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Archive - October - November 07

Friday Nov 29th. In November 2007 Peter Ridsdale released the book :" United We Fall: Boardroom Truths About the Beautiful Game" making claims about incidents which had contributed to the downfall of Leeds United in the mid-2000s. Extracts were printed in The Sun and on their on-line page. Ridsdale made the following claims: Former Leeds manager David O'Leary had a large role in "a secret deal with bung agent Rune Hauge that ultimately landed the disgraced Norwegian 1.75million". The claims were in regard to the deal that brought Rio Ferdinand to Leeds. Before O'Leary had left the club he had "lost the dressing room" and this was the real reason for his sacking in the summer of 2002. Several players had stated that "they’d be looking to move elsewhere if O’Leary remained as manager for the 2002–03 season" including Paul Robinson whom had stated after being dropped for a match "I’ll never play for that b*****d again".Football agent Pino Pagliari had "offered the illicit payment when Robbie Keane moved to Tottenham in 2002" to submit an "invoice for ‘agent services’" for 600,000. O'Leary also released a book : "Leeds on Trial" covering his time at Leeds, his relationship with his chairman and of course details of Woodgate, Bowyer and Duberry during the infamous trial at Hull crown court. mIt also covers our remarkable Champions League and Uefa Cup runs and why he purchased all sorts of players. I've read both books. Make your own mind up about who is telling the truth. 

Thurs Nov 29th. Leeds United are finalising their plan to launch arbitration proceedings against the Football Association after failing to secure a High Court review of their 15-point deduction. United have revealed that they intend to initiate an independent assessment of their Football League penalty after the FA refused a request to refer the case to the High Court. Leeds had hoped to persuade the governing body to waive their right to arbitration and grant a judicial review of the Football League decision, which saw the Elland Road club deducted 15 points shortly before the start of the season.But the FA rejected the request outright, remarking in a statement released to the Yorkshire Evening Post that "the decision on whether to refer the matter to the High Court is a matter for Leeds and not the FA." Later editions of last night's YEP revealed that United will now ask for independent arbitration, which clubs are entitled to under FA rules.
Confirmation of the move would see a three-man panel appointed to rule on the Football League penalty, with one member nominated by Leeds, one nominated by the FA and an independent chairman from a legal background appointed with the agreement of both parties.
Leeds have promised to pursue their claim "step by step", and the case could still be destined for the High Court if United fail to overturn their penalty through independent arbitration. Meanwhile, a strong Leeds United reserve line-up were beaten 2-0 by Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road last night.

Sun Nov 25th. Cheltenham 0-1 Leeds United. Leeds: Lucas, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Parker (De Vries 73), Prutton (Flo 73), Douglas, Hughes, Carole (Westlake 55), Beckford, Kandol. Subs Not Used: Huntington, Kishishev. Att: 7,043 Cheltenham spent the early part of the day locked at the bottom of the table on the same points as Luton Town and Port Vale, some 17 points behind Leeds. Simple task then for United, jut turn up put the work in  and win. Not so. Leeds have now come into the blip in their season having just won just two of their last seven in all competitions. We had 21 shots on goal today but the simple fact is that with less than 20 minutes to go we resorted to type by knocking high balls up to the four centre forwards ( at that stage De Vries and Flo were on). Whilst we are not in a crisis yet, one must remember that we were lucky to beat Swindon Town when refereeing decisions went our way the whole game and a side from the division below us played us off the park in the FA Cup. We had a strong enough side out to defeat Bury and yet lost at home in front of nearly 19,000 fans. Cheltenham will be relegated in this league and it's just not good enough to draw there let alone lose. This is a wake up call for Leeds United. Have we missed Poyet's spirit in the dressing room or playing field ? We lie in 5th and just six points off the top but we have been riding our luck for some time now. Lady Luck was bound to go with the opposition at some stage. I would be disappointed if Wise hadn't got more up his sleeve than a team huddle at the end of the match to solve some of these problems, but playing some football through midfield might be as good a start as any.

Tues Nov 20th. LeedsUnited 0-1 Hereford  Leeds: Ankergren (Lucas 37), Richardson, Heath, Huntington, Parker, Carole (Weston 83), Howson, Hughes, Westlake (Constantine 66), Beckford, Kandol. ubs Not Used: Clapham, Elliott. Booked: Hughes, Heath. Goals: Ainsworth 3. Att: 11,315. 

Lionel Ainsworth's third-minute (left)  strike was enough to see League Two Hereford knock Leeds of League One in their FA Cup first-round replay at Elland Road. It was well-deserved and Hereford could have won by a bigger margin had they taken all of their chances. They made a perfect start as Ainsworth took a step and stroked home, while Theo Robinson missed more good chances. Leeds' best chance in a lacklustre display was a Tresor Kandol header that was cleared after Wayne Brown fumbled. But, in truth, the hosts deserved little from the tie against an effervescent Bulls side. Robinson squandered a string of clear opportunities, including a one-on-one that keeper Casper Ankergren managed to smother in the first half. Ainsworth and Robinson both went close again in the second 45, while visiting keeper Brown coped well with Jermaine Beckford's fierce close-range drive. Hereford will now host League One's Hartlepool in the second round. Worrying for Wise though may not be the meagre crowd for 11,315 but the inept long ball efforts of Leeds against the more cultured passing game of hereford who are a league lower. Harry Bassett influence, no Leeds United 2007. In truth Leeds were played off the park by a side who deserved to win both cup ties against us and we are out of all competitions a month before Christmas. 

Sat Nov. 16th. 2007. Leeds United 2-1 Swindon Town. Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Clapham, Prutton, Howson, Hughes, Carole (Kishishev 61), Kandol (De Vries 83), Beckford (Constantine 90). Subs Not Used: Huntington, Thompson.  Booked: Beckford. Goals: Beckford 32 pen, 56. Goals: Peacock 47. tt: 27,990 We rode our luck again. One up through a Beckford penalty. Wise's old side deservedly equalised two minuted into the second half but Beckford scored his tenth goal of the season to shoot us up to fourth and two points off top.

Tues Nov 12th. Leeds 1-2 Bury Johnson Paints Trophy. Leeds: Lucas, Madden, Huntington, Marques, Parker, Carole (Kandol 66), Prutton (Douglas 46), Howson, Da Costa, Constantine, De Vries (Heath 77). Subs Not Used: Martin, Weston. Sent Off: Da Costa (42). Booked: Prutton, Douglas. Goals: Constantine 8. Goals: Futcher 24, Bishop 29. Att: 18,809 Bury became the first visiting side to win at Elland Road this season as they claimed a shock 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over 10-man Leeds. eon Constantine put the home side in front, firing past Jim Provett after Seb Carole's lobbed pass. But Bury levelled when Ben Futcher headed in at the far post, before Andy Bishop netted from close range. Debutant Felipe Da Costa was sent off for a 42nd-minute foul and Bury held on to reach the northern area semi-final. Leeds had 19 shots on target. Bury had four, scored two and won the match. We're out and now let's win the league.

Mon Nov 12th. Leeds were drawn at home to Hartlepool in the second round of the FA Cup and Marc De Vries returns to Elland Road for a second loan spell from Leicester City until mid January. The 32 year old has come back with "the aim of winning a full time contract with Leeds". He is ineligible for the replay with Hereford but will be available for the 2nd round tie should we qualify and goes straight into the squad for tomorrows game against Bury where Leeds are still expecting a crowd of 15,000.

Friday Nov 9th. Hereford 0-0 Leeds United. Leeds: Ankergren, Marques, Huntington, Parker, Heath, Weston (Da Costa 72), Douglas, Howson, Carole (Clapham 90), Beckford, Kandol (Constantine 83). Subs Not Used: Lucas, Bayly. Booked: Douglas, Parker. Att: 5,924
Richardson went down sick before kick off and Prutton was also feeling unwell so didn't feature. If Leeds were looking for the Sky cameras to show case their talent, then clearly nobody told the players. Bekford and Kandol up front looked more like "Punch and Judy" and in truth Hereford deserved to win. They should have had a penalty when Heath tugged at Alexnder inside the box in the first twenty minutes. Leeds offered much toil but the best chances fell to the Bulls and they will be wondering how they didn't finish us off. Ankergren went missing again on a couple of crosses. Against better sides than Hereford those chances will be converted. Parker once again distinguished himselt well at left back and did everything he could to get forward, including one very good run and shot. Weston looked lost wide on the right and Douglas will have better games in a Leeds shot. On this showing the neutral would wonder about Kandol and Beckford if they stepped up to a higher level than League One, but perhaps that's being unfair given games against Carlisle, Bournmouth and Hereford in seven days ? I hope so anyway. On Tuesday we come up against Bury in what Dennis wise refers to as the St Johnstone Cup

