Does anyone want Leeds United to be in the Premier League Watch
Forest, Wolves, Sheff x 2.
Out with the old in with the new. Teams like Leeds and Villa actually have to get good before wanting them in the premier league, what's the point of them embarrassing themselves and trying to outdo Derby County going straight down with as little points as possible.
Plus Leeds are a decent side these days and could make the automatic places.
First - the rising stars who came out of nowhere to disrupt the upper echelons of the league and win an unlikely league title, still the last one that has been won by an English manager, and the last one won by playing old school football.
Then for a year in the mid 1990s, they had the most exciting striker phenomenon in the game, when they signed the Ghanaian striker Tony Yeboah from the Bundesliga. He was unplayable during that time and became a cult hero of supporters of every club in a way you probably don't get with players today. When I was at school Yeboah was responsible for everyone wanting to try unlikely bits of skill to crack one in from distance, and none of us were Leeds fans.
Then after seeming to go stale for a while, at the end of the 1990s they went on a glorious footballing experiment of trying to assimilate all the most talented young players in the country together - largely British - and they had an incredibly exciting team that played great football and was full of hope for the future. I remember how people used to talk about Leeds and what David O'Leary was doing, saying this was the model everyone else should follow because they were going to dominate English football in the 2000s due to having a team of super talented 18-23 year olds that were all learning together. Rio Ferdinand was the leader, and their schoolboy ranks of Alan Smith, James Milner, Aaron Lennon were going to be the next generation coming through.
They made the Champions League semis and about half way through the next season they were top of the league and signed Robbie Fowler and they were within touching distance of glory. Then the holes in the finances started to be uncovered and they unravelled and were out of the Premier League in two years, and down to League one a few years later. Unbelievable.
Leeds played a huge part in the football landscape when I was a kid. They were always a bit unpopular amongst other clubs given the reputation of their supporters as being a bit Millwall-like "no-one likes us we don't care" but they always seemed to bring an interesting storyline to the league.
Get them back in the Prem, A place like Yorkshire deserves better representation than Hull City Tigers and Boro.
I can understand where this comes from but all the Leeds fans I've ever spoken to have been nice, not like the stereotype at all.
Also in fairness to Leeds fans, they also had a general acceptance that success was hard to achieve and required a lot of graft and didn't have any delusions about being entitled to success. You also never hear Leeds fans bang on about needing to play in the right style or a "Leeds United way" like say Newcastle, West Ham or Swansea fans do. They will happily support a team that battles its way to success and if other clubs fans say they are boring to watch they probably smugly enjoy the fact that it annoys others, rather than getting on their own team's back. Where they will get on their own team's back is if they think the players are a bit soft and not putting in a shift.