To be a legend for both Manchester United and Leeds United, you have to have been something a bit special, but then fiery Scotland midfielder Gordon Strachan was just that.
Strachan made 160 league appearances for the Red Devils before switching to Elland Road where he added another 197 to his tally. He won the FA Cup in 1985 at Man Utd before adding a Second Division and First Division trophy to his cabinet at Elland Road. He’s respected on both sides of the divide.
He’s been giving his honest assessment of the situation at Elland Road currently and he’s as dumbfounded as anyone at what it might take to get Leeds out of the Championship.
When asked on Sky’s Big Debate what it would take to get Leeds back in the top flight, he answered; “Lots of money! Somebody with some real cash! They get 35,000 there. We sit there and go why? They’re the one club – well maybe them and Aston Villa – who would add to the that league, everything about them. The excitement, the colour, the noise that comes from Elland Road.”
Whilst that seems like a viable route to success, there isn’t a multi-billionaire waiting around every other corner. Joking aside, Strachan didn’t have an answer to the question.
“If you get them up I’m sure they’d well but it’s the getting them up, getting them there. I don’t know the answer.”
Leeds are currently 14th in the Championship tables, 15 points outside the top six as another season of disappointment draws to an unsatisfactory close.
With four Premier League Manager of the Month awards under his belt and five yearly awards from across the border, you might be forgiven for thinking Gordon Strachan would have the answer, alas no. Most Leeds fans might be able to give you a good starting point though, cut down on the rubbish foreign signings and put your faith in home grown players who understand the game. Spend a bit of money, not too much and definitely, without a doubt, sell Eunan O’Kane.
It might not be the blueprint they need to go up, but it would be a solid start.
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