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  • Andrew Andrew May 25, 2012 16:55 Flag

    Got some spare change?

    The title of Peter Lorimer’s piece today, in his weekly YEP column, was “Snoddy right to bide time”. As the ‘supporters’ representative’ on the board of Leeds United, Lorimer is used instead, cynically, as a mouthpiece to present the board’s views to supporters. The subliminal message in Lorimer’s article is that Leeds fans (not Snoddy) should bide their time.
    The key phrase in Lorimer’s article is “...we need to invest in the squad and that will happen between now and August.” – In effect, he is urging us to wait until the start of the new season to see if Leeds has assembled a team capable of challenging for promotion. This is in contradiction to Neil Warnock’s plan to have players in place, integrated as a team, and ready to take the Championship by storm. However, it is in line with Bates’ comments about not paying players’ wages when they are not involved in matches. It also smells of the same bull’ that Bates produced last season.
    In the 1980s, when at Chelsea, Bates said he would not rest until he had destroyed Leeds United or words to that effect. He may have spoken in a fit of pique but, judging by his record since coming to Leeds, it is not unreasonable to believe that what he said then is true now.
    With the lack of transparency in all Bates dealings it is impossible to make a case against him as a fit and proper owner of Leeds. However, if the government, HMRC, and football’s authorities had any balls they would use the same argument to cut this tax-evading cancer that is Ken Bates out of English football.

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    • In a nutshell he is ruining the club. He has no respect for the fans and no respect for the history of the club. As you say if Leeds can't afford 400K for a player then where is the money going? I just don't understand his motives at Leeds at all. It's disgraceful that he gets away with it.

    • In a nutshell he is ruining the club. He has no respect for the fans and no respect for the history of the club. As you say if Leeds can't afford 400K for a player then where is the money going? I'd love to see Bates taken down but he appears to be a Teflon Don. I just don't understand his motives at Leeds at all. It's disgraceful that he gets away with it.