FM SAVE IDEA - WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH LEEDS CHALLENGE

WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WITH LEEDS CHALLENGE – A (VERY) BRIEF GUIDE



Well at least this century started well.

An incredible run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 saw a young Leeds side fearlessly take on the world’s best and look on the verge of something special. 6 years later and they were in League One. From marching on together in Milan to moping around together in Millwall. So what went wrong?

Well, the big spenders were banking on future success bringing greater revenues in particular that lovely Champions League TV cash. Which is a fine approach if you’re Barcelona..but probably not if you’re Leeds. Gambling with borrowed money just isn’t a good idea, despite what your reckless side and Ray Winstone's vast face might tell you.

No safety nets were set up, they just went for it...and it brought zero trophies. The ‘spending like a virgin in a stripclub’ approach left them with a few good memories, unfulfilled desires and a massive debt. Coincidentally this is also exactly what a stripclub will always do to a virgin. So I’ve heard.

The club’s descent has somehow seemed both sudden and gradual. The failure to qualify for Europe’s top competition brought an exodus of players and severe financial implications. It’s all been a bit ridiculous since. Relegations, administration, Dave Hockaday, an owner terrified of the number 17 and of course the recent discovery of the worst spy since George Lazenby.

Over 20 managers have led the team since the O’Leary era at the turn of the century. Hockaday now coaches football at a college in Gloucester and one of those other managers is Steve Evans. The fans deserve far better.

No manager has brought the biggest trophy in club football to Elland Road. Some..questionable refereeing in the 1975 European Cup final cost Don Revie his best shot at ultimate glory so the challenge is obvious. Go one better than his great team. The potential of the club is huge so the challenge has to be too. You have to win the Champions League.



THE SQUAD


The arrival of Marcelo Bielsa and his brand of ‘Burnoutball’ ‘Bielsaball’ mean this squad is able to handle the physical demands of the required tactic. Kalvin Phillips offers aggression and ability in the middle.The likes of Ayling and Cooper are more like Premier League defenders than Championship. Casilla brings quality and experience keeping goal. A number of loan players with real potential top up the squad. You have good foundations here and with some smart acquisitions should be targeting immediate and automatic promotion.




SO WHAT TO DO?


Only hire scouts with a hiding in bushes rating of 20. And watch the pennies this time.
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