SUPPORTING Leeds should come with a Government health warning.
Since 2004 those who follow the Yorkshire club have suffered relegation from the top flight, administration, seen a host of world-class players sold, countless owners and managers come and go and several promotion bids promise so much but deliver little.
There was a defeat to Sutton United. Play-off final losses and the madcap rule of Italian Massimo Cellino.
Now we can add Karma to the growing list of afflictions bestowed on a club that once ruled English football, but remains a sleeping giant unable to wake up.
Karma is both good and bad luck, resulting from one’s actions.
It doesn’t take a genius to fathom which kind Leeds have suffered following their Championship play-off semi final collapse to Derby County.
Leeds fans need no reminding it was the Rams who their manager, Marcelo Bielsa, was caught spying on earlier this season.
It caused outrage and while Bielsa, it has to be said, handled the aftermath brilliantly, Frank Lampard made a bit of a fool of himself.
But Lampard is laughing last and the loudest following his side’s thrilling comeback at Elland Road to leave Leeds supporters crying into pints of their beloved Tetley bitter, ones that will taste flatter than ever before this morning.
Leeds have done it again. They’ve managed to find a way to mess things up.
You have to admire their consistency, but now the finger pointing has started and the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of Bielsa.
The eccentric Argentine has charmed the pants of people since arriving in Leeds last summer.
It didn’t matter he had lasted just six months in his previous job at Lille. Bielsa had managed Argentina and Chile and became the highest paid boss in Leeds’ history on £6m-a-season.
He was quirky. He sat on a bucket on the touchline. He gave deadpan answers through an interpreter. He funded a Christmas lottery for staff at the training ground, raffling off a car worth £11,000.
Few failed to fall under his spell. He became an iconic figure, a Messiah leading Leeds back to the promised land.
So Heaven forbid we criticise him.
To some Leeds supporters, being hated and disliked represents some sort of perverse badge of honour and ‘Spygate’ simply added more weight to such narrow minded and flawed thinking.
The relationship between Bielsa and his disciples grew from their misguided belief that following football meant more than what happened on the pitch.
It doesn’t. Bielsa was paid fortunes to produce results and get Leeds promoted. That’s the sole ambition of Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Leeds led the Championship, before being embroiled in a titanic tussle with Sheffield United for second place, which was lost.
Amid claims of burn out due to Bielsa’s punishing training ground methods, Leeds won just three of their last nine games before heading into the lottery of the pay-offs.
Then they came up short in a two-legged battle with the Rams that saw Bielsa outwitted by a novice rival who has been in management less than 12 months.
Bielsa is now considering his future, but the decision shouldn’t be his to make.
He came, he tried and he failed to conquer, just like the long list of predecessors that went before him.
He might be different to the rest in terms of his methods and approach – but once again the end result has proved just the same.