Temporary manager Neil Redfearn believes a lack of professionalism is running through his Leeds players, having watched them slip to a 2-1 injury-time defeat to Brighton.
Alan Navarro's 91st-minute winner ensured the Seagulls remain unbeaten in 2012, but condemned United to a sixth home defeat of the season. That statistic alone is one of the reasons why Redfearn has been asked to stand in by chairman Ken Bates, who last week dismissed Simon Grayson as manager amid fears that the club's promotion hopes were fading.
"Conceding two so late on is a trait that has run through this season and you can understand why it's been a problem," said Redfearn.
"Clean sheets win football matches, as daft as it sounds. What they (the players) don't realise is, this is a fantastic club and a fantastic way to earn a living. I need to instil that in them. The problems that have been there in the past are there to see. It's a lack of professionalism and that's something that has run through for a while."
While Redfearn and Neil Warnock head the betting to replace Grayson, Seagulls boss Gus Poyet is another to have been linked with being his successor, having worked at the club before and also being a friend of Bates.
The Uruguayan played under the veteran owner at Chelsea and was Leeds' assistant manager during their memorable recovery from a 15-point deduction in 2008.
He was keen to express his happiness at his situation at Brighton when asked if he would like to return to Elland Road, but stopped short of ruling it out entirely.
"I had a great time here and when I came out of the tunnel and looked to the left (at the Revie Stand) it was unique. There are not many places like that," he said.
"I always try to be honest and I try not to think about what managers will go. But Leeds is a special one. I prefer to wait. If the day is coming, it is coming and then I will think. I am lucky at the moment. It's a good time to be at Brighton, I make a lot of decisions.
"I say there is no chance (of wanting to leave), but it is difficult to say when the place (Leeds) is so spectacular for me. It would be great. I would love, in the future, to manage Leeds. I would love to come back, but at the moment the timing is not quite right. For those who want me back, I am sorry."