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    David O'Leary

    Former Leeds United player and manager has been invited by LUFC owner Andrea Radrizzani to attend some Leeds United games in the near future, rumours are rife that if Thomas Christiansen continues the bad run and we reach 10 losses then he could be sacked and immediately replaced by David O'Leary. These are just rumours but what would people think of this if it became true?

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    Not sure what he would do with what we have at present, but find it strange that Radrizzani appears to want to install a manager-in-waiting at such a crucial time, not very good man management.

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    Possibly invited as an advisor to TC. Maybe Radrizzani feels he lacks an understanding of the championship and feels TC could benefit from his experience of the English game. Who knows......

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    Quote Originally Posted by leedsutdman View Post
    Possibly invited as an advisor to TC. Maybe Radrizzani feels he lacks an understanding of the championship and feels TC could benefit from his experience of the English game. Who knows......
    Might make sense, if he was someone with contemporary management experience, but when was the last time he managed in the UK, ten years or so ago? And was it ever in the Championship?

    Who knows indeed........

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    Interesting prospect if story true/foundation wise.
    He works as an Arsenal ambassador on certain match day's and gave an interesting quote late last year in the press .....
    I am proud of what we did before. We had some fantastic times at Leeds, playing at some of the biggest stadiums in Europe, and I know I did a good job at Aston Villa. The circumstances were very different. I was more of a continental style coach at Leeds.

    Mmm, he still lives in a village near TA Wetherby (next to Eddie) so .......... his Missus is settled and happy riding about on her string of horses so maybe something in it 🤔

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsORichSenior View Post
    Interesting prospect if story true/foundation wise.
    He works as an Arsenal ambassador on certain match day's and gave an interesting quote late last year in the press .....
    ‘I am proud of what we did before. We had some fantastic times at Leeds, playing at some of the biggest stadiums in Europe, and I know I did a good job at Aston Villa. The circumstances were very different. I was more of a continental style coach at Leeds.’

    Mmm, he still lives in a village near TA Wetherby (next to Eddie) so .......... his Missus is settled and happy riding about on her string of horses so maybe something in it ��
    Hopefully not.

    A "cuckoo in the nest" won't do anything good for Christiansens psychological state, no matter who it is.

    As for O'Leary, he was "successful" at Leeds in terms of the positions we ended up in during his tenure, but with 100m at his disposal, wasn't that likely (not to say guaranteed)? Since Leeds he has achieved little, apart from being an "ambassador" for another team (curious choice, by Arsenal I mean), and hasn't managed in the top flight (or anywhere near) for over a decade. Apart from living close to TA, what has he got to offer?

    Best course of action would be to give Christiansen until end of November to turn things around consistently (wins against Boro and Barnsley as a minimum). If he does, give him some real quality via the January transfer window (A Bartley replacement as a minimum) and until end of season to get us stable in a play-off position. If he doesn't do the business in November, get rid before Christmas and get a tried, tested, proven Championship capable replacement, also supported with some quality during the transfer window, same expectation by regular seasons end.

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    Great memories of the O'Leary years..wonderful team as well and some amazing times but sadly the Woodgate and Bowyer stupidity and the ill titled book that followed and the tragic events in Turkey,it all just left a sour taste in the mouth..add to that the sh1te that followed with Ridsdale putting us on the brink of total collapse as a club..well its the what might have been if some financial common sense had been used..still think to this day we were on the verge of great things had Ridsdale not acted like Ken Dodd on ecstasy.

    Both O'Leary and Ridsdale have blamed each other for what happened but for me the buck stops with Ridsdale..I will never forgive him for what he did to us the f*cking fat publicity craving c*nt!!!!

    As for O'Leary coming back..interesting..very interesting..especially if we lose the next 2 games.

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    ****in hope not! all that money, all those players at his disposal and still **** ed it up! greedy chunt with his book, he didnt have a scooby when games were going against him either, Ian Harte FFS!
    My blood pressure is rising just thinking about it!

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    Me too, all that nonsense about "my babies", the lead up to the Cardiff game, happy for the club to keep buying players who seemed to be overpriced and over their best mostly and oversaw a bloated overpaid squad... basically in right place at right time when George Graham left... but gradually managed to feck it up...

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    if Graham had been given that wedge, we might've been dominant for years.

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    Yep we wasted some stupid money on players that we didn't really need and I suppose both have to share the flack for that.

    Don't think O'Leary is the answer if TC goes and I doubt it will happen despite the rumours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenidormBlanco View Post
    if Graham had been given that wedge, we might've been dominant for years.
    Agree BB.

    Only problem there tho is Graham used us as a stepping stone to suit his own needs.

    Was gutted when he went to Spurs tho.

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    I know he wanted to go back down sarf Rev, but he was also frustrated that the club didn't back him in the transfer market, which I'm sure helped make his decision to move on easier.

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    Think his then partner also played a big part in him going back down sarf again as well..would have been interesting to see how he would have done with the budget O'Leary had.

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    No thanks. O'Leary hasn't managed for donkeys years, hasn't managed in the Championship and isn't really up to date with the game. Some good times briefly with him but serious questions would have to be asked if he ever was given the job.

    Worst came to worst I'd rather see us go after a current manager in our own league doing well or someone with a bit of experience of managing a team like Leeds with the expectations and pressure + suited to modern championship football. Lee Johnson would be perfect in my eyes, not experienced with the pressure but young and doing a brilliant job + plays good football.

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    When the rumour started floating about a few days back, I thought this is a contingency plan for O'Leary taking over and I was actually quite open to that idea.

    (Don't get me wrong, I think TC has had a steep learning curve with a squad that is talented but maybe not hardened enough for the championship).

    However after reading all the other views I agree with most that O'Leary basically squandered a load of money on some very average players and eventually lost his way. Also agree that George Graham laid the foundations for him too.

    O'Leary might do a decent job but its definitely a gamble as has been pointed out.

    Personally think if it doesnt work out for TC, Pardew or Big Sam would get us back in to the PL fairly sharpish, I know they are not popular but they definitely know how to work the championship and are currently out of a job.

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    Big Sam not a bad shout, I agree. Hes a more modern manager than hes given credit for, shades of Wilko.

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    Big Sam yeah.... but who ever it is we need to strengthen certain positions with experience and ease up on chasing wingers

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    Big Sam would be a proper appointment.

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    Now that cellino has gone, what about getting redders back in some capacity, could be given a link up position where he works with both the first team and youth set up, he knows the league and more importantly the club

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