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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Leeds United's McDermott on the edge already

Ouch. Nice Guy Brian found a nasty side after the Millwall defeat yesterday and laid into his players big time. And that's hardly surprising after 5 defeats in 6 games have seen the once mighty Whites crash out of the League Cup and plummet to fifteenth in the Championship.

Listen to McDermott's comments after the game and you hear the words of a man under pressure - and cracking. And the parallels with Old Big Gob Warnock are frightening. So much so that some may be wondering if the Arab Bank Built on Sand are simply a front for Master Bates, and if the man on the touchline is really Warnock wearing a Halloween mask.

According to Father Brian, the team "didn't turn up" for the second half, and if that isn't a classic example of Warnockesque hyper-bollocks, I don't know what is! Tell me, if the players don't perform after a half time team talk, whose fault is that exactly? The manager is there to organise and inspire his team, but on his own admission, McDermott failed to do either. Perhaps they didn't turn up because they were all aboard the Leeds United Feel Good Factor Sleeper Express to the Premiership, Europe Infinity and Beyond shunted up a New Cross siding!

And poor Nice Guy Brian is absolutely terrified that the Feel Good Factor Express has derailed. His fear of the fans turning on him and his employers is evident when he says, "If the fans see another second-half performance like we did then we’re going to have a problem. We need to keep the fans with us.” This seems to be McDermott's only tactic. Fuel the passion of the fans, keep them on side, stoke up the atmosphere inside the ground, and the players will pick up steam, toot merrily and clatter their way up the table.

The trouble is, Leeds fans are a fickle bunch and don't take kindly to losing. How many will show up for the next home game? The accountants at the Arab Bank Built on Sand will be looking on anxiously. If the gate drops below 20,000, the Feel Good Factor Express will have derailed financially as well as in terms of football results.

And crucially, McDermott came perilously close to admitting that his players are not good enough when he said, "The second half came as a shock to my system. I’m bitterly disappointed with the players we’ve got, who are decent but are not at the level at this moment in time." Now this is very dangerous territory and marks a departure from Warnock. Old Big Gob criticised individuals but was always careful not to suggest that the squad itself was crap. If you are a Leeds player this morning, how do you feel reading that your manager is "bitterly disappointed with the players we've got"?

Of course, McDermott is right to be concerned, because the squad isn't good enough, but Warnock kept this bunch in with a shout of the playoffs until the final weeks of the season and, despite a good start, Leeds are already well adrift of the playoffs this time around - despite adding Hunt, Murphy, Wootten and Smith to Warnock's cesspool.

Poor Father Brian is learning that the "Don't worry, be happy" mantra can only take you so far. Many more defeats and he could be shown the same exit door as Warnock!

42 comments:

  1. Come off it spam dangler, the only reason for you writing this post is to try get an angry reaction out of the fans, simply because your last post failed to do so! You must get bored and not have alot to do! P.S I will be there I won't just give up on the team I support!

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  2. Yes , another 2 weeks of this and BM will be joining his old mate Cloughie jnr....

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    1. Go chew a grenade jack!

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  3. Come on fellow leeds fans.u may not like what cockney boy writes,but he is usually spot on.the players will think they are shit,when they read what mcdermott said.but luckily most of the fans think that as well.we as leeds fans can forgive if the effort and passion are there,but yesterday against a very poor millwall side,we made them look like fucking barcelona.oh well tuesday it is then.back to fucking 18ooo.love it been a leeds fan.never boring

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  4. It is good to come here and read the truth that few Leeds fans will admit.
    BM is not up to the job.
    He has had months to prepare his squad and he has failed miserably.
    The sooner he is replaced the better, lets have a go at getting Gus onboard.

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  5. I think Cloughie is more likely to be tending his garden alongside Big Sam.

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  6. boring reading your crap.....you've now't to write about West Ham?

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  7. Played six points five--- sorry thats your lot

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  8. Oh Jesus Christ! Nobody is getting on his back and he isn't under any particular pressure.

    Sure, it's disappointing to lose a few games but the results alone aren't enough to tell the full story.

    Grow up!

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  9. Time you had some Spam!

