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Talking Football: El Tel can whip Leeds into shape.

Byline: Tommy Smith

EL TEL'S appointment as Leeds United manager is a good one.

Terry Venables has a fine track record as a manager and is well thought of in the game. He could certainly turn things round at Elland Road, which would not reflect too well on David O'Leary.

But there is a possibility that, having lost their way in the past 12 months, they could become a Liverpool of the early Nineties. Many a time you could attend Reds matches not knowing whether you were going to get a good or bad performance.

What Tel will need to do is ensure, like Gerard Houllier did, that consistency becomes the by-word. His arrival, too, will give the players an incentive to prove they are worthy of not just keeping a place but ensuring their immediate futures.

There is no doubt that Tel will make some quick assessments - and you can be assured he will be ruthless if he has to be.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2002
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