What Leeds United need is a United Leeds



David Haigh (above) is widely tipped to be the next Chairman of Leeds United Football Club.
Article by @Cas707 (man on the post host Colin)


I'm a member of the Man On The Post podcast team and I'm a Leeds United fan. After hearing recent comments on Twitter and Leeds blog sites such as the excellent thescratchingshed.com, I felt compelled to write this article.
I'm getting fed up of a group of Leeds United fans who moan and berate the efforts of GFH Capital in their takeover of the club. David Haigh (@haighdavid) and Salem Patel (@SalemPatel) are the key drivers towards the takeover of Leeds United. Over the last few weeks and months, there have been comments on the progress of the takeover (to name a few) from the BBC, Yorkshire Evening Post, journalist Duncan Castles (nephew of LUFC Board member Peter Lorimer) and the Leeds United Supporters Trust (LUST). All comments have been based on ‘sources.’
Haigh and Patel, have put their heads above the parapet by being vocal and honest via their twitter accounts. Which, for me, is somewhat refreshing in comparison to what we have endured before, namely a Ken Bates dictatorship. Lest we forget the selective choosing of callers on the ‘Extra Time Phone In with Eddie Gray’ which follows each game on Yorkshire Radio.
I'm hearing the attacks on the potential new owners and quite frankly, I'm sick of it. Now it’s my time for me to say my piece.
I'm a member of LUST. They have over 8,000 members – an impressive amount for a Supporters Trust, and they do have the football club’s interest at heart. However, their recent scatter gun approach of attack has left me confused and disappointed. Do they want the takeover to happen or not? Their criticism of the progress of the takeover is perhaps valid. It has taken a long time. However, what do they, and other vocal Leeds United fans want? A continued strained ownership under Ken Bates which has seen support at home games drop by 20% year on year? Personally, I'm feeling more and more compelled to end my membership of LUST.
Leeds United fans have seen 7 years of mismanagement under Ken Bates. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the sale of Jonny Howson. He was one of us. That’s when the ‘Bates Out’ movement really took force.
Is Bates what you want, because that’s what you've got. It’s time to make a change and attacking the new guys who actually believe in Leeds United and want to take it to the Premier League and taste success, is insane.
Attack the old regime as much as you want. That needs to be destroyed. I've endured as much of administration, League One football and mediocre Championship 'entertainment' as I can muster. But please get on board with the new face of Leeds United. We need a new direction. We need a positive direction. We need to be in the Premier League. And that starts by supporting David Haigh. He can provide something that Ken Bates never has - a promising future.
The Man On The Post team supports David, Salem and the GFH Capital team. Come on Leeds fans, let’s get behind this. I'm sick of what we've had to put up with over the last 7 years and it’s time to make a change.

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  1. Good to hear something positive. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this week brings some equally positive news, and that we can actually all start Marching On Together.

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  2. Rob, great to hear your comments. My article was one born of frustration, something I think all Leeds fans are feeling right now. My thinking is that perhaps some groups (YEP, LUST etc.) are using the takeover to gain themselves attention, stating 'facts' under the guise of 'sources.' What we need is to be united and that brings me to your closing comment and I agree - we all should be Marching On Together!!

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  3. According to Twitter, it seems my article has ruffled a few feathers! Particularly my criticism of LUST (Leeds United Supporters Trust).

    I'd like to clarify my thoughts - my main criticism is not with LUST, but with all organisations, whether it be media, Tweeters or LUST using 'sources' to back up their statements.

    As it stands, there are various 'sources' providing conflicting information. That suggests that not all the 'sources' are genuine. So who do we believe? Who are the 'sources'? Do they all have the same 'source'?

    You can't go into court and try to prosecute someone because your 'sources' say that the person in the dock is a bad person. Your evidence has to be solid and valid. If the sources we consistently hear about are right in what they say, then why not name them? Are the sources scared, are they unwilling to stand by their comments and if so, why?

    Perhaps the most valid use of sources comes from journalist Duncan Castles who does indeed have a source - he is related to Peter Lorimer, Leeds legend and member of the LUFC board. Yet, some of Castles' comments and predictions have been incorrect. So if Castles' sources are flawed, what validity does that add to everyone else's sources.

    Therefore, on behalf of the Man On The Post team, I say this, to all quoter's of 'sources' PUT UP OR SHUT UP! Put your money where your mouth is and quote who your source is. Name them. And if you can't or you are not willing to, then don't run a story based on their information.

    A fact is a fact. Information from a 'source' means nothing. Let's be honest. Let's be open. Let's be United. Let's find out the real truth. And let's make this happen. It's been too long. Far too long.

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  4. I am in complete agreement with this article........we have had 7 years of turmoil and lies, whats a few months more of uncertainty if we are going to have new, honest open owners who have the best interests of the club and fans at heart......come on lets be UNITED

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  5. Brilliant article! The most sensible thing ive read so far!

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  6. I do support them, it just could have been handled so, so much better than it has been,which isn't really endearing them to the fans at all. Some work needs to be done to get the fans back on side once compkleted

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  7. Ben, thanks for your thoughts. I would hazard a guess that the takeover hasn't exactly turned out like GFH Capital would have liked either! My thinking is that the maze of companies associated with LUFC under Bates have complicated the matter and made the takeover process extremely complex.

    Add on top of that the news filtering out that Leeds are currently propped up on approx. £14m of loans (which was news to me) - this can't have helped matters either.

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