Come the Prem, and the two automatically promoted clubs - although clearly the best two sides in the Championship - have struggled. It makes you wonder how any of this season's contenders would cope if, as a result of the stumbles of others, they chanced upon promotion.
Middlesbrough have now gone eight games without defeat and, on that basis, it could be argued that they are emerging as genuine Champions elect. But if Holloway's Palace win at Posh - and genuine promotion candidates should win at London Road - then the leadership baton will be transferred yet again.
What Boro's win has done is ratchet up the pressure on the other contenders, however. Suddenly Leicester, Cardiff, Forest and co have to win to stay in touch at the top, whilst the also rans like Leeds, Bolton and Birmingham know that any further widening of the gap will make their cause pretty hopeless.
Yes four wins could see Leeds pull level with Boro, but only if Boro lose three in a row; and meanwhile, all the other contenders have to lose to see Leeds move into a promotion place. In truth, Leeds already need to do a Reading to get up automatically, winning a seemingly impossible number of games in a row. Reading proved that this is not impossible...but even after their truly fantastic run, they still only finished three points above third placed West Ham.
Clearly the take over is crucial if Leeds are going to go on a charge because the current squad is hopelessly inadequate - as I repeatedly warned. Leeds fans wouldn't have it, insisting that even though Warnock was recruiting from relegated clubs, his cherry picking meant he was building a team that would challenge for automatic promotion; five wins from fifteen has given the lie to that one.
Today sees Leeds play another highly winnable game against modest opposition and anything less than victory would be truly disastrous. Should the take over happen, and should the funds be made available to Warnock, and should he choose the right players and should they agree to join Leeds - then the impossible may yet be achieved. But fall any further behind and it would be stretching credibility to believe that Leeds can still challenge this season.
That said, on December 10, 2011 I was at the Madejski to witness tenth placed Reading thump West Ham 3-0. True West Ham went down to 10 men before Reading woke up, and then Collison got himself sent off too, but Reading never looked back from that point and stormed the division. It shows it is possible and none of this season's sides are as strong as Southampton and West Ham were last season. Leeds fans can still hope...just.