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LUFC Bates - We must get promotion this year

Ken Bates says the club must get promoted this season after meeting with manager Simon Grayson in Monaco this week.

With the international break in full flow, Grayson flew out to Monaco to meet up with the Leeds chairman.

Bates says they had a very valuable and constructive meeting and given them time to reflect as they have reached a third of the way through the season.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, "It was a very constructive meeting. In depth, I suppose, frank and meaningful discussion onto the various good high and low points of the season so far. It was very valuable indeed and I think that we must get promotion this year and maybe be a little more tougher on certain playing matters. It has given us time to reflect and it has been very constructive."

Leeds are currently one place outside the play off places in seventh place.

Once again, the championship is proving a competitive division with only six points separating fifth and nineteenth place.

Leeds are currently six points behind West Ham in second place who fill the final automatic promotion place whilst Southampton continue to set the pace at the top of the division, eleven points ahead of Leeds at this stage.

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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 16 2011

Time: 9:49PM

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The vibes coming from Bates in recent weeks seem to suggest he is putting the pressure on Grayson. He was critical after the Blackpool game and now to say we must get promotion this year seems to be laying it on the line to the Leeds manager.
dazza71
Needs to put his hand in the Clubs coffers to improve the squad come January
tINY t
he wont put his hand in his pocket - only money goes in his pocket and we are all "morons" for thinking anyting dfferent
simonfire1
Oh great - now we "have to get promotion". Like that sort of pressure is going to help. It doesn't add up - he says elsewhere in the interview that Simon is doing a good job, 52% win rate, first manager since Howard to win something, etc... then he implies we have to get promoted or...what? Sack the manager??? Maybe it's mind games with the kids/players - get them to "buck their ideas up"?
BelfastGingerLeeds
The chairman is a rich man with quite a bit of money. Maybe he ought to spend some of it. Or do another Chelsea sooner rather than later and sell to one of his very rich friends who will.
Rotherham White
if we do spend it has to be on quality players, look at the likes of Leicester! we all know we need to spend on our defence for sure.
rochdale white
Ominous stuff. If we remember Maccas downfall he was flavour of the month end of September with Bates praising his style of football in the match programme. November he was summed to Monaco for a 'frank and constructive meeting'. Five defeats followed (including Histon) and December he was gone. Time for some of the players to step up to the plate more often.
erni
The pressures on..
watford1881
He sells our good player right at the end of the transfer window so Grayson doesn't have time to find any one to replace them & THEN HE COMES OUT WITH THAT STUPID SENTANCE.Wake up & smell the Coffee.
pete mc
 

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