The Yorkshire Evening Post are currently running their Leeds United player of the season poll, which is something we won’t be doing here at The Scratching Shed because the correct answer is Ross McCormack and no one will convince us otherwise.

“Luckily” for us however, Leeds United’s turbulent season has created the opportunity for an alternative poll. It’s not often that a “stable, progressive team” (to paraphrase Ken Bates) has three different men in charge over the course of 9 months, but Leeds United seldom conform to tradition.

So, without further ado, here are the nominations for Leeds United’s manager of the season.

Simon “Larry” Grayson

Some would argue that he was tactically clueless, bought badly and was deserving of his P45. Others would counteract that argument by pointing out the ridiculously low wage budget he had to play with, the distinct lack of transfer funds, the continuous sale of key players and the fact that Leeds United were only three points off the play-offs when Grayson was sacked, despite the assault course of season-ending obstacles planted in his way.

Neil “Redders” Redfearn

Most Leeds United fans would point to Neil Redfearn’s brief spell in charge of Leeds United as the final nail in our season’s coffin, but very few would hold him responsible for that fate. Redders took to the helm of an ill-fated ship and desperately tried to keep it on course for the illusive play-off spot The Whites so desperately craved, but alas, his sense of direction failed him and a complete u-turn was performed with Neil Redfearn ending up back where he started – the reserves.

Nevertheless, Redfearn carried himself with the utmost professionalism throughout his brief spell in charge and should be commended for his efforts in what was an impossible situation.

Neil “Colin” Warnock

Smoke and mirrors, or saviour of LUFC? Anti-football, or effective promotion winning football?

Whatever your opinion of Warnock, the simple fact is that his arrival hasn’t gone quite according to script. A total rebuilding job is required before we can judge say most, but others would point to deteriorating results since his arrival – worse than those of his predecessor so far.

It’s all standard Neil Warnock I guess. He’s not one to leave people feeling neutral, Warnock divides opinion like no other, but on results alone Warnock has the worst record of all three – all that really leaves is reassurances and fighting talk, something Warnock has brought by the bucket load. But are they enough for him to earn your vote as Leeds United manager of the season?

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Our alternative end of season awards will continue later in the week with the most ridiculous transfer of the season (both in and out).

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