offer from Leeds which makes his transfer from Palermo permanent this summer but he hit out at the running of United this season and claimed “the person in charge has to do better for our club and the supporters.” Owner Massimo Cellino is back in control of Leeds today after completing a three-month disqualification imposed on him by the Football League and he will turn his attention towards next season following the end of Leeds’ Championship campaign. United completed a difficult term with a 0-0 draw at home to Rotherham United on Saturday. Cellino’s first full season since his takeover last April has been affected by constant controversy and Bamba, who joined Leeds on a temporary basis in January, refused to disguise his frustration with recent events, specifically the suspension of assistant boss Steve Thompson. Head coach Neil Redfearn could himself be on his way out of the club with his contract as head coach set to expire shortly and Bamba admitted he would be “very disappointed” if the 49-year-old was not retained. The former Leicester defender urged Cellino and United’s board to take heed of the mood among Leeds’ support and said he was not prepared to protect his own prospects by remaining silent. “It doesn’t matter,” Bamba said. I want to stay at the club but not for the wrong reasons. If he (Cellino) decides not to keep me because of what I’m saying, that’s up to him. I can’t just hide my feelings and when I think someone deserves something, I say it. If (Cellino) thinks I shouldn’t say it, that’s up to him. I speak the truth. “It’s a great club and everything is there; the fanbase, training ground and stadium. The people upstairs have to make the right decision because it’s sad for the club and the city. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with me but it doesn’t matter. The club deserves better and the person in charge has to do better for our club and the supporters. “We can’t give this image to other clubs and the football world. Leeds have a great history and what we’ve shown the last few years is wrong. I’ve embraced being here, it’s a great club. It’s ridiculous when you know the club. It deserves better.” Thompson was removed from his post with seven games to go, suspended by sporting director Nicola Salerno who has been absent ever since. “It was tough for everyone to take because he was doing a wonderful job,” Bamba said. People don’t know but behind the scenes he was very, very good. The results showed that as well. Personally I was hurt when Thommo left. “Some of the players think it was the right decision and fine. But I think it wasn’t.” Redfearn took charge of Leeds as head coach in November, replacing Darko Milanic. United were in serious relegation trouble but a strong run of form in the early months of 2015 left the club in 15th position after their last match on Saturday. Asked about Redfearn’s future, Bamba said: Everyone can see he knows the club. There’s no other man better for the job. I’d be very disappointed if he left. “It doesn’t matter what happens to me or the players, he deserves to stay. He’s very good. If that was me I’d go mad so for him to keep his head… “I think the people in charge need to take good decisions for the club and not for anyone personally – just for the club. Listen to the fans as well because the fans are the heart of the club. When they give their opinion, sometimes you have to listen. “We saw when we played against the best in this league, we can compete. We’re not far away and we showed that this season. I think we’re not far away.” Bamba has another two years on his contract at Palermo but Leeds negotiated an option to keep him permanently.I’m desperate to come back here,” he said. “It’s not only England, I love the club, but I’m like everyone – we have to wait because we don’t know what’s going to happen.” Mon May 4th. Cellino faced with massive to do list n return AMONG the many items in Massimo Cellino’s inbox at Leeds United is an empty retained list. The Italian is back in charge at the club after the conclusion of his Football League disqualification and numerous players are waiting for decisions on their futures ahead of the start of the summer transfer window. The current squad at Leeds includes seven loanees and eight players whose permanent contracts expire this summer. Here, the YEP looks at their prospects of remaining at the club: On loan: Adryan (Flamengo) – a marquee signing in Cellino’s eyes last summer but his debut was slow in coming and he barely played in the second half of the season. It’s highly unlikely that Leeds will take up a £3m option to sign him permanently. Sol Bamba (Palermo) – one of United’s most influential arrivals and a fixture in their defence since January. Bamba wants to stay but his comments criticising the club’s hierarchy might weaken his chances. Zan Benedicic (AC Milan) – injured for much of the season and is still recovering from knee surgery. Won’t be returning. Dario Del Fabro (Cagliari) – Cellino thinks highly of him but he played only once in an FA Cup defeat at Sunderland. Brian Montenegro (Nacional) – Made the odd appearance as a substitute but never got a serious run in the team. Scored goals for the Under-21s, though. Granddi Ngoyi (Palermo) – Joined Leeds in January with an underlying thigh problem and never reached full match fitness. Redfearn, nonetheless, liked what he saw in training. Edgar Cani (Catania) – Four appearances as a substitute, none of them memorable. Won’t be seen in a Leeds shirt again, you’d think. Out of contract this summer: Stuart Taylor – started the final three games of this season after Marco Silvestri dropped out