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Championship betting team guide: Leeds United

by Sean Goff | August 9, 2012
Neil Warnock

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: But can Neil Warnock steer Leeds Unite back to the Premier League  

Leeds United

Manager: Neil Warnock

Ins: Lee Peltier (undisclosed amount), Luke Varney (undisclosed amount), Rodolph Austin (undisclosed amount), Paddy Kenny (undisclosed amount), Jason Pearce (undisclosed amount), David Norris (free transfer), Andy Gray (free transfer), Jamie Ashdown (free transfer), Paul Green (free transfer), Adam Drury (free transfer),  El Hadji Diouf (non-contract).

Outs: Robert Snodgrass (undisclosed amount), Andy Lonergan (undisclosed amount), Adam Clayton (undisclosed amount), Andy O’Brien (free transfer) Alex Bruce (free transfer), Mika Vayrynen (free transfer), Maik Taylor (free transfer), Ben Parker (released), Lloyd Sam (released), Mikael Forssell (released), Danny Webber (contract ended)

Strengths: Neil Warnock. Many people are quick to judge Warnock due to his questionable record in the Premier League. After getting them to the top flight he promptly steered Sheffield United and then Queens Park Rangers into trouble. New signings Luke Varney and David Norris were on the scoresheet in the 4-0 home win over Shrewbury in the League Cup.  

He even got Notts County into the top flight at one stage – try doing that on Football Manager! Can he add Leeds United to his long list of promotion successes this season?

Weaknesses: Elland Road is often like a fairground attraction. You will struggle to find a club that has had such a rollercoaster ride over the past few years than Leeds United.

Not too long ago, they were enjoying Champions League football, before sampling life in League One just a few seasons after that. Fans were celebrating after climbing back into the Championship in May 2010, but then rued mssed chances as a return to the Premier League just kept on passing them by. And just a week before the season kicks off the propsed take-over has collapsed. Strap in for another high-octane ride this season then.

Last season’s performance: After a positive start to the season which put Leeds United just off the pace of a play-off spot, the club suddenly lost the ability to strike up a consistent run of form and ended last season slumped in 14th position. It’s anyone guess whether they will fly or fall this term.

If they were a celebrity: Britney Spears in the mid-noughties. The princess of pop is more conservative these days. But just a few years ago, she was the most unpredictable celeb out there.

If she wasn’t getting hitched in Las Vegas, she was shaving her head bald then getting divorced. Leeds United’s spontaneous behaviour is similar.

You might not have known: Wonder how The Kaiser Chiefs got their rather bizarre name? It turns out that the band’s members – who are big Leeds United fans – were inspired by the club that former Leeds centre-half Lucas Radebe played for in South Africa. Hands up, who thought the name was linked to the Germans?

Championship title odds: 11/1

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