Tues Nov 6th. Bournmouth 1-3 Leeds. Ankergren, Richardson, Heath, Marques, Clapham, Prutton, Douglas, Hughes (Da Costa 90 mins), Carole (Weston 85 mins),Beckford, Kandol. Subs: Lucas, Huntington,  Constantine, . Att : 9,632. Booked : Prutton, Douglas, Hughes. It's 19 years since Leeds travelled to Bournmouth for that infamous 1-0 victory and promotion to the then First division after an eight year sabbatical in the second tier. Kandol gave Leeds the ideal start after four minutes. It was the start that Wise craved, and Kandol's first goal since the winner in that other seaside resort - Brighton. Leeds had another couple of chances that fell to Beckford and Kandol but were off target. Once again Leeds took their foot off the gas and allowed the Cherries back into the match and they duly obliged with a fine Karacan strike on 37 minutes. Five minutes later they nearly made it 2-1 when  a Leeds head cleared the ball off the line. Henry on the wing gave Clapham a pasting in the first half. Leeds came out of the traps fast in the second half and Carole scored a super goal on 54 minutes. Steve Bennett gave Lee Bradbury a red card for an elbow on Mattie Heath on 62 minutes and Leeds were about to take on ten men. It took another 24 minutes before Leeds made the extra man count when Kandol scored his second on 86 minutes. In truth it wasn't a good Leeds performance but we are back on the winning track. We are up to seventh and one point of the Play-Off positions. Andy Hughes got deliberately booked in the last couple of minutes to miss the Johnsttone Paints trophy game v Bury and make himself available for the Swindon Town match where Douglas would be unavailable due to playing for Ireland. Elsewhere the results were pretty good for us. Swindon scored a last minute equaliser at home to L Orient, Oldham won at Tranmere Rvs, Swansea only drew at Millwall, Southend lost at Notts Forest and Carisle United drew at Luton Town. 

Sat Nov 3rd. Carlisle United 1-1 Leeds United. Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Clapham (Huntington 90), Prutton (Constantine 76), Douglas, Hughes, Carole (Da Costa 76), Beckford, Kandol. Subs Not Used: Lucas, Weston. Booked: Clapham, Prutton, Heath, Hughes, Kandol. Goals: Beckford 28. Att: 16,668.
It's almost 15 years since the Louth Branch stopped off in Carlisle on that infamous trip down to Leeds. Little did we know  we would be in division three a decade and a half later. Leeds dominated the first half and went ahead deservedly through Beckford. Carole, Douglas and Kandol all went close as the second placed Cumbrian side were steamrollered by Leeds in the first half. The second half saw a poor Leeds return to the fray. Carlisle got the upper hand and deservedly equalised on 61 minutes from a super Hackney strike. Ankergren was at sea for the second as he came and was beaten by a Garner header with twenty minutes to go. Leeds brought on Da Costa and and Constantine and went three up front but in truth created little, and Carlisle wrapped up the three points on 90 minutes with a goal by Bridge-Wilkinson. Still ten wins and two draws from our first thirteen matches is excellent. Let's see how we cope with a defeat as we head to lowly Bournmouth this Tuesday whilst all around us have difficult games. 

Friday Nov. 2nd. From the newsroom. Wise has brought in former Sheffield United player, John Gannon as his  first team coach. He was assistant at Notts County and is known to Wise from his Wimbledon days also. "He is someone I know and trust" said Wise. Meanwhile Kishishev is out for three weeks with a hamstring injury. Bassett will work in particular with the back four. Wise is looking for another loan striker to bring in, but it has to be the right player. Meanwhile it has been disclosed that vandalism caused by Millwall fans to 21 broken windows on six buses and has left Leeds bus company First with a €5,500 bill.

Thurs Nov 1st. Ridsdale continued : In Peter Ridsdale's latest release from The Sun he had this to say : "In many eyes, I'm the man responsible for the meltdown of Leeds United, and a financial implosion that ultimately attracted the interest of the Department of Trade & Industry. I don't intend to launch a defence because many fans have already reached their damning verdict: I will be guilty forever more for the club's demise. I knew, of course, why they all hated me. But I will say this: We messed up. We gambled. We won. Then we lost. Big-time. For that nightmare, I hold up my hands and say sorry. I can't wind the clock back and handle things differently. If I could, I'd be more stringent and cautious. There is no escaping the reality that, despite an exciting journey, we failed. For that, I'm sorry. In future, I would not place so much faith in one manager's ability and I would build the possibility of under-performance into the budgeting equation. Of course, the board and myself must carry the can - and we allowed David O'Leary to spend way too much money. We made the mistake of putting our money where his mouth was. The more we sniffed the Champions League, the more intoxicated we became. Should we have signed all the players we did? No. Did we build too big a squad? Yes. And we should never have signed Robbie Fowler or Seth Johnson. We gorged on football talent  and made ourselves ill. But every decision I took  in conjunction with the board  was made in good faith, with the interests of Leeds at heart. More than anything, I want Leeds to prosper and climb back to their rightful position as a top club. Nothing would make me happier. The baton has now passed to Ken Bates. It's down to him and the next manager. I wish them good luck. Ridsdale left Leeds when abuse and threats against him and his family became intolerable. He reveals in his book: From being the fans hero, I struggled to hold my head high after we buckled under €78.9million debts. It's hard enough when you are jostled, reviled, spat at and threatened but I was angry my wife and two daughtes should feel intimidated and fearful. Charlotte and Olivia, seven and six at the time, cried themselves to sleep because fans had pinned a note to my front gate saying 'We know where you live'. As a family we fled to my sister-in-law's house in Suffolk a world away from Leeds, a refuge for only a few days. There was no real escape. I went out and was looking at a shop display when suddenly I noticed the reflection of someone coming up behind me. I didn't see the hand that darted for my throat, spun me around and pushed me against the window with a thud. I was eyeball to eyeball with a scruffy young man, hair all over the place, his mouth and nose all twisted and snarling. With his grip clamped around my throat, he spat: 'You're that f***ing Ridsdale. You f***ed up MY team'. This was anything but random. He phlegmed up, spat at my feet and ran off. My legs went to jelly. I should have known there was no hiding place. I received menacing death threats in the post. Security guards had to patrol my own home. I was Peter Ridsdale: Traitor, Judas, disgrace, club wrecker. The enemy within. Leeds United is my history now and I'm not going to be forgiven in the city." Ridsdale's book, "United We Fall," is published by Macmillan on November 2, priced at €18.99, with all book royalties being donated to St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds.

Thurs Nov 1st. Shaun Derry made his first competitive comeback with United's reserves yesterday. He has 18 months remaining on his contract but has slipped down the order at United after a long absence through injury. Boss Dennis Wise is expected to send the 29-year-old out on loan and Derry has conceded that he may be forced to continue his career elsewhere. The midfielder said: "The gaffer has come in and ripped apart the squad that was. My old team-mates have all gone on to pastures new and I'm not too sure what the situation is for me. "Time will tell but it's just important for me to play football. If that's at Leeds United then I'll be absolutely delighted. But if it's somewhere new then I'm still playing football and I've got the best job in the world." It seems strange to many of us that Derry is surplus to requirements especially now that Ian Westlake has broken his toe and Thompson is out for a while also.

Thurs Nov. 1st. Dennis Wise's new assistant, Dave "Harry Bassett" told the club's website, : "Dennis wanted me to be there for him. I'm here for six months, we'll give it a go, and we'll get it together. I've still got the enthusiasm to do something. I'd had offers which haven't been right, and if I was going to do something it had to be right. This is Leeds United and this is a challenge and it feels right. This is a big club, it's well supported, and is in a league doesn't want to be in. Dennis is keen to get back to the Championship - I saw him after relegation last season and I think that's the lowest I've ever seen him. "This is a good task and I'm pleased to have the chance to help him. Dennis wanted someone who's experienced. He knows I have that and that's a good quality. We worked together at Millwall and Southampton, and I knew him as a player. We've had plenty of discussions, and he feels I can contribute. I've not come here to say 'we'll do this and that', although I'm sure we will have discussions in the office. I'm here to do what he wants. He's the manager. I've seen videos of Leeds and we've had chats about different things. I looked at Tresor Kandol for Dennis when he was at Barnet, and I've also worked with Matt Heath and Dave Prutton before. I have been working as a consultant for a few clubs and been watching games. I've done scouting and several managers have asked me to watch players and do jobs for them. I'd watch games anyway because I'm a football supporter. Hopefully I can contribute and Leeds will go back up to the Championship. I'm here for six months and we'll worry about what happens after that later. As far as I'm concerned, I'm here to help and I think I can contribute. Dennis is not frightened of people with an opinion, but the final decision will come to him and that's what we'll do."

