Today was the final straw for many fans at Elland Road. I haven’t seen Elland Road so empty with time still to be played, many fans didn’t even return for the second half and they have every right to leave when they want. Thomas Christiansen has yet again proved that he isn’t capable of making this job a success. He is a head-coach who can’t change a formation unless we have a player sent off, that says it all.
After the Millwall game he had left himself with just one option, a formation that worked with ten men, and he had the luxury of throwing in and eleventh. He somehow managed to avoid that and stick with his boring, non-tactical and dreadful style of football. I’m being generous there actually, we don’t have a style of football at Leeds United. Christiansen comes out with nonsense after games, says we played well and deserved something from every game, even he agreed his time may well be up after the game today, and surely he’s right. We have conceded eight goals against Millwall and Cardiff in two games at Elland Road, we have a suspension list that is unacceptable and if players were playing for their coach, they wouldn’t be headbutting, spitting or lunging into tackles on a yellow card.
Christiansen will not get this side to the play-offs, and yet he came out and said that he thinks the squad can still do it. We are now bordering on delusional in all honesty, Cardiff are in the play-off positions and they battered us today. How can a head-coach only have one formation? Where is the tactics, where is the powerpoint presentation on how he would have changed games when things weren’t going well. Today he brought Lasogga off, put Sacko on and moved Stuart Dallas into the strikers role…comical. The reaction from Dallas told a thousand words. He looked over to the bench, arms wide as if to say “are you fuc*ing kidding me”. The fans turned and chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” and “sacked in the morning” began to ring around areas of the ground. A man who will have ended our season in the next few weeks.
Christiansen is a beaten man and although there has been a few important factors here that haven’t helped him, he hasn’t helped himself. The sale of our best player, without replacing him, the poor recruitment and low wage structure all go against him. However, lying about players being injured when they have already stated they are fit and ready to play just to avoid throwing them in is just pathetic. Some will argue they were injured, coincidence that they arrived fit and got injured without even training but you only need to look at how this has affected us. We’re losing games and he will not change the team, the system or whatever tactics that the team are playing, if you could call it them. He can’t keep his job because he is a decent bloke, it’s football and this is Leeds United. We will all wish him the best, I will, but I also know he can’t keep his job much longer the way he is going.