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Now That's How To Resurrect A Club...

It's not often, if at all, that we talk about our friends up the M1 (Leeds) on Vital Wednesday, but today's impressive victory over Manchester United in the FA Cup prompted this article.

Not even 24 hours after Wednesday's dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace in the third round of the prestigious competition have we seen League 1 Leeds cause the shock of the round at Old Trafford.

It was a performance full of determination, desire, heart, and quality, it was a performance worthy of a cup shock in a crunching game, the tie of the round no doubt.

Leeds didn't just score and hold out against the Premier League champions, but they pretty much matched them, and continued to carve out chances throughout the match.

I'll be honest, it was one of the few matches I wanted Fergie's men to win this season, a theme that probably continued for the majority of Wednesdayites.

But, rivalries aside, I couldn't help but be impressed by a Leeds side that's been totally rejuvinated in the last year.

And, if anything, it gives a a massive sign to our chairman, Lee Strafford, that the next appointment as manager of the Owls could be the most important one in a long, long time.

It doesn't seem too long back that Leeds were being knocked out of the FA Cup at the second round stage against the minnows of Histon.

The difference this season? Simon Grayson.

In Grayson, Ken Bates has appointed a man that not only has Leeds in his heart, but has taken on the poisoned chalice of the Elland Road hot-seat and taken to it like the proverbial duck to water, totally changing the mentality at the club and instilling the kind of belief and desire that we crave at Hillsborough.

It shows just what assigning the right man for the job can do at a football club, and Wednesday are crying out for a man with much the same attributes that Grayson has in West Yorkshire.

I guess there are a hell of a lot of teams at present that would love a Grayson of their own, too.

Tactics aside, Leeds have a squad of players that look to give 100% in every game they play in, whether it be at Old Trafford or at Stockport, on a week to week basis.

We need that at Wednesday, and I'm keeping pretty much everything crossed that we get a man in that could achieve just some of the success that Grayson looks likely to enjoy at Elland Road.

A man that could turn the fortunes around at S6 so that we end up playing Leeds next season - they've just got to come up this season with the form they're in.

So Mr Strafford, it's over to you - don't let us down...

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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 3 2010

Time: 3:15PM

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Agreed, Grayson is doing a good job there but their situation is nothing like ours. I wouldn't say their hotseat is a poisened chalice since Bates came in: Wise chose to leave, McAllister was only a temporary fix. Ok their ownership is not clear but come on, Leeds can buy players, play at a lower standard so can put together a team that's competitive.
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03/01/2010 16:34:00

Man Utd were awful though, theyll still beat leeds in the replay. Agreed about the commitment needed from the new boss though
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03/01/2010 18:17:00

yeah but there team is better all round the pitch than ours we know how hard it is down in L1 and i don't care what any one says our current squad aren't good enough to stay in the CHAMP never mind getting us out of L1 A VERY BIG SHAKE UP IS NEEDED THIS MONTH a lot of outs and some very good ins for us to stay in the CHAMP but can see very little happening
dublin owl
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03/01/2010 18:20:00

they wont be a replay
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03/01/2010 19:10:00

What replay ??
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03/01/2010 19:47:00

replay? has it been that long that you've forgotten what someone winning a game looks like? Leeds were great, I am at this moment cutting off my own fingers for typing such a thing but it was a joy to watch players with such commitment....... really am typing with one finger now
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03/01/2010 21:11:00

Yeap shame our club can't seem to form a team full of commitment... though to be fair I think our squad simply isn't good enough. I think we rode our luck at times last year and grround out results... we can't do that this year and I was thinking today at Laws signings Purse, Miller Etienne, Jeffers, Clarke I think we should be suprised at where we are. Basically I don't see us getting out of this mess and we have got a 100 steps backwards even if off the pitch we are apparently more attractive.
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03/01/2010 21:36:00

Shouldn't the above meant. I am not Suprised at all!!!
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03/01/2010 21:37:00

We are in this mess too deep now to get out of it we should have had Ken Bates when we had the my mind a chairman should know all there is to know about the business he is in i.e. football.I bet the chairman of microsoft has had at least 20+ years working in computers or the chairman of british steel had at least 20+ years working his way up in the steel industry. I think you get the idea.
Handsworth Owl
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03/01/2010 22:44:00

What so he can take us into administration like he did with Leeds
ecco owl
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03/01/2010 23:12:00

why not?? its not like our current situation is much better is it??
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04/01/2010 00:26:00

look ecco owl why do you think administration in football is such a bad thing.just look at all the teams that have gone through administration they have all come back a stronger club. Also we will never get any investment while we are 26 million in dept that is just a fact of life.
Handsworth Owl
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04/01/2010 11:24:00

Adminstration would be the best option if the league placing does not improve by the end of Feb, investment isnt coming, we all know that
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04/01/2010 14:13:00


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