The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IS THIS cur­tains for Garry Monk? A ju­bi­lant cor­ner of El­land Road cer­tainly thought so, ser­e­nad­ing their be­lea­guered boss with a chant of ‘sacked in the morn­ing’. Per­versely, though, what hap­pened on the pitch was per­haps the most com­pelling rea­son for Massimo Cellino to keep the faith. Leeds were un­done not by the in­ad­e­quacy of their man­ager but by the su­pe­rior or­gan­i­sa­tion of their op­po­nents.

The Whites tried. Their shape was right. De­fen­sively, they barely put a foot wrong. But Hud­der­s­field were just that bit sharper, just that bit quicker, just that bit more ruth­less.

Why? Be­cause chair­man Dean Hoyle chose his man­ager, backed his vi­sion, and ten months of pa­tient build­ing later, the Ter­ri­ers know the game­plan in­side out.

Leeds don’t have a plan. All they have is a bloke cling­ing to his job. And un­til Cellino, or who­ever re­places him, changes the trig­ger­happy cul­ture at El­land Road, that will not change.

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