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  • in reply to: Leeeds!! #1537722
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    Full marks Phoenix for an insightful and incisive analysis of the game and the larger picture.

    Christensen’s orientation (induction) is over. The winter is coming soon and the real slog is on the horizon. Successful teams maintain a consistent shape and the soon TC settles on his, the better.

    The irritation of last night is slowly being expunged from my system as my thoughts turn to Wednesday on Sunday.

    in reply to: Leeeds!! #1537243
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    Good evening Phoenix, Drew …

    Very disappointing result tonight. I thought we would have learnt from the Millwall game. Although we played better in the second half, the first half was a shambles. Cooper’s indiscretion wasn’t clever at all – reminiscent of his clumsy-labouring style of the past two years. That second challenge was a disgrace!

    There’s going to be more games like this. There’s going to be more playmakers like Hoilett tearing through us. Trips to the Cardiffs and the Millwalls are the real tests in this league. Somehow, I feel that were lacking a no-nonsense, tough-tackling hard man. I’m still wondering why Vieira isn’t starting games as I feel that he comes closest to this description. He did make a difference when he came on, didn’t he? Or is Christensen breaking him in gently?

    Phoenix, I was one of Phillip’s main critics last season. I’ll concede that he has shown massive improvement this season but will need to really sustain his form and deliver in the crucial position he holds, especially away from home against the Millwalls and the Cardiffs.

    Let’s put this evening behind us and turn our attention to the Windies.

    in reply to: Ipswich Town #1535643
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    That was a stern test and, happily, we passed it. The games are going to get tougher as teams wise up to us and plan their tactics to contain us.

    Wiedwald does not look totally comfortable, especially with his distribution. I think it’s time for Loningan to step up and take over as the number one. We looked nervous at times in defence and missed the commanding presence of Pontus when the high balls came in. Credit, though, to all the defenders and to Shaughnessy who is growing in confidence with each game.

    A satisfying victory in the final analysis. We have exceeded expectations; would never have imagined that we would be sitting on top of the pile as we enter our tenth game.

    Can’t wait for Tuesday evening.

    in reply to: And So Into The Lions Den….. #1532906
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    Hi, Phoenix/Drew …

    Managed to listen to the radio commentary despite a very tiring flight. As the game unfolded it felt, in a strange kind of way (to echo Phoenix’s use of the word), that this was a Warnock or Monk outfit.

    It was a baptism of fire for TC and the new boys today. We always knew that the day would come. TC has learned that there are days in this league when silk and panache must be traded for grit and brawn. He has a sharp eye and a quick brain and will be the wiser after today.

    in reply to: Birmingham #1532110
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    Hi Drew

    Great to hear from you! Hoping this finds you well.

    Yes, we’ve had a start we would have never envisaged. Christensen is proving to be an intelligent and focused coach who is growing in stature with every game.

    Millwall is going to be the toughest test thus far. On paper we are superior in every area of the pitch. The worry is the strong arm tactics they may resort to (backed by a crowd that is traditionally hostile to Leeds United). I am hoping that our new lads are mentally prepared for what’s to be expected. On the other hand it may be unwise to approach the game with apprehension. We are, after all, the form team in all of England right now!

    We’ve set off on our journey and we’re enjoying the ride. The next stage looks hazardous. Hoping the boys negotiate the pitfalls and emerged unscathed. Christensen is the consummate professional. He will be well aware of what to expect.

    We shall wait and see.

    in reply to: Birmingham #1531098
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    Not as easy as Burton but, nevertheless, most satisfying!

    Perhaps the first first real test this season against a dogged Birmingham side that kept coming at us. The boys played as a team and stuck at their task.

    Long, long way to go, of course, but let’s enjoy the moment. The present state of affairs is very good for the health! Long may it continue.

    in reply to: Hoping for Brewers Droop! #1530119
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    Savouring, like in days of yore, the sweet taste of victory.

    Not in the right frame of mind, right now, to gather my thoughts and express my sentiments – suffice it to say that, that was a truly vintage performance. Things are looking white and bright!

    Can’t wait for Tuesday.

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    Hi Phoenix

    Echoing your sentiments.

    Christensen is in an enviable position as he has the licence to exercise creative options – especially going forward. I trust his judgement in exercising these options intelligently. Counting the hours and hoping for that first league home win.

    PS: On the personal front, we leave for South Africa on 15 September. It’s our 2nd home, with family throughout the country, so there’s no problem about settling in and adapting and so on. The missus is recovering slowly and the southern climes will be theraputic to her.

    in reply to: Hoping for Brewers Droop! #1529532
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    Hi Phoenix

    Clough is out to make things tough. Early indications suggest that he’s coming to town to park the bus. We’re going to have to put up a grand stand against that and be firmly on top of our game!

    Can’t wait.

    in reply to: TIMBER!!! #1525165
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    Hi Phoenix, Judy and others

    I was away for a while but had been keeping a watchful eye on the progress of the boys.

    The start to the new season has been a breath of fresh air to the fans of Leeds United football club who have been stuck for so many years within a suffocating cloister of stale and insipid tedium. Accolades, to all concerned at the club, for what is promising to be a very refreshing and invigorating season full of hope and sparkling optimism. Cliches are inevitable. We’ve barely set out on our long journey and there are many twists and turns to negotiate; many bumps and bruises to endure, many disappointments to contend with. Come what MAY (pun intended), it’s all about here and now – this particular moment in which to savour the sweetest start to a season in many a day.

