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LUFC Grayson - Man of conviction or puppet?

Vital Leeds contributor Huntersboots is back with another rant, this time stronger than ever as he questions the ambition of Leeds United and manager Simon Grayson.

FIFA are OK. Good statement, OK. It means settled with, everything is fine, the status quo is intact.
Mr Blatter is OK. Surrounded by yes men, he will do anything to keep his job, when all beneath him have no ambition; Blatter merely promises them a position and a wage to tuck in behind his coat tails. (Is this familiar, closer to home at LUFC?)

Well, everything is OK in planet football. Mr Bates echoes the same premise, 'do as I say' and everything will be OK. The staff and Mr Grayson follow. The fans though, hopefully, can see through this transparent rhetoric but alas agree it is OK for now. "We need to consolidate. "Let`s survive this season and go up next year stronger.' Damn, Bates has infiltrated everyone, are the Leeds fans really believing this drivel?

Sometimes however things are not always as OK as it seems. Sometimes a voice from the dark shouts enough is enough and the autocrat, Blatter, or in a football club's case the plutocrat is in danger of under-mining. A collapse of regime will surely happen, won't it?

As maybe in the case of Barnsley, probably the undermining is underway. The mining industry has disappeared in South Yorkshire lately but a man of ambition stood on firm ground for one of its football clubs, it was probably a little cold in Barnsley last month, but the boardroom was white hot with the resignation of Mark Robins.

Here is a man that has done wonders for the club, he ran it on a shoestring, to be in the Championship was Barnsley's nadir after glorious Premiership history but at least they were stable, they were OK. Grayson has a similar story, he rescued Leeds on a shoestring and gave them Championship stability. For Robins that was not OK, he gave up his job, his lifestyle, his ambition and the limelight, he proffered: 'I love the club and the fans, those, however, with no football ambition in the boardroom are stifling the club.' You see, like Grayson he is a true football man, he is OK.

Mr Grayson adores Leeds United, doesn't he, he is OK? He truly loves the club he guides of course. There is no doubt, but has he the courage of Robins?

OK, Beckford left the club a prolific striker (well, 3rd division). Brads and Killa are going, ( more 3rd div mediocrity to many) but apart from that, apart from the talented youngsters (Delph etc) leaving, apart from the fact Leeds United only have loan signing money, apart from everything else that's wrong, no, rotten to the core, the Leeds United manager silently 'sanctioned' the lot as 'moving on.` All is OK to Mr Grayson.

Well, Mr Grayson, It's employees like you that keep Mr Bates, Mr. Blatter and Mr Barnsley Chairman in Power, it's the Mr Robins of this world that put a spanner in the works. Grayson, you will never be a roundhead, a Luddite, or a 'peasants' revolt leader. If Simon Grayson had real ambition, absolute football ambition for Leeds United he would have walked. He would have got the natives restless and undermined the Bates lack of football ambition, he would have helped to save the club, ultimately; Mr Grayson so much power is in your hands! Grayson should be angry his beloved club have no ambition. 'Grayson is a fool`.

It is sad that Grayson, who champions thirty thousand loyalists to him is nothing more than a puppet to an offshore, financial parasitical football club predator. You see, Mr. Bates, Mr Blatter and the rest rely on the misguided ambitions of the Mr Grayson`s', their loyalty is clearly worth millions to those with no football ambitions. If Grayson were a true loyal Leeds fan he would spill the beans on all the lack of ambition the shareholders aspire to.

No problem though for the footballing proletariat, Mr Grayson is already planning the next campaign of freebies, after all Ken's yacht needs a refit. Ambition? That's too expensive, no; everything is OK thankyou with Mr Grayson at the helm of Leeds United, OK.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 4 2011

Time: 7:14AM

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I love these mate and it's something that many fans have questioned in recent years. You would think as a 'lifelong' Leeds fan that Grayson would be wanting better players to strengthen his squad rather than the free transfers that we usually deal with. It's going to be an interesting summer with Kilkenny and Johnson going on free transfers and clubs chasing the likes of Snodgrass and Gradel. If these two were to go how much of the transfer fee received would go back into strengthening the Leeds squad. Probably the same amount as young Mr Delph's!!
Oh wow. What a terribly uniformed article. How you can question the conviction of a man who has at all times stuck to his guns and worked wonders at a club where others - Venables, Reid, Blackwell, Wise, McAllister - have failed is beyond me. It seems you have an incredibly short memory, a fundamental misunderstanding of how the modern game works, as well as no comprehension of what real loyalty is. Grayson has performed near miracles at Leeds in light of what went before him and should be judged by what his teams have done on the pitch, not what happens in the boardroom. With managers dropping like flies at Chelsea, increasing levels of chairman involvement with transfers and even Sir Alex Ferguson (I hate to bring him up on this thread) having to curtail his spending at the behest of his superiors, it is clear that managers do not have the control over the running of the club they once did. Grayson's decision to keep Beckford and rely on his goals to see us promoted from League 1 was a bold move and one, which ultimately paid off. His faith in our midfield player and more significantly Becchio to fire us into a strong Championship position displayed courage. And whilst I shall be sad to see Johnson go, losing one player to maintain the manager's ethos - that no one player is bigger than the club - is a small price to pay. Grayson's reluctance to be demanding in the boardroom is offset by his astute loan signings and eye for a bargain. Remember, he to witnessed our beloved Leeds' cataclysmic crash having 'lived the dream'. Could an offer for Delph really be turned down? Particularly when You consider the player's head had already been turned. Grayson, like all of us, has superiors and towing the party line is not always a bad thing. Whilst I dislike Bates as much as the next Leeds fan, it cannot be denied that he has provided some much needed stability. By maintaining faith with a manager and through the fans remaining loyal, the club will return to where it belongs. And when we do, it shall be in a financial state that will allow us to remain there long term. And finally, would you really leave the club that you love, having spent so much effort and come so close (a matter of goals and three Playoff games) to restoring their Premiership status? Not to mention the contractual issues that will no doubt be in play. Leeds fans need to support Grayson, a man who has done so much already and who we can rely on, when the purse strings are loosened, to return the club to past glories.
Simon h _ Unfortunately whilst the other teams strenghtened during January we didn't. Once again no money was spent to bring players in and we fell short whilst any Leeds fan could see that we still needing a ball winning midfielder and the defence also needing strengthening in more than one position. Lets hope that one day will get to see those purse strings loosened. Whilst working under Bates I can't see it happening. I'm sure Bates will show Grayson the same loyalty he has with every other manager he's ever worked with if things start to go wrong.
King Billy
You have hit the nail on the head, Larry is nothing more than a puppet. Like most at ER, puppets to Bates PLC - Lorimer being the worst, he does it for beer money, at least Larry gets a salary (we think) LoveLeedsHateBates
I think he's a bit of both ... in a bit of both I mean take the "M" from man of conviction and the "UPPET" from puppet and you are about there - after Grayson got Blackpool doing well it was Ian Holloway who took em to the next level, I for one would love to see if he could do same for us (and HE would be no puppet for master Bates to work)

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