Last season’s 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign was one that gave Leeds United fans hope that their side had turned the proverbial corner. From there, it was hoped that the Whites would build.

Previous, recent seasons had been more of a struggle against the threat of relegation and then treading water to stay just around the level of mid-table mediocrity. As it was, that was Leeds United fans’ accepted lot for the past few seasons before the last one.

Last season saw the Whites agonisingly drop short of the play-offs with three games left to play, a 1-0 home loss to Wolves dropping them from 6th after 26 games and 142 days in a play-off place. Coupled with improving Fulham form, Leeds’ Championship fate was sealed for a further season.

Next season should use the last as a springboard, rather than sinking back into the lazy routines of previous seasons. One thing that was dire in previous seasons at Elland Road was the pre-season campaign, none more so than under David Hockaday and former owner Massimo Cellino’s first season at the club.

The Whites went to Italy and faced off against minnows FC Gherdeina, hammering the Italian local side 16-0, new keeper Marco Silvestri playing the second-half for the opposition. The failure of second opponents Viitorul Constanta to turn up to their game forced Leeds to play an inter-squad exhibition game, with one Leeds team beating the other 3-1.

After such a promising season as last, Leeds United fans will be looking to this coming preseason campaign to act as a springboard for next season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign. Local journalist Adam Pope said on his Twitter feed (below) that “pre-season arrangements are being finalised and should be released later this week.”

Managerless, and rudderless some say, Leeds United are facing a preseason put forward without a managerial appointment to guide it. Nightmares of the Hockaday era begin to flash before Leeds fans’ eyes at what might be coming out later this week. This has, as would be expected, led to Leeds United fans commenting on Adam Pope’s tweet itself.

Pope blesses Leeds fans with preseason ‘news’ –  Whites fans respond on Twitter

For some it is incredulous that something as important as preseason plans are being contemplated without a manager being in place.

Some fans see comedy as the only thing that will et them through this.

Dreams of playing ‘big clubs are put to one side, with ‘local sides’ seen as being the low-cost, low-planning option of necessity, rather than choice.

The shock/horror of there being no manager arranging it might be tempered a little by the reply to this Leeds fan’s concern.

And it’s not just the one fan thinking along these lines.

Again, more humour poured liberally on the situation – it is sometimes the only way to cope.

There’s plenty of fans suggesting potential destinations…ones further afield than Garforth Town.

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Cynicism turned to optimism but without the woop woops and ringing bells. Leeds United supporter through thick and thin, more thin than anything recently. Write mainly about the Whites but turn my hand to other clubs. Lover of salted crisp sandwiches. Not a hipster.