Change… It is one of the toughest things for people accept. Of Course, not all change is good. However, it is worth giving change a try in order to understand if change is what is needed. For Leeds United, “change” is all that has been going on this summer.
We have gone from having a Manager to a Head Coach. The club has let many average players go and in the same moment lost our best striker to a rival Championship Club. We have seen many coaches around the club leave and out of the coaches leaving, Richard Naylor has to be the biggest loss of the bunch. We have even seen a future prospect sent back to his club before putting pen to paper due to a mutual understanding of the player not being a good fit for Leeds United. Our current players have been asked to move closer to the City of Leeds and we have been informed that the idea of picking up the players by a private, team bus is possibly the new method of team travel.
These changes are not all new; some of them are something of the past. Some are things that were normal during the greatest era of our club’s history. Some are things that are totally new to us and we don’t know what to think.
So, what has all this change gotten us? Well, we have brought in new talented footballers that have top-level quality. The Manager is now a Head Coach, he is not left wondering about the transfer window, and he is able to focus on the team. The result of that so far, is a 16-0 win in friendly where the main focus was fitness levels. Our best striker with a value of 5-7 million has left us for 11 million. Former Manager Brain McDermott is gone along with a few others. Richard Naylor is gone and his sacking has not been the best change we have made (in my opinion) but a point was proven. This point is that there are too many coaches at the club that can do the same thing. Jonathan Rossini has not signed, expressed gratitude towards Leeds United, and hopes to have another opportunity in the future. The club is now “debt free” and has 20 million in working capital not even including the 11 million made off of the sale of Ross McCormack.
All of these things we have seen and we know about. However, it’s the bigger picture for Leeds United. A club that is now “debt free” and plans for the future. Leeds United is now a club that makes transactions not worrying about if that new player will be sent back early to ease a debt burden.
I have a friend who has supported Leeds United for over 30 years. I asked him how he felt about all the new things that Cellino has been doing and changing. He told me, “to be honest, I would just like an owner who isn’t there to bleed the club dry.” I agree and feel like finally, we may have that owner. This owner is one who is here to drive and maintain a Ferrari not a Fiat.