Six Games Left Before the Chop

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I really thought things would be different under Andrea Radrizzani.

I thought gone were the days of Massimo Cellino’s happy trigger finger, dodgy tax deals and embarrassing media moments and in his place a man of patience, sensibility and a desire to bring respect and top-flight football back to the club.

Although I cannot argue with the latter two points, it has become clear that just like his predecessor, Radrizzani is a man of little patience.

Thomas Christiansen did little wrong at the club and early in the season proved that he has the ability to get the most out of the team.

That should have brought him at least the remainder of the season as tenth place was far from a disaster.

However, it seems that was not good enough and Christiansen was given his marching orders just a matter of days after the transfer window slammed shut.

This leads us to ask the question if Heckingbottom can do any better?

I hope so, but things have not gotten off to the best of starts after a 2-1 loss away to Sheffield United last weekend for the former Barnsley man with the pressure on immediately.

This weekend, we have Bristol City coming to Elland Road under the Sky Sports cameras and three points are a must for Radrizzani to prove he was correct in dismissing the former APOEL manager.


(Thomas Christiansen was given the boot)

But it will not be easy.

Robins boss Lee Johnson has his side playing with aplomb and inspired after a superb run to the semi-finals of the League Cup and with the club sitting in sixth in the league, an atmospheric encounter is on the cards.

Six games to go

Christiansen was dismissed after a seven-game winless streak which means despite only having taken charge a matter of days ago, Heckingbottom has just six games to turn things around after that loss at the weekend.

After guiding Barnsley to League One play off success and the football league trophy title, the 40-year-old has the credentials to improve Leeds United’s fortunes and for as long as he is at the club he will have our backing.

However, I am still haunted by the sacking of Simon Grayson in February 2012 when much like this season, we were in touching distance of the playoffs and soon ended up drifting away.

We will only find out in fifteen games time if Radrizzani’s decision was inspired or foolish and I for one hope to be proved wrong.


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