The Leeds fan who can’t wait to be put out of his misery...
PUBLISHED: 12:03 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 28 April 2018
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Leeds supporter DAVID WILKINSON, who writes for independent fan site TheScratchingShed.com, gives an insight into the latest dramas keeping supporters frustrated at Elland Road
Ahead of the big battle for 12th place, how’s the mood among the Leeds faithful as that mid-table finish beckons?
Apathetic I guess. I think we’re used to it at this stage. We start the season with high hopes and always seem to have a spell where we’re in contention, all of which is to set us up for the usual fall back towards 15th.
Should more have been done to keep Garry Monk as manager last summer?
Yes. But in hindsight, it isn’t difficult to see why he left. Monk managed to attract Pablo Hernandez and Kyle Bartley to the club, yet the new owner decided he needed Victor Orta to babysit and oversee our transfers. Victor Orta (our director of football) has been an unmitigated failure.
Thomas Christiansen seemed a well-intentioned appointment, but is it fair to say he was a failure?
I don’t think it’s quite that simple. He was doing really well before a spate of suspensions and a couple of injuries took hold. If anything, he probably over-achieved at the start of the season and that led the club’s expectations to shift dramatically. When we started to slip, he ultimately paid the price for his own early-season success.
Three wins in 14 games under Paul Heckingbottom looks a poor record – have performances been equally disappointing?
He’s a joke appointment. Quite why we hired the worst performing manager in the Championship (his record at Barnsley was equally grim) to rescue our season is beyond me. Hope he’s gone in the summer.
Are you expecting yet another change of manager this summer?
No, I think (owner) Andrea Radrizzani will keep him in place. I hope I’m wrong though.
Have any of the players managed to emerge with credit this season?
Pablo Hernandez (a Garry Monk signing) has been the player of the season for me. We’ve had good spells from Samu Saiz and Alioski too, but it often seems like Hernandez is the only player in our side with a brain for football.
And which have been disappointing?
That’s a much lengthier list. Perhaps the most disappointing player this season has been Pontus Jansson, though. It’s not that he’s been bad week in, week out – he’s had plenty of good games – but he set a high bar last season and he’s struggled to get anywhere near this season.
Have you been surprised to see Norwich so far adrift of the play-off mix?
I have, but I guess no one should be surprised by the Championship.
It will be Wes Hoolahan’s final game for City; are you wary of that party atmosphere?
Always rated Hoolahan and wouldn’t begrudge him a decent send-off. Besides, we’ll be celebrating too. We’ll be one match closer to ending this miserable campaign.
And finally, what is your prediction for the game?
Match abandoned on 33 minutes when human rights activists storm the pitch to protest the club’s latest daft idea. We’ll likely be losing at that point. We’re not very good.