New Academy Boss in at Thorp Arch

Joe Mewis At The Academy, Leeds United

The four-and-a-half month search for Leeds’ new Academy manager finally ended today when the club announced that Chris Sulley would be taking over the Thorp Arch hotseat.

Whilst not a big name appointment to set the fans pulse’s racing, it looks like at the very least Sulley will bring in new ideas and a new philosophy to club. In a five-minute interview broadcast on LUTV he managed to cram in references to his MBA, recent socio-economic changes in youth football and the introduction of best practice to Thorp Arch. The contrast between Sulley’s managment speak and his predecessor, the affable Beverley-born Neil Thompson who is very much an old school footballing man, couldn’t be greater.

Glynn Snodin Interview

The Square Ball From The Archives, Interview, Leeds United

In the early stages of the 2009-2010 promotion campaign, The Square Ball interviewed United’s affable, Leeds-saluting assistant manager, Glynn Snodin for issue 4 of the magazine that season. We chatted at some length about many Leeds United topics: the salute, Howard, Billy and the team’s promotion credentials. On this final topic, it’s worth noting that the interview took place on Thursday 22nd October 2009, symbolically sandwiched between clashes against our two biggest rivals in League One; it was preceded by our last minute win in the televised Monday night game at home to Norwich, who finished top that season, and was followed by our losing trip to Millwall, who finished right behind us in the table. Here, you can read the article in full, as published in the magazine.

Leeds and Nothingness

Steve Firth Leeds United

Reading Moscowhite’s TSB blog about Thorp Arch made me ask the most fundamental question, “What is Leeds United?”

The easy answer is that Leeds United are my club and will always have a place in my heart. I love Leeds United, the football team, and clearly separate that wonderful creation from the predators, charlatans and publicity seekers who, over many years, have owned, abused and almost destroyed one of England’s great footballing institutions. The essence of Leeds United is the unity between the fans (who treasure the club) and players (the fans’ representatives on the pitch).