David Prutton hits out at these rubbish claims as Leeds' promotion hopes falter
By Amir Mir
David Prutton has hit out at rubbish claims that it is “too soon to go up” as Leeds’ promotion hopes begin to falter.
The Sky Sports pundit believes “football is about now” as Garry Monk’s side have dropped out of the promotion places.
For the majority of the season, his team were sitting in the play-off places, but four defeats in their last six matches has seen them fall down the table.
They are now one place and three points behind sixth-placed Fulham going into some crucial weekend matches.
Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Prutton had this to say about earning promotion to the Premier League.
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“All this stuff you’ve heard over the years about ‘too soon to go up’ or ‘building for the future’ – it’s b******s in my view,” Prutton told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Leeds were talking about building towards the Premier League when I was there, six or seven years ago. A few managers get the chance to stick around at a club but most either deliver in a short timeframe or move on elsewhere. Football is now. Success is now. That doesn’t mean you can’t come again, but it does make a missed opportunity hard to take.”
Monk took charge of Leeds at the start of the season where he was given a one-year rolling contract by the controversial owner Massimo Cellino.
However, not many expected them to be challenging at the top half of the Championship table, mainly down to their impatient owner and young squad.
Positive results on the field, good coaching and a togetherness at the club has seen them challenge for promotion.
It has been 13 years since the Elland Road faithful tasted top flight football as they have tried and failed under a number of managers.
They still have a chance of ending that run if they beat Norwich at the weekend and other results go their way.