Q&A With Leeds United

Ahead of the 63rd meeting between Leeds and Bolton, we have got the views of a United supporter.

After beating Blackburn Rovers at the Reebok Stadium last weekend, Wanderers travel to Elland Road looking to end a three-game winless run against the Whites - one that stretches back to May 2004, when Bolton were 4-1 winners in the Premier League.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Joe Aikman. Ahead of Saturday's game, Joe shares his views on Brian McDermott's position as manager, the possibility of Roberto Di Matteo replacing him and why Jermaine Beckford won't be much of a threat against his old club.

Q: What is the current position of Leeds United fans on Brian McDermott?

A: I like to think most of us get behind him and I believe he is the right man for the job. However, I can see how some fans will struggle to get behind a manager that they don't think will last very long.

As much as I think he is a nice guy, his signings haven't worked out as well as they could and he has struggled to get the best out of some very good players - including some he knows and brought in.

Conclusion, he will have gone by the start of next season.

Q: What are your hopes for Leeds at the end of the season; Why?

A: That we will be celebrating the start of a new era under our Italian gangster, with the prospect of permanent deals for Jack Butland and Connor Wickham and being safely under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo.

That would be the dream.

Q: How much of a plus has Ross McCormack staying at Elland Road been?

A: Ross is a top striker. He has the special talent of combining a predatory instinct with finesse and skill. He would have fitted into the Premier League, although I doubt he would have been effective for West Ham United.

He is our captain and star player and is such an important member of our team. There have been so many games this year where he has been the difference between one point and three. He has the power to change a game that none of our current unit have.

I feel privileged to have watched Ross flourish, even if he does sometimes blow cold.

Q: With signs of a turn in fortunes for Bolton, who worries you on the Wanderers team sheet?

A: Bolton have some good players. I've always rated Adam Bogdan as a goalkeeper and I think Tim Ream, used effectively, is a top class defender.

Tyrone Mears is a good player, but is unlikely to feature it seems. Chris Eagles is another player who can make things happen.

Funnily enough, Jermaine Beckford doesn't scare me as I think that he has struggled since finding pastures new and never seems focused when he comes up against us.

Q: Finally, what is your prediction for Saturday's game?

A: I think it could go either way. Both teams have had their ups and downs recently but I have a good feeling about Leeds - I'm not bias at all!

I think we will snatch it - 3-1, with Jimmy Kebe, Ross McCormack and Connor Wickham scoring for us and the perpetually infuriating Chris Eagles on target for Bolton.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Joe for taking the time to answer our questions.

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