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No crisis at Leeds - McAllister

Gary McAllister
Gary McAllister's side have fallen further behind in the promotion race

Leeds United manager Gary McAllister says there is no crisis at the club despite their sudden slump in form.

Leeds are now four points outside the League One play-offs after their fourth straight defeat, Saturday's 2-1 reverse at home to Colchester United.

But McAllister said: "If we're out of position in the league or unable to pass the ball four feet to each other, then it would be a crisis.

"I don't think it's quite at crisis level," the Scot told BBC Leeds.

Leeds are now 10 points off the automatic promotion places, but McAllister insists he will stick to his footballing principles.

When you're in these situations as a player or a manager you've just got to grind it out and get to the other end

Gary McAllister

"I'm going to stay strong to my values and how I see the game and how it should be played.

"We need to transform what we do in the week over to Elland Road more often."

Although McAllister has already indicated that he will bring new players into the club in January, he does not think he needs to change the current mentality at the club.

"Not a great deal," he said, "just having the character and the confidence in your own ability.

"Like a golfer going up that final fairway to win a Major - trust in your swing."


Last season's beaten play-off finalists now face back-to-back games against promotion contenders MK Dons and Leicester City. And McAllister admitted that the defeat to Colchester left him at the lowest ebb of his managerial career.

"It's not nice and I'm not enjoying it," he added. "We've got a fantastic support here who must be feeling it as well.

"But I'm going to keep going. When you're in these situations as a player or a manager you've just got to grind it out and get to the other end.

"There's no point sitting in the corner and sulking."

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Leeds 1-2 Colchester
13 Dec 08 |  League One

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