Andy Ritchie: This problem is why Leeds failed to secure a play-off spot
By Danny Wright
Leeds failed to secure a top six place in the Championship due to the squad’s lack of mental strength and depth, according to former player Andy Ritchie.
The 56-year-old also believes that Garry Monk did not have a big enough squad at his disposal in order to switch out his underperforming players in what was a very poor end to the campaign.
Leeds won just one of their last eight league fixtures which meant they were knocked out of the play-off spots by Fulham, who ended the season strongly.
Ritchie, who played for the Whites for four years in the mid-1980s, thinks that the Yorkshire club could have made a stronger bid for a top six spot if their form at the beginning of the season was also better.
“In the end, the likelihood is that the pressure got to his players and when that pressure started to have an effect, Garry lacked the depth or quality of squad to change his tactics or the mindset,” said the ex-Huddersfield manager on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.
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“I know how it feels to be chasing the play-offs and unless you get an early run on the rest of the division, there’s always that moment when you feel like everything’s starting wobble.”
Questions have surrounded the future of Monk since Leeds’ season ended with a disappointing 1-1 draw at relegated Wigan.
However their seventh place finish in the Championship has not been bettered since the Whites finished fifth in 2005/06, only to be relegated a year later.
Ritchie made 127 appearances in his time at Elland Road and scored 40 goals.
His playing career also saw him turn out for the likes of Manchester United, Brighton, Oldham and Scarborough.
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