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Leeds United: Viva t' Revolution

Started on 19 January 2017 by joshleedsfan
Latest Reply on 20 January 2017 by joshleedsfan
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"If I'm not here, I'll still love you wherever I go in life"

The words of Steve Evans, after the final home game of the 2015/16 season, a 2-1 loss to already relegated Charlton Athletic.

I felt sorry for him. A man who's stint at the club had promised so much had seen the situation regarding his future go awry, thanks to the lack of respect from club president Massimo Cellino.

Cellino pulled this stunt the previous season as well. Neil Redfearn was well respected by the Leeds fans, not just for his managerial contributions that season, but for his work with the academy in the previous years, that had seen the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Kalvin Phillips grow into excellent footballers.

It definitely felt like deja vu as I stood on the Kop listening to the last words of a good manager, before he would be cruelly cut off from the club by the powers that be. No communication, not even a public statement thanking him for his efforts, complete silence until a replacement is found.

As a Leeds fan, you'd think that the opportunity to sit in the dugout at Elland Road would be a golden opportunity, and to some extent that still is the case. But I couldn't shake the feeling that I would be treated the same by this delusional lunatic. Of course, my opinion of him would also severely affect our working relationship, if there ever would be one.

With managerial openings occurring on a seasonal basis at Elland Road however, I had to take this opportunity. If I let the opportunity pass me by, we could end up with a sane owner that won't be hiring for at least a year.

I had to put my morals aside and take this opportunity. It would be an early chance to show my professionalism, striking up a solid working relationship with someone I otherwise severely dislike. Besides, being a manager of a professional football club is a full time job and like in any other full time job, you don't have to like the people you work with, so long as you pull together for the benefit of the company (or in this case, the club).

I'll spare you the interview and application process, because there would be no story if I didn't get the job. You don't want to know about colour tie I wore to the interview, or if the infamous goldfish tank was still there. You want to know what happened as I took on one of football's biggest and most dormant sleeping giants. And that's where our story shall begin...
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