Gray questions Leeds as he delivers bold verdict on Christiansen's future
By Russell Edge
Leeds United icon Eddie Gray has questioned the character of the squad at Elland Road as he delivered his backing to manager Thomas Christiansen.
The Whites have endured a truly abysmal run of form in recent weeks, having seen themselves lose seven of their last nine fixtures in the Championship, which has seen them plummet down the Championship table.
Having sat as league leaders after their bright start to the campaign, they now find themselves in 10th place, 12 points adrift of new table toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers and three points off Aston Villa in sixth, the last of the play off positions.
However, just like former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn, Gray believes that the club must back Christiansen during this difficult time, believing him to have the right approach even if results are not going his way.
He did question the mentality of the players though, insisting that they need to keep their heads and ensure they seek to right their current form.
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He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I think you’ve got to stick with the manager, no doubt about it.
“You can’t keep changing and I think that Thomas has got good ideas. You have got to try and hang in there I think until January and then add to the squad – try and make the squad a bit stronger.
“The season started well but I think they are suffering from a lack of confidence just now.
“They have had a few defeats and you can see when they go a goal down that they get a little bit frustrated. Whether they are capable of hanging in there with the top teams remains to be seen.”
Leeds’ next fixture sees them play host to former manager Garry Monk, who Christiansen replaced over the summer, as he brings his Middlesbrough side to Elland Road a week on Sunday, with the Whites knowing defeat would see them go a whole month without picking up a single point.
In other Leeds United news, the club have tabled an offer for a 19-year-old contract rebel.