Is Leeds United’s biggest saving grace this season the teams below them?

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Leeds United are in a rut – but what about Rotherham United, Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers?

Leeds United have started the season poorly, winning just two of 14 Championship matches and having already swapped manager Uwe Rosler for former Rotherham United coach Steve Evans.

With a number of evident problems at the club, not least regarding owner Massimo Cellino, many are now speculating as to whether the Yorkshire club are set for a devastating return to League One.

Morale is low, the club currently preside over their longest winless run at Elland Road in history – 12 games – and Evans’ reign hasn’t exactly gotten off to a flyer with two points in three matches.

Despite their predicament and lowly position of 19th, three points above the drop zone, the Elland Road outfit do have one saving grace going in their favour – the bottom three are even worse.

No matter how desperate the situation feels at Leeds right now, Rotherham United, Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic are experiencing worse and the trio seem destined for the drop.

The writing has pretty much been on the wall for Rotherham since the opening day of the campaign as the Millers were humiliated at home by newly-promoted MK Dons, comprehensively losing 4-1.

In a Championship full of relatively big clubs, plenty of financial clout and huge expectations, Rotherham are simply struggling to compete both in terms of squad quality and wages.

Former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn has recently taken charge of the reigns at the New York Stadium, yet one point from his opening four games illustrates the huge task he has ahead of him.

Charlton, likewise, appear doomed as they struggle to score goals and keep them out at the other end.

Three successive 3-0 defeats leaves the Addicks second from bottom, and they are currently on a run of just two points claimed from their last ten Championship fixtures.

Manager-less, extremely low on confidence, lacking quality throughout – Charlton are heavy favourites for the drop and some could argue only a miracle will prevent it from happening.

Leeds’ final saving grace comes in the form of Bolton Wanderers, a team so riddled with financial debts that they’ve had to lure Emile Heskey out of retirement and take on free agent Shola Ameobi.

Neil Lennon’s side have scored a joint-lowest ten goals all season and have just one league win to their name, a 2-1 triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-September.

They say the championship is the most unpredictable league in the world, yet you would struggle to find anyone who would back either of these three teams to avoid the drop this season.

Leeds may be in a pickle, but there are most certainly worse teams out there.

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