I was hesitant to write an article on Leeds’ situation after losing to Ipswich. I knew the game against Derby would be a massive point in the season and that if we lost then we may lose more than points, we may lose a manager.
Down to 10 men thanks to a Tom Lees karate kick, the squad went down 3-0 to Ipswich, a team who in my opinion we should be beating.
Warnock claimed we could’ve won five or six nil. This was it for Warnock, once our play-off hopes were effectively ended his immediate future came into question.
We now have six games to go and now it’s all about assessing the squad and preparing for next season. Or so we thought. Leeds’ loss at the hands of Derby means we are now only five points above the relegation zone with some teams below us having a game in hand.
GFH Capital have always backed Warnock, he was one of the people they demanded stay around the club. But losing to Derby and leaving ourselves at risk of a relegation fight meant GFH Capital and David Haigh’s hand was forced – we needed a change, we needed someone different.
I agree with Warnock’s exit, not only the time but the manner. He got to offer his resignation and in my eyes it is more honourable for a great man to retire than be sacked.
The one problem I have with the current situation is that we may not get another ‘permanent’ manager until the end of the season, which means six important games for the club under Neil Redfearn, someone who is good with the development squad but is relatively untested as a manager, especially at an important time.
What if bad goes to worse and Redfearn isn’t ready? It could cost us our championship status.
Leeds needed to follow the example of another club, Bayern Munich.
Jupp Heynckes is the current manager of Bayern Munich, and he is retiring at the end of the season. As Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in world football there was a decent amount of speculation regarding the post. On January 16th, Bayern announced that Pep Guardiola would take the post upon Heynckes’ retirement. This model of recruitment seems sensible because hiring an unemployed manager means if the current manager is dispensed with then they can be brought in immediately.
This suggests that GFH’s current target is employed. In my view, Leeds should go for MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, who I think could take the mighty Whites up.