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david oleary leeds united manager Post Graham and Caspian front man Peter Ridsdale was left with the task of finding the next manager. It was rumoured Martin O'Neill was up for the job but his club Liecester didn't allow him to talk to Leeds. Ridsdale turned to David O'Leary who was acting caretaker while the search went on. The second time of asking and O'Leary accepted the offer. Taking over with seven games played, he steered the team to fourth place. O'Leary's team played an attacking and exciting style of football and he showed great faith in the youth. The next season Leeds finished third and made the semi of the UEFA Cup. It could have been glorious for Leeds but for two incidents. One involving key players Woodgate and Bowyer who were both in court, accused of assaulting an Asian. The other devastating incident saw two Leeds fans murdered before the away leg of the UEFA Cup semi.
Despite these events O'Leary's Leeds made it to the Champions Lge semi the following season and finished fourth. Good times at Elland Road and hope was high. The damaging court case, after nearly two years came to an end in 2001-02. O'Leary though, had published a book 'Leeds United On trial'. This drove an irreparable wedge between O'Leary and Ridsdale. Ridsdale unhappy about O'Leary gaining from something so damaging. The players also were tired of O'Leary's public attacks. After Leeds finished fifth in the league O'Leary was sacked.
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League Season P W D L F A Pts Pos Notes
Premier Lge 1998-99 38 18 13 7 62 34 67 4th O'Leary shows confidence in youth and drives them to fourth.
Premier Lge 1999-00 38 21 6 11 58 43 69 3rd So close to a glorious season blighted by tragedy.
Premier Lge 2000-01 38 20 8 10 64 43 68 4th Admirable nights in Europe and a decent finish in fourth.
Premier Lge 2001-02 38 18 12 8 53 37 66 5th O'Leary writes his way to redundancy after Leeds finish fifth.
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