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Townend: Cellino's answer Leeds' downfall?

Started on 25 November 2014 by joshleedsfan
Latest Reply on 2 December 2014 by joshleedsfan
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Ex-captain announced as McDermott's replacement

Leeds United have unveiled former captain and title-winner as the man to take the reins at Elland Road following weeks of speculation as to who will permanently replace Brian McDermott, following the termination of the Irishman's contract in June.

Assisted by director of football Nicola Salerno, Cellino has signed a host of new players to play in the new gaffer's side, including Brazilian wonderkid Adryan and promising Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

The club president said "In order to take this club forward, we needed a man who knows the club well and what the fans expect. He has a lot of experience both at this club and in playing for his country so we believe he is very much a man capable of bringing success on the field, despite his lack of experience in the dugout"

Townend told reporters "This is a massive club and one I've supported all my life. When I retired 10 years ago, I was hoping to get a chance in the coaching staff but it hasn't quite happened for me until now. I'm looking forward to rallying the players together and hopefully giving these loyal and passionate fans a club to be proud of"


Former Bolton man signs on a three-year deal

Leeds United have signed former Bolton midfielder Chris Eagles on a free transfer. The 28-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal at lunchtime and is new manager Josh Townend's first signing for the club since he arrived earlier this week.

The Leeds manager told the club website "Chris is a fantastic player with a wealth of footballing experience behind him. He knows the league very well and knows what it takes to get out of it. It's a surprise that no one had snapped him up until now, he's in his prime and still has another good few years left in him yet"


Lions midfielder signs for an undisclosed fee

Leeds United have today unveiled the capture of Millwall's defensive-midfielder Josh Wright. The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until June 2016.

Wright spent the second half of last season on loan at Leyton Orient following a three-year run in the first team for Millwall after signing from Scunthorpe United for free. He has also had spells at Gillingham, Brentford and Charlton Athletic.
Just noticed a typing error in the name of this thread. It's supposed to say "Townend: Cellino's Answer To Leeds' Downfall?"


Alborno signs until end of the season

Leeds United have secured the services of Rodrigo Alborno on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old wing back was signed from Italian giants Inter Milan this morning and will join up with Josh Townend's side ahead of Saturday's clash with Millwall at The Den.

Alborno spent last season on loan at Serie B outfit Cittadella where he made 26 league appearances and scored twice. He has also made 8 appearances for the Paraguay U20s side for whom he has so far scored one goal.
An interesting club. A club that has been in turmoil of late. I hope you don't feel the wrath of Cellino so early on. Good luck.


Benedicic rescues a point late on for Leeds

Millwall 5
Martyn Woolford 21, 27
Lee Martin 46
Scott McDonald 72
John Marquis 77

Souleymane Doukara 49
Mirko Antenucci 60, 68, 83(pen)
Zan Benedicic 85

Josh Townend's new look Leeds side made the 500-mile round trip down to East London for what would prove to be a tricky opener away at Millwall.

It was the hosts that fashioned out the first chance of the game, as Ricardo Fuller put the ball over the bar after some good work from Ed Upson. Martyn Woolford had the next decent opportunity he headed a Lee Martin cross over the crossbar as Millwall looked to take the lead early on.

And it was the same player who put Ian Holloway's men in front just after 20 minutes, as Woolford connected with a Lee Martin corner from the Millwall right-hand side to volley past the helpless Silvestri for 1-0. Woolford then put the home side 2-0 up just six minutes later as he was found by an Ed Upson corner to stroke home from ten yards out.

Stunned by the double they had just been hit by, United went out in search of a goal to put them back in the game and almost found as a Souleymane Doukara header was tipped over the bar after a good cross from Sam Byram. From the following corner, Liam Cooper nearly halved the deficit following a Jason Pearce flick on, but the young centre-back was denied on the line by Tom King. The visitors continued to press, and Chris Eagles was next to come close from two free-kicks, both narrowly missed David Forde's goal. There were no further incidents of note and Millwall went into half time with a 2-0 lead.

