If we’re talking stereotypes, maybe that should be ferrets and Yorkshire puddings instead. But Cellino has a point, we all think in stereotypes every now and again. As soon as he was hired, The Hock was immediately vilified for being, well, crap. Cellino was slandered as a crook. Junior Lewis just got loads of grief from everyone. BUT, the man has a plan. A ten year plan at that. So no, Daily Mail, we’re not Damned United any more.
Think about it. With the stereotypes of the club in the past, if Cellino was a Dragon and Sweary Joe (otherwise known as Neil Warnock) had brought the club into the Den for investment, what would Cellino have said? I reckon it might have gone a bit like this…. *Do your own imaginary Italian accent*
‘What the f*** is this s***? You bring me a failing club losing millions and you want how much?? F*** off, stop wasting my time’.
Wouldn’t even bother with the official ‘I’m out’ line.
BUT, the man has a plan.
I for one have been with Cellino, Hockaday and the team from day one, reading endless tweets, newspapers, magazines, Sky Sports and so on, but from watching the LUTV interviews with El Presidente and his Cappo Hockaday, I am now more convinced than ever that we are on the verge of something big…. Leeds Utd: European Giants. But let’s not get too carried away, it’s all part of the plan. Slow and steady wins the race, blah blah, you get the idea.
It’s Millwall next week and the start of the season. What have we seen so far? From the pre season games, I have seen a progression from long balls from defence to intricate passing and flair in our attack. Will we miss Number 44 this year? Who was no.44?? These young, hungry players we’ve brought on board seem to have the passion and appetite to win, reminds me of the young guns of the early Naughties in their fearless approach to playing. Smith, Mcphale, Milner, to name a few…. they played with belief and desire to win very 50/50 ball. Not to wax to lyrically about these, but some similarities can be drawn.
Now, with talk of Zam Benedict and Adryana Olivera Tavares looking likely to join the Mighty Whites, an AC Milan player and a young Brazilian from Rio, will this be the reinvention of the Young Guns?
Remember when we played AC Milan in the Champions League? They had 15 top professionals on their team sheet, we didn’t have more than 6 first team players listed, but we won 1-0. With young players. With this attitude, I reckon we can once again beat the likes of AC Milan and get cheated to a draw against the Mighty Barcelona.
So, is the 2014/15 season a step towards a return to the big time for us, or more Championship pain?
Will we score 3 points at Millwall as The Hock hopes? Who knows, but the more burning question is: WILL JUNIOR LEWIS EVER GET HIS MINI CHEDDARS?? #bigtime