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  10. Three of the top Leeds stories in the last 24 hours are from Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything - with none from this other Leeds-obsessed site. What are you doing wrong HF??

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    1. Interesting that you use this site as a yardstick 'Handsome'. A site belonging to a West Ham fan surely shouldn't be in the same league as a site owned by a Leeds fan - albeit a Leeds fan who is too scared to attend a game away to Millwall.

      It's also interesting how quickly you hit on an article I post. Seems you are the obsessed one mate, by me. Must be that offer I made to let you sit on my knee to take dictation. Perhaps the first syllable excited you!

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    2. Are you 3 years old?

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    3. I have you highlighted in my NewsNow feed, HF. In pink. Know thine enemy, eh? And it's a fair comparison if not a yardstick. All you bloody write about is Leeds, and yet my relatively new site is effortlessly out-performing you.

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    4. youd like him to sit on your knee wouldnt you

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    5. He might be a little too heavy 14.58.

      Back again Rob? Is your site so boring that you keep feeling the need to return here?

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    6. why don't you two just get married and stop all this teasing

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    7. And a little too old for your liking too i`ll warrent

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    8. only boring this here are your comebacks hf.....

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  11. totally disagree with this one hf.BMC sounds calm.you mustve heard a different interview to everyone else,or maybe you are getting it mixed up with fat sams

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  12. Telling it like it is it seems to me, being a Leeds supporter does not mean closing your mind to the truth.
    HF was probably an ardent Leeds fan who is seeking solace :-)
    As for Jay, " losing a few games" Get a grip lad we are unlikely to win any at all unless something changes, if you keep doing the same stuff you cannot expect a change in results.

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  13. You are a freaking nutjob.

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  14. Dom Matteo.....scored fucking great goal....at San Siro!! Oh have West Ham played in Champions League before or even at the San Siro? Answers No so f off!!

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    1. I'm sorry but this sums up Leeds United perfectly. We live in the present, not the past. Does Matteo still play for Leeds? No. Will Leeds play in the San Siro? No. Or next season? No. Let go of the past. Until Leeds wake up to the fact that the past counts for nothing, nothing will change.

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    2. I enjoyed our past. Happy days, gone but not forgotten.

      The future is what happens next - you can't enjoy what hasn't happened HF.

      Maybe your response sums you and your team up perfectly and perhaps it is why you are so bitter and twisted.

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    3. And all you do is keep bringing up warnock. He too is the PAST. get over it you twat

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    4. Why should I get over Warnock given Leeds can't?

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    5. So what's it like living in the present as a West Ham fan? Crap team, Fat out of touch Manager and headed for the drop.

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  15. Rob Atkinson owns you HF. You've been dealt with.

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    1. Does he? How much did he pay to buy me?

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    2. another boring response

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  16. I wish you and rob would kiss and make up.u both have something in common....you are both leeds mad.

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  17. Grass is always greener who has,nt moved on to better there self and found out it was the wrong decision.Bring him home Beccio he will be hungry and want to prove a point.Mac and B up front again we need goals and fast f88k the reason he went aloan deal short term who cares?.It isn,t happening again and we need somebody to step up............I hate players who leave for money but I hate losing to sh88t teams like Millwa*k.

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  18. sounds like a load of cockny bull shit to me!

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  19. sounds like a load of cockny bull to me, as long as we don't get that long ball shite that big fat sam enjoys lol

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  20. "Leeds fans are a fickle bunch and don't take kindly to losing" - please let us know which fans take kindly to losing???, thanks

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  21. Hey cockney burke at least I have witnessed my LUFC win the top league, can you say the same? Answer is NO

    At least we have been the best, you are just a jealous cockney. Always in our shadow.

    Nige

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  22. Lot of bitchiness going on today lets face the facts we lost & westham lost both teams doing crap at this moment in time! Let's just hope thing change or we both will be down a league

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  23. Well done ex Leeds player Howson on scoring a winning goal today that sends West Ham down to 1 point and one place above the relegation drop zone. "Cushty my son"

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  24. Hello robs bitch , mwah x

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  25. I heart Rob Atkinson :-)

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  26. I think it's quite sad that HF posts "anonymous" comments agreeing with himself! :D

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