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Leeds United- Awakening the giant

Started on 20 May 2015 by joshleedsfan
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13th September 2014

Leeds United have announced that they have parted company with first team manager Neil Redfearn. Redfearn stepped up to the role in the summer, following the dismissal of Brian McDermott back in May, but the trigger-happy Massimo Cellino was not impressed with the start the side had made under Redfearn.

Redfearn joined the club in 2009 under Simon Grayson as head of the academy, which under his watchful eye has produced the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt. He stepped in as caretaker manager following the departure of Grayson in 2012 and again when Grayson's predecessor Neil Warnock resigned in 2013. Following the arrival of Brian McDermott, Redfearn was made a first team coach and reserve team manager until McDermott's dismissal in May when Redfearn stepped into the role on a permanent basis. Assistant manager Steve Thompson will take charge as caretaker manager.

Leeds' start to the 2014/15 season has been a failure if nothing else, and the club lies second from bottom in the Championship with just three points to their name following the one and only win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion last month.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has become surprise favourite to take the reigns at Elland Road, being priced at 4/1. Other favourites include Gordon Strachan (8/1), Nigel Adkins (15/1) and former Leeds captain and Premier League journeyman Josh Townend (25/1)


28th September 2014

Leeds United have appointed Josh Townend as their new manager. The 49-year-old captained the club briefly in the mid 80s before going on to play for Everton, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Southampton, Sunderland, Norwich, Leicester, Manchester City and Blackburn.

Townend has also been capped by England as he made 55 appearances, bagging 25 goals. This is Townend's first venture into manager aside from a few part-time coaching roles at Guiseley, Farsley FC, Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town.

Townend will be tasked with initially getting the club out of the relegation zone, and his mammoth task commences in three days time, as his Leeds side take on Reading at Elland Road.
OCTOBER 2014[/u[

Leeds United 1 Reading 1

Yakubu (pen) 28' Sol Bamba 52'

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Leeds United 0

Rotherham United 1 Leeds United 0

Paul Green 36'

Norwich City 1 Leeds United 0

Kasper Hamalainen 16'

Leeds United 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

Mirco Antenucci 39' Rodolph Austin sent off 67' Benik Afobe 19' David Edwards 63'

Chelsea 3 Leeds United 0 (League Cup)

Willian 1' Hazard 4', 16'

After showing initial promise with the first two draws, Townend's side have once again fallen by the wayside. The free signings of Jonathan Woodgate and Robert Earnshaw have done little to spur the team forward and there appears to be much work ahead.The club now lies at the foot of the table

NB. The first few months will be pretty brief as I'm in December at the moment

Cardiff City 1 Leeds United 1

Mirco Antenucci 60' Eoin Doyle 69'

Leeds United 0 Charlton Athletic 2

Yoni Buyens (pen) 56' Tony Watt 85'

Leeds United 2 Blackpool 1

Sam Byram 27' Nathan Delfouneso 33' Alex Mowatt 45'

Blackburn Rovers 1 Leeds United 2

Alex Mowatt 27' Jordan Rhodes (pen 43') Sam Byram 85'

Leeds United 1 Derby County 0

Luciano Becchio 76'

It appears as though Leeds have managed a complete turnaround in form this month, taking an impressive 10 points from 5 games which has seen them move off the foot of the table and into 22nd. Luciano Becchio's loan signing just before the Blackburn game seems to have been an inspired piece of business, as the Argentine was instrumental in the 2-1 success at Ewood Park and bagged a vital goal over high flying Derby.

Sky Bet Championship Ipswich Town 1 Leeds United 0

Daryl Murphy 45'

Sky Bet Championship Leeds United 1 Fulham 1

Lasse Vigen Christensen 9' Nikolay Bodurov OG 59'

Sky Bet Championship Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 0

Jamal Lascelles 68' Rodolph Austin sent off 90'

Sky Bet Championship Leeds United 0 Wigan Athletic 0

Sky Bet Championship Derby County 1 Leeds United 0

Darren Bent pen 71'

It's been a disappointing month which has seen Josh Townend's men pick up just two points from five games. With money set to be spent in the transfer window, it will be interesting to see how Leeds' dealings in the window can save their season. Manager Josh Townend was called into the boardroom for an emergency meeting as the club sit second from bottom, four points adrift of safety. The board agreed to give him another few games to see how activity in the transfer window pays off.

In a month of very few highlights, Gaetano Berardi is the one player that stands out as the month's only consistent performer for Leeds. He appears to have settled in at left-back in behind Aidy White on the wing and he seems to be the only player that can be guaranteed a start week in week out.

-At this point, I'd usually have a list of goal scorers for the month but seeing as our only goal this month came from an own goal, there is no point in this case


Leeds United manager Josh Townend has admitted he is looking forward to the New Year, and for the first time, has revealed that there are signings set to arrive at the club heading into 2015.

"I'm very much looking forward to the next five months or so. The past few months have involved me doing a bit of running around getting signings sorted and I'm delighted to say that five have put pen to paper and will be arriving as we bring in the New Year tomorrow.

I won't reveal the names now, that's something that will have to wait until tomorrow, but they are very talented players that I believe greatly strengthen positions that I feel we are currently running thin on. It'll open up a few more doors in terms of how we play and how I want us to play so hopefully this should be a turning point in our season when we start picking up points and getting out of the god awful mess we're currently in. Tomorrow will be the first day of the rest of our season, and I am determined that whilst it's highly unlikely we'll be leaving this league out the top end, I will fight tooth and nail to avoid leaving it at the bottom end"
The information posted so far has been kept brief as the story writing has been a catchup exercise so far. Now that I have caught up with where I am in the game, you will now notice more of a narrative to the story, as opposed to a load of news articles and monthly summaries
joshleedsfan's avatar Group joshleedsfan
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I think you need to take a bit more care with your presentation, but other than that it's all good, I understand you might be feeling a bit desperate for comments (not trying to put words in your mouth) so I hope you enjoy this comment. :)
2015-05-21 14:42#213448 Iconic : I think you need to take a bit more care with your presentation, but other than that it's all good, I understand you might be feeling a bit desperate for comments (not trying to put words in your mouth) so I hope you enjoy this comment. :)

Haha thanks. As I said, most of it so far as been about catching up and getting up to speed with where I am now. I think I'm starting to establish a style now so we should start to see a bit more consistency in coming (virtual) months
Unlucky start to the season being in the bottom three, but Leeds are a difficult club to manage. Best of luck!
2015-05-21 19:17#213480 Glory : Unlucky start to the season being in the bottom three, but Leeds are a difficult club to manage. Best of luck!

Thanks, it was Redfearn who left us in the bottom three and form has been hard to come by. The aim is to stay up so I can rebuild the team for next year
Good luck ;)

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