Danny Mills has stated that he has a 'big, big fear' for Leeds United if they drop into the play-off places at the end of the season because in the past it has 'gone wrong' for them.
At this moment in time, the Yorkshire club are sitting in the automatic places, two points behind leaders Norwich City and two points ahead of Sheffield United, who are hot on their heals.
The automatic-chasing duo meet at Elland Road at the weekend, but before then they must see off their respective teams in their midweek games, with Leeds travelling to Reading.
Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (12/03/2019 at 12:45 pm), Mills expressed his 'fear' for Leeds, which the fans of his former club will not like, but he is hoping that they can do the job automatically.
"Let's hope so [they go up automatically]," Mills told talkSPORT. "The fear is if they drop into the playoffs like they have done in the past, it goes wrong. And that's a big, big fear.
"It's always that team that have been so close in the top two pretty much all season, at the very last minute, you drop into the playoffs, there's a huge disappointment and a big sigh. And the team coming up, just gets into sixth or fifth and they are in the decadency and tend to do better as a rule."
There is no doubt that the race for promotion will go to the wire, but many Championship supporters would agree that Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield United have been the best teams in the division this term.
Two of those are expected to go up automatically, but one of them will fall into the dreaded playoffs, which could be a nightmare for the best of teams and the best of managers.
West Brom, Middlesbrough and Derby are the other teams currently in the top-six, but there are a host of team chasing them with 10 games of the season to go.
Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Preston North End will all think they can chase those teams above them as will the likes of Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.