The hosts were back at it in the second half and extended the lead to 3-0 barely a minute after the restart as Lee Martin fired a 30-yard screamer into the top corner after his long ball forward was initially headed clear by Sam Byram.

United threw the kitchen sink at Millwall, desperate for a goal to put them back in with a shout, and they found one three minutes later as David Forde parried a Lewis Cook effort straight into the path of Doukara who coolly slotted into an empty net for 3-1.!/image/2489875594.jpg_gen/derivatives/articleImgDeriv_628px/2489875594.jpg

Buoyed by Doukara's strike, Townend's men went in search of a second goal to put them right back in it, and almost found it on 51 minutes when Lewis Cook played in Mirko Antenucci who struck just wide first time from outside the area. Doukara was to then chance his arm in search of a second but he put his effort over the bar after he played in by Chris Eagles.

The visitors continued to mount the pressure, but Millwall broke and almost found the back of the net, but Ed Upson blazed his effort over the bar after a good through ball from Martyn Woolford.

Leeds weren't going to roll over easily and could have been celebrating, but Chris Eagles fired his long range shot over the bar after being played in by Rudy Austin. United were right back in it moments later however, as Byram found Antenucci in the box after some good play down the right-hand side and the Italian was able to slot it past an onrushing David Forde to reduce the deficit further to 3-2.

Both sides made changes shortly after, Danny Shittu came off the bench for Millwall to replace Byron Webster whilst Zan Benedicic came on to replace Austin.

Inspired by the opening 15 minutes of the second half, Leeds continued to press in search of an equaliser and almost found one five minutes past the hour mark as Doukara saw his long range swerving effort go wide of the goal. Eagles was next to try his luck from a free-kick which went narrowly over the bar. United were level moments later after a defense-splitting through ball from Doukara put Antenucci through on goal who fired home to put the whites level for his second of the afternoon.!/image/3426583692.jpg_gen/derivatives/articleImgDeriv_628px/3426583692.jpg

Antenucci's equaliser acted as a wake-up call from the hosts who quickly responded four minutes later after Scott McDonald struck from a header from Scott Malone's cross, following a quick counter-attack to make it 4-3.

United continued to press- yet again in search of an equaliser- and almost provided an immediate response through Souleymane Doukara who narrowly missed the target from close range after a good cross from Benedicic.

However, the hosts extended their lead two minutes later after a ball forward from Shaun Williams found John Marquis who rose above Souleymane Doukara to make it 5-3 to Millwall.

The visitors weren't going down without a fight, and were awarded a penalty five minutes later after Scott Malone was penalised for handball in the area. Marko Antenucci stepped up and sent David Forde the wrong way, rounding off his hat-trick and putting Leeds right back in it with seven minutes plus stoppage time left to play.

United were rewarded for their persistence two minutes later, as Benedicic picked up on a loose ball following a John Marquis slide tackle on Antenucci and fired home a rocket from 30 yards to put the scores level once again at 5-5. It was a brilliant effort from the young Slovenian and was no more than Townend's men deserved for their fight and resistance in the second half.

Doukara came close to bagging a winner for United, after being put through one-on-one by Antenucci, but the Frenchman's snapshot effort was parried behind by the Millwall keeper. Leeds continued to press in the last few minutes in search of a winner but couldn't find one, so they were made to settle for a point which one the basis of the second half performance, the players can be justly proud of.
By the way, I won't be posting reports like this for every game, just landstone matches such as my first game in charge


Striker leaves for an undisclosed fee

Leeds United can confirm that Noel Hunt has left the club to sign for fellow Championship side Millwall for an undisclosed fee. Hunt was signed at the beginning of last season by ex-manager Brian McDermott, but hasn't featured in the side since the arrival of new manager Josh Townend.

The 31-year-old Irish striker made 19 league appearances in the league last year but failed to find the back of the net. He leaves with the best wishes of all connected with the club.


