Never said it was.
Brentford are pretty much the only example of a long term plan in the Championship, hopefully they get promoted and it finally pays off.
Swansea were only relegated 1 season ago and lost most of their squad in a fire sale, they've finished 10th and could potentially reach the play-offs this season. That's not an example of a successful long term plan, it's getting a completely new manager in after relegation and the manager beating the odds and finishing mid table with a decimated squad.
I look at teams like Brentford and Swansea, teams who haven't been promoted back yet but work in a way that means they build a club for the future. So even when Brentford struggled when they lost Mark Warburton to Rangers, they ended up with Dean Smith who got them back on track immediately. After Dean Smith left to Villa, Thomas Frank has carried on with that improvement and kept them going in a similar way to the point where they could even get automatically promoted this year. We can't do that if we keep changing the style of manager we hire, not to mention our recruitment practices don't even give our better managers the players they need, where Brentford manage to do that and make money on their purchases and give themselves better chances to invest.
Neil Warnock is not Marcelo Bielsa, he's not going to get the best out of pretty much any player that crosses his path. He's not a world-renowned coach who any club in the Championship would snap your hands off to manage them. Neither were any other of Leeds' hires. Bielsa isn't a sign that changing your manager every 5 minutes eventually bears fruit.
I feel like our season-defining game was Hull DS... and we lost it. That was the definition of a must-not-lose game... the players totally bottled it and made some shocking mistakes. Will never get an easier shot at 3 points in this league.
Win that and we're not totally safe but we're not going into the last straight panicking either - plus Hull would have been on the brink. If we go down, that's the one I'll look at as the season-definer.