Time for Warnock to go
|How we all feel right now Neil|
Article by @RossBell1984
When Neil Warnock was appointed manager of Leeds United just after the close of the 2012 January transfer window I hoped that we were entering into a new successful era , don't get me wrong I didn't think for a second that we would play nice pretty football far from it i was well aware what particular brand of football Neil likes to employ one that i have grown to call and use on twitter as #Hoofball.
This in its self isn't a huge problem for me , results come before playing style is my philosophy on football as at the end of the day it's a results driven business , but the way we have gone about playing this football since Feb 2012 has been mightily depressing .
In Luciano Becchio Leeds have a striker that is perfect for the long ball style of play he is great in the air and can sometimes hold the ball up and bring others into play , he is hard working and will chase down defenders all day everything you would want from a loan striker really. the Lack of any sort of support for him in the attacking areas borders on criminal most of the time , when the team lines up its in a 4-4-2 formation with El-Hadji Diouf as Becchio's strike partner the amount of time Diouf spends in the attacking third of the pitch in real dangerous positions is also worrying , He's hardly ever there , you'll most likely find him out on the right wing and with his frightening lack of pace that's not really where we need him .
My main issue with how we have played this season though is the complete lack of anything from the midfield and the over reliance by Neil who continues to play Michael Brown in central midfield, Brown is so far off the pace in most games its actually embarrassing seeing him run in that awkward way of his and throw him self into tackles that 99% of the time end up as free kicks to the opposition.
New recruits Ryan Hall , Michael Tonge and Ross Barkley are all steps in the right direction but with the tactics employed by the manager they are getting over looked with Hall in particular even struggling to get any game time.
Ross Barkley has been bought in on a months loan from Everton and he is a massive prospect and really the only bright spark in the recent 2-0 loss to somewhat rivals Barnsley , He hit the bar and looked relatively dangerous every time he got on the ball , but then given the ineptitude of the rest of the starting 11 it wasn't hard for him to stand out so much.
Speaking of the Barnsley game this is when the final straw was well and truly broken for Neil Warnock his insistance that it was a good first half performance and then trying to blame the Ref and everyone but himself for this performance is really what has turned a lot of Leeds fans against him now , in this writers opinion the time has come to make a change We have already missed out on my first choice for new manager in Sean O'Driscoll who this morning has taken a job as Bristol City manager but the time has come make a change now while we still have a chance to finish in the playoffs or we will suffer another season of mid table obscurity