Gary Neville praises Leeds United after surviving relegation from Premier League
Gary Neville has given Leeds United huge praise for avoiding relegation from the Premier League, admitting they delivered under the ‘most extreme pressure’.
The Whites secured their Premier League status for next season with a 2-1 win over Brentford on the final day of the season, with Burnley losing to Newcastle and going to the Championship.
Now Neville, who was speaking on his Sky Sports podcast, has admitted that he didn’t expect Leeds to be able to win at Brentford and praised them as a ‘famous, big club’ who delivered when they needed to.
“No one thought Leeds would win at Brentford but you’ve got to hand it to them,” he said. “They’ve delivered a performance on the final day of the season under the most extreme pressure.
“Leeds and Burnley were under an extreme amount of pressure because it isn’t just sporting disappointment but at the bottom the economic disappointment is devastating.
“What’s going to happen to Burnley now? A leveraged buyout, talks of the £65m needing to be paid back very quickly. Leeds would have been in significant trouble as well from the finance side of things. That was where the real pressure was on the final day.
“Well done to Leeds, they’ve been a great addition to the Premier League in this last couple of seasons from a point of view in the way in which they’ve played, particularly under Bielsa. They’re a famous club, a big club.”
It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for Leeds but the ride finally came to an end and ultimately it ended up being a good one for the club.
There was a stage where they looked dead and buried, only for Marsch to come in and string together some great results before Burnley had an upturn in form and they looked in trouble once again.
But on the final day, despite entering the final game of the season in the relegation zone, there was a real belief that they could get a result that they needed to secure their status and that’s exactly what they did.
The team and the manager were brave and bold and they fully deserved their victory on the day and deserve plenty of praise for the character they showed in their battle to not wilt.
They’ll now look ahead this summer in the hopes that they can bolster the squad to avoid this situation happening once again, and try to keep their top players at the club too.
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