The debate about who’s the best Leeds United team in history will always rage on, the likes of Billy Bremner and Eddie Gray will always win those battles but there is much debate about our best team in recent years. Since relegation from the Premier League we have been through a host of players, and we’ll pick out the best and let you decide who makes the best XI since the Premier League, starting tonight with managers.
Best manager/head-coach since the Premier League?
The clear favourite in this race and probably the most nailed-on to win the vote from Leeds fans. Grayson has been the most successful Leeds manager since we were relegated, and the facts back that up because simply, he’s the only manager to get Leeds United promoted since. He also had the famous cup games at Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal as well as others. He has taken over at Bradford City this week which will suit him as he loves the city of Leeds and knows he’ll get the Bantams up from League One, he does it every time he drops to that level. He assembled the best squad we’ve had since we returned to the Football League he just needed a defender or two and Mr Bates wasn’t having it. Will always be a huge favourite at Leeds United and his name will be sung for years to come. Is there any need for another candidate?
Yes there is the need for others because some did very well without getting us promotion. In fact, after Dennis Wise had taken us down and struggled to work without Gus Poyet it was the turn of a Leeds United legend, a Scottish player who would probably command a place in the greatest ever Leeds United team, Gary McAllister. After the departure of Wise the Scotsman took us to the play-off final against Doncaster where the players froze, but the foundations were being laid for the man above. The likes of Robert Snodgrass and Luciano Becchio were signed and we had got to within one game of the Championship. Had that 90 minutes gone differently then he would have had the chance to manage us one tier away from the Premier League. Well worth a thought in this vote.
Blackwell has been the closest to ever getting us back to the Premier League, one game but like the Wembley disaster against Doncaster this time it was the Cardiff disaster against Watford. A hammering from Watford all but ended any chance we would have of going back up any time soon because a very poor squad would only get worse the next season. Blackwell managed to get us that far with the club in serious debt and a very poor standard of players, indeed the likes of Michael Ricketts and Julian Joachim were brought in and it wasn’t a team that you would expect to get promoted.
Don’t crucify me just yet because although he left us for Boro and we dislike the man he did do very well for us last season. The likes of Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Ronaldo Vieira were brought into the side and he pushed Chris Wood from a player Leeds fans booed to one we couldn’t get enough of. He got us so close to the play-offs and the only thing that stopped us was his stubbornness. He also brought the likes of Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez to the club and although I’m confident he won’t win this, he certainly did well at Leeds United before he became the villain of the piece.