Question Time: Leeds United vs Bolton Wanderers

Leeds' top scorer Ross McCormack - Ian Walton

Chris spoke to a Leeds fan about the upcoming game

Jonny Cooper, 19, has supported Leeds United ever since he was a boy, and admits he possesses a nervous disposition to show for his 14 years of supporting Leeds United throughout the leagues.

Jonny had the following to say in conversation with Chris:

1) Been a season of ups and downs for Leeds - do you think your current league position is a fair reflection?


I think so. We haven't been anywhere near good enough for a play-off spot without ever being bad enough to be sucked into a relegation battle (6-0 defeats in West Yorkshire derbies notwithstanding). Therefore, 12th is a fair reflection of how average we have been.

Unfortunately, it's been the same the past two seasons; we've settled for mediocrity and written the season off by the time the January transfer window shuts.

A lot of people are already thinking about next season with 14 games to go in this one.

2) The Brian McDermott/Massimo Cellino affair seemed, from the outside, to be a complete shambles. What is your view of it as a Leeds supporter?

Where to begin! The night when McDermott was sacked was probably one of the most bizarre, traumatic and confusing nights in my many years of being a Leeds fan.

Everyone wondered how this Italian bloke could sack our manager without being in charge. GFH didn't cover themselves in glory (to put it mildly) during the whole debacle either, and certainly lost the trust of the fans.

Cellino clearly realised McDermott's popularity with the Leeds fans after sacking him, and had him reinstated. The whole situation was a joke and in my opinion, if Cellino does gain control of the club and McDermott has a bad run of results, he will bring in his own manager.

3) Are you happy for McDermott to still be in charge? It appeared, especially around the FA Cup loss to Rochdale, that he was on a sticky wicket.

When we were beaten so meekly against Rochdale and then Sheffield Wednesday immediately afterwards I was very worried for his job. But he has pedigree in this league having won it with Reading and he can't work miracles in 11 months.

We need to give managers time to make their mark on the team and - as McDermott has repeatedly said - on the club as a whole. He's asked for 3 years - but football fans are impatient souls!

He's still got them on his side at the moment - being sacked and then reinstated actually worked in his favour because he handled the situation so gracefully.

4) Who should Wanderers fans be worried about in your side?

Well, we do boast the league's top scorer in our ranks. Ross McCormack is the man to watch as he can turn a game in an instant with a clever piece of play or a deflected free-kick. Other than McCormack, Connor Wickham looked good on his debut against QPR and scored 8 goals in 11 games on loan at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season.

5) Wanderers have ex-Leeds forward Jermaine Beckford in their ranks, what are your memories of his time at Elland Road?

Very fond memories. Beckford was fantastic at League One level and I would have liked him to stay after promotion. But to end his time at Leeds with the goal to win promotion back to the Championship - as captain - was incredibly fitting as he'd been top scorer for three consecutive seasons and also scored the goal that gave us our first win at Old Trafford since 1981.

He got a great reception a couple of seasons ago when he returned with Leicester - he spent more time clapping the fans than playing and was substituted at half-time!

6) Are there any other Bolton players that you fear could cause your team trouble?

You'd have to tell me!

I've always liked the look of Lukas Jutkiewicz whenever I've seen him and he scored against us a couple of years ago, so perhaps he could be a man to watch. Also, Chris Eagles has a decent right-foot - and I'm sure our fans won't let him forget where he started his footballing career!

7) Finally, what score do you think it'll be?

I think we'll win 2-1 with McCormack scoring first. Get your money on it and thank me later.

Thanks for your time Jonny, and we wish you just enough luck to be polite ahead of Bolton's thumping 4-0 win this weekend.

You can follow Jonny on twitter @JRCooper26.

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