Reporter left stunned at Leeds chief’s request

Journalist Conor McGilligan has slammed Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear following his comments about the club’s supporters.

In Leeds’ final home game of the season, Kinnear decided to use his program notes as a platform to urge the fans to create an atmosphere that allowed Jesse Marsch’s players to play without any sort of mental burden and refrain to create a “tension which can naturally haunt such luminaries”.

He wrote: “Although this season has been a season that we have had to endure rather than enjoy, I don’t think there is a single minute in any of our matches where anyone can doubt the spirit or the team commitment. Likewise, there hasn’t been a point where support inside Elland Road or on our travels faltered.

“We have just 180 minutes left to stick together and create an environment where the team can play unhindered by the tension that can naturally haunt such critical matches, and simply be inspired by the most vocal support in the league. .”

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Indeed, the scenes inside the Yorkshire club’s ground when Pascal Struijk snatched a point in the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion underscores the fans’ passion for their club, so choosing to call them essentially was certainly an odd decision by Kinnear heading for such an essential – and McGilligan was unimpressed.

He wrote on Twitter: “Asking the fans for more, the one consistent bright spot from this season when you’ve failed on and off the pitch, is another ridiculous take.

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Perhaps the comments stemmed from the fact that Leeds had seen a player sent off in each of their previous games – as Luke Ayling saw red at Arsenal before Dan James did the same at home to chelsea — and that he felt the team was amplified by an ultra-passionate crowd, but that’s only natural.

After 16 years, the Whites were promoted to the Premier League in 2020 and in just their second season fans won’t want to have to relive the angst of dropping out of the top flight again.




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Gary Neville recently turn on the light (20:56) on the potential financial ramifications of relegation and the effect it could have on the club, and the Leeds faithful responded with anxiety and aggression, as you would expect.

It was certainly a nervy encounter on Sunday, and with a trip to Brentford coming up on the final day that issue will likely be parked, however, Kinnear could face serious backlash this summer for his comments – especially if Marsch’s men go down . .

AND in other news, Spotted: Journalist reveals Leeds man fumes after FT at Elland Road

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