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Copy from Football Unlimited of 23/10/2006.
Ken Bates loves a bargain. He picked up Chelsea for a quid. He hoped he had another in his caretaker manager, John Carver, at Leeds. Now, even before this latest debacle, he was said in desperation to be considering Graeme Souness, who will not come cheap despite a track record of quick fix, quick fade and quick fire.
Carver took over last month after Kevin Blackwell's one win in the previous six league games. As credentials come, his came with a bang - an instant victory over Birmingham City. As credentials go, they have gone up the spout. Four successive defeats, in which 15 goals have been shipped, have followed and left Leeds next to bottom. Five years ago they played a Champions League semi-final.
Managers generally say they like their players to do the talking for them, on the pitch. Carver's were incoherent, blurting with random anxiety. The defence especially found no common language. If Saturday was Carver's last stand, he is in ample company. Six, a quarter, of the Championship's managers have been unseated this season. Seventeen of the 24 have been in office less than a year.