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  • Lottolee Lottolee Feb 16, 2013 19:03 Flag

    Promotion, relegation, or business as usual

    It's not hard to see what Leeds are missing, but why has this not been addressed? If we were to push we need 2 players in NOT LETTING THE BEST ONE GO BACK because you can't guarantee him a place over Brown! Boro beaten again says it all for me but have we blown it!

    • Having read the David Conn article in The Guardian that Bryan referred to, I’ve changed my opinion, somewhat, on GFH Capital being a front for Bates. It seems GFH struck the best deal it could – with Bates hanging around like a bad smell, as he tried to do after selling Chelsea to Abromovich.
      The problem GFH has is that it does not have the financial muscle of Abramovich.
      Bates is what Aussie sheep farmers call a ‘dag’ – a piece of sh it that clings to the wool around a sheep’s rear, attracting flies and disease. A dag has to be cut off. But, as a sheep can’t reach its own rear, this has to be done by a third party. That third party ought to be football’s governing organisations – the FA, PL, and FL, yet these are private companies whose boards are filled with dags just like Bates!
      If there was any justice, you’d hope that the law could be used to bring shady operators like Bates to book. But Bates loves the law, or rather confounding it. You can be sure that Bates will have everyone he’s ever dealt with tied to such stringent gagging orders that, like light escaping from a black hole, the truth will never emerge.
      The only alternative is for the Government to enact laws that wrests the control of our nation’s favourite sport from the private companies that control it – something I can’t see any politician in power at present having the balls to carry through.
      Sadly, if unchecked, the “free market” that allows corruption in football will lead its fans to cynicism about the game, no longer attending matches and, ironically, it will kill the golden goose that financial predators like Bates rely on to make their fortunes.