January 2014 was harsh on and off the pitch for Leeds United. Previous owners GFH Capital's efforts to sell the club were hindered amid huge debt problems. Meanwhile Leeds did not win a single game in January, including getting thumped 6-0 by Sheffield Wednesday and going out of the FA Cup to Rochdale.
Then there was the January Transfer deadline day debacle involving manager Brian McDermott and Ross McCormack. Just an hour after McCormack made it clear he was staying at Leeds because of his love for the manager, McDermott was reportedly sacked by new owner Massimo Cellino. In the end both stayed.
Cellino's ownership has, all in all, been a disaster. He was found guilty of tax offences in March, a revelation which made a mockery of the FA's fit and proper person test.
Cellino eventually completed his takeover in April whilst on the pitch McDermott continued to struggle amidst the off-field issues - winning just one game in twelve between February and April. Leeds finished the season in 15th place with 57 points.
The summer saw upheaval at Leeds. A litany of new players arrived while McDermott departed. Meanwhile, club captain Ross McCormack also left the club in an £11 million switch to Fulham.
Unknown boss Dave Hockaday was given the job but he failed to turn results around and he was sacked in August. New manager Darko Milanic lasted just six games, failing to win a single one, before being sacked.
Neil Redfearn was given the permanent role but performances on the pitch have been woeful going into the New Year, failing to win in five games and are now perilously close to the relegation zone.
Not only are there worries on the pitch but off of it the club are fending off winding up petitions, more controversy surrounding Cellino, a transfer embargo as well as the racist charge against impressive summer signing Giuseppe Bellusci.
Leeds United fans will certainly be hoping for a better 2015.
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