Lampard firm favourites with bookies to replace Bielsa - MOT Leeds News 21/12/21
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 21st December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Lampard firm favourites with bookies
Bookies outfit Betfair have placed Frank Lampard as firm favourite to replace Marcelo Bielsa in the Elland Road hot seat. Whilst the Elland Road hierarchy have made it abundantly clear that they are 100% behind the Argentine, a succession of poor results have seen the Whites nosedive dangerously close the Premiership trap door, and even the Elland Road faithful are starting to panic.
Lampard has been out of a job since he was sacked at Chelsea in January. He is best remembered for the infamous Spygate scandal during his tenure at Derby County. Bielsa had sent a scout to watch the Rams during training. Fat Frank screamed blue murder, and blew the situation out of all proportions. Leeds fans have a long memory!!!
Argentine Jorge Sampaoli is also on the short list at 6/1. During his 35 matches in charge of Marseille, they have only lost six. Athletic Bilbao's Marcelino is 8/1, the same as Lee Bowyer with former team mate Jonathan Woodgate at 9/1. Mick McCarthy, who was sacked as Cardiff City boss last month, is also on the list at 40/1.
How many points are needed to stay up?
Leeds have won three times in eighteen attempts, and have sixteen points on the board. They are on course for 33 / 34 points, come May, which may not be enough to escape the drop.
Last season we saw Sheffield Utd (23pts), West Brom (26pts) and Fulham (28pts) plummet to the Championship; but compared to previous seasons, these totals were surprisingly low. Bournemouth suffered final day heartache with 34 points during the 19/20 season, Cardiff also lost their top flight status with 34 points (18/19) whilst their South Wales adversaries (Swansea) were relegated with a point less the season before. Hull (34 pts - 17/18), Newcastle (37 pts 16/17) and Hull again(35 pts 15/16) makes grim reading for Leeds fans, as they search for their next victory.
After the trip to Anfield on Boxing Day, Leeds have home games against Aston Villa and Burnley. Surely, a minimum of four points are needed over these two games! How many points are needed this season to stay up?