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Copy from Football Unlimited of 03/02/2003.
Terry Venables will pick Leeds's team to play Gillingham in tomorrow's FA Cup replay at Elland Road. He will not speak to Peter Ridsdale before the tie and will chat with him afterwards only if he decides to tender his resignation. If Venables walks out on Leeds he will tell the chairman. There will be no consultation.
The bond between Venables and Ridsdale has been irreparably broken by the sale of Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle about which the manager says he was misled and kept in the dark. Either he or the chairman must go to ease the disunity on a sinking ship.
Until four o'clock last Thursday Venables claims he believed Woodgate would stay. He was then visited by Ridsdale and two directors, David Walker and Steve Harrison, and informed that the defender would be sold.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 02/02/2003.
The misery goes on for Terry Venables, who did not just see his Leeds United players go down to a dodgy penalty, but was obliged to restore Ian Harte to the first team following a first-half injury to Teddy Lucic.
Harte cannot understand why Venables does not pick him more often. Most of the Leeds fans can, and with Danny Mills already playing at centre-half and Dominic Matteo having to retire before the end, Venables could hardly have made a more eloquent comment about the threadbare nature of the resources left at his disposal. The Leeds manager is supposed to be considering his options. Defensively, at least, he hasn't got any.
The only good news for Leeds is that they will not be up against Thomasz Radzinski's pace every week. The injured Jonathan Woodgate would not have played in this game anyway, but if a player was needed to highlight the weakened state of the Leeds central defence it was Radzinski. The former Anderlecht striker won the penalty for the first goal and scored the second.