    Christenson is growing in confidence and stature with each passing game. He seems to be making the transition from the sheltered world of the Cypriot league to the blood and thunder environs of the championship almost seamlessly. I like the man’s demeanour: he is expressing himself intelligently and sensibly at interviews, balancing expectation and reality with a blend of pragmatism and charisma. I was most impressed at his handling of the Wood transfer and his, now famous, rejoinder: “I die for my team”. I thought it resonated with a sense of honesty and commitment not often heard around the portals of Elland Road (and a far cry from the group this and the group routine which we had become so accustomed to not so long ago. The performances on the field have, in all earnestness (and to boot), vindicated everything that TC has been talking about.

    The years of footballing disappointment and agony have hardened my heart and sharpened my scepticism. I was, of course, a doubting Thomas when Christenson’s name was first mentioned: who, where, why? I’m reflecting quietly on the transformation that the man is bringing about and am, in equal measure, deeply satisfied by the support structures that AR has installed. After all the misery, I sense that this is going to be a season to signify things to come …

    I was looking at some interesting trivia (which you have probably seen). These make for interesting reading and are an indication of where we are, right now and are early signposts of the road ahead.

    TC now holds the best ever record of a Leeds United manager in his first seven games in our history.
    Played: 7
    Won: 5
    Drew: 2
    Goals for: 16
    Goals conceded: 04

    Landmark: Leeds United has now scored more goals this August than any other season in the club’s history.

    And then, there was this anecdote doing the rounds (worth repeating, here):

    Environmentalists were planning a large scale protest against Leeds United for decimating the Forest and getting rid of Wood. And might I have added: they also decided not to go green.

    Look, we don’t want to wax overtly lyrical and get carried away and all of that but, given what we’ve had to endure, do we not deserve to sing a little when the first drops of rain are felt after a long drought?

    in reply to: The Port Vale Game #1515517
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    Agreed on all points, lads, except to add that I struggled to see any signs of improvement from Sakho?

    in reply to: Ain't No Time for the Summertime Blues #1507381
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    Heard that we’re linked with Alvaro Negredo and two lads from Bristol City.

    in reply to: Transfer Rumours/Done deals #1501962
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    Very pleased with the Anita signing. Good solid player, with enormous experience, spanning the game at premiership, champions league and championship levels. I remember him being massive against us at Elland Road last term. Championship teams would have given an arm and a leg to have landed him.

    The fact that he is come by on a free and, reportedly, not on an exorbitant wages is a welcome bonus. This, hopefully, will facilitate the funds to be invested in a quality centre back, amongst others, as the prospects of bringing Bartley back are receding rapidly. I’m also hoping that the exit door will open wider to usher out a few more of those deadwood players who are eating into the wage budget. I am alluding, here, to Diagoura (spelling?), Phillips, Bridcutt, Cooper, Bellusci.

    The Rad is proving to be an astute business man who subscribes to the art of tactful discretion. The re-purchase of Elland Road and the signing of Anita has taken us all by surprise. There was never a sniff of it! Even the most snooping of journalists and their much vaunted network of grapevines were caught napping.

    We look forward to more surprises.

    in reply to: Here we go again…………………… #1495616
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    The wait for a manager (head coach) is over. Now begins the wait for new players! August seems such a long way off. We used to moan about international breaks. This is torture!

    in reply to: Here we go again…………………… #1494991
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    Greetings Fellow Faithful (of the long suffering denomination)

    Yes! In the true spirit of homely Yorkshire hospitality and goodwill, I join you all in welcoming home the new manager (er, coach); suffice it to say that I am, at present, a doubting Thomas.

    Hoping my cynicism is going to melt in the summer heat.

    in reply to: New Manager Proposal #1493225
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    Hi Fellow Suffers

    We’re in the middle of a footballing drought aggravated by some kind of in communicado from Elland Road. It’s like been stranded in the middle of the Sahara – helplessly hoping.

    Clotet, Stam, Hasselbaink, De Boer, Ranieri… There’s going to be more names forthcoming tomorrow. That’s for sure. My head’s in a twirl. Right now I don’t know who I want?

    It looks like Monk knew, long before the season ended, that the Boro were calling. Anyway that’s history now and I’m not in the mood to go there.

    We shall wait, with bated breath, to see what unfolds. It is as Phoenix always says: Keep the Faith.

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    There were moments last season when we were being ripped apart by opponents and Monk just stood there, arms folded, staring vacantly into space with a deadpan expression watching his “group”. The man simply refused to changed his tactics or formation.

    It was in those moments that I got the impression that Pep may have been straining at the leash on the touchline next to this stubborn boss: fed-up, restless, impatient, helpless to really try out some new, something exciting, something adventurous?

    Am I merely imagining things?

    in reply to: Latest Developments at Elland Road #1489599
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    Thanks, Phoenix. Always enjoy reading your mature and insightful offerings.

    Cheers.

    in reply to: PL must take action #1484711
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    Jealousy is a bad thing. It eats away from the depths like a malignant tumour and then works itself up, by degrees, resulting in deadly toxicity.

    Take a bow John Terry!

    in reply to: Retained List 2017 #1482009
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    Wolves, Burton, Norwich and Wigan seem like a long, long time ago.

    August seems like an eternity away. In between there’s the dreaded off-season: rumour, speculation, expectation, exasperation, vacillation, frustration …

    The play-offs are on. Ode to misery!

    It’s time to shake off the cloak of despondency and look ahead with renewed hope. The vicious cycle continues?

    It’s a dry white season … but seasons come to pass.

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