Let's cool down the hostilities at Leeds United pleads Lorimer

LEEDS United legend Peter Lorimer has called on fans to call off their hostilities as the season draws to a close.

Mirco Antenucci throws his shirt to a fan at Cardiff.
Mirco Antenucci throws his shirt to a fan at Cardiff.

Lorimer, writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, says everyone should “take a step back”.

He says: “I’ve been calling for a truce in hostilities at Leeds for a long time and I’d like to see everyone take a step back.

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“I’m well aware that a section of the support are critical of the owner, but there’s nothing I hate more than turning up to Elland Road and seeing people attacking one another, at each other’s throats.

“It’s not the way a club like this should be.”

Lorimer said the wins over Bolton and Cardiff don’t change the fact that “this has been a poor season”.

He says: “There needs to be some honest analysis of what’s gone on in the last 12 months and the point I’ve made for many weeks still stands – we have to buy better players when the transfer window opens in the summer or we’ll end up in another season like this one.”

He adds: “I always say that players need to earn the support of the crowd, not the other way round, but there’s a responsibility on us watching to be fair in what we say and fair in our criticism.

“The team deserved to get hammered after Brighton. That performance was shocking.

“But when they win as they did at Cardiff – a club we’ve got history with and a club that has had one up on us for ages – it reminds you that a number of these lads can do a job in the Championship.

“After some hard results and some hard weeks, I hope they’re enjoying a bit of credit.”