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Leeds United Craze!

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There are more than half dozen of Leeds United related news on their triumph against the almighty Man Utd.

The story mainly focus on the young, pacy and obviously talented but usually wasteful Jermaine Beckford, as well as the 40 years old, ex Blackpool manager, current gaffer of the whites – Simon Grayson

Before all the craze go away, i decided to compile write something about it…

Jermaine Beckford

Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford used to be an RAC repair man before his move from Wealdstone to Elland Road nearly four years ago. Yesterday, he rammed United off the road to FA Cup glory and, for once, there was absolutely no-one to come to their assistance.

The rewards are sure to be more lucrative than ever for Jermaine Beckford as he basks in the glow of knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup and weighs up his next move.

Leeds are desperate to tie him to a new long-term contract, while Newcastle are just as intent on offering him a short cut to the Barclays Premier League, as they look to bolster their promotion campaign.

Either way, he will be coining it after another stunning reminder of his finishing skills at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Wealdstone manager, an accomplished front-runner himself for Portsmouth and Denver Dynamos, can still picture an early sighting of Beckford’s eye for goal and knew instantly he had stumbled on a rare talent. The hard part was still to come, though.

‘I remember watching him for Middlesex Under 18s and being struck by his unbelievable ability,’ he said. ‘He failed to score that day, though I’m still not sure how.

‘He hit the woodwork with his right foot, then again with his left and finally had a header brilliantly saved. They were all absolutely outstanding efforts and I knew then we had found someone special.

‘I remember it all clicked into place after he returned from his second stint at Uxbridge.

‘By then he’d become a dad and started a job with the RAC, replacing windscreens, and it was apparent he had matured as a person and player.

‘That was the season it all started happening for him. Yeovil came on with an offer of £10,000, and by the time we accepted Leeds’s bid of £70,000, I’d taken no fewer than 20 calls about him inside a month.’

‘I had Les Ferdinand when I was at Southall but they have totally different qualities. There is no one to touch Jermaine for instinctive and often spectacular goalscoring.

‘He has a confidence that borders on arrogance in front of goal. It doesn’t bother him if he misses a chance, because he always backs himself to stick the next one away.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has stepped up his interest in Jermaine Beckford after the striker’s Old Trafford heroics.

Hughton is keen on bolstering his attacking options ahead of the club’s push for a Premier League return – and is eyeing a move of Beckford before his contract expires at the end of the season.

Leeds apparently have put a £2million price tag on FA Cup hero Jermaine Beckford.

Simon Grayson

Martin O’Neill is not surprised that his protege Simon Grayson masterminded Leeds’ shock win over Manchester United.

While Aston Villa boss O’Neill was Leicester manager, Grayson won the club’s player of the year award in 1997 – the season that they won the League Cup. After his playing career finished, Grayson quickly went into management at Blackpool before switching to Elland Road.

The 40-year-old former Blackpool boss has won 41 of his 60 games since taking charge in December 2008 and Leeds are sitting pretty on the summit of League One. Grayson described Sunday’s win as the proudest moment of his short management career, but for me it was also an emphatic mark of his ability and ambition.

Grayson believed he could win, and his players believed him. “We had stressed to all of them that somebody could be a hero today,” he said afterwards, but this win was down to more than just an inspiring team-talk. Tactically, Leeds were spot on too.

“We had a gameplan to come here today but we’ve had a plan that when we go away to any club – that we work hard, we have a good shape and organisation,” he explained. “We also know we have got people that can pick a pass and take any opportunities and that proved to be the case here. Jermaine will get the credit with the goal he scored but we’ve got our results this season as a group and a squad and hopefully that will continue. It was a fine example of what the players have been doing on a regular basis so far this season.”

With the managerial merry-go-round about to start spinning as Bolton wait to speak with Owen Coyle, minds are already beginning to turn to who Burnley might turn to if, as expected, their Scottish boss quits for the Reebok Stadium.

Grayson is bound to figure high on that list, having impressed at Blackpool before leaving for Leeds 12 months ago, since when he has patiently built a team that look certain to gain promotion to the Coca-Cola Championship this season.

His blossoming reputation was further enhanced yesterday when Leeds recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1981, dumping Manchester United out of the FA Cup to book a fourth-round trip to Tottenham.

However, any thought Burnley might have of offering someone familiar with the area a chance to cut his managerial teeth in the Premier League can be dismissed immediately.

‘My commitment to Leeds United has never been in question,’ he said.

‘I left Blackpool a year ago to join the football club I supported. Leeds is a fantastic football club and I am not interested in going anywhere else.’

He has done fantastically well, really brilliantly. I am delighted for him because he is a genuinely great fellow and he has the potential. He went to Old Trafford without any great fear and they went on to win that game.’ said Martin O’Neill.


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i just copy paste alot of text from articles around the net!

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  1. bobbygee
    January 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    This was a huge win for Leeds. Leeds was a fixture in the EPL for many years before money woes stopped them. Leeds won three titles in the late sixties early seventies. They are a top League One. Next up the Championship. Beckford is a keeper don’t get rid of him. http://bobbygee.wordpress.com/

    • Greentea
      January 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      Sure they will have the ability and financial power to go back to EPL pretty soon. Somehow i believe in Grayson hands, great thing is yet to come… anyway, thanks for commenting.

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