Leeds United have already beaten Norwich City twice this season, with a 3-2 win at Carrow Road and a 1-0 victory at Elland Road.

Daniel Farke faces arguably the sternest test of his tenure as Leeds United manager, a test of his motivational powers.

The German must rally his dejected troops and get them fired up for the promotion play-offs.

After missing out on automatic promotion to newbies Ipswich Town and fellow Premier League dropouts Leicester City, Leeds United must now try to walk back to football’s top table using the play-offs path.

The Whites face Norwich City in a two-legged semi-final, with the winner taking on either Southampton or West Brom in the promotion play-off final.

The challenge for Farke is to get his psychologically and physically jaded charges in the right frame of mind and fitness for one last heave-ho.

An opportunity missed

It’s inexplicable how Leeds United’s form nosedived during the crucial run-in, causing the club to miss out on automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

The Whites’ bid for automatic promotion collapsed on a suspect backbone of inconsistency.

Although on the whole Leeds United managed, admirably, to string together winning streaks and haul themselves into the promotion reckoning, there were some red flags throughout the season. It didn’t come as too much of a surprise when they fell short.

The Whites acquired an infuriating habit of dropping points at inopportune times, especially losing games they were heavily tipped to win. When rivals slipped up, Farke’s men spurned the opportunities to capitalise.

On the few occasions Leeds United got their noses in front they failed to find that extra gear to drive home their advantage. They almost always ceded the initiative back to promotion rivals as soon as they had wrested it.

Ultimately that soft underbelly, the tentativeness and the inconsistency, undermined Leeds United’s automatic promotion bid.

When the time to reflect comes,  Farke and his men will look back at an opportunity missed. They will know that they had automatic promotion within their grasp but let the opportunity slip.

The Farke subplot

Daniel Farke’s history with Norwich City adds another layer of intrigue to the play-offs semi-final.

The German acquired something of a cult hero status at Carrow Road where he orchestrated two promotions to the Premier League, including masterminding an instant return to the top-flight following relegation.

The football gods, as they are wont to do, conspired to arrange a reunion between the Canaries and their former manager with promotion to the Promised Land at stake.

Norwich fans will be dreading the prospect of their former manager coming back to haunt them. On their part, the Leeds United faithful will be hoping that Farke’s know-how and the Canaries experience will stand the Whites in good stead for the play-offs.


The promotion dream is not over just yet. The play-offs offer Leeds United a shot at redemption.

There is no time for players to dwell on what could have been, no time to feel sorry for themselves.

Farke’s charges must dust themselves down and brace for battle.

FAQs: Leeds United’s Promotion Play-Offs Challenge

Q: Who is Daniel Farke and what is his role at Leeds United?
A: Daniel Farke is the manager of Leeds United. He is tasked with motivating and preparing the team for the promotion play-offs after they missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Q: Why did Leeds United miss out on automatic promotion?
A: Leeds United missed automatic promotion due to a series of inconsistent performances during the crucial run-in phase of the season, including losing games they were expected to win and failing to capitalize on opportunities when rivals slipped.

Q: Who will Leeds United face in the play-off semi-finals?
A: Leeds United will face Norwich City in the play-off semi-finals. The match-up is notable as Farke will be facing his former team, where he previously secured two promotions to the Premier League.

Q: What is the significance of Daniel Farke’s previous association with Norwich City?
A: Daniel Farke’s previous role as the manager of Norwich City, where he achieved significant success, adds an extra layer of intrigue to the semi-finals. His familiarity with Norwich and his previous success there might give Leeds an edge in the play-offs.

Q: What does the play-off path look like for Leeds United?
A: If Leeds United win against Norwich City in the two-legged semi-final, they will proceed to face the winner of the semi-final between Southampton and West Brom in the promotion play-off final.

Q: What are the implications of the play-offs for Leeds United?
A: The play-offs represent a critical opportunity for Leeds United to achieve promotion to the Premier League, offering a chance for redemption after missing out on the automatic promotion spots.


I'm Barrie Jarrett, born in Leeds, lived over a decade in South Africa, CEO And Co Founder of Planet Sport Limited and Planet Bet Limited.

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