Welcome to Marching on Together

24 May 2017 08:32am, by Shields53

The summer break like so many more that have gone before sees Leeds United’s players head off on their individual ways without any clear vision of that they face when they return to Thorp Arch for pre-season in July.

The conclusion of the 100% takeover of the club by Andrea Radrizzani, an agreement which ends Massimo Cellino’s three year bond with Leeds certainly ties up one major lose end but there are many more questions that need to be answered before preparation for the new season can begin.

The biggest unanswered question regards the future of Garry Monk. Will he return to take the club on pre-season as head coach? Defender Kyle Bartley said of Monk; “If Garry stays, the club will be in strong hands. If they don’t sign him up they could spell trouble.” Radrizzani needs to act quickly regarding the appointment of his head coach for next season and given the relative over achievement of Leeds United guided by Garry Monk last season the choice is a no-brainer for most fans.

A shadow also hangs over the future of one of the season’s key performers, defender Kyle Bartley. After an incredible yearlong loan spell at Elland Road Bartley has returned to parent club Swansea with question marks over his future. With over 50 appearances to his name he was near ever present and a vocal leader on the pitch. Monk, said the defender had played “best football he’s ever played.”

Swansea manager Paul Clement has indicated that Bartley could play a part in the Swansea team next year but with the season he at Elland Road and the devotion the fans have showed him a return to Leeds must be tempting if the right offer is made and the right man is in charge next season. Play with NetBet https://sport.netbet.co.uk/ & double your winning in the blink of an eye!

Irish winger Stuart Dallas is also extremely keen for Bartley to sign;

This summer is massive for the club. The club have got to build on what we’ve got here, beginning with the management. He’s massive and he’s proved throughout the season how big a player he can be. I think he’s missed one league game throughout the whole season. He’s a huge influence on the group and he’s miles ahead of his age, if that makes sense, he added. Next year it would be great if he could come back here, but I think he can make the step up to the Premier League.

Reflecting on a changeable season for himself Dallas said;

It’s been a bit up and down for me personally. I didn’t start great but I don’t want to use this as an excuse that I was drained as I’m not the only player who returned from a major tournament. Three weeks ago we were eight points clear as well as we just couldn’t get over the line. But we’ve definitely made progress from last season and certainly from the start of this season too. We set ourselves a points target and we’ve reached the target. During the last 20 years or so it’s been an average that gets you into the play-offs. We’ve fallen short but we’ve learnt a lot and we’re still a young group. We’ll come back next season raring to go.

06 May 2017 07:32pm, by Shields53

Whether you have been a Cellino In or Out person, or fell somewhere in the middle, there is no doubt that this season has been a massive step forward in the progress of Leeds United Football Club. We sit here now heading into the last game of the season disappointed to have narrowly missed out on a play-off place but at the state of the season if you’d told us we’d finish seventh most would not have believed you.

Garry Monk was an extremely astute choice as manager and having been allowed to get on with things without the threat of sacking all season he has produced a team which have fought hard and entertained the Leeds fans all season. If you want to find out the best sports betting sites, Bookies Betting Offers is a fantastic betting portal providing competitive odds on popular sports events all around the UK, they review some incredibly reputable bookies including Unitbet, who offer great bonuses too. What the team have lacked in top class ability they have for the most part made up for in hard work and togetherness, characteristics that will always go down well with Leeds fans.

But there has been a shift change in the way the club has been run this season. Cellino has been most noticeable by his absence and without his outbursts things seem to have gone much smoother. Advertising and promotion has been slicker, new sponsors have been signed, ticket prices and deal have been imaginative. Who is responsible for this I’m not sure; Cellino, Mansford or perhaps Andrea Radrizzani was already having his say before he purchased 50% of the club back in January.

What seems clear now is that the Massimo Cellino era may be coming to an end and the era of Andrea Radrizzani only just beginning. With the club failing to achieve promotion to the Premier League Radrizzani is set to take his option of completing the 100% purchase of Leeds. Speaking at the clubs annual awards dinner Radrizzani said;

From tomorrow it’s time to work to do better than what we’ve done. We’ve had an amazing season in terms of emotion and it gives us big hope that we’ve started something that could bring more joy in the future.

Intentions are certainly clear with the appointment of Ivan Bravo to the board of directors. Bravo has previously worked as director of strategy at Real Madrid but it is perhaps his more recent role which raises more intrigue. As director general Bravo has lead the development of the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence in Qatar. It is these Middle and Far East contacts and associations that are believed to be the financial backing behind Radrizzani ownership of Leeds United.

Whatever the future holds for Leeds United I doubt someone like Bravo would take on the role if there were not significant plans and backing in place. He’s not a man used to working on a small budget. However things turn out this summer could be extremely exciting for Leeds, let’s just hope the ambitions are in place both off and on the pitch to take us on from everything achieved this season.