The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FOR 45 min­utes this was a wretched spec­ta­cle, filled with turgid, brain­dead foot­ball.

De­fender trapped by the cor­ner flag or run­ning to­wards his own goal? May as well dive in with an id­i­otic shove, get him out of jail. Time and space in your own half? Why not lump an un­con­trol­lable ball to­wards your cen­tre-for­wards?

The lack of qual­ity was glar­ing, and ex­plains ex­actly why th­ese two are scrap­ping it out at the di­vi­sion’s dirty end.

In Rother­ham’s case, that’s a fi­nan­cial in­evitabil­ity. The Millers are fight­ing against clubs with ten times the funds. Just be­ing in the di­vi­sion is a mir­a­cle.

Yet for Leeds, the blame can be laid squarely at the door of Mas­simo Cellino, who is reap­ing the re­sults of the rank in­sta­bil­ity he has sown. As Red­fearn said, the so­lu­tion isn’t rocket science. But will Cellino lis­ten? No. He’ll keep sack­ing man­agers, then de­grade them with in­fan­tile taunts.

The sooner Leeds are shot of him the bet­ter.

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