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billy bremner leeds united manager Silver decided to look to the first division for Bremner's successor. Howard Wilkinson, then at Sheffield Wednesday, was persuaded to drop a division to manage Leeds. When he arrived Wilkinson removed all the old Revie team pictures from Elland Road. A new era had dawned. Wilkinson did not start any fires in his first season, finishing 10th but he made signings. Chris Fairclough, Carl Shutt and Gordon Strachan. Strachan proving to be a major bargain at 300,000.
Wilkinson buffered his team further signing the likes of hardman Vinnie Jones, Lee Chapman and Mel Sterland and the fans now knew he meant business. Leeds were promoted as champions in 1989-90.
Back up and more additions with Gary Mcallister and Lukic back, as Leeds finished up in fourth. More invaluable purchases were made for the following season Tony Dorigo, Rod Wallace and David Wetherall helped Leeds to the championship in only Wilkinson's third full season. The next season surprisingly found Leeds fighting for survival, finishing 17th. The following two seasons, Wilko pulled things round finishing 5th in both terms. A final followed in 1995-96 but Leeds slipped to 13th in the league. Caspian the new owners of Leeds, called time on Wilko in 1996-97 after just 5 games, a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the arch rivals from over the border, proved too much for them and the fans. Wilko had saved Leeds United, but now the magic had run out.
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League Season P W D L F A Pts Pos Notes
Division 2 1988-89 46 17 16 13 59 50 67 10th Wilko builds after making it safe for Leeds.
Division 2 1989-90 46 24 13 9 79 52 85 1st Wilko's team up as champions in only his first full season.
Division 1 1990-91 38 19 7 12 65 47 64 4th What a comeback as Wilko guides his team to fourth.
Division 1 1991-92 42 22 16 4 74 37 82 1st Sergeant Wilko's men take the last league championship.
Premier Lge 1992-93 42 12 15 15 57 62 51 17th Dire away form costs Leeds dearly.
Premier Lge 1993-94 42 18 16 8 65 39 70 5th Wilko turns it round with a big improvement.
Premier Lge 1994-95 42 20 13 9 59 38 73 5th The Chief Lucas Radebe arrives as Leeds finish 5th again.
Premier Lge 1995-96 38 12 7 19 40 57 43 13th Magic from Yeboah and a final but Leeds slip to 13th.
Premier Lge 1996-97 5 2 1 2 5 9 NA NA Wilko sacked by new owners Caspian after a bad defeat.
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Season Honour
1989-90 Division Two Champions
1990-91 Zenith Data Systems Northern Finalists
1991-92 Division One Champions (the last First Division Championship before the Premiership)
1992-93 Charity Sheild Winners
1995-96 FL Cup Finalists
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Howard Wilkinson Manager Leeds United 1990-91
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