By Peter Lynch

24th Oct, 2023 | 7:10pm

Simon Rix shares what Leeds United fans like about ‘swashbuckling’ Daniel Farke as title prediction made

Leeds United fans appreciate Daniel Farke’s measured and honest approach, according to Simon Rix of the Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet podcast.

The German was appointed as the club’s new manager in the summer following their relegation from the Premier League.

The West Yorkshire club currently sit third in the Championship table under the boss, with 22 points from their 12 matches.

“Farke seems to do a lot of things that are similar to Bielsa, like obviously the swashbuckling on Saturday to get the win,” Rix said on The Monday Night Club on BBC 5 Live Sport (23 October).

“Everyone appreciated that the beginning of the season was pretty intense for him coming in, not really knowing what was going on with the ownership stuff, players leaving, players on strike, not getting any new players in, not knowing what budget he had. 

“All sorts of things were going on and he just dealt with each thing gradually, step by step, very measured and honest in his interviews, telling the truth, not towing the party line particularly, which the fans appreciate.

“Now we have got into third or fourth gear and we’re winning a lot of games. The gap is pretty big, we’ve let Leicester get a pretty good headstart, but the race is on.”

Going strong

Leeds boss Farke has had so much to deal with in his brief time at Elland Road, both on and off the pitch. But he has dealt with the pressure of the task well, recovering from initial struggles with some superb performances.

The latter have been particularly evident in recent weeks, with the Whites scoring plenty of goals as they pick up important wins.

Perhaps they are still conceding too many goals for their manager’s liking, but that is an issue he can work on in the months to come.

Whites supporters have been on a real roller-coaster over the years, particularly in the Premier League last season. But there looks to be some stability and importantly some mutual respect between the fans and their new boss.

It is, however, the Championship, so plenty of lows may be experienced as the season progresses given its very competitive nature.

But there should also be plenty of reasons to smile, with the final table all that really matters when the last whistle goes.

In other Leeds United news, an unusual clause not possible in one country has been used on one Whites loanee, with a permanent exit now on the cards.