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Jermaine BeckfordI was extremely reluctant to run with this, as I simply don’t believe much of what’s written in the Daily Mirror. However the story does seem to be gathering pace quite quickly and perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to hear Jermaine Beckford would consider his options should Leeds fail to achieve promotion to the Championship.

Uptil now, Jermaine has shown unwavering loyalty to the Whites, which climaxed when he was asked by a reporter where his future lied, to which Jermaine replied “What shirt am I wearin’ bruv’?”

The immediate speculation, published by the Daily Mirror was that Jermaine was set to follow Dennis Wise to St. James Park. Newcastle are notorious for their lack of intelligence when it comes to the transfer market, often signing players who simply can’t live up to the overwhelming hype that Newcastle’s faithful bestow upon them. However, even for Newcastle the signing of a League One striker, albeit it a very good one, seems totally unpheasable.

Jermaine’s 24 years old at the minute. If he was Premiership quality, I have no doubts whatsoever that one of the army of scouts the Premier League clubs employ would have picked up on him by now. Having said that, Dennis Wise isn’t quite in the same league as Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce when it comes to finding fresh unknown talent, and has made many calamitous signings in his short time as football manager. You also have to remember that in Mike Ashley, Newcastle have a chairman that simply doesn’t have a clue how the game works, so I guess anythings possible?

Personally, I wouldn’t be suprised to see Jermaine head off to a Championship club should Leeds fail to achieve promotion, but I remain sceptacle about his chances of signing for the Magpies.

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Gary McAllisterGary McAllister’s short reign in charge of Leeds United has hardly been one to inspire much belief amongst Leeds fans, but maybe taking a leaf out of Liverpool’s book wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

A few month ago, everything looked a little glum at Anfield, and although their league position hasn’t improved and they’re still left battling for 4th place, once more they’ve made the latter stages of the Champions League and will fight it out with Europe’s elite in hope of claiming the prestigious prize for the sixth time!

The one recurring element with the top clubs in England is a long serving manager. With the exception of Chelsea – who I’m ignoring because any clown could win a league title with unlimited funds – the top clubs have all stood by the boss through thick and thin. Sir Alex has been with Man United so long now, I’ve forgotten who proceeded him, and the powers that be at Anfield and Highbury have continually stood by the management for long periods of time.

The one lesson clubs should be taking from the top teams is stability. Players, coaching staff and management all stay with these clubs for long periods of time. It means bonds are created and everyone learns each others strengths. You have to build teams from the ground up and including management and coaches.

Ken Bates has to think ten years infront for the sake of Leeds United fans. It’s worrying to see he hired Gary McAllister on such a short term contract, because it doesn’t suggest he’s thinking too far ahead. Ken Bates has to find a manager he believes can take the club forward, and commit to him now! If that’s Gary McAllister, then do us all a favour and extend his contract now. It’ll relieve some of the pressure he’s already under, and help him concentrate solely on the games ahead. If he isn’t the right man, then he has to be replaced with someone that is unquestionably good enough to take Leeds United forward. He then has to be given freedom, time and room to operate without fear of losing his job.

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