of the side. Turns 35 in September. Alex Cairns – been on the fringes at Leeds for a long time and his outing on the night when Paul Rachubka blew up against Blackpool is still his only first-team appearance. Aidan White – almost left in 2012 and might well move on this summer. His season was ruined by a broken foot bone. Rodolph Austin – regularly involved throughout the campaign and a midfielder who other Championship clubs seem to rate. Redfearn rates him too. Michael Tonge – sent on loan to Millwall in January and, as a relatively high earner, the 32-year-old seems to have no future here. Kalvin Phillips – made his senior debut last month and can surely expect to be offered an extension. Lewis Walters – as with Phillips, a youngster who has shown potential and who the club will probably keep. Zac Thompson – Leeds allowed him to play in a trial match for Scunthorpe recently, with a view to a summer move. Set to be released. 2016 – Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Steve Morison, Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp, Luke Murphy, Gaetano Berardi, Chris Dawson, Ross Killock. 2017 – Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor, Liam Cooper, Scott Wootton, Casper Sloth, Souleymane Doukara, Nicky Ajose. 2018 – Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci, Tommaso Bianchi. Mon May 4th Crunch time arives to thrash out the future – Gray Saturday’s game against Rotherham was a bit of a non-event but it’s all about the club sorting itself out now. Massimo Cellino’s ban is up so it’s time to get it sorted and sit down and say ‘this is where we’re going and this is is how we’re going to do it.’ There’s only one man who can decide that and that’s the owner. He owns the club and he’ll decide which way he thinks the club should go. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Neil Redfearn and Massimo Cellino are going to meet some time this week or in the near future to thrash things out to see what direction the club is going to go in. If we are going to be a major contender next season then it’s got to be sorted out sooner rather than later. It’s no good sorting this out a week before the season starts or we will be in the same boat as we were in last season. First and foremost, we have got to start sorting players such as what’s going to happen with Sol Bamba? Rodolph Austin’s contract is also up and then you have got the issue with the young players being coveted. We started with a policy last year of bringing players in from abroad and you cannot say it’s worked. It only works if you’re successful. The players that came in from abroad last season, they might improve next season, now that they know what the Championship is all about. It could have been a shock to the system for some of them. I know some of them were missing from the lap of honour but, while I don’t know about all of them, I know Marco Silvestri and Mirco Antenucci were at the dinner on Saturday night. By all accounts, Silvestri was fit to play on Saturday – he Tweeted that himself. I don’t know which players will stay and it’s up to Neil and Massimo to sit down and look at the whole playing squad, look at where we can strengthen, what the budget is. Overall, it’s been a disappointing season – a poor season. You look at our finishing position, 15th, and it just goes to show you how vital that little unbeaten run was. The disappointing thing for Neil is that his assistant left at a vital time as it’s a difficult job to do on your own. Steve (Thompson) was his right-hand man and these are things that Neil will be taking into consideration when speaking to Massimo. He wants him back but it will be interesting to see what Steve does. He might say ‘you showed me the door so I’m staying out the door.’There were 32,000 at the game on Saturday but we have got to get it right if we want to keep those 32,000 week-in, week-out. The way to do that at this club is to be in the top half right from the start, challenging for the top six or the top two. Bournemouth are deservedly champions and while people say Bournemouth spent a bit of money, they didn’t spend a fortune. You look at Matt Ritchie – £400,000 – and I think he was Championship player of the year. We finished 15th last season and we were saying there’s got to be an improvement. This wasn’t an improvement – not to me. There were positives which were the young boys coming through and breaking through. But they’ve got to progress and improve – and we’ve got to keep them. But we need other players in as well. The young players cannot do it on their own. Lewis Cook took young player of the year with Alex Mowatt taking player of the year and players’ player of the year which is a great accolade for the boy. He has had a terrific season. I think most significant is Alex winning the players’ player of the year award because he’s only young and for his fellow players to vote for him – we heard it was an overwhelming majority – then they must think extremely highly of him, not as only as a player but for his work ethic, his character around the place so that’s a tremendous achievement. Then there was only ever going to be one winner of the young player of the year award. Myself, I feel like the goalkeeper is a bit unlucky not to win something as some of his displays this year have been outstanding at vital times for the football club. You look at him up at Middlesbrough and places like that. They were vital victories for us that kept us on a little bit of a run and it was badly needed.Louth Neptune GC and KB Louth Greg and Hulse Louth Neptune GC and KBLouth Deano and Greg Louth -Deano and GCLouth Deano and Pat Quinn