Weds Oct 31st. Bassett to replace Poyet ? Dave Bassett was today on the brink of becoming Leeds United's new assistant manager. The 63-year-old has been identified as Leeds' first-choice replacement for Gustavo Poyet, and United were working today to reach a deal which would bring Bassett to Elland Road for the rest of this season. Dennis Wise had other alternatives available to him - notably Ray Wilkins, his managerial colleague at Millwall - but he has turned instead to the man who launched his playing career at Wimbledon back in 1985.
Ex-Wimbledon boss Bassett signed Wise from Southampton when the midfielder was 18 years of age, and a five-year stint at Plough Lane was the making of Wise, who went on to join Chelsea for €1.6million in 1990.
Bassett also worked with Wise at Leicester six years ago, and the pair were reunited briefly as joint-caretakers of Southampton in 2005 following Harry Redknapp's exit from St Mary's.
They are now poised to come together for a fourth time as Leeds prepare for life after Poyet, who stepped down as assistant at Elland Road to take up the position of first-team coach with Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.
United were in no urgent rush to fill the vacancy, but Wise has singled out Bassett as his favoured candidate and it seemed likely today that his long-time mentor would accept the opportunity to work with Leeds. Bassett could be in place in time for Saturday's visit to Carlisle, but of greater concern to Wise was securing a number two before his three-match touchline ban begins ahead of United's FA Cup first-round tie at Hereford United on November 9. Wise will also watch from the stands during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Bury and the forthcoming league match at home to his former club Swindon Town, and Poyet's departure was threatening to leave Leeds short of numbers in the dug-out next month. Alan Thompson acted as Wise's assistant against Millwall last weekend but was not a candidate to assume the role permanently, and Bassett's arrival would add an experienced campaigner to United's ranks. Bassett has worked with eight different clubs including Barnsley and Sheffield United, where he took charge of almost 400 matches between 1988 and 1995. He has been absent from football management since leaving Southampton in 2005, but he now appears ready to resume his career. He would join United with the club creeping ever closer to the top of League One and only four points behind league leaders Carlisle. Leeds have not commented on the possibility of Bassett's arrival, and it is understood that an agreement was still to be confirmed this morning 

 

Weds Oct 31st. Loan man Wayne Andrews has returned to Coventry City as striker Leo Constantine nears full fitness. Leeds would have had to have kept Andrews for another month, and in truth he wasn't up to the standard we need. If truth be told he was brought in for one game - v Oldham away and he was abot of a headless chicken. Constantine on the other hand scored 29 goals last yuear in this division and looks a handful. He suffered an ankle complaint in the Whites' pre-season friendly against Slovan Liberec and has yet to feature in Leeds' unbeaten league run this season. But after returning to training earlier this week, the 29-year-old admits he is champing at the bit to return to the first-team set-up. "I feel really happy. It's been a long time coming but Tuesday's training went well. It was a hard morning, but it was all positive and I'm pleased with myself," he told the club's official website. "I feel like I've just been let out of jail - I hope I don't go back. I just wanted to get back and do what I'm paid to do. "The first step is to train with the lads, get back involved and next week get a full week's training in. There's a few reserve games coming up and hopefully I can get involved and work my way onto the bench." Constantine has been attending all of the games and is often to be seen in the away end with Alan Thompson among the cheering Whites fans. 

Weds. Oct 31st. Ridsdale lays it on the line. The book, which Ridsdale is believed to have pledged the profits to charity, gives Ridsdale's account of the "meltdown" at Leeds - which has seen the club go from Premiership and Champions League contenders to the verge of extinction in six short years. Ridsdale clearly feels that he has been fingered for the mess somewhat unfairly and explosive passages from the book, which have appeared on an Australian website reveal he points the finger of blame squarely in David O'Leary's corner. Having appointed O'Leary as manager in 1998, the pair were thought to have a cast-iron relationship, but the world was stunned in July 2002 when Ridsdale sacked O'Leary, replacing him with Terry Venables. Passages from the book claim that O'Leary LOST the dressing-room with his handling of England Keeper Paul Robinson, now with Spurs and the final straw was his book "Leeds United on Trial" - which gave a warts an all account of the turmoil at Elland Road during the 'Safraz Najeib' trial when Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate were charged with ABH and affray. Bowyer was cleared, Woodgate received community-service for affray. Ridsdale said: "The first crack was just before our FA Cup game against Liverpool in January 2001. "As the team left our hotel for the short trip to Elland Road, I saw Paul Robinson looking thunderous and close to tears. "I hurried up to him and tried grabbing his arm to ask what was wrong. "'Don't talk to me now', he said, 'but I'll tell you this - I'll never play for that b*****d again'. Paul was young and still learning but one thing was true - he never did play for the manager again. "Managers often have spats with players but, in such a closely-knit dressing room and involving such a popular young member of the squad, this seemed like the first red flag being raised from a spirited dressing room."But the book was the final straw, according to Ridsdale who also claims that TEN players would have quit if O'Leary had stayed. He writes: "It galled me to see O'Leary promoting his book Leeds United on Trial, which came out in January 2002. He broke the sacrosanct code of the dressing room by criticising players. "From my chairman's office I could almost hear the team's respect breaking up. "O'Leary denied there was a dressing-room revolt. "But towards the end of the season a senior player asked to see me in my office and he said 'Mr Ridsdale, unless you change the manager I won't sign a new contract. I also feel I represent he mood of most of the dressing room, the lads have lost it with the gaffer'. "Lee Bowyer, Danny Mills, Rio Ferdinand all criticised the manager for washing dirty linen in public. "The manager's book was the cause and effect of the crisis that sent the club over the edge. Ten players, either directly or indirectly through their agents, said they'd be looking to move elsewhere if David O'Leary remained as manager for the 2002-03 season." The book is due for release on November 2nd.
Following the sacking of David O'Leary, Terry Venables was in charge at Elland Road at the time but, with Leeds on a poor run of form, O'Neill, then at Celtic, was seen as the man to turn around the club's fortunes. "Discussions over the phone led to a secret meeting at my house," read the extract from his new book, United We Fall, serialised in The Sun. "Martin had come down to discuss terms and reach an agreement in a deal approved by the board. "At long last, I'd captured the signature I had been chasing for so long - the man I'd wanted before David O'Leary, the man I'd wanted since George Graham's reign. "At the third attempt the deal to bring Martin to Leeds was signed, sealed and waiting to be delivered to supporters. It was January 3, 2003. "He left me with a signed document I could take to my board as evidence he'd finally agreed to come. "It read: 'This document states that I will enter a pre-contract agreement with Leeds United AFC on Monday January 6, 2003 to become their football manager when my present contract expires on June 30, 2003 with Celtic FC. "'I will come earlier if Celtic agree to release me from my contract. I am happy for Leeds to publicly announce the above on January 6.'" However, Venables then went on a winning run that saw the team lose just one of their next seven games, beginning with a 3-0 victory over Bolton. Ridsdale continued: "We decided to defer his dismissal until the next defeat because we'd look idiots sacking the manager after a comprehensive victory. "We should have been ruthless. Instead we procrastinated and it was a spineless mistake."

Peter Ridsdale has revealed in his excerpted memoirs the details of an attempted bung in Ireland striker Robbie Keane's move from Leeds United to Tottenham Hotspur. The former Leeds chief describes how agent Pino Pagliari offered an illicit payment when Robbie Keane moved to Tottenham in 2002.
Ridsdale was in Italy at the time trying to resurrect the deal for Olivier Dacourt when he claims he was approached by Pagliari. Ridsdale says: "Just as I was about to leave, Pino asked to see me outside in the corridor.
"He asked me if it were true we were going to sell Robbie Keane to Spurs for €7m and I confirmed we hoped to finalise the deal in 24 hours.
"That's when Pino asked if I'd be willing for him to submit an invoice for 'agent services'.
"I asked 'Why would you submit an invoice? The negotiations were nothing to do with you!'
"Pino said 'But Peter, if I bill you for €600,000, we split the commission 50-50. You're the chairman, no one needs to know I wasn't involved.
"I said 'Pino, wrong man. I've never taken a bung and I'm now going to report this to my board'."

Mon Oct 28th. Dennis Wise will face a three-match touchline ban as the FA found him guilty of using abusive and/or insulting words to referee Danny McDermid.
Mr McDermid was in charge as Leeds gave up their winning run with a 1-1 draw against Gillingham where both Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol were sent off. Wise clashed with the referee, who has also been charged with the similar offence. The punishment for Wise included a one-game ban that had previously been suspended, and the manager will now sit out the games against Hereford, Bury and Swindon. Referee, Danny McDermid has also been charged by the FAin the above game for using abusive words towards the Leeds boss.

Monday Oct 28th. Spurs have appointed their former player Gus Poyet as first-team coach under new boss Juande Ramos. Poyet arrives from League One side Leeds United, where he was assistant to Dennis Wise, after a compensation package was agreed over the weekend. The 39-year-old joins the club as one of two first-team coaches, alongside Marcos Alvarez, who worked with Ramos at former club Sevilla. Poyet played at White Hart Lane for three seasons between 2001 and 2004. A statement on the Leeds website on Monday said: "A compensation package has been agreed, the terms of which will remain confidential." Ramos was confirmed as new Spurs head coach on Saturday, replacing Martin Jol who was sacked on Thursday.

