It’s all going belly up, once again, at Leeds United... The Yorkshire club’s hierarchy cannot keep themselves away from a bad news story for too long, God forbid that they should have a couple of weeks.
Their fine performance of this week has been the as yet unexplained decision to remove manager Neil Redfearn’s assistant, Steve Thompson, from his position – apparently without telling the man in charge either…classy.
Rather understandably Redfearn, the Whites’ third ‘permanent’ manager of the season, is considering his position in charge – it looks as though another one will soon bite the dust; much like the batting line-up of an England Cricket team.
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Whether they forget that silly actions have consequences, or whether it is part of some long-winded grand scheme, there has now been a knock-on effect.
The chocolate hangover from Easter has barely even begun, but already their star players are being linked with summer exits up into the Premier League. On the day after they lost 4-3 in a classic against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the scorer of their stunning third goal, Alex Mowatt, and Sam Byram found themselves in the transfer gossip columns.
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If you believe some news sources, Byram – who was recently been dubbed the ‘next Gareth Bale’ by Redfearn – is the subject of an £8 million summer transfer bid by Liverpool. It does make sense too, to be fair, Byram’s right side has been a problem area for the Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers.
The youngster has established himself as one of the Championship’s star performers and Liverpool’s preference on buying young talent makes the two a perfect match.
Mowatt, whose stunner against Wolves was nothing out of the ordinary for his form this season, is also apparently being monitored closely by Hull City. Liverpool were also accredited with having sent scouts to watch him recently too.
The club have already stated that they want none of their youngsters – Lewis Cook included – to leave Elland Road this summer. However, their actions will do absolutely nothing to convince the talented trio to stay, if anything they will be pushed away.
Quite frankly, Leeds have become a circus with owner Massimo Cellino as the headline act.
In most cases you would recommend that players like Mowatt, Byram and Cook stay put in the second-tier of English football and gain first team experience, but you just cannot say that about Leeds at the moment.
It would be a massive shame for the fans as the club really looked like they could finally be on their way to a revival in the second half of this season, but the air of inevitably that lingers horribly around the Yorkshire sky is that their big brass will mess up again. They just know that they will end up at square one again.
Takeover talks in the press never seem to have any substance, and a total overhaul looks to be the only thing that will save them; how long will it take though.
Every day that return to the Premier League slips ever further away.
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