Four Football League managers in desperate need of a win this weekend
- 2nd February 2018
We have a full bank of fixtures to look forward to this weekend in the Championship, League One and League Two. The transfer window was bolted shut earlier on in the week, and it’s fair to say that a number of managers are far from pleased with their dealings, or lack of dealings for that matter.
Below we pick out four gaffers who head into the weekend with the weight of the world on their shoulders...
Thomas Christiansen (Leeds)
A come-from-behind Boxing Day defeat of Burton put Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds 5th in the Championship and within five points of the second automatic promotion spot. Fast-forward to early February and the free-falling Whites have sunk down to 10th, four points adrift of the top-6, and 10 points behind Derby, who currently occupy 2nd spot.
That 2-1 win over Nigel Clough’s men is the last time Leeds tasted victory. The Yorkshire outfit have since scraped together only two points, failing to score in four of their subsequent five matches, while they were also booted out of the FA Cup by League Two’s Newport.
As a result Christiansen heads into Saturday’s tasty clash with 4th-placed Cardiff - managed by former Whites boss Neil Warnock - in desperate need of a prized three points in order to quieten the critics and get the club’s promotion push back on track. However, Warnock has the chance to make it five wins out of five against his former club since he departed in 2013.
The Oldham boss has since voiced his frustration with the lack of deadline day signings at the club, but he must now pick both himself and the club up ahead of the visits of Stuart McCall’s Bradford on Saturday. As mentioned in the section above the Bantams are enduring their own woeful run...surely something has to give when the out-of-form teams lock horns at Boundary Park?