|David Haigh (above) is widely tipped to be the next Chairman of Leeds United Football Club.|
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.