Managing Director's latest notes.
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to Elland Road.
The teams return to form has continued with two strong performances against Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers. Despite securing a point against one of the more fancied sides in the division the mood in the dressing room and manager’s office after Aston Villa was one of bitter disappointment. There is a clear belief amongst the players and manger that they have the ability to win every game and nobody sets higher standards than those the group have imposed on themselves.
The comprehensive result at QPR was our sixth away win of the season and whilst the result is all important the way the team responded to an indifferent first half and an unfortunate injury was impressive and illustrates how we continue to grow stronger as a group. Equally impressive was our phenomenal away support, even the announcement of a half-time Prohibition at Loftus Road could not dampen the passion or noise which undoubtedly inspired the team.
The ability of the squad to cope so admirably with a number of injuries and the undeniable quality that has been shown by players taking their chance in the first team, either for the first time or in a different role, mean that our playing solutions for the rest of the season are more likely to come from inside than outside the existing squad. The January window will attract the usual media hysteria but it is notoriously difficult to navigate and secure both quality and value. If any business is done at Leeds United it will be focused, considered and founded on the meticulous analysis of Victor Orta and his team.
Away from the pitch it was a pleasure to host our inaugural Christmas Lunch in partnership with Holbeck Elderly Aid. Over 80 of our more senior neighbours from Holbeck and Beeston enjoyed the opportunity to sample some festive Elland Road hospitality and make new friends. Their patron, the Rt. Honourable Hilary Benn, was in attendance and remarked how encouraged he was that Leeds United was now not only looking onto the Elland Road pitch but also back out into the local community.
Finally, the Leeds United Supporters Trust has challenged the Club to a festive Leeds United themed quiz. The club team will compromise Eunan Okane, Andy Lonergan and, our resident legend, Eddie Gray – which should, at least, mean we will perform well on any Eddie Gray related questions. The event will take place in the Norman Hunter Suite on Tuesday 19th of December and the proceeds of tickets will go to the Leeds United foundation. Since Andrea Radrizzani assumed full custodianship of the club we have enjoyed a great relationship with all our supporters groups who have generously given us their time, passion and input to help shape and implement our vision. This type of event is another small reminder of the progress we have made together in a short time.