Sat Oct 26th. Leeds United 4-2 Millwall. Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Clapham, Prutton, Douglas, Westlake, Carole (Weston 78), Kandol, Beckford (Da Costa 90). Subs Not Used: Lucas, Huntington, Andrews. Booked: Prutton. Goals: Prutton 37, Beckford 53, Douglas 57, 60. Crowd - 30,319 Gus Poyet stayed away whilst he or Spurs contemplated some kind of assistant union, but 30,300 fans at Elland Road  didn't, and they weren't disappointed. Alan Thompson, injured with a groin strain stepped into Poyet's shoes on the bench and added : "We wish him well. He texted everyone and said good luck said acting assistant Alan Thompson. "He's a big part of what's happening here and he'll be missed." Thompson added: "Leeds United is a big club and you have to get on with it. He's got great experience, he's a great coach, so he will be missed, but I think he is replaceable and things move on." Not only were United missing their captain and midfield maestro, Alan Thompson but on loan signing Radostin Kishashiv suffered a muscle strain in the final moments of Friday's training session and was ruled out. Jon Douglas was partnered with Ian Westlake in midfield and United started the slower as the Lions had early chances and should have had a penalty when Clapham blatantly handled in the box in the opening half hour. Rui Marques was finding it difficut to contain Hoskins and O'Hara but equally so Beckford went close for Leeds. David Prutton put Leeds ahead after 36 minutes with a sweet strike, and eight minutes after the break the second goal came when Kandol charged down keeper Pidgeley's clearance for Beckford to walk the ball into the net. Leeds were on fire now, and four minutes later, Leeds stand in captain Jon Douglas scored his first of the season when he converted from close range following a corner. Just like buses, when one comes they all come and Douglas was at it again two minutes later when he scored from a free kick with a low drive. Leeds thought they had all the hard work done and took their foot of the gas. Millwall to their credit thought otherwise and scored two consolation goals through Hoskins and Brkovic (on loan from Luton Town). Dennis Wise will be disappointed that Leeds conceded two goals at home when the contest was over, but on the day that Spurs asked for permission to speak with this assistant, Leeds entered the top six and Play-Off position for the first time this season and hopefully not the last. Elsewhere, Forest lost 2-1 at Luton Town, Southend lost at home to Carlisle United, Tranmere won at home to Huddsfiel and Swansea had a decent win at Yeovil. Thw following day L Orient suffered a rare defeat going down 4-2 at Dincaster. All in all a good weekend on the field for Leeds.

Sat Oct 26th. 2007. Trouble v Millwall. Trouble flared outside Elland Road before and after today's game between Leeds United and Millwall. Police officers on horseback charged at Leeds fans waiting outside Elland Road near the Billy Bremner statue as three double decker buses filled with Millwall supporters pulled up at around 2.15pm.Windows and doors on the buses were put through by yobs on board as they tried to goad watching Leeds fans into confrontation. Police managed to avoid any actual physical clashes taking place. As the trouble flared a line of police held back a mob of around 200 chanting Leeds fans a short distance down Elland Road while a police helicopter hovered overhead. There were further disturbances after the game as police tried to force Leeds fans a safe distance from the ground while Millwall supporters were held inside.
Officers on horseback and others with dogs and armed with truncheons spent around 40 minutes clearing the area around Elland Road. At one point clashes between cops and United yobs trying to stand their ground could be seen breaking out in the local McDonalds car park. Once order had been restored Millwall fans were let out of the stadium onto a number of double decker buses and driven away under heavy police escort at about 5.55pm.

Sat Oct 26th 2007. Leeds have been drawn away to Hereford in the first round of the FA Cup to take place on Friday night 9th of November. This will be shown live on Sky and undoubtedly is the tie of the round as United play in the first round for hopefully the first and last time. Both Hereford United and Leeds will each receive €75,000 from the FA's Broadcast fund, with the winners of the First Round tie receiving a further €16,000. 

Thurs Oct 24th. How did Wise get from Z to almost A ? Dennis Wise was never liked by Leeds fans but he has earned a grudging respect of late and that respect might be as good as it gets especially after ten wins and two draws in his first twelve matches. So why did he take the Leeds job knowing that he was never going to win any popularity contests.
"I was probably in a better position at Swindon," Wise says. "I was 45 minutes from my house, and it was all quite simple  I seemed to have a job there for as long as it wanted it, I got a percentage of the gate and all sorts of other things. When we got offered the job here, they offered us new contracts. They wanted us to stay even more. But Batesy gave me a call and asked if I would want to come to Leeds. I said of course. There were two reasons  firstly because it's a massive football club but also because of my relationship with Ken Bates. We're very close and it wasn't looking too fantastic for him. I knew the financial side of the club wasn't great and I knew the dressing room wasn't great. Why did I do it? Because I'll have a go. I don't shirk. I'm thick-skinned and I've taken abuse all my life, except from the people I've played for. Everyone I've played against hated me so I knew it would be difficult here at first. I didn't know whether the supporters would change, or how long it would take. I really wasn't sure. But I wasn't too fussed about it either. In pre-season, a guy who was sitting with his boy said to me: 'you're not wanted here. Go.' I suppose that seems hard to take but I'm used to it. I once had a situation when I was playing for Millwall and I had 5,000 West Ham fans singing 'he's five-foot-four and his wife's a whore'. I laughed. Why? Because people get carried away. They read the papers, they want to slaughter you and that's what happens in football. It doesn't bother me. The supporters' first thought when I came to Leeds will have been 'what is he doing here?' I needed a chance, and in the first six months I never had it. I got battered all over the place  by the papers, by the fans. There was a lot of arguing with players here, a lot of snide remarks and nasty things going. But I knew it was going to get better. You might not believe me, but I knew it couldn't get any worse. That was it. I realised that I'd dealt with it all, mentally and physically. I never cracked".
"The problems in Wise's dressing room last season were an open secret. Their exact nature is more of a riddle.
Wise alludes to awkward issues, but is never specific. Two of his first decisions after his arrival last October saw Paul Butler and Sean Gregan shown to the door at Thorp Arch, and the squad responsible for reaching the Championship play-off final was methodically  deliberately  dismantled.
Age was one reason. Attitude appears to have been another. United's manager does not use the word undermined, but it is clear that at times last season he believed that he was. His fight to gain the confidence of the club's supporters was raging only as intensely as the private struggle for control behind United's dressing room door. Between that and the hanging hand of administration, the outcome of the season was obvious long before Leeds threw their dice for the final time and were relegated from the Championship on April 28".
"The players here had got their own way for such a long time, or that's how I felt," Wise says. "It seemed that they were dictating what happened.
"There were a lot of strong personalities and they thought my days were numbered  they basically said 'let's do him'. They didn't think I'd be here a year later. But I was always going to be here. They did what they liked, and I had to deal with that atmosphere. It's easier for a manager to have a go at a youngster, but it's not so easy for a manager to have a go at a big-head and to put him in his place. You have to have a strong personality and to be strong mentally. Maybe they thought 'sod him, he'll be gone', but I knew differently. It was no good me going in the cupboard and hiding, and I wasn't going to walk away just because it was a bad time. No chance, and not in a million years. I listened to people who abused me like that man with his boy did in pre-season, but I got on with it. Batesy always said that this was going to be a long job, not a short one."
Ah yes. Ken Bates. The only figure at Elland Road who can provoke more discussion than his manager, but a man to whom Wise is fiercely loyal.
Their relationship was professional before it became personal, but Wise's friendship with Bates is now as important to him as the opportunity of employment.
The two stood shoulder-to-shoulder through a summer which threatened to run them both out of Elland Road, and it is difficult to imagine an acrimonious parting of ways in the future. Wise worries more about the pressure on his chairman than he does about himself. Bates equally would hope that he never reaches the stage where Wise's position becomes untenable.
The pair are not quite a permanent package, but a successful Wise is likely remain at Elland Road for as long as Bates does. Were his chairman to walk, however, Wise would probably follow. It was certainly true that Wise's fate rested solely on Bates' ability to fight his way through administration, and to ignore calls for him to respond to relegation by instigating a change of manager. "If someone else had taken over the club in the summer, I knew I was gone," admits Wise. "The perfect situation for them would have been to get rid of me. They'd have thought 'the crowd hates him, everyone hates him'. And they'd have been the cult hero because people would say 'thank God you got rid of that idiot'. I knew what was coming to me if anyone else took over. I'd have gone away on holiday and taken it easy. But the other thing I knew was that I had a fighter behind me, and that's Batesy. A lot of people have given him a lot of stick but there were reasons (for United's problems) and people never see all the reasons  they never see what's inside the circle, only the outside. Some of them don't like him but it's nice to see that they haven't sung about him for a long time. He doesn't deserve that because he's trying to do a job. I don't know  maybe there realising about him as well now. I'm very loyal to him, and I can talk to him in the right way. No-one else calls him Batesy. When I first did that I was 21-year-old and a young man  a cocky young man.
He was signing me (at Chelsea), and Andy Townsend walked in looking immaculate. I walked in in a tracksuit. He said to me 'is this it for 1.6million?' I said 'yes, but I've got a bit heart so you'll be okay'. He started laughing. The situation at Wimbledon was that Sam Hammam owed me some money. I never asked for a transfer to Chelsea so I should have got a signing-on fee. Sam pulled me outside and said he couldn't pay me the money. He said I had to put in a transfer request or they'd call the deal off. Me being the young naive man I was, I thought 'bloody hell' and signed the agreement. My agent went mad but I wanted to go.
"Ken asked what had happened and we explained it. He rung up Colin Hutchison (Chelsea's then chief executive) and told him to add the money to my contract because if I wanted to come to the place so badly, I deserved to get what I was owed. That was very nice, and very loyal. Because I called him Batesy that day  and because it was a natural thing for me to do  he lets me call him it now. No-one else does. He tells people off if they do. I can do it but they can't. We're very close."
The strength of their relationship is shown by the fact that the last 12 months haven't damaged it.
When Bates invited Wise and Gustavo Poyet over to Monaco last October to inform them that he saw them as United's future, the picture he painted was incomplete. There can have been no discussion about administration or transfer embargoes, and only a fleeting mention of relegation. Friendships are broken by much less. But Wise would not have left Elland Road with genuine pride or any motivation had circumstances led to his dismissal in the summer. He might, he admits, have taken a year off. Yet here he is, and here are Leeds dominating League One and beginning to ask how far their manager can take them. Wise is wondering the same. "I needed to do this for my own purpose, and my own challenge," Wise says. "The first six months were a nightmare but this was about fighting something.
This could be my last job. It really could. I'm being totally honest. I don't know if it will be but I'm enjoying myself at the moment.
I've enjoyed it from the start in a funny way  a strange and warped kind of way. I enjoyed the battle with people, and I enjoyed the slaughtering because it makes you stronger, and you see if you can stand up to it. I knew I would take dogs' abuse. But if you can stand up to it then you can stand up to a lot of things. I needed to find that out." If his friend any assistant manager Gus Poyet were to leave, I wonder would his cockiness still be as evident.

