By Russell Edge

28th Mar, 2018 | 3:00pm

Leeds fans must drop all doubts over Heck after bold plan revealed to end Elland Road crisis

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Leeds United supporters will no doubt be left bitterly disappointed following their side’s abysmal campaign, but many would tell you that the problems stem back years rather than months.

The Whites have one of the most infamous histories in all of English football and they are still trying to fix their reputation which has been born from both on and off field issues at the turn of the millennium.

Certainly the financial implosion suffered back in the early part of 2001, thanks to Peter Ridsdale’s management as chairman, ripped the club’s heart and soul out, leaving the Elland Road faithful to lick their wounds and take on board the catastrophic nature of their club’s demise.

Still, there can be no doubting the strength shown by the supporters in staying strong and remaining faithful to the side, but the name of Leeds United just does not hold the same credence it once did.

In reality, the club have been in a period of transition since their return to the Championship, not helped by the constant changing of owner or the turnover of the senior squad, something which happened again last summer.

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The club have suffered an identity crisis at Elland Road, but while there have been doubts from the fans over Paul Heckingbottom’s appointment as manager, at least he recognises this and is on the path to change their fortunes.

As quoted by journalist Lee Sobot, the manager boldly said: “You want it so that if we put our team out in a different colour kit, everybody would know it would be a Leeds team.”

The Whites need to regain their identity, and he is correct in noting that it is a major issue which has plagued the club for too long.

The club might not have turned around their on-field fortunes under Heckingbottom, but his plans for the future are as ambitious as any before him, and any doubts need to be dropped to support his push to reestablish the Leeds United name as a great among English football.

In other Leeds United transfer news, the club must gamble on a 13-cap sicknote to secure a playoff spot next season.

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