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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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