By Jonty Banks

29th May, 2023 | 10:10am

Ally McCoist fires Leeds United relegation verdict live on talkSPORT, Danny Mills replies

TalkSPORT pundits Ally McCoist and Danny Mills have shared their thoughts on the relegation of Leeds United from the Premier League.

The Whites’ three-year stay in the top-flight came to a meek and pitiful end at Elland Road as Sam Allardyce’s side fell to a 4-1 defeat against Spurs on Sunday (28 May).

Speaking live on talkSPORT Breakfast [29 May, 07:37], McCoist said that after securing just 31 points across the 2022/23 campaign, Leeds didn’t deserve to stay in the Premier League.

In response to this verdict, Mills said: “This is not a cup. Sometimes in a cup competition, you can get lucky, but across 38 games, you deserve where you deserve to finish.

“Leeds haven’t been good enough.

“Ever since things started to go wrong with Bielsa, decisions have been poorly made. They have spent a lot of money in the summer. They spent more money in the [January] window, but how many of those players were Premier League proven?

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“How often have we seen that it takes six or 12 or 18 months for players coming in to settle in?

“So I think although they spent a lot of money, the recruitment has been poor, and that is why sporting director Victor Orta lost his job. The results haven’t been good enough.

“I think it is something like 12 or 13 games they have won since Marcelo Bielsa left.

“That’s unbelievable.”

Long time coming

Things have been going wrong at Leeds United for quite some time now, and this relegation from the Premier League needs to be used as a catalyst for change.

Under the leadership of Andrea Radrizzani and former sporting director Victor Orta, the club have gone from a team that the fanbase could be proud of under Marcelo Bielsa to a side devoid of quality or any spirit.

The players must take the brunt of the criticism for the poor performances over the course of the season, with every single performance since the half-time whistle against Crystal Palace not up to standard.

There was more than enough quality to survive relegation, but the players simply didn’t rise to the occasion.

The likes of Tyler Adams, Willy Gnonto and Rodrigo will already have one foot out of the door ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window, and the club will need to complete some smart transfer business to ensure they can bounce straight back up to the top-flight.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign one 13-goal forward this summer after an impressive European season.