So Father Brian has turned his back on the Emerald Isle in the hope of mining diamonds at Leeds United instead. Nobody should be surprised at that news, such an honourable man of the cloth was always unlikely to walk out on a job so soon after accepting the appointment. But now it is down to the Board, players and fans to repay the neo-Irishman for his loyalty. Starting today at Bolton!
On paper, this looks a great opportunity for Leeds to get back to winning ways after that disappointing home defeat against QPR which saw the Feel Good Factor Express to the Premiership, Europe, Infinity and Beyond make an unscheduled stop at an all too familiar tenth place in the table. Dear God, if that's the best the club can do, Old Big Gob Warnock might just as well still be in charge!
Bolton are in last place after a dreadful start, but few would back them to finish bottom of the pile come the end of the season. They put together a storming run in the final third of last season and, player for player, are one of the top ten teams in the division. Confidence is no doubt low, but the international break probably came at a good time, allowing time to take stock and to sort out a few basics. So the game is going to be tougher for Father Brian's men than it looks on paper.
So tough indeed, that I fancy the loyalty of the fickle Leeds fans may be tested come five o'clock this afternoon. My money is on a 2-0 Bolton win which could see Leeds slip into the bottom quarter of the division. If that happens, the man rumoured to be able to walk on water might be urged by a few Leeds supporters to perform the stunt, all the way to Ireland!