By Coral Barry
Noel Whelan has warned Leeds players that they are fighting for their futures at Elland Road ahead of their clash with Rotherham on Saturday.
Leeds travel to Rotherham in the Championship with survival almost certain with 10 points and eight teams between them and the bottom three, but Whelan thinks the game will help decide the career paths of some of the Whites’ playing staff.
Steve Evans’ future is just as uncertain with reports mounting he will be dismissed at the end of the season and Whelan has urged the players to treat the game as an opportunity to play for their survival at Leeds.
“Leeds have got to show a performance to prove that the players deserve to play in that shirt and then there’s the professionalism and the money they are getting paid,” ex-Elland Road striker Whelan said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Coming to the end of the season they are playing for their pride and they are playing to see if they can fit in next season at Leeds United.
“If not then they will be on their way and there’s not many bigger clubs around than Leeds United.”
Leeds were humiliated 4-1 by local rivals Huddersfield in their last league outing and the result ended a run of three consecutive victories and hopes of a late push for the play-offs.
Rotherham manager Neil Warnock welcomes his old side to the New York Stadium with the Millers unbeaten in five league matches.
Warnock has engineered a great escape for Rotherham after a run of five losses from seven games in February had looked like the Millers were destined for League One.
Rotherham are now two points clear of the drop zone and are hoping to further consolidate their survival charge with a win against Leeds.
Whelan still thinks Leeds cannot relax until they are mathematically safe from relegation, but admits the Rotherham players are fighting for their Championship lives while Leeds are playing for their contracts.
In other Leeds news, one player has been slammed after his horror tackle on Tuesday night.