By Danny Wright
Assistant manager Pep Clotet has told Leeds fans on Twitter that he is excited about enjoying their support for the final time this season at Wigan on Sunday.
Garry Monk and his men travel to the DW Stadium knowing that their hopes of securing a play-off spot are pretty much over as only a miraculous turn of events could see them snatch sixth-place from Fulham.
However that hasn’t quelled Clotet’s optimism for the tie, where he will hear the roar of the travelling Leeds fans for the final time until August.
“On our way to Wigan. Looking forward to once again enjoying the support of our great away fans,” said the 40-year-old on his personal Twitter account.
— Pep Clotet (@pepclotet) May 6, 2017
Monk’s side will have to earn three points, hope Fulham lose to Sheffield Wednesday and see a 14-goal swing in goal difference in order to qualify for the play-offs – and even the most hardened of Leeds supporter will not be willing to put money on that happening.
A failure to win in each of their last four outings has seen the Yorkshire club slip out of the top six and their 3-3 draw with Norwich last week, despite being highly entertaining, all-but ended any hopes of promotion to the Premier League.
Sunday’s opponents Wigan have already had their fate sealed and will be forced to play League One football once more when the 2017/18 season kicks off in around three months’ time.
Both sides can enjoy the fixture without any pressure though, as neither side can realistically move up or down from their current league positions.