Monday, 3 December 2012

The Revolution Will Be Televised



By Ben Dixon (@BenDixon17)
It’s amazing what a bit of good news can do. Only 2 weeks ago Leeds were hovering just above the relegation places, without a win in 7 and morale at a very, very low level. Now after 3 wins on the bounce and new owners, things are looking a lot rosier at the West Yorkshire club. The news broke on Wednesday 21st of November to the delight of everyone associated with the club, apart from maybe Ken Bates. After 6 long months of negotiating/arguing the deal was finally struck to sell Leeds United, despite Uncle Ken’s best efforts. This of course means and end to the seemingly endless speculation of deals collapsing, being hijacked by David Beckham and actually being completed. It also means that Duncan Castles can fuck off back to South Africa with his endless clueless bullshit rumours. He’s been asking for that for all of 3 months.

The new owners are of course GFH Capital, and in particular David Haigh and Salem Patel. Welcome to Leeds United, but more importantly, THANK YOU. You’ve got rid of Ken, well almost. Within hours of the deal being completed, Neil Warnock had already bought in two players on loan and good players at that (the less said about Andros Townsend at this point the better). It wasn’t only players that the takeover has brought to the club though, it’s finally brought a bit of stability too which is what the club has craved most over the last 6 months. The timing couldn’t have been better either, with a potential trouncing on the cards at the hands of Ian Holloway’s high-flying Crystal Palace side on the Saturday. Palace came with the heads high, but left with their tails between their legs, in particular Wilfred Zaha, who could still be in Sam Byram’s pocket as I write this. The 2-1 win was Leeds’ first in 7 matches and a much needed morale boost with a very tricky week coming up.

Next to Elland Road came Leicester, a team challenging for the top 2. This match marked a year since Gary Speed’s tragic death and the man himself must have been watching down on Leeds’ first mid-week league win for a year. A Luciano Becchio penalty after just 3 minutes was enough for Leeds, much to the disbelief of Leeds fans everywhere. A mid-week win and a clean sheet? Madness. The takeover effect was in full swing.

These two wins were the perfect way to go into Huddersfield’s cup final. The links were everywhere is this Yorkshire derby.  Simon Grayson, Adam Clayton and Jermaine Beckford. Only one of them featured though, and feature they did. Mainly in the form of Adam Clayton making a twat out of himself much to the amusement of Leeds fans. Running half the length of the pitch and knee-sliding in front of Warnock, trying to make the statement that Leeds didn’t want him. Hmmmmm. Adam Claytonless Leeds won 4-2 with Luciano Becchio scoring another 2 goals, taking his tally up to 12 in the league this year, and only 1 off the top 10 all-time Leeds goal scorers. Not bad for the amount of stick he gets. Most of it completely unjustified. Let the haters hate Luciano, let the haters hate.

These three very impressive wins have propelled Leeds up in to the top half of the league, only 4 points off the play-off spots and with a trip to Derby County coming up, they should be confident of another 3 points. All of this is being backed up by the fact that Neil Warnock has been promised money to spend in January, and if we’re there or thereabouts by that time, then promotion is a real possibility. However there is still one gripe most Leeds fans have with the takeover, apart from the length of time it took. Ken Bates as President of the club???? How’s he managed to wrangle  that one out of GFH is beyond me, but if it keeps him quiet then I’ll take it. If he starts meddling in the running of the club though, David, Salem, tell him to piss off. Please?

So the signs are looking much more promising for Leeds United. Money in the bank, climbing up the league and a squad full of confidence. Could this be the season? We’ll just have to wait and see, but one thing is for sure, its looking a darn sight better than this time two weeks ago.

RIP GARY SPEED

3 comments:

  1. i'm fascinated...

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  2. Ben, I love your work, would you be interested in doing an article about 4th division?

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  3. can you do one on man u please?

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