206 Days Later….

David and Salem

Well it’s Friday the 21st December 2012, and
surprise surprise, the world hasn’t ended. Instead, something even more unbelievable
has happened. Leeds United has finally been bought by GFH Capital. The longest
takeover completed on the shortest day. Ironic. A press conference was
announced for 11.30am to give confirmation that GFH Capital had bought 100% of
Leeds United off Ken Bates. It’s the moment that anyone to do with the club has
been waiting with baited breath for many a long and tedious month.
The impact has been immediate, with David Haigh and Salem
Patel already introducing half-season tickets to boost the attendances and atmosphere
during the push for promotion. This was the first major sign of change post
Bates, as Ken had never endorsed the idea of half season tickets. Another minor
difference is the setting up of an official twitter account which allows the
fans to give their opinions on the club. Haigh and Patel have already outlined
that communication with the fans is going to play a key role is the running of the
club, which could not be more different to the old regime under Ken Bates,
where the club was run his way, and his way only.
Promotion is the goal, but there is a lot of work needed
before that can be achieved, the most obvious of which is the January transfer
window. In the press conference today Salem Patel said ‘We won’t be spending
crazy money’. That may be the case, but some money is definitely needed to get
the squad to a promotion challenging level. Warnock’s main priority must be
strikers. Tying down Jerome Thomas on a permanent deal should also be up there
on Warnock’s to-do list. He has provided the spark that we were lacking in the
opening 2 months of the season, and the pace. There are a few potential targets
I’d like to see arrive in January, and top of that list is Craig Mackail-Smith.
Every time I’ve seen him play in the last 2 years he’s torn defences apart with
his pace and finishing, and he seems to be exactly the type of player that
could do a very good job for Leeds.
Another popular choice to get in January is Maxi Gradel.
With his curious tweeting, apparent desire to return to Elland Road and the
prospect of money I see very little preventing Neil Warnock bringing him home.
Doing this would show the fans just how much their opinions are being taken
into account, and provide a huge morale-boost heading into the final few months
of the season.
Away from transfers, the fans want a change in the way the
club is run, with lower ticket prices being mentioned again and again. The half-season
ticket is a big step in the right direction, but at 30 odd pounds a ticket it
prices a lot of potential fans out of being able to watch the games. Knocking
£5 off a ticket would generate more money due to the higher attendances gained
from lower prices. More good news was announced today when David Haigh said
that ken Bates’ role as president wouldn’t involve day to day involvement with
the club, which can only be a good thing.
So a new era begins for Leeds United, much to the joy of
everyone associated with the club. It’s onwards and upwards from now on, and
who knows what’s going to happen in the next few months. Only one thing is for
sure. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Ryan is an IT professional by trade and bases all of his football knowledge off of the Premier League, Chelsea and Football Manager.

Ryan Goodman

Ryan is an IT professional by trade and bases all of his football knowledge off of the Premier League, Chelsea and Football Manager.

3 thoughts on “206 Days Later….

  • December 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    A Twitter Account is a good idea … maybe … until the abuse starts.

    What I don't understand is, when Warnock arrived he said he was only here for the short haul, perhaps for one season only. He's already been here a season and a half, are we to assume he'll be here for the whole of next season? If he doesn't intend staying perhaps it would be a good idea to replace him ASAP. A new, proven, manager would have time to look at the players he has available and sort out the wheat from the chaff in time for summer, knowing what replacements he would require . Warnock hasn't exactly made any improvements over Grayson, has he?

  • December 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This is fantastic news for Leeds fans Ben. The new guys are a breath of fresh air. Hopefully they provide the impetus we need to get back to the Premier League.

    Perhaps most refreshing is there intention to engage with the fans and rebuild the bridges burnt by Bates during his ownership.

  • December 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    His contract runs out this summer, so if he is staying then this takeover is great and he'll but
    y what he wants in Jan. If he isn't staying then sure, let the club know so they van plan accordingly


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