Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer has hit back at claims that the West Yorkshire club are in perennial crisis.
The Whites are one of the biggest clubs in England, but last played in the Premier League back in 2004.
During the last 10 years, Leeds have suffered from financial mismanagement and player exodus, and have even played in League One for a period.
Massimo Cellino’s takeover of Leeds has brought the club some much-needed financial stability, but his decision to appoint Dave Hockaday as the manager and later sack him has not been very helpful to the team’s on-pitch performance.
However, under caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn, Leeds have started to recover, picking up seven points from three league fixtures to move up to 14th in the Championship standings, just three points off the playoff spots.
Lorimer underlines this improvement and points out that there are other clubs in the Championship who are struggling as much as Leeds are.
‘People have a tendency to look automatically at Leeds whenever they talk about clubs in a bit of difficulty but I could name plenty of other clubs in the Championship who are in exactly the same situation’, the 67-year-old wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
‘We play Huddersfield Town on Saturday and I doubt they’ll be throwing any stones at us... Blackpool are a mess and Fulham can’t seem to get started at all. Cardiff, Brighton and Derby have all been slow off the mark’.
The clubs that Lorimer names in his list are indeed big in English football and have not started the season brightly. In fact, Fulham and Cardiff City sacked their respective managers on Thursday.
However, given Leeds’s massive stature and history, it is inevitable that football followers will point out their problems. They were once rubbing shoulders with the likes of Real Madrid in the Champions League, and their fall from grace has been truly astounding.
But that does not mean that the future is not bright. With Cellino genuinely looking to make Leeds a force again and given his history at Cagliari, the club’s fans have every reason to be optimistic.