Weds Oct 23rd. Leeds United assistant manager Gus Poyet has been linked with a return to Spurs following the departure of Martin Jol. Juande Ramos has emerged as the leading contender to take over from Jol following the Dutchman's departure as Tottenham manager yesterday. Former Spurs midfielder Poyet has been widely tipped to join as assistant. Such a high profile job and salary which would dwarf his current boss Dennis Wise's salary would be impossible for Poyet to turn down should he be offered the position. Watch this space. 

Tues Oct 22nd. Return of Kish. Leeds United have brought Bulgarian midfielder Radostin Kishishev back to Elland Road on a one-month loan deal from Leicester City.
Kishishev completed his move to Elland Road this afternoon and will take his place in the Dennis Wise's squad for Saturday's League One game at home to Millwall.
The 33-year-old's arrival has provided much-needed cover in the centre of midfield with Leeds captain Alan Thompson carrying a hamstring strain, and Andrew Hughes doubtful for this weekend's match after damaging his groin in United's 1-0 victory at Brighton.
Kishishev completed a previous spell on loan at Leeds from Charlton Athletic last season and became a central member of the team which fought unsuccessful to remain in the Championship.
United's relegation ended their plans to recruit the Bulgarian permanently, and he moved to Leicester on a two-year deal in June after reaching the end of his contract at The Valley.
But Kishishev has had little involvement during the short reign of Gary Megson at the Walkers Stadium and has been allowed to join Leeds for a month.
The transfer will see him link up with fellow Leicester player Mark De Vries, who is waiting to see whether his month's loan at Elland Road will be extended after the clash with Millwall.
Kishishev's arrival is something of coup ahead of a match which is expected to see a crowd of over 30,000. He also scored an own goal in his country's 1-1 draw in Albania last Wednesday - a result that leaves Bulgaria's Euro 2008 qualification hopes hanging by a thread - is expected to feature against Millwall on Saturday. He proved popular with fans the last time and may go some way towards countering Leeds' fans frustrations at the treatment of local hero Shaun Derry who proves surplus to requirements at Elland Road under Dennis Wise. Kishischev had this to say : "Last year was terrible in terms of results at the club. Leds went down and it was very sad. We managed to get some points last season but in the end it wasn't enough. The results are unbelievable at the moment though and I hope it will continue. Leeds have to be up there. It will be a challenge for me. The club are doing well and I have to keep the same standards. This is different to last year and I hope my second spell will be successful".......and so say all of us. Meanwhile Gus Poyet was fined €1,500 for comments he made at Portsmouth about referee Andy D'urso. 

Sun Oct 21st. Facts and Figures for the season to date. It's ten wins and two draws from our first twelve games. Had we not been deducted 15 points we would have 32 points and lead L Orient by 9 points. That said we are fifteen points down so we are officially in 9th position and 3 points off the Play-Offs. Leeds have scored 21 goals to date and only Southend have matched that figure, but whilst we have conceded just 5 goals, the 2nd placed Shrimpers have let in 15 goals. Leyton Orient who are top, amazingly have a zero goal difference having scored 19 and conceded 19. Notts Forest, whom I believe are the team to finish above in this division have scored 18 (3 fewer than us) and conceded just 6 (1 more than us). We have played just 3 teams in the bottom 9, but have played every team in the top 11 except Carlisle and Swindon Town. We have two scorers in the top six with 6 goals apiece (Beckford and Kandol), Kirke from Northampton has 8 goals, whilst Clarke (Southend) , Commons (N Forest)  and Graham  (Carlisle) all have 7. Our defence have to be singled out for special praise (along with the front two). Heath, Richardson and Marques have been virtually ever presents, and at left back Hughes and Clapham have filled in admirably. Ankergren (although I have grave doubts about his ability on crosses) ably assisted by those in front has let in just five goals. When you consider that each team above us (except Notts Forest) is well in to double figures, one has to praise our defence highly.

This weekend could conceivably see us move to a top six  position in League One and we are still only in October. Yeovil take on Swansea, and Tranmere take on Huddersfield,  Port Vale take on Swindon Town., and Notts Forest have a tricky tie at Luton Town.  If Leeds were to defeat Millwall, and other results were to go our way,  Leeds could enter the Play-Off position. Let's pick them off one or two at a time. If we were really lucky we could move as high as 4th place. Now that would be something !

Sat Oct 20th. Brighton 0-1 Leeds United. Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Clapham, Prutton, Douglas, Hughes (Westlake 38), Carole, Beckford (De Vries 90), Kandol. Subs Not Used: Lucas, Huntington, Andrews. Booked: Beckford, Marques. Goal: Kandol 79. Att: 8,691. Leeds were very much second best in the first half as all the "passing" that Dennis Wise had worked on during the week looked like been in vain as United played like schoolboys in a terrible match. The home side could and should have been at least two up at the interval when all Leeds could boast on target was a Seb Carole strike playing against his old club. The second half wasn't much better for the neutral although Leeds hit the bar through a Beckford header when he should have scored and he also went close another couple of times. It was with 11 minutes to go that Kandol who had been missing in action all afternoon scraped home the winner after good work by Richardson. Kandol hadn't scored in the last five league games and his partnership with Beckford has gone stale of late when maybe two things have occurred : 1. they are both in a comfort zone and not working hard enough and 2. teams have caught on to the fact that Leeds bypass midfield wherever possible and get the ball forward asap to the front two. It's been a terrific start to the season with us up to 9th position just three points off the Play-Offs. Behind closed doors Wise and Poyet will have some concern that we are riding our luck in games and that our midfield leaves us very vulnerable with little passing ability and very little goals coming from this sector also. That said, Douglas is a big player for us and it was good to have him back in action.  Dennis Wise will answer his critics by saying it's ten wins and two draws from the first twelve. Hard to argue with that. 

The Brighton view by Brightonfans.com Do the maths.  United playing in all yellow, would have accumulated 29 points beforehand but for FA subtractions. They opened up like table toppers, using slide rule precision, spot-on calculation and it began to add up. They'd reduced all these things to black and white. 'Leeds got lucky and Brighton paid dearly for missing several good opportunities to lead. All fairly useful League 1 fare and Wise must have been a happy man to continue their Championship bound 'big-club' winning streak. We will play worse than that and win in future. Front runners had done their bit and some, against a half decent defence supported by a tough midfield. Albion just couldn't unlock a solid rearguard and goalie had luck of the bloody devil and all'.

Friday Oct 19th. Louth Branch get everywhere. Check out one of the Louth Branch and an original member of the Dalton gang who was captured on camera in the "The News and Star" a Cumbria newspaper (covers Carlisle United) . It's the one and only Jim Ballantine sitting behind Dennis Wise at the Ipswich game last season. Jim would get into the crib at Christmas.  

Thurs Oct 18th. It's very disappointing to note that Shaun Derry doesn't appear in the manager's plans. Probably the best midfielder we have and he will be put out on loan. I have to say that this is not the best decision to date made by Wise. I wonder is it something to do with the "leaked" team to C Palace that appeared and famously disappeared from media spot light. 

