Just as I was sat at home relaxing after hearing Leeds United captain Ross McCormack confirm he was staying at Elland Road, within 20 minutes all hell broke loose on Twitter. The soap opera has exploded into life as rumours quickly turned into confirmation that Brian McDermott had been sacked over the phone by the club. It’s still unclear who made this call, but the finger points at either GFH or Cellino.
Ross McCormack made it clear in his interview that he enjoyed playing under Brian and that was one of the key reasons behind his decision to stay. Cardiff City had made a £4m bid earlier this afternoon which was rejected. Within 20 minutes of Ross saying he was staying, Brian was sacked and now it’s clear that our captain is unhappy, as are 99.9% of Leeds supporters.
As we enter the final chapter of Transfer Deadline Day we are all unclear as to what is going on behind the scenes at Leeds. I’d just like to put on record my thanks to Brian McDermott. I really liked him and could see what he was trying to do at the club. Unfortunately he wasn’t backed and now it’s clear the club is out of control. Brian has been made the scapegoat and I can see certain people hiding behind this decision as to justify what has been done. I am totally stunned and am feeling the shock right through my body, I can’t get my head around this.
Our club sponsors Enterprise have reportedly said that they may withdraw their sponsorship of the club in protest of the decision to sack McDermott. This makes me think that the decision has come from the new owners camp as they bring their own man in. Neil Redfearn finds himself in that familiar position of taking charge of team affairs until all the dust finally settles after this bomb shell.
As things stand we haven’t sold anybody, but there are stories from Italy suggesting that two players from Cagliari are joining Leeds United on loan until the end of the season. It will certainly be an interesting atmosphere tomorrow at Elland Road. Let’s see what the next couple of hours bring.
It was only at the beginning of the month that David Haigh revealed to the world that he was confident in finalizing the terms of his takeover. This would have given Brian McDermott the funds and most importantly the time to make the right decisions and subsequent additions to his squad. A couple of wingers arrived quite quickly albeit on loans and the excitement quickly took over all other emotions to those close to Elland Road.
But in something not to dissimilar to a Timothy Burton Classic, the white roses of optimism soon shriveled into thorn riddled clumps of uncertainty. The knots were so entwined and thick that not even those closest to the takeover table could understand what was actually going on.
So back to today the 31st of January, a date that is best known to Leeds Fans as “Jump ship and move to East Anglia day”. The optimism has now been officially drained whilst we wait and see if either the Italian or Manc win their takeover battle of Leeds United.
One thing is for sure, there will not be any arrivals coming into the club today. There could possibly be a loan or two but with nobody in control of the purse strings, a bonafide offer of a transfer fee and contract with all this uncertainty will not be happening.
Based on this there is only one name that I can see joining us today. It’s that of former striker and modern day crowd favourite Luciano Becchio. He was one of many that saw the glow of the Norwich Yellow shirt as an appealing option of playing Premiership Football. Unfortunately for Luciano his time at Carrow Road has been a complete waste of time. He has only managed half a dozen league appearances in a year and not found the net. He has made it clear that he wishes to move back to Leeds and as Norwich now have sufficient backup in the striker department I can see this move happening over any other possible deals.
Roll back 6 months and you’d be lucky to find anybody willing enough to take a squad player of ours, well times are a changing. We suddenly have some quite appealing options that could help reduce the financial burden at Elland Road. Here are my tips of four players that come tonight will all be at different clubs.
Luke certainly did his reputation at Elland Road no harm at all by refusing to play against Ipswich on Tuesday night citing the reason because he didn’t want to risk injury. Blackburn are known to be after Varney who frustratingly on his day is one of the most complete strikers you could wish for. Performances against Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham last season backed this up. He has struggled to hold down a regular position and needs to go. If we could get around £250k for him then this would be good business.
I really like Paul Green, I am just so frustrated that he hasn’t made it into the Leeds side. He still plays at International Level for Ireland and has always shown glimpses of his potential when given the chance. The problem is the emergence of Mowatt and the signing of Murphy that have kept him out of the side. Ipswich are reported to be making a loan offer until the end of the season. I would be sad to see Green go, but this move makes sense to all involved.
I think Diouf has been a good bit of business for Leeds in his time at the club. Where he has failed at scoring the goals to lead us to promotion, he has dazzled in some big games which proves he is in the wrong league. He may not be quick but he is smart. Not once has he brought the club into disrepute nor been involved in off the field incidents. The one red card at Brighton was silly but he has remained a true professional around his personal issues at Leeds. I think West Ham will make an offer and anything around £150k would help the club.
Danny has been a success story of the highest accolade. I think they will even make a film based on his story. From stuck in the reserves for so long to thrown into the first team and holding his place on merit, Danny Pugh has shown us what can be achieved. I think this is now the opportunity for him to get his move so he can enjoy playing regular first team football he deserves.
Whilst there are strong rumors of McCormack and Byram attracting bids today I just can’t see them being sold. With Haigh still as our MD and Brian our manager, they will not let this happen. One things for sure, it’s never easy being a Leeds fan, on transfer deadline day it’s just a little bit harder!