Carragher: This is why I want Leeds to be promoted to the Premier League
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher admitted he would like to see Leeds return to the Premier League because of their rich and proud history as a top-tier club from the north of England.
The topic came up as Carragher discussed the favourites for promotion from the Championship on Sky Sports 1’s Monday Night Football [10.30pm].
Carragher said: “You have to think Newcastle will come back up.
“It would be nice if, and no disrespect to the other teams in the play-offs, a Sheffield Wednesday or a Leeds comes back, one of those big historical clubs that when you look back were always in the first division.”
The 38-time England international also spoke of the growing dominance of English football from the clubs in the south of England.
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Leeds are currently fighting for a play-off spot in the Championship, and sit just outside in seventh.
The Yorkshire club are level on points with Fulham who occupy the final play-off place, but have an inferior goal difference to the south London side.
Garry Monk’s side suffered a hugely disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Wolves last time out when Nouha Dicko scored the only goal of the game late in the first half to see Leeds drop out of the play-offs for the first time in five months.
Missing out on promotion would be hugely disappointing for the fans, who had assumed a top-six spot was in the bag after a great run of results saw them ensconced in the top-six, with a decent buffer between them and the seventh-placed team.
Recent results have been poor though and they’re now in real danger of missing out at the last.
It wouldn’t just be bad for the fans though. Football needs a new powerhouse in the north of England – and this is what Carragher was alluding to.
Leeds have a rich and proud history, and made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the 2000/01 season, before suffering a collapse.
This is the closest they’ve been to the Premier League since relegation from the top tier in 2003/04.
Promotion wouldn’t just be good for football, it would help regenerate the local area and fuel a fanbase that has been loud and proud through Leeds’ troubles.
It would also instantly create some huge Premier League matches for fans of all clubs.
For football’s sake, it would be great to have Leeds back in the Premier League. The good news is that their fate is in their hands – if they win their three remaining games they’ll have a shot at the big time at Wembley.