Wise said: "He's not one who's fully in my plans. I've spoken to Shaun about it and there is a possible loan deal for him when he comes back to fitness. The problem is I can't see him being in front of the other players we've got here. I'd also want him to be a lot fitter than he was last year because we've set a certain standard.I need him to get to that standard before I consider him, but the door isn't closed and you never know what can happen. Derry, who has had spells at Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Crystal Palace, arrived at Elland Road in February 2005 under former manager Kevin Blackwell and has made a total of 75 first-team appearances. He was also SC player of the year two seasons ago. Here is some of the fans reactions in the Yorkshire Post :

Although Dennis has done a fantastic job so far this season and therefore we should not really question his judgement, I do think letting Shaun Derry go could prove to be a big mistake. Thompson is a good player at this level but is far too injury prone and as yet has not been able to put a consistent run together. Shaun never gives less than 110% and would be the first player on my team sheet for of those difficult games still to come. Who would you rather go into battle with on a cold, wet, Tuesday night in Huddersfield?. Come on Dennis see sense there aren't many Shaun Derrys around, so don't hand an advantage to our opponents.
Phil Midland White

I was hoping that his return from injury would be like a new top quality signing. He could blitz the opposition, certainly at this level, and it'll be a big mistake to let him go. Pete

I am very disappointed that we will be letting our best central midfield player go when this is the area where we have really struggled so far this season. The defence and attack have been excellent throughout but the midfield has been overrun, outworked and out passed by the opposition in virtually every game.
When everyone is fit, Derry would be the first midfielder on the team sheet for me every time. Is this a case of Wise cutting off his nose to spite his face?????
Gary Dyson.

Shaun Derry was a decent player for Leeds but went missing in games for long periods. No loss to us, Tim

This is now personal problems before the club for Wise. We were thriving when Derry was at his best. IF he gets back to top form, he is better than most of our midfielders who've been our weak link anyway so far this season. He is a player who can be sucessfull even in the Championship when we're there and he's 29 - he can continue for a few more years. The fans will be very upset if he's sold without being given a fair chance.

Don't know the ins and outs of any problems the manager may have with him and his wages may be a problem but on the football pitch itself get him fit and he would prove to be a valuable asset to the team. Rich B- Sheffield

BIG MISTAKE to let Derry go...whilst results have been great so far this season we have ridden our luck far too often. In many matches our midfield has been lightweight and out bossed. DERRY is the man to bolster that midfield plus he WANTS to play for LEEDS and never gives less than a full 100% for my money. KEEP HIM!! Mark Warburton

I was informed by a reliable and well respect poster on a message board at the start of the season that Derry would not kick a ball again for Leeds United, I was obviously sceptical and dismissed the idea, but I am just shocked that this now seems to be the case. One word - Shocked! Mr. Pink (Leeds)

Agree with above, been looking forward to Derry coming back, would be like a new signing. The midfield needs his tackles + drive. Thompson has been awful this term + is been carried - hes well off the pace. On the realistic side, Derry does need to get match fit, but i'd rather he got there in our reserves. Lets face it, if if goes on loan now, hes going to be sat on someone else bench. A fit sean Derry is the key to the championship. LeedsMad

I would urge Dennis Wise to put any ill-feeling or gripes he may have, off-the-pitch, with Shaun to one side and think about the football team. Although we have done excellent this season and have coped well with the squad we have, I am still not entirely convinced with some of the performances. Shaun Derry is a ball-winner, someone who can create chances, has a great passing range and his tackling is second to none, he should be the first name on the team-sheet. As the season progresses the midfield will pick up suspensions and injury, we would look silly to struggle for cover when we could have Derry to slot into midfield. Sean, Leeds

 

Weds Oct 17th. Updated News. Dennis Wise it appears will have money to spend in the January transfer window where he hopes to be able to bring in players who will take Leeds to the next level and compete in the Championship (if we are to gain promotion). One player who will be there but is stalling on a new deal is Tresor Kandol who has yet to put pen to paper. Kandol is tied to Leeds until 2010 but Wise wants him for longer. Steve Davies the left winger of Tranmere for whom Leeds had a couple of bids turned down will not be coming in January as he attempts to recover from a cruciate injury. Leeds do need to strengthen and the report from Padna Lane after the Orient games was that the front two were lazy. Constantine is not too far away and Shaun Derry is doing light training as he aims to return from a nine month achilles heel injury. Have teams kopped on to Leeds tactics as it appears we may need to change one or two things and be less predictable ? The luck we are currently enjoying is bound to end soon. If results go our way this weekend we could be incredibly in 7th position. Brighton stand in our way, and they have had a decent run of late winning at Port Vale last week and beating Barnet in the JPT. Their home record not bad having :  W3 D1 L1. Yeovilk were the only side to come back from the Withdean with all three points. Let's get the bandwagon back on the road and become the second on a ground that has not been kind to us in recent season. 

Mon Oct 15th. David Sheepshanks admitted his disgust with the FA over their "failure" to punish Leeds regarding the pitch invasion against Ipswich in our last home match of season 2006/07. 

Sat Oct 15th. Leeds were drawn against Bury in the next round of what Dennis Wise calls the St Johnstone trophy. 

Sat Oct 13th. Leeds United 1-1 Leyton Orient. Leeds get lucky. Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Clapham (De Vries 76), Prutton (Da Costa 77), Hughes, Thompson (Westlake 58), Carole, Beckford, Kandol. Subs Not Used: Huntington, Andrews. Booked: Heath. Goals: Carole 55. Att: 29,177

Leeds manager Dennis Wise had called in vain for referee Miller to be replaced after being sent to the stand towards the end of a 1-1 draw at Southend last season. The same referee denied Leeds an injury time winner when a Southend hand punched the ball out of the box.  And when Miller awarded Orient a dubious free-kick for David Prutton's mild tackle in the ninth minute mhe may have felt proved right. Thornton's free kick from the left deceived Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren as it floated into the far top corner. Ankergren, a good shot stopper is an achilles heel in my view and I would prefer to have David Lucas as net minder. He makes too many mistakes and flaps at crosses. Thornton's goal was the first time Leeds had been behind in a league game since the opening fixture against Tranmere, but Nigel Miller then endeared himself to Leeds fans by showing Thornton a straight red card in the 32nd minute for a blow to Carole's head. It was at best a booking, and even then a harsh booking. Alan Thompson was the only player on show for Leeds with the guile and know how to break doen the Os. It needed a goal-line clearance by Tamika Mkandawire to keep out Carole's header just before half time but he later equalised, linking with Alan Thompson before firing in an angled 15 yard shot after a disputed corner on the left. Sadly Thompson went off with a hamstring injury with over 30 minutes left. Leeds were awarded a soft penalty when Carole was pushed in the box by Paul Terry. I knew ( I just knew) Kandol was going to miss it. He's not a good finisher so why was he allowed to take it ?? Kandol spooned his penalty attempt over the bar and I'm not so sure it has come down yet. It really was a disgraceful penalty. Orient didn't deserve to lose and the Douglas missing in front of the back four was very evident all game. Da Costa came on with 13 minutes remaining and his skilful runs lifted the crowd but there was to be no winner. L Orient were denied an 86th minute winner when Ankergren made a balls of Adam Boyd's 86th minute and the ball rolled a foot over the line. He was cute enough to drag it back but TV cameras showed why Martin Ling was so animated after the match. We scraped a draw against 10 men for over an hour and were reduced to long balls for much of the second half when Thompson went off. That will worry Wise and Poyet. This was Wise's comments after the match : "Tresor won't be taking another penalty," Wise said. He was confident about taking it and no-one was going to get the ball off him but I would have preferred Ian Westlake to have taken it. I am disappointed that we haven't taken the three points but we are still unbeaten. I haven't seen whether the ball was over the line but if it was, we've had a bit of luck. We didn't have much luck last season so these things even themselves out." View. 

Sat Oct 13th. The unbiased Orient view. Mark Rivlin is a Leeds fan of 45 years standing, but lives in London and has a season ticket at Leyton Orient. Push came to shove at Elland Road. "I've seen hundreds of live football matches, maybe even a thousand in my time, and I have never seen a more inept and cowardly display of refereeing.  Talk about daylight robbery. Two minutes to go at fortress Elland Road, Adam Boyd's shot at least two foot over the line after a spill by Casper Ankergren and the band played on.
I've seen hundreds of live football matches, maybe even a thousand in my time, and I have never seen a more inept and cowardly display of refereeing. Maybe Nigel Miller was so worried about Leeds manager Dennis Wise's comments on Friday about things that happened to Leeds with this officious official last season, he was destined never to 'allow' an Os win.
Now let me make my position 100 per cent clear. I'm a Leeds fan through and through, have been all my life, but I live in London and very close to the Os and have a season ticket. So it was with great pride that I joined my fellow Os in the away end at Elland Road and for once in my life (the very first time), I was actually not backing Leeds.
My ideal scenario would be Os top and Leeds second (or vice-versa) but the way that the Os were treated by the officials, you might have thought that Martin Ling and his heroic battlers had the Beubonic Plague, such was the one-sidedness of the decisions.
This was an afternoon which warmed my heart. Leeds surely have the best support in British football, that nearly 30,000 fans can turn up for a League One encounter when England are live on the box. And the near two thousand O fans sang from the first to the last minute, showing incredible support, especially after the 5-0 drubbing to Swansea. There is no other country in the world where this level of football would engender so much passion. But what are we to make of this refereeing nonsense? Sean Thornton's dismissal was totally absurd. I heard Eddie Gray on Yorkshire Radio after the game saying he thought a yellow card may have been a tad unfair, never mind a red, which just about ruined what was brewing up nicely as a spectacle. The penalty that Leeds missed was too far from me to make a call, but again Gray thought it may have been harsh.
But a ball two foot over the line? This complete joker of an official should be summoned to the Football league and told to sling his hook. He should never referee a game again, such was the abject nature of his performance. And as I say, I have no particular axe to grind, I'm for both sides but for God's sake, if the ball had been any further over the line, it would have got caught in the net.
The same Os who were completely annihilated seven days previously, were, to a man, absolutely brilliant in containing Leeds. And they should have had three points. If only Martin Ling could replicate this kind of performance at home, they will surely be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. They may even miss out on automatic promotion by two points and if they do, I sincerely hope Mr Miller feels a pang of guilt. All in all, a fantastic day out for me and my lad and a great advert for English football.

