Sunday, May 2, was the date and the Reebok Stadium the venue as Leeds United fell through the Premier League trap door and into the Championship. Three goals were conceded in a seven-minute spell soon after the restart by the Whites as they lost 4-1 against Bolton Wanderers with Mark Viduka sent off. READ MORE: The photos you'll only understand if you shared Leeds United's play-off agony and despair The game had started well when Mark Viduka scored from the penalty spot to give the Whites the lead. jpimedia Buy a Photo He was then sent off with an hour left to play. jpimedia Buy a Photo Manager Eddie Gray said: "I'm realistic enough to know that, over the season, we weren't good enough. Nobody has a divine right." jpimedia Buy a Photo The Elland Road board watch on at the Reebok. jpimedia Buy a Photo View more Page 1 of 4 … [Read more...] about This is when Leeds United were last in the Premier League
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0 Have your say DAVE BASSETT, for several years Chris Wilder’s mentor in management, has no qualms about Sheffield United making the step up to the Premier League. The Blades have clinched a return to the top flight after 12 years away and are now targeting the title. He is a Sheffield boy, he had played for Sheffield United and he seemed the ideal fit. Dave Bassett Despite the Champagne corks still popping across the red and white half of the Steel City following a tumultuous weekend, United are already the favourites for the drop next season. Bassett, however, is not worried about how either his old club or one-time protégé Wilder will fare among the elite. “Chris will do well in the Premier League,” Bassett told The Yorkshire Post. “I am confident of that. It is a new competition but he is used to stepping up a level. Just look at all those promotions.“Sheffield United should go in with confidence and play their own … [Read more...] about Dave Bassett backs Chris Wilder to establish Sheffield United in the Premier League
0 Have your say Leeds United’s players are on a promise of a holiday in Las Vegas if this season pays out like a slot machine on The Strip. Their chairman dangled that carrot in front of them and he can rest assured that a deal is a deal. No-one will let him forget about it. There will be other carrots too, the financial incentives in every contract, and the club’s most recent accounts detailed £16.1m owed in bonuses in the event that Leeds went up last season (not to mention as much as £6.3m due in transfer add-ons). Promotion pays handsomely in an industry where Championship footballers already earn nicely and Vegas, in that sense, would be the appropriate place to bask in it. Premier League status, though, is as much about the prestige as the money and the realisation that a career in the game has taken a player somewhere close to the top of it. You only had to read between the lines of Barry Douglas’ comments after his transfer … [Read more...] about Phil Hay Column: Out of their depth in Championship last season but nine games from glory now. Is this Leeds United squad ready for the Premier League?
They are Leeds, Leeds, Leeds. Nobody likes them and they don’t care. This has always been true, it comes with the territory. Nobody in Yorkshire’s largest city will shed a tear worrying about what other people think. Except, anyone who has seen Leeds play this season surely cannot help but like and admire them. Anyone who considers the overall health of the Premier League must be hoping they win promotion in May. They have been the most exhilarating and enjoyable team to watch in English football this season. Braver than Liverpool, bolder than Manchester City and far more exciting than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Watching the men in white shirts swarm around opposition players like wasps defending their nest, is a joy to behold. To attend a game at Elland Road is to step into a amphitheatre of tribal passion, when thousands of white scarves twirl above the heads of the home supporters and the old stadium vibrates and throbs with noise. Hostile, … [Read more...] about Why English football needs Leeds United back in the Premier League
Opinion Leeds will be relying on Patrick Bamford to get the goals to fire them to promotion. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton The race for the Premier League is reaching its crescendo so we asked the club correspondents with hopes of the top-flight who they expect to be popping the champagne come the start of May Sheffield United hot-shot Billy Sharp has been in fine form this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesLeeds United - Beren Cross, Leeds LiveSummarise Leeds’ promotion chances in a sentenceLooking much rosier after that morale-boosting demolition of West Brom.How do you assess the season so far?Dwight Gayle has impressed in West Brom's promotion assault. Picture: PAThis is the closest they have come to a return to the Premier League in 15 years, so it’s hard to say anything other than excellent. It has been an exciting, entertaining tale following Marcelo Bielsa throughout the campaign. The club has never gone more than three … [Read more...] about Who’s in pole position in race for the Premier League? The men in the know have their say