Macde­serves more from his men

The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

Leeds United are a huge foot­ball club. A se­ri­ous player in the world of foot­ball. At their foot­balling helm is a man who I know well. A man who has al­ways been very good to me. A man who has given me great op­por­tu­ni­ties to see him at work and to learn.

Brian McDer­mott has al­ready won pro­mo­tion with Read­ing into the Pre­mier League; he knows the way to achieve Leeds’ ob­jec­tives. And he is com­mit­ted whole­heart­edly to that agenda. But he is clearly strug­gling right now. Re­sults are not at the level ei­ther he or Leeds would want.

It is an­other sit­u­a­tion in which you be­gin to won­der what the real prob­lem might be.

Leeds have a man­ager who knows a way to win pro­mo­tion. A man whose foot­balling ethic is based around hard work. At the heart of what he does, Brian has al­ways en­cour­aged his teams to outrun op­po­nents. He will not tol­er­ate his team cov­er­ing less ground than the op­po­si­tion. He is a clever foot­ball thinker, a stu­dent of the game.

I know, for in­stance, that he has worked closely with some of his for­mer Read­ing col­leagues to learn about Liv- er­pool’s suc­cess and to take on board strate­gies for sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanc­ing his own meth­ods.

He came into the job hot on the heels of Neil Warnock, an­other man who knows his way around the pro­mo­tion field. So far, nei­ther of these two men has been able to deliver that pro­mo­tion cam­paign at the club.

Can it re­ally be that sud­denly, nei­ther of these two proven men have re­tained their man­age­rial skillset? Or is it that the play­ers at the club are not will­ing to fol­low the way of the leader?


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