I’ve been a Leeds United supporter since March 1968. That’s four years of glory and forty years of abject misery but I’ve loved them throughout. One of the years of glory, in fact probably my favourite because I hadn’t expected it, was the 2009-10 season when, under Simon Grayson’s leadership, we beat Manchester United in the F.A. Cup at Old Trafford, we only just lost to Tottenham and Liverpool in other cup ties and I was there at Elland Road when Jermaine Beckford’s late winner against Bristol Rovers clinched promotion from League One to the Championship.
Being a Leeds fan has always had its highs and lows. Having nailed my colours to the post as a ten year old I could never support any team other than Leeds but tonight I feel like my faith is questioned as we have entered another of our darker periods. Simon Grayson has been sacked, chairman Ken Bates has alienated himself even more than ever from the devoted fans he has labelled ‘morons’, the January transfer window has closed without any significant improvement to our playing squad and we are a rudderless hulk.
Things have been worse. We're only a few points away from a play-off place, our finances are relatively sound and star man, Rob Snodgrass hasn't gone looking for the greener grass . . . yet! But what happens next? Often a change of managership prompts a surge of renewed enthusiasm but this time I don't feel it will happen as I fear a dreadful mistake has been made. It's sad to see him go, and I'm sure he'll do well in his next job, but I reckon that Simon Grayson is better off without Leeds United.
So thank you Simon mate. You did a fantastic job. I hope there is someone out there who can do as well as you did without upsetting Mr Bates. Sadly, I doubt that there is. Goodbye, good luck and please come back when the situation has improved.