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  • Andrew Andrew Feb 16, 2013 01:33 Flag

    Promotion, relegation, or business as usual

    Can Neil Warnock yet achieve promotion (via the playoffs) for Leeds?
    Historically, to reach the playoffs a team needs between 70-75 points. The way Leeds’ hit-and-miss season has been going, 70 is still just about attainable – with 15 games to play, that is, say, eight wins, four draws, and three losses; with a lot depending on how other teams fare.
    Will Neil Warnock get Leeds into the playoffs? It’s extremely unlikely, considering recent results, his inept tactics in League matches, and the majority of fans calling for his head.
    It is interesting to recall that, at the beginning of this season, Neil Warnock said he would stay at the club as long as Leeds fans supported him. PR spin, or what! I don’t know any Leeds fans that support him now. So why is he staying?
    Initially, Leeds fans took to Warnock because of what we perceived as his blunt (no pun intended!), tell-it–as-it-is honesty; we all thought he had the status and balls to challenge Bates – how wrong we were! It seems Warnock is just another of Bates dodgy mates, like GFH Capital, whose interest in Leeds is personal gain and not the club’s success in football.
    After the Middlesbrough result, most of us Leeds fans assume that any hope of promotion is over this season, that 2012-13 should be written off, and that a new manager is appointed now to begin planning for the 2013-14 campaign… I suspect that even if Leeds appointed Jose Mourinio as its manager, without the financial support that Bates has always denied, Leeds would remain where it is now; exactly where Bates wants it to be – i.e. washed-up!

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    • 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!

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      • 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.