Belgian joins on a free transfer

Leeds United can confirm that former Inter Milan defensive midfielder Gaby Mudingayi has joined the club on a free transfer. Mudingayi had been available as a free agent after he left Inter Milan under the bosman ruling back in June. He made his name in Italian footall at Lazio and Bologna between 2005 and 2013 where he made a combined total of 197 league appearances, netting three times.

Mudingayi has also featured in the Belgium national side, making 15 appearances for his country.,,10273~11199363,00.jpg


Sky Bet Championship Millwall 5-5 Leeds United
Capital One Cup Rd 1 Leeds United 3-2 Bury
Sky Bet Championship Leeds United 5-3 Middlesbrough
Sky Bet Championship Leeds United 5-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Sky Bet Championship Watford 0-1 Leeds United
Capital One Cup Rd 2 Aston Villa 2-1 Leeds United (aet)
Sky Bet Championship Leeds United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

It's been a busy but very productive first month in charge for Josh Townend and his Leeds side. The whites are currently 5 games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship with a phenomenal goalscoring record which as seen them net 18 times in those 5 games, with new striker Souleymane Doukara scoring 6 and assisting 5 of them. In other competitions a rather complacent performance saw them struggle past League Two outfit Bury before a spirited performance at Villa Park saw them go down 2-1 against Aston Villa in the following round.

It's not just the wins alone that have been impressive but the manner of them too. The draw against Millwall saw Leeds go 3-0 down, pull it back to 3-3, go 5-3 down before pulling it back to 5-5. The win against Middlesbrough saw them go 3-0 down before a scintillating second half performance saw them trounce the Teessiders 5-3. To round it off, the game against Brighton saw them go 1-0 down inside the first minute before running riot to make it 5-1 followed by a Brighton consolation goal.

An impressive August sees Leeds sitting pretty at the top of the table with 13 points from their first 5 games. They are also quite rightly the top scorers in the division with 18, however poor defending in the first few games has hindered their progress on goal difference,meaning they also have one of the leakiest defences in the league.

Souleymane Doukara has been without a shadow of a doubt Leeds' best player this month. He's been involved in 11 out of the side's 18 goals in the league, scoring 5 and assisting 6 for his partners Mirko Antenucci and Billy Sharp. He also scored a goal in the cup, putting him on 7 goals in as many appearances.

Goal scorers:

Souleymane Doukara 7
Billy Sharp 5
Mirko Antenucci 4
Zan Benedicic 1
Gaby Mudingayi 1
Tommaso Bianchi 1
Lewis Cook 1
Casper Sloth 1
Own goal 1


24-year-old signs for Boro until the end of the season

Leeds United can confirm that Luke Murphy has joined fellow Championship side Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season. When asked about the decision to send the midfielder out on loan, manager Josh Townend had this to say:

"He's still yet to start a game and it was vital that we sent him out somewhere to get some game time. He can still be a good player for us yet, but whilst we have four other first team players capable of playing his position, we felt it was important to let him go on loan so we can assess him at Middlesbrough and see where he stands for the mid to long term future. There is an option to recall him which we can use if we're running thin on midfielders.
Great start to the season - hope your form continues!!


Young winger signs until the end of the season

Leeds United can confirm the signing of Jack Grealish on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season. The 18-year-old is highly rated by the coaching staff at Aston Villa and many are tipping him to be a future Ireland international.


Arsenal keeper signs for a month

Leeds United have signed Arsenal's 19-year-old goalkeeper Dejan Iliev on a one-month emergency loan deal. Iliev has spent the last two years in the Arsenal reserves after joining the club from Macedonian outfit Belasica. Manager Josh Townend had this to say:

"The lad's young, he's got a big future ahead of him and with Marco (Silvestri) injured and Stuart (Taylor) and Alex (Cairns) unfit we need someone of his calibre to go between the sticks for us for a bit. Arsenal aren't asking much to make it permanent so if we fancy going for him in the long term, that option's there for us"

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