After the well documented catalogue of false dawns and disasters since relegation from the Premiership, Leeds fans are looking forward to the new season with justified optimism.
Our hopes and dreams have been up and down more often than a stripper’s g-string and although we have clung on to every shred of good news amongst the tsunami of bad up, until now it’s all just been hot air and recurring nightmares.
This August, for the first August in a long time the machine is built, the wheels are on and the engine is revving like a Maserati, if we can gain momentum, the club, the players and the fans can become an unstoppable force.
The appointment of Adam Pearson marked a sea change in the direction of the club, he arrived and put in place an off field structure to turn us back into a proper football club and a football management structure led by the charismatic, focused and driven Uwe Rösler that is a far cry from a forlorn Redfearn putting the cones out towards the end of last season.
We’ve signed 7 proper players; Horton, a young, promising goalkeeper, Ross Turnbull, an experienced goalie to keep Silvestri on his toes, Erwin, a talented young striker, Bamba, a leader, a force of nature, Adeyemi, young, hungry, like a Vieira of the Championship, Wood, a blunderbuss of a centre forward and Dallas, a winger, yes, a real winger with pedigree in this division.
The 16 departures included the cult [yes, cult with an L] Steve Morison who managed to earn his million pounds a year without showing any inclination to actually giving a f**k.
We’ve kept Byram, Cook, Mowatt & Taylor, the academy graduates who show such rich promise to turn into top class players. The Italians, Silvestri, Berardi & Bellusci & Antenucci are more than capable, Doukara has all the attributes as long as he gets his a**e kicked hard enough, the next wave of youngsters have had a taste of first team football and the squad, although still lacking blistering pace and still short of a couple, looks better than for a long time.
We’ve got height, presence, experience and youth, a plan and a structure, this is the Leeds United we fell in love with, oh and we’ve got great new home and away shirts that are going gangbusters and the commercial operation is back under our control and season ticket sales are on the rise. There are even rumours that Elland Road is to be bought back.
Cellino came into Leeds like a mad, passionate whirlwind, desperate for success and on the back of his self inflicted, no due diligence enthusiasm found a s**tstorm of financial mismanagement and a club on its a**e, he read a lot of the sentiment wrong, made mistakes, treated people badly, bought a load of pony, wasted money in his first year but appears to have learned and appointed Pearson. Bravo Massimo, on, on, on….