Leeds United: Realism is key

Leeds United fans mustn’t get carried away with the good start the club has made under Brian McDermott.

Brian McDermott couldn’t have hoped for a better start to his managerial reign at Leeds United with back-to-back wins helping the side onto 58 points and into the top half of the Championship able.

The club needed a change as the unthinkable event of dropping back into League One was becoming a grim reality but the side seems to have now done enough to ensure that is not going to happen.

Realism is the key moving forward because it would be very dangerous for Leeds to get carried away with the start they have made under their new boss.

The same problems which have plagued the infrastructure of the club throughout the season are something that McDermott will gradually have to deal with over the summer and it will be tough.

He may not get all of his first choice targets in the summer transfer window and he will have to adjust, as Leeds will, to the financial restrictions effective in English football which threaten to squeeze the wallet of the club severely.

In a way the start the club has made to McDermott’s reign hasn’t been too surprising because it’s only natural for a new high profile boss to come in and lift the atmosphere.

The players have no experience of working for him so if they want to stay at Leeds beyond the summer, they have to put fatigue to one side and draw on the strength within themselves to try and stay in the gaffer’s good books.

Leeds have the size and infrastructure of a Premier League club and the top flight is where they need to get back to and where they belong. That will be the main aim for next season so any unrealistic ambitions of the play-offs this season need to be forgotten about.

The thing that Leeds have in their favour is that they have signed a manager who knows the Championship and more importantly, knows how to win the Championship but a 46 game season for a boss is very different to a few games at the back end of a campaign, when the club hasn’t really got anything to play for.

Things are looking very good for the club. There are no major bugs in the squad, there never have been, but the players seem lifted in terms of their determination and belief.

McDermott has the ability to secure promotion for the side next season but realism and not losing track of what’s important is key here. Leeds have just won a couple of games with him in charge, which is encouraging but nothing to get majorly over excited about.

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