Leeds boss Terry Venables, under pressure after the club’s disapointing start to the season, has received a vote of confidence from chairman Peter Ridsdale.

Leeds have won just one of their last eight Premiership matches, picking up five points out of a possible 24, a run that has seen them slip to 10th in the table. However, the Leeds chairman has asked for Leeds’ fans to be patient, reminding them that the the club’s decline began under Venables’ predecessor, David O’Leary.

‘The decline at the club began six months before Terry started,’ stated Ridsdale, presumably referring to David O’Leary’s final months at the club. ‘Everyone tends to forget that.

‘When you change manager there is always a transitional period. It is the same at any club.

‘It happened when Gerard Houllier went to Liverpool and when Glenn Hoddle went to Spurs – even when Sir Alex Ferguson went to Manchester United.

‘I’m 100 per cent committed to Terry,’ Ridsdale added. ‘He is doing things his own way.

‘We’ve got a good squad of players but we’ve also had a lot of injuries. What people have to do is recognise Terry’s skills and experience. Given time he will demonstrate why he is such a good manager.’