With David Hockaday sacked from his position as Leeds United’s head-coach last week, we look at who could be next in line to work under Massimo Cellino. Neil Redfearn Neil Redfearn was More »
After a week that has seen Leeds beaten 4-1 by Watford, dumped out the cup by Bradford, 3 players sent off and head coach David Hockaday getting his marching orders, Leeds headed More »
It is being widely reported that Steve Clarke is now the number one target for the Leeds United job. Oscar Garcia was considered to be the number one target but he joined Watford today, leaving what seems like a lack of options.
Target number one is Steve Clarke #lufc
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) September 2, 2014
I think Steve Clarke would be a class appointment, but I’m sure he’ll want a very long list of assurances from Cellino. If Cellino manages to pull this great coup off and appoint Clarke, he needs to let him get on with it and give him time. We won’t get much better at this level.
The first rumour involving a player departing from Elland Road on transfer deadline day is none other than Matt Smith. Smith has only recently signed a new three-year deal at the club and a move away seemed unlikely just a couple of weeks ago. Fulham – who also spent £11 million to bring in Smith’s strike partner from last season, Ross McCormack – are in talks with the club over the signing with Millwall also waiting in the wings. Millwall previously had a £500k bid rejected for the tall front-man.
Smith had a great first season at Elland Road, ending the season with 13 goals and 8 assists. It appears that starts for him at Leeds are going to be hard to come by, with Billy Sharp and Mirco Antenucci forming an impressive partnership up front.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting day ahead. Hopefully we will bring another couple of players in as well as get rid of the deadwood.
With David Hockaday sacked from his position as Leeds United’s head-coach last week, we look at who could be next in line to work under Massimo Cellino.
Neil Redfearn was placed in temporary charge and what better way to start than with a win and a clean sheet at Elland Road. This is the third time Redfearn has been placed in this role but I don’t think he’d take the job full time. He’s got his current role with the club’s youth academy and he’s certainly building something special there. He drafted in Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt for the Bolton game, the former gaining many plaudits. I do believe if we’re going to appoint someone other than Redfearn, it needs to be done before the Birmingham game in two weeks. Here are some other candidates who I think would be interested in the job.
After a week that has seen Leeds beaten 4-1 by Watford, dumped out the cup by Bradford, 3 players sent off and head coach David Hockaday getting his marching orders, Leeds headed into Saturday’s game desperate for a victory. Neil Redfearn was the given the responsibility of looking after the first team and things seemed fresh right from 2 o’clock when his starting XI was named, Redders handed a first league start of the season to highly rated Lewis Cook, alex Mowatt was also back and Casper Sloth came in for his debut after signing for the club last week.
The team immediately felt like a different one as the game began, it was very strange to see a Leeds United team passing the ball around and looking to make things happen. Bolton, however, nearly took the lead when Joe Mason latched onto a through ball but Marco Silvestri tipped his powerful drive on the cross bar. Soon after, former Bolton loanee Stephen Warnock delivered a cross-come-shot which nestled in the bottom corner to give Leeds a lead. The first half was definitely the most impressed I have been with a Leeds team for a very long time. A special mention has to be made for Lewis Cook, every now again you get someone who comes through the academy who you just know is gonna develop into a quality player, and he showed some real maturity yesterday and I’m excited to see what he can do this season.
Second half began, Bolton immediately went to press and to force an equaliser, with Craig Davies finding the first effort of the half but failed to find the target. United were forced into making their first change when Stephen Warnock was struck on the ankle when preventing a corner, the change saw Charlie Taylor coming on in a like for like change. Bolton came forward again but once again, and a trend to continue, Silvestri was there to thwart Spearing as his drive from distance and the denying Mason from the rebound. Leeds did mange to open up a chance a few minutes after when the impressive Cook’s pinpoint seeking pass created space for Billy Sharp but the strikers heavy touch sent the ball through Adam Bogdan.
Bolton were really pressing forward but everything they managed to throw at Leeds then Silvestri was there to stand firm and frustrate the Trotters. Leeds, however, looked dangerous on the break, An incisive passing move saw Bianchi’s low cross just miss all the players stood int he box and another break away a few minutes after found the ball fall to Mirko Antenuci who cut inside but couldn’t quite generate enough curl to find the top corner. Casper Sloth was then replaced by Zen Benedecic and Jermaine Beckford came on for Bolton, and he received a terrific reception from the Leeds fans.
As the game headed into the final ten minutes, you could feel it was gonna be tense finale as Bolton continued to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at Leeds, however, whatever they could throw, Silvestri was there to stand tall and deny them. As stoppage time began, the best chance for Bolton, somewhat typically, was about to fall to Beckford who had a free header in the area, which again, Silvestri was there to deny the former Leeds striker and perform a miraculous double save and smother the ball to deny Bolton. Bolton sent the ‘keeper up for the last set piece, but a poor delivery was headed clear by the impressive Bellusci and Cook was on hand to clear the ball up field as the whistle was sounded and United picked up their second win of the season. The scenes after the match echoed how important it was, with Silvestri celebrating with the fans and rightly so being clapped off to a standing ovation.
