Former midfielder’s comments suggest Leeds have not learned from past mistakes

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Leeds United have not featured in the Premier League since 2004.

Brian Flynn has been reflecting on Leeds United’s struggles in the early eighties in The Yorkshire Evening Post.

Flynn was part of the Whites team from 1977 to 1982 and endured some tough times at the club.

At the end of the 1981-82 season, the West Yorkshire outfit were relegated from the top flight of English football.

Leeds could return to the old Division One only in 1990, but they are back in the second tier of English football now.

The Whites last featured in the Premier League in 2004 and are currently an also-ran in the Championship.

Reflecting on Leeds’s problems in the eighties, Flynn told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “You can’t just blame one person.

“It was a collection of mistakes and wrong decision-making. It was mainly down to which direction the club wanted to go in and the lack of planning.

“There was very little structure in place, certainly on team building. You built a team over two or three years, not two or three weeks. It was sad. But you get what you deserve.”

Interestingly, Leeds are facing similar problems now. It seems that the club have not learned from their past mistakes.

The Championship outfit have changed managers several times over the past few years and have a team which lack top quality.

The ambition is there for Leeds to return to the Premier League, but off-pitch problems and performances of the team are holding them back.

As Flynn says, building a team takes two or three years. In modern times, a club cannot afford to be patient for that long, but perhaps Leeds should.

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