When you look back at the less-than-Whites years and see Leeds United in freefall, it is a terrible sight as a fan.
The club was a mess and the rot started from the top down. the club had over-stretched itself chasing a Champions League dream and the success that comes with it. However, pretty soon it became obvious that you cannot profit from building a wall from the cap stones down. Without a foundation, Leeds United crumbled.
First relegated from the Premier League to the Championship, enough of a slap in the face for a side that had only recently been in a Champions League Semi-Final. That was compounded by going in to administration and a 10-point deduction guaranteeing relegation into the third-tier of English football for the first time in the club’s proud history.
A 15-point deduction saw the Whites start their League One campaign on -15, coming roaring back across that season to end in the play-offs, losing 1-0 at Wembley in the Play-Off Final to Doncaster Rovers.
Enough of the history lesson though and now into the more recent present. United had endured seasons of mediocrity before last season under Garry Monk. The Whites started badly, but then hit a 26-game, 142-day paystreak that saw them end up in the play-picture. It wasn’t to be though as a late-season blip saw the Whites drop out of the running and end a creditable seventh at the season’s end.
Here’s five reasons why the Whites can better that and continue to push through the play-offs and head for the Premier League.