The all-year round Christmas pantomime that is Leeds United shows little or no signs of a curtain call, it seems as though the club must avoid a transfer ban to preserve their Championship status.
From those on the outside looking in it's a complete mess and it shouldn't be happening to a club of Leeds' stature; the worldwide fanbase deserves better.
Neil Redfearn momentarily boosted results in the first few fixtures of his fourth stint of charge; his second stint this season - all very confusing - and it's vital that the 49-year-old is given some time.
BOOM OR BUST
Obviously time is a precious commodity to anybody whose buttocks warm the Elland Road hotseat, so assuming there's a Christmas miracle and he gets the time - he could also do with some bodies.
Getting bodies will be no simple task, however, much like doing your festive shopping on Christmas Eve.
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Owner Massimo Cellino, for now, looks to unable to run his own club and, as a result, United could indeed be hit with a transfer ban to add insult into pretty comical injury. For a club who lie perilously close to the relegation places, that kind of news has the potential to be fatal.
Should English football have a winter break? - Maybe, but for now those icy cold midweek evenings and soggy Saturdays will mark a period of busyness, with games coming thick and fast.
The vast array of talents plying their trade for the Yorkshire team who have never played here - Italian or otherwise - will find this to be a alien concept, they could really do with some experience to help them through.
Stephen Warnock, Jason Pearce and Rudy Austin; they have been mainstays of the side, but they need some assistance. The likes of Adyan, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram - none aged over 21 - have all highlighted their promise, but cannot be relied on for the heavy pitches and backlog of December and January.
It may be that only loans or free agent signings will be allowed - I don't think anybody really knows yet - and it's difficult to find the right sort of players with the requisite attitude, but beggars cannot really be choosers.
A bad Christmas period with a few potential injuries could derail the season. Their rivals at the bottom, at least those who can afford it, will try and strengthen and that will leave Leeds low on numbers and low on confidence.
Imagine the travesty if Leeds United end up back in League One when they should really be in the Premier League. The fans are genuinely optimistic that they can return to their rightful place under Cellino's ownership, but the setback of relegation could be far too much to handle.
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