Last season, based on the level of their performances, Leeds United had about as much chance of getting promoted as I had of getting close to Rihanna without receiving a restraining order. This season is different.

I’m still not likely to get near Rihanna without the force of law coming down hard on me, but Leeds United are in a great position. Reborn under Marcelo Bielsa, the Whites are sat in 2nd place, have a five point cushion to 3rd and are on a four-game winning streak. Things are definitely looking up.

However, one man seemingly ready to cast judgement and aspersions on Leeds’ rise to prominence is Talksport football pundit Ian ‘Moose’ Abrahams. What he has to say is quite unequivocal, a snippet of which is below.

Whilst Leeds United fans are hoping beyond hope that this time will be THE time, Talksport’s Abrahams is definitely not of that pattern of thought. In the above clip he disparages Leeds United’s 2018/19 assault on gaining a Premier League place, as well as that of league leaders Norwich City.

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Abrahams says: “My argument says it will be bad for English football if Norwich get promoted, and indeed Leeds…”, he is then interrupted by host Jim White and asked to explain his reasoning. Starting on Norwich’s Daniel Farke, he says that the German was brought in to ostensibly copy Huddersfield Town’s plan in bringing in David Wagner.

He then lays bare the nub of his argument, it seems that Norwich and Leeds United are ‘guilty’ of brining in foreign coaches in Farke and Marcelo Bielsa, and that promoting these two will be at the detriment to Chris Wilder (Sheffield United), Darren Moore (West Brom), Frank Lampard (Derby County), Dean Smith (Aston Villa) and Tony Pulis (Middlesbrough) – all of whom are English coaches.

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That’s basically his entire argument – Leeds United and Norwich being promoted is bad because they have foreign coaches and will be denying the progression of English managers. It didn’t take Leeds United fans long to reply, and some are particularly cutting.


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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.