Fell: New Manager Would Have Same Problems

Last updated : 01 October 2003 By Kevin Markey

Fell believes there would be no gain if Leeds were to sack their third manager in just over 15 months and he said: "It's another sad state of affairs and a bit bewildering and frustrating because we seem to keep hitting a brick wall, bouncing back and going down a fresh route. We never seem to see any light at the end of the tunnel. It's just one thing after another and it would appear we are in for a hard spell.

"We started off at home with a 2-2 draw against Newcastle and there was a lot of promise, but the performances against Leicester and Everton have shattered all that. At the moment the players are not performing to their true potential and it seems it's going to take something to pull them round, maybe a magic wand. At home we've not been too bad, but away heads have gone down whenever we've gone behind. It's a bit perplexing. But the fans are not calling for the manager to go and I've heard nothing to suggest they want change, other than in performances on the pitch."

Reid was still upbeat when he turned up for training at Thorp Arch this morning, despite chairman John McKenzie meeting deputy Allan Leighton at around the same time to discuss issues on Leeds, including his position.

Fell also said: "I think if he was sacked it would be grossly unfair. It's the players who have to respond and show pride in the shirt and pride in themselves. If they do get rid of him then whoever comes in will still have the same problems. What difference can they make because they will still have the same group of players to work with for the next three months until the transfer window re-opens?"