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It’s easy for us to sit here and simply say that football managers should keep their cool but Thomas Christiansen is coming across as a manager who has given his club an excuse to sack him. The Dane, in recent press conferences, sounded nervous, touchy and as though as he and his team were against the ropes.
It is true that there was a similar sticky run back in October but at that time of the year, there was not a great amount of pressure, given that most of the season was still to run. But with Angus Kinnear and Andrea Radrizzani speaking publicly about how strong this squad is to secure a playoff place, being as low as 10th in the league is an underachievement at the least and Christiansen knows it.
Cardiff City rediscovered their own form of late, having arrived at Elland Road on Saturday and proceeded to bash and bully Leeds United in a way not seen for a while, during their 4-1 win. It ripped the heart out of Leeds and in particular, their manager Christiansen.
As someone who hasn’t grown up supporting Leeds United, it is perhaps not for me to say that they are wrong to get rid of Christiansen, but I’m going to suggest it anyway.
My main gripe is this; if you sack a manager based on a bad run, then that run has been running for some time now. The run doesn’t encompass only the 4-1 defeat to Cardiff. So with that in mind, they made reinforcements to their squad during the January transfer window that, at least in part, must have been sanctioned by Christiansen.
Why would you then spend money on players approved by Thomas Christiansen only to fire him as soon as the transfer window slams shut? With seven managers taking charge since 2014 and no promotion secured in that period of time, Leeds are not in a worse position than they have been in any recent seasons.
I know this is alien to football club management but how about some encouragement for the manager instead of the sack?
Leeds started the season brilliantly under this coach, playing in a carefree style and scoring goals. That means that they are capable of it and it is still within them somewhere. This should have been encouraged out of them again, a task which was certainly not impossible.
Instead, they will start yet again with a new manager who has new ideas and who will want the players to have another new regime.