Thurs Oct 11th. 2007. Contract extensions and injury updates. Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford has signed a new three-year contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2009/10 season. Beckford, 23, has been rewarded for his excellent start to the season which has seen him become League One's second  leading scorer with six goals. Meanwhile, four other players, all 19, have committed their futures to Leeds. Midfielders Jonny Howson and Rob Bayly, along with defenders Ben Parker and Scott Gardner, have signed new two year deals. Howson has been handed a new three-year contract while the other three have signed two-year deals. Leeds are also negotiating a new contract with Tresor Kandol. Good to see the club get the younger players on longer deals.Tore Andre Flo is set for a fresh spell on the sidelines after being told he requires surgery on a foot injury. The 34-year-old missed four months of last season after breaking his foot shortly after his January transfer window arrival and has now been told he requires more surgery, which could keep him out for another prolonged period. "We'll be patient with him and he's got to be patient too. If he's back in six or eight weeks that's fine. He came off the bench last weekend and he is capable of making an impact. It's been a difficult time for him, but hopefully this will help now." Meanwhile, Leeds United forgotten man, Shaun Derry (pic'd above left)  has started light training and is in the final throes of recovering from a long term heel injury. There is no doubt that the old Shaun Derry would be a hell of an addition in midfield where we have been over run in recent games. 

Ben Parker ready to step in. Left-back Ben Parker has set himself an ambitious target of 20 first-team appearances this season. The 19-year-old prospect intends to put his Elland Road career in motion during the coming six months after playing a starring role in United's 1-0 win over Darlington on Tuesday night. Parker collected the man-of-the-match award after Leeds moved into the quarter-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern section at Darlington Arena, and he is moving towards a full league debut for United having cut his professional teeth with Bradford City last season.A year-long loan at Valley Parade provided Parker with a valuable introduction to first-team football, and he featured in 41 games for Bradford before returning to Elland Road in May. But Dennis Wise opted to retain Parker's services during the summer, and the young defender is aiming to quadruple his five appearances for United this season.
Parker said: "A good season for me would be to break into the first team and play 20 or maybe 25 games. That's what I'm looking to do. If not, I'll be happy to be in and around the squad, and to wait in line. But it's a case of the more games the better for me. Last season I'd reached the stage where I needed to break into the first team, and it was the right decision to go to Bradford. I knew I had a chance of playing there, and I was grateful for that. It's given me a little bit of experience which I didn't have before, and until you play a few first-team games, it's difficult for anyone to know whether you're ready or not. Going to Bradford let me prove myself, and I needed to do that. This is a massive season for me. I've had a few look-ins here and there, but when I get my opportunity I'm going to look to cement my place."
Parker finished Tuesday night's game at centre-back, but the defender is a natural left-back and Wise is yet to recruit a permanent replacement for Eddie Lewis, who left Leeds to join Derby County earlier in the season. Jamie Clapham has patrolled the left side of defence for much of this term, but his loan from Wolves expires next month, and Parker marked himself out as a possible long-term alternative with his display at Darlington. Parker said: "Jamie's been playing there, and he's been playing really consistently. He's a quality player. But the manager seems to want me here and if a position becomes available then I feel I'm ready to step in. I guess he could have sent me out on loan again but I'm pleased that he wants to involve me at the moment because I want to have a go here." And so say all of us. Personally I think he is a much better player than Clapham. 

Weds Oct 10th. Huntington to stake claim ? There is no doubt that Leeds appear to have a real find in left back/Centre half Ben Parker. He played 30 plus games on loan with Bradford City last season and undoubtedly can step in when needed. His man of the match award against Darlington was well merited. Paul Huntington, a surprise capture from Newcastle United on transfer deadline day is another superb addition. Huntington delivered an assured display and moved Leeds into the quarter-finals of the Trophy's Northern Section with a 48th-minute header at Darlington Arena - only his second senior goal - and the defender believes he has taken a step towards dislodging either Matt Heath or Manuel Rui Marques from the centre of Wise's backline. Huntington said: "It's just good to get a game. We all really enjoyed it.It's been a frustrating time for a lot of the players who haven't been getting a look in, and it's great to get through 90 minutes. I've been frustrated but I feel as though I've got a lot out of my system. I had a point to prove and although I've played a lot better, it was nice to get the goal. It keeps the whole squad on a high. With the first 11 doing so well it has been a bit hard, but hopefully I've proved a little something to the manager."Huntington finished the game with a black eye and heavy swelling on the left-side of his face, sustained after only five minutes of last night's game, but the defender was happy to reflect on his first goal for Leeds.His header from Jonathan Howson's corner brought United to life after a lacklustre first-half display, and the Elland Road club are now three rounds away from an appearance in the final of the Trophy at Wembley on March 30 after dispatching Dave Penney's in-form Darlington.The draw for the Northern Area quarter-finals will be made on Saturday. Huntington said: "It was very scrappy and it wasn't the best of games, but we've kept the results going and kept a clean sheet. It shows the great team spirit we have. It's only my second goal, and I really enjoyed it. There was a bit of passion in there, and a bit of relief. It's what I wanted to do. It (the black eye) came five minutes in, and it was like a welcome to the Football League. It was a bit of an awakening but I knew it was going to be tough and physical.We've got the job done and we're into the next round. Hopefully we can progress again."

Tuesday Oct 9th. 2007. Darlington 1-0 Leeds United. Lucas, Richardson, Heath (Clapham 46), Huntington, Parker, Weston, Howson, Thompson, Westlake, De Vries, Andrews. Subs Martyn, Bayly, Da Costa. 

Leeds appeared live on Sky for the first time this season in a competition Dennis Wise (pic'd during macth with Darlo manager and Leeds fan Dave Penney) refers to as the St Johnstone trophy. Only two players started the match from the side that started against Yeovil (and only one finished, Frazer Richardson). There were no chances in the first half but in the 48th minute Paul Huntington buried a header from a corner in front of the large travelling Leeds contingent. It turned out to be the winner. Parker was outstanding as left back in the first half and equally as good in the second half as a centre half (in for Heath). De Vries hit the post on 68 minutes and Da Costa (full of pace and trickery) had a couple of useful runs also. Darlington hit the post from a super Green shot on 80 minutes, but camera replays showed that Lucas made a tremendous save. All in all a very professional display, especially the second half which portrays the depth of the squad on offer to Wise and Poyet. 

Sun Oct 7th. Bonus payments go up ! Leeds United's players are piling up the bonus payments after the highest points haul from their opening ten matches in the club's history. Chairman Ken Bates revealed in his programme notes that bonus payments are being made based on a table without the Football League's 15-point deficit. So the players are being paid as if they were leading League One. Under normal circumstances they would only be paid a bonus for being in the top six. As it is, they hold 12th place, just six points off the lead, after good fortune once again smiled on them against Yeovil. Substitute Mark De Vries left the bench 14 minutes from the end and headed the game's only goal with a minute left to give United their ninth win out of ten and take their points tally to 28 out of 30 before the 15 points There were no complaints from Mark at all," said Wise. "He understood that the two strikers had to come back and I liked his attitude. Good luck to him for getting the winner. "Yeovil set their stall out by packing the midfield and we didn't play at all well in the first half but it was a different game in the second - one-way traffic. We had to show patience. It was up to us to break Yeovil down and it was difficult but we came through. "Casper Ankergren had to make two excellent saves and I am disappointed sometimes with the way we defend. We go to sleep at times and cause ourselves problems." Leeds' afternoon served to encapsulate the volatile life and times of their manager, Dennis Wise. These past few days alone, he has received an FA charge and a manager of the month award. Yesterday he toed the touchline anxiously, occasionally ranting at one of his players, or an official, or just someone to let off steam. Far from dreaming, he maintains, he sees Leeds' challenge for what it is. "I always wait for the moment when it goes bad," he said. "My first aim is to get us safe. You're always going to get a sticky spell. "Then we've got to catch the next group. I won't even think or talk about anything more than that. We didn't play at all well in the first half but in the second it was a different game. I told the players at half-time we had to be better and I'd make changes. I did, I brought on two more strikers. "I do like a gamble. I try to win and put pressure on them. Why not? We win late because we keep going and the players believe they can win. Why not have a go?" So what did the papers say : 

