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Leeds United boss Daniel Farke urged to follow Marcelo Bielsa’s lead

Leeds United boss Daniel Farke urged to follow Marcelo Bielsa’s lead

Daniel Farke will be “hurt” after Leeds United’s latest play-off disappointment. But EFL pundit Don Goodman expects the Whites to be among the favourites for promotion in a “weakened” Championship next season.

United are preparing for a second successive campaign in English football’s second tier, having been beaten by Southampton in the play-off final at Wembley in May. Speaking via OLBG, Goodman said: “Daniel Farke will be struggling and desperate to secure that hat-trick of promotions to the Premier League. There’s a lot of experience in that dressing room and it’s all about overcoming the disappointment of the play-offs.




“But when he won the title with Norwich, he didn’t get off to a brilliant start on both occasions. Last season at Leeds wasn’t a great start either, but eventually you would have bet your house on them finishing in the top two. You can bounce back from average starts.

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“The league is not as strong as last year, which gives them a brilliant chance of winning promotion. Man for man, they have huge quality throughout the squad and that quality should be enough to give them a chance of winning automatic promotion.

“It’s all about galvanising the team and making them believe they are the best team in the league. There will probably be a similar feeling to last season after relegation, as they didn’t get over the line despite being in a great position with eight games remaining when everyone was saying ‘Leeds will go up’.”

“Daniel Farke is no fool and he knows that if Leeds are losing games and playing poorly then his job is going to come under pressure. But if they are dominating games and just failing to score then I think performance levels become more important than results in the early stages. You know if that level of performance is maintained then the results will change and you will start winning.

“That’s why Brentford kept faith with Thomas Frank after a poor start to 2019/20. It would have been easy for them to panic and look down on themselves now. For Leeds, it should be all about performance levels at the start of next season.”