Mark Warburton, Garry Monk and Carlos Carvalhal, just three managers who have found themselves on the wrong end of their chairmen over the Christmas period with the former Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday boss all receiving their P45’s.
All three dismissals came as something of a shock, especially former Whites head honcho Garry Monk after receiving his marching orders from Middlesbrough AFTER claiming victory over Wednesday just before Christmas.
With Boro sat just outside the playoffs the sacking seems even more harsh, but it appears the scenario is similar for all three clubs who deemed they should be progressing further than they have at the mid-point of a long season with the managers paying the price.
In years gone by, Leeds were often talked about for chopping and changing their manager (mainly because of unsettled former owner Massino Cellino) but not this year.
Leeds are a club that after over a decade of turmoil, are now looking the picture of consistency and that is largely due to two men.
Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani has brought stability to a club that was simply not able to happen under his predecessor.
So far Radrizzani has made good on his promises to the Elland Road faithful and the club is reaping the rewards after a difficult period in the club’s history.
It seems Leeds finally have an owner eager to protect the club’s future and progress it back to where we feel it belongs.
The other man who must take credit is the manager Thomas Christiansen. I must admit to having been sceptical after the appointment was made but I am happy to admit I was wrong as the former APOEL head coach has continued the good work Garry Monk started and if anything has improved it.
Signings such as Samuel Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski and Pierre-Michel Lasogga were unknown quantities but have proven hits on the terraces and continue to give their all for the Leeds United cause.
(Samuel Saiz in action v Port Vale)
After a shaky Christmas period, we remain in fifth place in the league and although Wolves are running away with the title, the second automatic space is more than up for grabs with the Whites contenders.
After years and years in the doldrums, it is lovely to be writing about such positivity surrounding Leeds, and after a decade of pain, the future and 2018 in particular, is really looking bright.