FourFourTwo rank Leeds team among top 30 most hated British clubs
By Harvey Byrne
FourFourTwo have ranked the Leeds team of the 1996-97 season as the 30th most hated British football clubs ever.
The Yorkshire giants started the season led by long-serving manager Howard Wilkinson.
However, a humiliating 4-0 loss against Manchester United saw him lose his job with former Arsenal boss George Graham replacing him.
Now, popular football magazine FourFourTwo have named Graham as the “chief villain” of the side due to his brand of football which was more centred around stopping their opponents rather than scoring themselves.
The Yorkshire club finished that season with 28 league goals, which is still the worst goals for record in Premier League history after even Derby struck 29 in their 11 points season.
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Astonishingly, Leeds did however steer clear of the relegation zone in 1997, achieving an 11th placed finish.
Graham then led Leeds to a stunning fifth placing a year later before losing his job with the club in 1998 to David O’Leary.
Now, the current Leeds team has the second worst goals for tally in the Championship’s top five despite boasting star forward Chris Wood.
However, fans are more concerned with league placing and the supporters will be delighted if Garry Monk brings top-flight football back to Elland Road.
In other Leeds news, Rio Ferdinand has opened up about his Whites debut.