Daily Telegraph : If Leeds are promoted, they will surely have to rebuild the team to make a fist of it in the Championship and many of these players will be parking their cars elsewhere. They were outplayed in the first half, when Yeovil squandered a succession of chances, and even in the second, as they tilted the balance of the contest through sheer desire rather than subtlety, they ought to have conceded a goal to the normally reliable Marcus Stewart. Yorkshire Evening Post : Carlsberg don't do home debuts, but if they did they would probably involve Mark De Vries. The striker's first appearance for Hearts at Tynecastle five years ago brought four goals against Hibernian in a rout of an Edinburgh derby, and his maiden game at Elland Road yesterday was made to match. Yeovil were schooled in the art of mastering direct tactics. It seemed as if Slade had studied Tuesday night's fixture at Boundary Park closely, and United's lack of panache allowed their visitors to develop a sense of confidence. Yeovil do not possess the players needed to tear League One to shreds, and their transfers dealings during the summer were not exactly the programme of strengthening that Slade might have wished for after their appearance in the play-off final.But his squad is capable, and contains a pleasant mixture of young legs and experienced heads. It was one of each who might have given Yeovil the lead before the interval. The Times : UNBELIEVABLE. Seven times in their nine previous games, Leeds United had scored in the last five minutes to win, often after being comprehensively outplayed, and they did it again yesterday. Yeovil, make no mistake, were much the better team here, but as so often this season, Leeds hung on, rode their luck and with seconds remaining, came up with a winner. The first competitive meeting between these two clubs began, as more than one of the games at Elland Road have this season, with the away team looking the stronger. In Yeovil's case this was not entirely surprising, Russell Slade's team having won three of their past four games on the road, but the extent to which they controlled the early exchanges was startling. It was 23 minutes before United won a corner, let alone fashioned a worthwhile attempt on goal, by which time Yeovil should have been ahead.

Sat Oct 6th. Leeds United 1-0 Yeovil Town. Leeds: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Heath, Clapham, Prutton (Flo 76), Douglas, Hughes (Westlake 84), Carole (De Vries 76), Beckford, Kandol.
Subs Not Used: Huntington, Da Costa. Booked: Heath, Hughes. Goals: De Vries 89. Att: 27,808.

OOps. We did it again. Not Brittany Spears but Leeds United 2007 Dennis Wise style as we scored a winning goal in the last minute for the umpteenth time this season. Yeovil had chances, and Marcus Stewart normally so deadly (and has been against United in the past for Ipswich missed a chance late on. But Leeds are super fit right now, and Leeds went for the jugular when Yeovil began to tire. Flo (supposed to be out for a month ?) came on with fourteen minutes to go for Prutton  as a bold move played and  behind the front two. In the second part of that double substitution, on loan De Vries came on for Carole and Leeds in effect had four strikers on the park. Leeds created chances with Douglas and Richardson bombing forward, and Westlake (the midweek hero) came on with attacking intent for Hughes on 84 minutes. But it was in the last minute that Douglas' free kick was headed home by De Vries to earn Leeds another priceless three points and bring us up to twelfth just six points of the leader, Tranmere Rovers (who incidentally we have already defeated this season). 

Friday Oct 5th. Filipe Da Costa has finalised his transfer to Leeds United after FIFA brought a sudden conclusion to the dispute over the winger's signature. Da Costa has waited for a month to complete his switch to Leeds after accepting a one-year contract on the final day of the summer transfer window.
But FIFA contacted the Football Association yesterday to confirm that the 23-year-old has finally been granted international clearance, placing him in contention for his league debut during United's clash with Yeovil Town this afternoon.Da Costa's transfer was placed in doubt after Greek club Ionikos, who the Portuguese winger left to join United in August, claimed he was still tied to a contract with them.Officials at FIFA confirmed to the YEP on Thursday that they hoped the dispute would move forward next week, but the matter was resolved ahead of schedule yesterday afternoon.Da Costa's international clearance is provisional, and it is understood that the contractual disagreement between the player and Ionikos is still to be officially settled. But the matter does not involve United and will not prevent Da Costa from playing for Leeds

Thurs Oct 4th. Leeds boss Dennis Wise has been named as the League One manager of the month for September. Wise's team won four and drew one of their five matches during the month. He claimed the award in August when the Elland Road side won all three of their league games against Tranmere, Southend and Nottingham Forest. The other contenders for the monthly prize were Nottingham Forest's Colin Calderwood, Martin Ling of Leyton Orient and Southend's Steve Tilson.

Weds Oct 3rd.  The Football Association has charged Leeds manager Dennis Wise with using abusive language towards a match official after the game at Gillingham. The FA is also investigating referee Danny McDermid's conduct during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Priestfield. Leeds had Tresor Kandol and Jermaine Beckford dismissed, while Wise, who was sent to the stand, claims McDermid swore at him after the game ended. Wise said: "I think it is totally and utterly unacceptable." An FA statement said: "The charge relates to Wise's conduct towards referee Danny McDermid at half-time during the game against Gillingham on Saturday. "The FA can confirm that it has received a complaint from Leeds United regarding the conduct of the referee towards Wise after the conclusion of the game. This is now under consideration."

Tues Oct. 2nd. Oldham Athletic 0-1 Leeds United. Ankergren, Richardson, Heath, Marques, Hughes, Prutton, Douglas, Thompson (Westlake 90), Carole, De Vries, Andrews. Subs - Huntington, Weston, Clapham, Ameobi. Att - 10,0054 (Leeds 3,732). 

On Saturday it was a 91st minute equaliser for a two plus Gillingham side, but tonight normal service was resumed, as Westlake (only on as sub in the 90th minute) popped up four minutes into injury time  to score with a cracking a volley. It was a priceless winner for the Whites. Leeds handed debuts to loanees Wayne Andrews and Mark De Vries. Both players were starved of decent service in the first half but fought gamely and had some chances in the second half. Leeds went closest in the closing quarter with a Prutton header tipped over by Crossley in goal. Former Leeds players, Michael Ricketts and Sean Gregan couldn't haunt their old club, although the latter went close and played well. Once again our defence was marshalled superbly by Rui Marques, the third division Lucas Radebe . He was cheered on by nearly 4,000 Leeds fans on a damp October night. What support ! It was a fantastic result, especially without the enigmatic front two of Kandol and Beckford. Hopefully they learned their lessons. It's eight wins and a draw from nine and on a night when N Forest only drew at Huddersfield, L Orient lost 3-1 at Gillingam, and Hartlepool and Tranmere Rvs could only earn draws. In fact none of the top nine won. We are up to 14th just 9 points from the top. Lovely Jubbily !!!! Next up it's Yeovil on Saturday when 30,000 could be a major possibility.

Tuesday Oct 2nd. Leeds travel to Oldham to take on  a John Sheridan side high on confidence, after coming back from two goals down vesus Crewe Alex to win 3-2 .Oldham will be unchanged. Leeds will have Andrews and Mark DeVries (pic'd below left)up front to replace Beckford and Kandol who are suspended. Andrews plays against a side he had a successful loan playing for and the Latics defence will be marshalled by ex Leeds player Sean Gregan and the focal point of their attack will be ex Leeds creditor, Michael Ricketts.. John Sheridan, the Oldham Athletic manager has retained a soft spot for tonight's visitors ever since he began his illustrious league career at Elland Road. Oldham lie in 15th and have won two now on the bounce scoring six goals into the bargain. Boundary Park has not been a happy hunting ground for Leeds. Let's change that tonight.
He still lives just five minutes from the ground and says his biggest footballing regret was never appearing for Leeds at the highest level. Sheridan , now aiming to complete a hat-trick of victories as Athletic put their season on track  played for the fallen Yorkshire giants from 1982 to 1989. He said: "I had seven great years at Elland Road and, along with Sheffield Wednesday, it's the Leeds result I always look for first. "They were my first club, I loved it there and the fans were always very good to me. I had some great times, even though we didn't really win much, and if there's one thing I could change, I would have played for Leeds in the Premiership. When I left they had players like David Batty and Gary Speed just coming through, and they got there not long after. Speaking about Dennis Wise, Sheridan said: Dennis was a very good player and I came up against him a few times myself. I have always liked him. I like his attitude because he's a winner who says what he wants. I don't really know him, but we always speak when I see him and I think his personality is well suited to Leeds. He will do things the way he did them as a player,  there's a bit of nastiness in him, but that's all about wanting to win games. I like that nastiness because it shows desire, and Dennis needs to do well because the Leeds fans are expecting success. They are a massive club to be in this division, but I hope we both go up at the end of the season."

Tues Oct 2nd. Tresor Kandol has been named PFA League One player of the month for September. Congratulations to him and how ironic that his award comes after he was sent off on Saturday. 

Monday Oct 1st. Leeds have signed Coventry striker Wayne Andrews and Leicester forward Mark De Vries on one-month loan deals. Andrews, 29, and De Vries, 32, go straight into the squad for Tuesday's League One match at Oldham. De Vries has made eight appearances and scored once for the Foxes this season but Andrews has only come on once as a substitute for the Sky Blues this term. The pair have been recruited because Leeds are short of strikers. Elland Road boss Dennis Wise is without the services of Tresor Kandol and Jermaine Beckford, who are both suspended.

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