Vinnie Jones has said that issues off the pitch have led to where Leeds are now.
The combative defender, who made 46 appearances for Leeds from 1989-90, was talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, and said, “You know what I found out when I was up there… I just found out that everyone there were fans.
“From Leslie Silver, to the girls that did the food, the staff, everybody were Leeds United fans, and I think that has crept out of it.
“The passion of everyone, forget the fans that pay their money and go and watch it, the people that worked there were big fans as well, and that showed through.
“The girls in the laundry room, to Howard Wilkinson’s secretary, to the guy in the car park, we knew them and they were all Leeds United fans. That’s what’s lost.”
"Everyone there was a Leeds United fan… That's what's lost" 😔
Vinnie Jones believes off-field changes are causing #LUFC to lose its heart 💛💙
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 4, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
We’re not entirely sure that Vinnie Jones knows what he’s talking about, either about Leeds or the nature of modern football. There’s a very good chance that there are more Leeds fans working for Leeds than any other set of supporters. But there’s also a reality in the modern world that football is big business and you’re not going to employ people solely based on whether they’re a supporter or not. And really, does that have a bearing on how you play when you’re on the pitch? Jones has long since left the football world, although he turns up as a rent-a-quote every now and again, when he’s not trying to reprise his role as Hollywood hard man. And it shows. We could tell you what Leeds problems have been, and it’s got nothing to do with who’s working in the car parks. Getting the right manager and the right players together is the secret behind success for Leeds and with Paul Heckingbottom getting the sack on Friday, Leeds have a massive opportunity to get it right for next season. Sorry Vinnie, you couldn’t be more wrong here.