Welcome to Marching on Together

24 Aug 2016 04:39pm, by Shields53

I’ve resisted commenting up until now, I’ve not wanted the veil of confidence slip. The early stages of the season can be nervy, especially when you lose your first two league games and people can become reactionary. There were already people calling for Monk to go after two games for goodness sake. Stake your bet on the outcome of this season with an offer code for bet365. But I still believe it is a good appointment, I believe he can take us forward but he needs so be given time. Monk believes he is not under pressure but with only a one year contract and Cellino’s track record results and performances will need to come quickly.

I'm not under any pressure at all, I have a one-year contract. My plan is not an overnight plan, we're not miracle workers here. We've assembled a brand new squad, we're at the start of something new and you can see with the players how much they believe in it. It's a long process. We will have ups and downs but what's important is that we have time with this group. You can see within time the potential we have to be even better.

We’ve made progress in the off season, clearing out the Italians who refused to play for our club was a start and made some good signings to replace them. Two more pieces of the jigsaw have been completed in recent weeks with Bridcutt and Jansson coming in. We did get off to a slow start though, not just in terms of results but in terms of performances too. We didn’t have the fight of a Leeds side or the style of a Garry Monk side. I can only put this down to a poor pre-season playing lower league sides and Italian nobody’s when our rivals were steeling themselves against Premiership opposition.

But we are now unbeaten in three, four points out of the last six in the league and performances are improving. We showed fight and determination against Sheffield Wednesday, played good counter attacking football and both of our strikers put the ball in the back of the net. Maybe now things are slowly staring to come together, maybe Birdcutt was that missing grit and guile we needed in midfield. We still need to improve, we still need to bring in more players don’t get me wrong but we are heading in the right direction with a young, progressive manager. Who knows what we can achieve, if not this season but next.

Unbeaten in two league matches and through to the next round of the League Cup. Forest up next this Saturday which will be tough but given what we saw last weekend I have every confidence we can get a result.

05 Aug 2016 08:02am, by Shields53

And so that it, the summer break is over and the Championship season starts again tonight with Leeds kicking off on Sunday at QPR. Time again to be checking out those live football scores every weekend. Leeds have quietly gone about their business this summer, a change from usual seasons, two good appointments in key areas give me confidence going forward. Ben Mansford joined as CEO from Barnsley where he had built up a solid reputation and Garry Monk as head coach undoubtedly one of the best young English managerial prospects. The most important thing though is that Cellino seems to have let them get on with their work.

Lewis Cook departing is a kick in the teeth but it was almost inevitable. In an era when relegated teams such as Newcastle can spend £40 million in the transfer window it is always going to be hard to keep hold of young players. You can check out the latest signings, news and betting tips at sbat.com. The fact that he’s gone to Bournemouth when many Leeds fans would have envisaged Cook playing at the very highest level perhaps tells the story that modern football is most definitely all about the money rather than the glory.

A further blow to the good work done was done when Charlie Taylor handed in a transfer request earlier this week but the club have so far held firm, if they manage to keep hold of Taylor this summer it will be seen as a major success...

The club can confirm that a transfer request from Charlie was received over the weekend. Garry Monk and club president Massimo Cellino agreed at the start of the transfer window that Charlie would not be sold and, therefore, the transfer request has been formally rejected. The club has every confidence that Charlie will continue to conduct himself properly and play his part this season as the club pushes towards the top of the Championship.

There has been a fairly large turnover of players this summer with 7 players departing and 7 arriving. Antennucci, Wootton, Bianchi, Sloth and Cook all depart on permanent deals with Bellusci and Erwin loaned out. Coming in on permanent deals we have Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson, experienced goalkeeper Robert Green, wingers Kemar Roofe and Billy Whitehouse. On loan deals; defender Kyle Bartley, attacking midfielder Hadi Sacko, midfielder Matt Grimers and experienced Spanish winger Pablo Hernández. Overall a good pedigree of signing with a mixture of youth and experience. Still a little light in defence though which is something Monk will need to prioritise in the coming weeks.

I’m the most confident and positive about an upcoming season I have been for years. Good appointments have been made, solid signings all point to progress in the right direction. This year is going to be extremely tough, especially with the big clubs who have come down but provided Cellino lets his new appointments get on with their jobs I think we could do well.