Leeds United’s five worst moments so far this season

Elland Road pitchside

With a break for international matters, we consider the five worst moments of Leeds United's campaign thus far.

Leeds United have had quite the season so far and we are still only in November.

With three managers, four changes and a hit-and-miss time of it on the field, it is safe to say Leeds fans have had much to think about.

With another international break upon us, we take a look at the five worst moments of Leeds’ season so far.

Hiring Hockaday

Dave Hockaday’s appointment as Leeds boss was baffling in the extreme and whatever confusion the fans felt soon turned to frustration and anger as the club won just once during his time in charge.

But while certain matches during his reign make this list, it would be foolish to ignore the moment he was hired in the first place.

Not hiring Redfearn (the first time)

When Neil Redfearn took temporary charge of the club following Hockaday’s departure Leeds fans would not have expected what came next – a surge up the table, exciting football and a promise of better things to come.

And so it was bizarre when owner Massimo Cellino opted not to give the permanent job to the Acamedy boss, instead choosing Slovenian Darko Milanic.

Milanic’s reign

Speaking of which, we know it is not technically a moment more a series of them, but Milanic’s reign must be included on this list.

The former Sturm Graz head coach arrived at Elland Road with plenty of fanfare and seemingly with his head screwed on. There were no grand gestures of immediate promotion, instead talk of a long-term plan. But it did not end up being very long-term, with Milanic failing to oversee a single victory before heading for the exit.

A battering at Watford

Back during Hockaday’s time in charge, Leeds were subjected to a 4-1 defeat away to Watford, in what remains their heaviest loss of the season so far.

It was so bad Leeds did not even score their own goal, instead owing that to Gabriel Tamas who put through his own net.

Add to that the double dismissal of Giuseppe Bellusci and Sam Byram and it was a pretty appalling day all round.

League Cup disappointment

Fresh off the back of the Watford defeat Leeds were the victims of a League Cup giant-killing of sorts when League One Bradford beat them 2-1.

Luke Murphy was sent off for Leeds, who ultimately conceded two goals in the last six minutes to crash out of the competition.

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