The Laois Leeds supporters attended the last home match of the season against Brighton, and while the season failed to produce the expected push for promotion, the season is ending with a renewed vigour after the appointment of Brian Mc Dermott.
The appointment of Neil Warnock was to be the watershed for Leeds as he came with a proven track record of getting promotions, but relying on his older players that he coached over the years, and buying them on the cheap, failed to ignite the team and they fell away badly towards the end of the season.
Relegation seemed possible at one stage, and Warnock’s intent on staying on so long, stating that there was still a chance, proved a very sorry lesson for Leeds, as had Mc Dermott been brought
in sooner, then perhaps better things could have been achieved.
The impact of Ken Bates on the club has been slated over the years, and while he was very tight with the transfer money, the club had to stay in the black, or face liquidation. A lot of clubs in the championship, and indeed the Premership, are in financial trouble with the big wages players are earning strangling the life out of clubs.
Leeds head into the new season with renewed hope as Mc Dermott would seem to be attracting the interest of a better standard of player and has given the players new hope and a different style of play. Already he has signed one new player with the promise of at least three more.
The takeover of Leeds has not provided the expected funds for transfers and while Leeds cannot afford to pay the bigger wages, but the fact that a lot of players that are coming down from the Premership, know they will not get many clubs that attract the crowds that Leeds attract, they might see the potential at Leeds as a possible top flight team next season.
Tickets prices are to be reduced also and this is very positive to supporters that have followed their team through some very lean years. Brian McDermott also has the chance to prove he has what it takes to be a top manager, and Leeds supporters will back him all the way, as they have done many a manager down through the years.
Leeds need to make Elland Road the fortress it once was and certainly tightens up at the back if they are to have any chance of promotion.
The Laois Leeds supporters club had their end-of-season party that featured a presentation to Colm O’Hara, who has done tremendous work for the club over the years and with the AGM being held on June 26, the supporters are looking for ward to another year.
Leeds supporters live in hope and always will go ‘marching on together’