There definitely is an improving atmosphere in the air at LUFC this season. The arrival of Massimo Cellino, the improving financial situation at the club, the proposed repurchase of Elland Road and the influx of new talent, be it untested in Championship football and even with no sign of a serious striker on the horizon yet is still a good beginning!
The start has been promising but there is a blimp on the Cellino’s radar, the baffling choice of head coach and assistant could prove costly. The jump from Forest Green Rovers to Elland Road is a bridge too far and many suspect will see LUFC start the season with one arm metaphorically tied behind the collective back. The friendlies against Chesterfield and Dundee will reveal much and the Millwall fixture!!
The Leeds faithful have experienced a decade of misuse, abuse, financial skulduggery and owners putting profit before club. Having an owner with a proven football track record who loves the game and wants LUFC back in the premiership is almost too good to be true.
As a result Cellino has been given a strong if tentative green light, the expectation for the coming season is incredibly high and the sense of trepidation is so palpable you can touch it! This is the danger point, the Leeds faithful have been here before, do right by them and they will follow to the end of the world, the reverse doesn’t bare thinking about.
Managing this expectation is going to be one of MC’s biggest tasks. Should this expectation be let down for the want of a serious striker, the right head coach or not bringing in enough decent players in general, when we are told there is money in the pot, then the good will, will swiftly turn to anger and bitter disappointment.
How Massimo manages this expectation is down to him, one way would be to use the official website to inform fans of news/transfer speculation on a regular basis even if it is only to quash the rumour control that players we want to keep, are appearing on another clubs radar.
Why have I written this? Mostly to try and reassure myself that all will be well, to stop my heart thumping and chin hitting the deck whenever another news article predicts doom and gloom ahead, another transfer falling through or speculation of another top players being sold! The joys of following the Whites!