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I got in the car at 11pm outside Derby station and switched on the radio to hear our illustrious manager explaining the chants of "Venables Out" (not to mention "Ridsdale Out") by saying "we'd been very unlucky and we've been playing much better in the last half a dozen games or so". I managed to avoid ripping the radio out and throwing it at a passing Midland Mainline Express, and contented myself with yelling "NO WE HAVEN'T YOU USELESS COCKNEY W***ER, WE'VE BEEN S***. DO ONE NOW BEFORE YOU COMPLETELY F*** THIS CLUB UP".
Did I overreact? Probably not.
Oh, the game. Well, we were OK for half an hour, fluked a goal, and then were predictably s*** for the remaining hour. The ever useless Harte presented them with their first (though it was a nice strike), then some top panicking in the back four gave them a scrambled winner. SUFC fans invaded the pitch. The police removed them. We kicked off. The final whistle went. They all invaded the pitch again, came up to our end and were met with a friendly barrage of seats. Afterwards the police kept us in especially so that 500-odd hoolies knew exactly who we were, and it all went off big-style outside the ground as well. 1980's Leeds on the pitch, 1980's off the pitch.
Frankly, if we lose at West Ham the spiv has got to go.
Will he? Probably not.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 07/11/2002.
Two goals in the last minute dramatically turned the tide against an increasingly troubled Terry Venables and his declining Leeds team who were sent to another defeat, this one as bitter as any beacuse it was delivered by lower-stationed Yorkshire rivals. Phil Jagielka and Peter Ndlovu were the men to strike just in time to ensure joy for Sheffield United and more misery for the humbled Premiership side.
The First Division team's renaissance this season under Neil Warnock meant this was a demanding challenge for Leeds, not least because the Premiership side have had little to smile about in recent weeks. Leeds' lack of form and confidence made them vulnerable. A meeting with Yorkshire rivals scenting blood was the last thing Venables needed given the increased criticism about his lack of success since taking his place in the Elland Road hot seat.
It spoke volumes for the position Venables now finds himself in that he was forced to field questions about his position prior to this game. He claims not to be worried, but did admit to holding crunch talks with his first- team squad at the club's training ground when some polite questions were no doubt put forward as to why the team had won just one of their last eight games.