The picture of you sat broken after the QPR match was awful to see.
We owe you everything for this season. After Heckingbottom and the end of last season many Leeds fans had given up hope, our summer transfer business didn’t give much reason for optimism either. But this season the football at times has been awesome. You took a side made up largely of last seasons under performers and made them contenders.
You have squeezed everything you can out of the players. Kemar Roofe has become one of the top scorers in the Championship, Mateusz Klich’s Leeds career has risen from the ashes, Liam Cooper is now one of the best defenders in the league and Kalvin Phillips is the new Paolo Maldini. They are a team who play for each other and a team that fights for each other, to the very end.
Your interviews are refreshing, insightful and enjoyable to watch and listen to. A breath of fresh air, free from the usual tired clichés banded about all too often in English football. It’s fair to say you’ve ruffled a few feathers within the football establishment too with the Spygate saga but that just makes you all the more Leeds and we love you for it.
Seeing you broken on Tuesday night, hearing the emotion in your voice was awful. But it makes us realise how much you ‘get it’. How much you get Leeds United and how much this season means to us. You deserve promotion, you deserve it for the work you did changing a group of no hopers to contenders. You deserve it for the pride which you have brought back to this club and the city of Leeds. You deserve it for making Frank Lampard cry.
This year has been tough so far, both on and off the pitch. Whilst we are still creating chances they are not falling the right way, the results aren’t coming like they were earlier in the season. Tuesday was painful, our chance to re-establish ourselves at the top of the table and we failed to take it. It hurt, it hurt us as it did you. But all is not lost, the season is not over. Twelve games remain, including one against Sheffield United which could be crucial to securing an automatic promotion place. Our fate is in our own hands.
This season has felt special, not just because of the prospect of promotion, it feels like the club is being rebuild from the ground up. The heart of the club has been restored and a new legacy is being built, one which will define the future of Leeds United. This club was build on another great managers legacy, Don Revie, and he had a phrase that seems quite apt now…
A letter to Marcelo Bielsa