Wise warning to Sullivan
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dennis Wise has informed Neil Sullivan he is now third choice keeper at Leeds.
Leeds United's new boss Dennis Wise has informed experienced keeper Neil Sullivan he is now the club's third choice shot-stopper.
Sullivan was a regular under ex-boss Kevin Blackwell, although Tony Warner's arrival on loan brought competition for the number one jersey.
Wise now has Reading's Graeme Stack also on loan, leaving Sullivan well down The Whites' pecking order.
Leeds' new manager will not stand in Sullivan's way should he wish to seek pastures new, although he could be handed a chance in the New Year if Stack and Warner's deals are not extended.
"I've told Sully that, whatever condition he's in, he's going to be third-choice goalkeeper," Wise told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"He should be looking to get a number one shirt and, if I'm being honest, I'm looking for a younger, more athletic goalkeeper.
"It's his choice, and he has to do it for himself. He can be a second here, and a really good second for me, or he can go and play in the lower divisions."
Meanwhile, on loan Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson has returned to The Riverside following a loan spell at Elland Road.
The 19-year-old, who was brought in by caretaker boss John Carver, made five Championship appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit.