Quoted by Inside Futbol, Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has insisted that he never once worried about relegation, claiming that his team-mates are too good to be relegated.
Steve Evans's men have enjoyed an excellent turnaround in form this past month, with an abject 4-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion toward the end of February giving rise to fresh concerns about the Whites' Championship status.
However, United bounced back in style, winning their next three games against Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City, prompting optimistic suggestions that a playoff place was on the cards - optimism that was cut short by a 4-1 humbling to Huddersfield Town before the international break
As it stands, Leeds are 13th in the Championship table, 10 points clear of the drop zone, and Cooper stresses that he never once entertained the notion of the club dropping into League One.
He told LUTV, via Inside Futbol: “Personally, I have not thought about relegation once.
“I have always thought that we are too good to go down; we just need that extra to be pushing for the playoff places. And I am sure the people at the club saw that.”
Nothing is wrong with a bit of confidence in your team-mates, but Leeds supporters will know better than most that the phrase 'too good to go down' does not apply in football.
In 2004, Leeds, boasting the likes of Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Paul Robinson and Jermaine Pennant, were relegated into the Championship under Eddie Gray, and United are still waiting on a top-flight return.
It's unlikely that they will be plying their trade in League One next term, but the naivety of the comments may worry some sections of the fanbase and such a mentality is not exactly ideal, as history suggests.