Michael Brown exclusive: Leeds have ridden the storm and can now attack their way to the Premier League

26 Feb 2020 04:23 pm, by YorkshireSquare

In a career that spanned well over two decades Michael Brown star estimates that he played for over 30 managers and nine different clubs. But perhaps he is most known for being associated with manager Neil Warnock who he played for at both Sheffield United and Leeds. Brought to Leeds by Simon Grayson, Brown was in and out of the side until Neil Warnock became manager. Under Warnock he had a much more regular role, famously keeping loanee Ross Barkley out of the side. He was released by Massimo Cellino in May 2014, a victim of the famous unlucky number 17 curse?

Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to 888 sport was asked if the Whites are heading back to the big time under the idiosyncratic and box-office Marcelo Bielsa? And, perhaps more pertinently, is there a danger the Argentinian might walk away if promotion once again eludes them?

“Only he can answer that. They didn’t make it last year and he obviously decided to give it another year. They’re in a fantastic position and play a great style of football: very attacking. It’s a big club as we know and sometimes there comes with that a bit of pressure. That pressure can heat up and it’s been a bit tough for them with a couple of injuries and suspensions. Hopefully now though after their win last week they can get back on the right track and get the results to return to the Premier League.”

Brown says brilliant Kalvin Phillips has got everything

Brown had a reputation as a tough tacking, no nonsense midfielder but what of Kalvin Phillips, the lynchpin in Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side. With a potential England call up on the cards, how much has Phillips impressed the 43-year-old?

“I think Kalvin Phillips is a brilliant player. I can’t say enough about him. He’s a great character and great lad and he’s got everything. His experience is gaining and he can play in different positions and Leeds missed him when he was out. It’s great that he’s back now for the run-in.”

Read the full 888sport interview with Michael Brown to get his thoughts on how Leeds can attack their way to the Premier League