No news is not good news; it is nothing. Nothing is what Bates has given Leeds United. As he, reportedly, negotiates the sale of our club, at a substantial profit for himself and his shady, offshore, tax dodging cronies, Bates will leave Leeds in the same position (mid table in the Championship) as it was when he bought it in 2005. After seven years of Bates’ regime, Leeds supporters have had nothing – unless you count relegation, administration, point deduction penalties, pointless property developments, frustration at the lack of investment and ambition, the sale of player assets, grudge litigations, controversial and politically contentious programme notes, and being called ‘morons’. While Leeds supporters have had nothing, Bates has milked the club, allegedly, through loss making non-core businesses, dodgy, high interest loans to non-specified creditors, and exorbitant ticket prices; to say nothing of the huge rents paid to mysterious offshore owners of Elland Road and Thorp Arch. Ken Bates has been nothing but a cancer destroying the club. Like a cancer, cutting him out will not be easy. His dark dealings will have affected every aspect of the club’s system and any recovery the club may make under new ownership is unlikely to escape fully the pathogens of his regime. As Bryan stated in an earlier post, Bates should be prosecuted, whether he sells or stays at Leeds, for his misdemeanours and as an example of what is wrong, not only in football ownership but society as a whole, where unaccountable, offshore, tax dodging owners of organisations think they can get away with duping hard working customers into paying for their millionaire lifestyles. No news is Bates getting away with it, again!