Onto Birmingham away next, much could chance between now and then after the international break, a new coach and new players are probably likely between now and then.
United: Silvestri 9, Wootton 7, Bellusci 8, Pearce 7, Warnock 7, Cook 8, Bianchi 7, Mowatt 7, Sloth 7, Sharp 7, Antenuci 7.
Subs: Benedecic 6, Taylor 7.
Man of the match: Marco Silvestri, simply amazing, won us the game.
It’s been a very rocky week for Leeds United as we were defeated by longtime Yorkshire rivals Bradford City in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday. Not to mention, after the defeat at Watford, it is time for the club to move on.
With Dave Hockaday relieved of his short-lived duties at Leeds United, it is time to forget the past and focus on Bolton. Bolton are also struggling to get going and have only earned one point from the first four Championship matches this season. However, the club did manage to get a victory over Crewe on Tuesday and that will give them some momentum heading to Elland Road. Bolton do have some decent players and Dougie Freedman will have done his homework, looking to exploit our weaknesses in speed.
After the Bradford City match, Leeds will be without Luke Murphy due to suspension after two (in my opinion, lazy) tackles. I’d look for Caretaker Manager Neil Redfearn to assess who is tired and give a chance to some of our youth players who have been doing very well so far. Now that Rudy Austin picked up a hamstring injury in training, this maybe the chance Lewis Cook needs on Saturday. I’d expect some form of attacking football from Leeds and maybe a surprise or two in midfield. With Sam Byram out through suspension, Gaetano Berardi (if not injured as reported on Wednesday) will look to make amends for his karate kick (silly) tackle at the beginning of the season. The completion for that RB spot will come from Scott Wootton who will look to retain his position that he handled decently on Wednesday and possibly youth player, Zac Thompson. We haven’t really seen Benedicic in action yet and Saturday may be a good opportunity to see what he can do. We could even see a total change up with players having tired legs due to Hockaday playing the reduced squad on the pitch for the full match using only one substitution.
Leeds United line up prediction (your guess is as good as mine):
GK- Silvestri, RB- Berardi, CB-Pearce, Cooper, LB-Warnock
RM- Ajose, CM- Cook, Bianchi, LM-Mowatt
ST- Sharp, Smith
Bench: Sloth, Antenucci, Poleon, Taylor, Benedicic, Wootton, GK- Taylor
Game Prediction: 2-0 win for Leeds. Go get em’ Coach Redfearn!
It is being reported that David Hockaday and Junior Lewis have been sacked by Massimo Cellino.
It looks like Leeds United manager Dave Hockaday on the brink of leaving Elland Road. #LUFC
— Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 28, 2014
Been told that #LUFC have sacked Dave Hockaday & his assistant Junior Lewis.
— Rob Brennan (@RobBrennan82) August 28, 2014
If he has been sacked, this can only be good for Leeds United in my opinion. We are getting a decent squad together and need a good head coach to make them play to their full potential.
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A disastrous Tuesday night saw Leeds come crashing back down to earth after the high of Billy Sharp’s 89th minute winner against Middlesbrough – Brighton were in cruise control for most of the game which was very disappointing. Changes are needed if there isn’t to be a similar outcome against a solid Watford side, but who should be selected in Dave Hockaday’s XI?
After a poor performance against Brighton, Leeds players need to pick their heads up and get their minds right. This would of course include our coaching staff. From the beginning, it was as if we had NO IDEA WHO WE WERE PLAYING AGAINST! Surely, there was some scouting done? Since coach Hockaday was not coaching in the Championship last season, us-fans can fill him in… Dear Dave, Brighton has fast players in general and wing players who will expose flanks and make teams work hard. We have Watford up next and I hope you have more in your tactical skill set than just the 4-4-2 Diamond.
Moving on… I hope that we can sign some more players, particularly wingers, who will run at defenses and disrupt even the most organized squads we will face this season. For me, Austin needs a rest. He is great at full steam but over the past season (really since he hurt his ankle 2 seasons back) his passing has gone from decent to poor and at time is a liability when recovering defensively. We need to get him some help and some rest. I feel like that Cook has great potential and is a speedy player however, I feel like throwing him in the mix maybe too much pressure for the youth player. We need another defensive minded midfielder. We missed out on Viviani and I feel like he would have been the defensive mid that we really could use currently. As far as the attacking midfielders go, we have too many it appears. Murphy has, in my opinion, not earned up to much of his 1 million pound transfer. That said; we have Bianchi, who can play anywhere really, Benidicic, Murphy, and possibly Adryan. That’s too many of the same player really.
Going into the next match, I feel like Ajose may not be the best player but currently he needs to start alongside Sharp. His speed surprises teams and can open up play a bit. Mr. Giulianelli has explained to Yorkshire Radio that we are after a LW player Ignacio Lores Varela, who plays at Palermo in Serie A. We need more speedy players like that. Let’s hope the team will get better organized and for some more transfers before the next match!
GK- Marco Silvestri – Marco will start every league game unless he gets injured so this is a shoe in selection. He looked solid against Middlesbrough on Saturday and was comfortable at coming off his line and commanding his penalty area.
Into the defense…