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Sean Gregan: Wise's first mistake

3rd Nov , 2006 :: by Chris Hudson
S

ean Gregan has been told by Leeds manager Dennis Wise that he is no longer required at Elland Road .

"I spoke to Sean and, if he can get a club to go to on loan, he is most welcome to do that," Dennis told the LUFC official website.

"We had a long chat and I gave him my opinion.

"He knows the situation - he is not part of my plans - and he can go on loan."

Sean had already fallen out of favour with the previous Blackwell regime and has only appeared twice this season, so Wise's decision is not unexpected but a little disappointing nevertheless. Sean has appeared over seventy times in just over two years so he can't have been that bad. Wise would have done well to dig a little deeper and he would have discovered that the route to the play-offs last season was not based on the partnership of wunderkind Kilgallon with Butler but rather the early season double-act in defence of Gregan and Butler. (Kilgallon has been hopeless this season, giving away five goals by his individual mistakes alone). Nontheless, Gregan lost out to Kilgallon last season because Kilgallon's contract was up for renewal and his agent made it known he wasn't signing on the dotted line unless he was a first-team regular and Blackwell acquiesced in this to keep the York-born youngster at Elland Road.

In his first 15 games of last season we only lost three times until he was replaced by Kilgallon. He was out of favour until February when he again took part in in a strong run by Leeds Utd. He was missing when we got the jitters towards the end of the regular season but played in the memorable play-off semi-finals when we unexpectedly overcame Preston who were in much better form than us.

To conclude; Sean Gregan is not a fans' favourite and so is an easy target for a manager to off-load. But the statistics from last season do not lie. Leeds get more points with Sean Gregan in the team than without him. He's missed nearly every game this season and we now are relegation fodder. Wise has made a mistake and not done his homework. We said Blackwell would regret letting Pugh go - we were half right, it was his successor who was left to rue that decision. Eddie Gray's decision not to play Batty in the latter part of the relegation season was highlighted as an error of judgment and we were right again. Now Dennis Wise has made his first mistake with this decision; he has to learn that he can imprint his personality on a team without ditching senior players whom he thinks threaten his authority. It's the old adage - don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

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