Players do their final lap of appreciation in a hell of a disappointing season largely attributable to our idiot of a chairman. How many points dumped down the drain by appointing The Hock and Darko and mismark Italian signings ?


Antenucci didn’t bother his arse doing a lap of appreciation. He said he didn’t know, so as you can see he stayed in the stand. Nor did the five other players who made themselves unavailable for the Charlton game. They can all piss off.


Cellino was photographed at the Morcambe v Southend game, scouting, afraid of the “reception” no doubt awaiting him at ER. A bluffer of the highest order who is driving our club down the toilet.


Redfearn takes the fans’ applause

Sat May 4th. LEEDS UNITED 0, ROTHERHAM 0. S Taylor, Wootton, Bamba, Cooper, Berardi (Sharp 56), Byram, Austin, Murphy, Mowatt (White 71), C Taylor, Morison (Montenegro 81). Subs. Cairns, Phillips, Ngoyi, Sloth. Referee: A D’Urso. Booked: Bamba (United) Att: 31,850 (2,477) Report from official website The final day of the 2014/15 season, a Yorkshire derby at home to Rotherham, saw Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn name an unchanged starting line-up and substitutes bench from the previous weekend’s victory at Sheffield Wednesday. Ahead of kick-off at a packed Elland Road, the stadium to stood for a minute’s applause in remembrance of those who have passed away over the course of the season. The early stages brought little in the way of goalscoring opportunities, with both sides finding their feet on a slippery surface. Rotherham were seeing more of the ball inside the United half but Stuart Taylor remained untested between the sticks as Danny Ward fired a free-kick high and wide before seeing his effort superbly blocked by Sol Bamba after the ball had fallen kindly for him inside the area. At the opposite end, Bamba glanced a header wide after meeting Luke Murphy’s floated free-kick, while United did have the ball in the back of the net through Steve Morison’s neat finish on 23 minutes, only to be ruled out by the linesman’s flag for offside. Rotherham then carved out the clearest opening of the early exchanges as Lee Frecklington’s right-wing cross found Danny Lafferty arriving unmarked at the back post, but he could only send his diving header flying into the Kop. The game was beginning to open up after somewhat of a slow start, and Rotherham keeper Emiliano Martinez was called upon for the first time to clutch captain Liam Cooper’s backwards header following Alex Mowatt’s delivery. It sparked a good spell of pressure from the hosts and Charlie Taylor just had the ball stolen off his toes inside the area after some fine build-up play down the right, before the 21-year-old’s cross was flicked wide by Morison. Rodolph Austin was inches away from breaking the deadlock after 38 minutes following another flowing United move. The midfielder let fly with a 30-yard piledriver which took the slightest of deflections as it flashed agonisingly past the sprawling Martinez’s far post. Ward could only find Taylor’s arms as Rotherham broke away at the other end, but the half-time whistle soon signalled the end of a largely forgettable opening 45 minutes. Both sides re-emerged from the break unchanged and United started the second half brightly, with Cooper’s half-volley blocked inside a crowded area, before Murphy drilled over after being invited to shoot from distance. Morison and Mowatt then combined with a one-two to slot the latter through on goal, only for the sting to be taken out of his low effort as it bounced behind for a corner. Redfearn made his first change of the afternoon on 56 minutes, and it was an attack-minded one, as Billy Sharp replaced Gaetano Berardi. The striker was soon involved, too, with Martinez just managing to block his close-range effort after more intricate play. United were enjoying the better sights of goals and Mowatt, looking to take his tally to double figures for the season, curled a free-kick over from his trademark territory as the game passed the hour mark. Sharp drilled a right-footed effort over the bar after striding forward, before Redfearn made his second change with 20 minutes remaining, bringing Aidy White on in place of Mowatt for his first appearance of the season after a lengthy injury lay-off. The game had a typical end-of-season feel about it, but United appeared to be largely in control as it entered the final 10 minutes. Brian Montenegro was introduced in attack for Morison as Redfearn urged his side forward in search of a late winner. artinez had mainly been a spectator in the Rotherham goal, but he was called into action to deny Austin, again from long-range, palming his dipping strike behind, before clutching Bamba’s header on the line from a corner which followed moments later. Millers substitute hammered a speculative free-kick into the South Stand as the game entered three minutes of stoppage time, but there proved to be no way through for either side as United ended the campaign with a 0-0 draw. Redfearn on whether the fans’ view on him might sway Cellino’s decision: “You’d think so but we’ll have to see.” Redfearn on leaving out Silvestri: The squad won at Sheff Wed. The message has always been that if the side plays well players keep shirts”. Redfearn on Silvestri: Nobody’s exempt. I don’t change the rules for different players. It’s the same whoever’s out the side.” Redfearn: “The important part now becomes recruitment. This close season we maybe need to recruit better.” Redfearn: You say you deal with the stress and all that but it has been stressful. It’s been a tough season.” Redfearn says he’s had no contact about when talks over his future will take place. “I’d expect next week we’ll sit down and chat.” Redfearn on finishing 15th: “When we were getting beat 2-0 at home against Wigan (on Boxing Day) you’d have taken that all day.”Redfearn: It wasn’t a nil-nil today. I thought we did enough to win the game and we had the better chances.”