'One thing is for sure' - Daniel Farke sounds defiant call amid Leeds United Wembley tears

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke consoles Archie Gray following their play-off final defeat
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Leeds United boss Daniel Farke is hopeful his side's Wembley play-off heartbreak can provide added motivation to inspire a Premier League bid next term.

The Whites were undone by Southampton under the fanous arch, with Adam Armstrong's first-half goal proving to be the difference between the two sides. It means that despite racking up 90 points over the regular season, Leeds will again play Championship football next term.

It was a sixth consecutive play-off campaign without promotion for the Leeds, who lost four of their final six matches of the regular season to miss out on a two-top finish. Farke consoled his tearful players on the pitch at full-time and revealed, but backed them to use this pain as fuel for promotion in the 2024-25 term.

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"Out of such days and disappointment, sometimes you learn more out of it and take extra motivation to make sure next time you are not on the wrong end again," Farke said. "You make sure you are also allowed to celebrate and this is obviously what my players want to do in the future.

"We feel the pain and we are deeply disappointed we are not able to send our supporters home with something to cheer about and we are not back in the promised land of the Premier League. One thing is for sure is the lads have no reason to dwell on that and will take this as extra motivation to come back even stronger."

A difficult summer lies ahead for Leeds, with several big-name stars likely to be the subject of transfer speculation, not least Championship player of the year Crysencio Summerville. However, Farke insists he has faith in the project at Elland Road under owners 49ers Enterprises.

"I totally trust this club," he added. "I totally trust also the key people because my experiences since I sign the contract was, after a difficult start with the (player) exit clauses that we had to suffer until more or less September, this club is totally on the right path.

"But to go into details about what we will do and how we will be even stronger, right now it is the wrong moment to give this message straight after a final.

"Yes, it is always a bit difficult when you don't know at the end of May exactly in which league you are because of different scenarios. For sure, always a bit tricky but in the background we've prepared a lot. There will be lots of work to do also over the upcoming weeks, that's definite for sure."