UK time is: 22:43:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

LUFC Bates explains reasons for selling Howson

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has explained the decision to sell club captain Jonny Howson in the last week.

Leeds accepted a bid last week for Howson from Norwich City and he has signed a three and a half year deal with the Canaries this week.

Bates, speaking in his usual Wednesday slot on Yorkshire Radio, explained the reasons for selling the club captain.

"Jonny Howson is 24 in May and his contract ends in June, that means he leaves on a Bosman at the end of the summer because his contract ends in June. We would be entitled to no compensation whatsoever. Nothing for the 14 years we spent nurturing him, training him up, bringing him up and promoting him.

"Furthermore, he hurt his leg against Millwall when he fell awkwardly and he has been out action ever since and he will be expected to be back either sometime next month or even March. We were astonished when Norwich came in and offered us, which after a bit of bartering end up at about 2 million, and to take the offer was a no-brainer.

"We have been working on Jonny for over 14 months, trying to persuade him to sign a contract and he steadfastly refused to do so, saying he wanted to keep his options open, because he wanted to play in the Premiership and of course we couldn`t guarantee promotion nor can any other club.

"It was a bit idiot situation, where the club captain wouldn`t commit himself to the club, but as usual the matter was left to the manager because we had a precedent with Beckford.
The question was, do we take the money for him now or say no and with a bit of luck, we get six weeks out of him, maybe eight games and then he leaves for free.

"It was left to the manager to make the final decision; he consulted his backroom staff and said take the money. Now we have that fighting fund in the pot to reinvest, which it will be invested in players.

"However, we are not going to invest the money for the sake of buying players. There is no point in doing that and we intend to buy players who will commit their future to Leeds United and have the ability to improve on our present squad, to strengthen the squad and not just make up the numbers."


Join The Vital Debate


Vital Leeds are the proud sponsors of the Thames Valley Whites Regional Supporters club

The fastest growing Leeds United supporters club in the South of England, with over 200 members since its formation in April 2009, travel to all games home and away.

The branch has pick up points at Basingstoke, Reading, Didcot, Abingdon, Oxford, Bicester and Banbury and will consider other pick up points on request.


Vital Leeds offers everything that a Leeds United supporter could wish for. If you can think of something and suggest it, we`ll put it on the website!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Leeds .



Bookmark and Share





Vital Leeds is now available on both facebook and twitter, so if you are that way inclined and more importantly understand all this new fangled dangled stuff, feel free to watch us, poke us or whatever else you are meant to do there!

Vital Leeds on: facebook


Vital Leeds on: twitter

Join Vital Leeds

It's easy to REGISTER HERE, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 25 2012

Time: 4:05PM

Your Comments

Blah Blah Blah Blah
Tiny T
If Howson definitely wasn't going to sign a new contract then it must be good business. Obviously all the money goes into Simons 'pot'. It must be overflowing by now.
dazza71
Pity its a small sherry glass though
Tiny T
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leeds Articles

LUFC On This Day - September 18th (Thursday September 18 2014)

LUFC Redfearn - We were hanging on (Wednesday September 17 2014)

LUFC Leeds Fan View v Bournemouth (Wednesday September 17 2014)

LUFC Who was your Leeds Man of the Match? (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Storming second half secures Leeds win (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Stats: Bournemouth v Leeds United (Wednesday September 17 2014)

LUFC On This Day - September 17th (Wednesday September 17 2014)

LUFC Leeds a big price to pip the cherries (Tuesday September 16 2014)

Archived Leeds Articles

List All Vital Leeds Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. dazza71 264
2. deslondon 204
3. King Billy 103
4. Tiny T 93
5. erni 93
6. bago 57
7. leeds1975 53
8. SimonTVW 35
9. Dublin White 15
10. 1972Glory 13

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Brentford 7 3 2 2 0 11
12. Millwall 7 3 1 3 0 10
13. Blackburn 7 3 1 3 -1 10
14. Leeds Utd 7 3 1 3 -3 10
15. Bournemouth 7 2 2 3 1 8
16. Wigan 7 2 2 3 1 8
17. Cardiff 7 2 2 3 -1 8

Breaking League News

Clubs line-up for Boro man
Middlesbrough : 18/09/2014 22:23:00
We have cover says Karanka
Middlesbrough : 18/09/2014 22:13:00
Boro suffer major blow
Middlesbrough : 18/09/2014 22:04:00
Handling Youth
Bolton : 18/09/2014 22:00:00
There's Only One Chris Cohen!!!
Forest : 18/09/2014 21:25:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the match v Bournemouth?
Suggested By:  
Silvestre 63%
Berardi 1%
Bellusci 6%
Pearce 1%
Warnock 0%
Cook 4%
Austin 1%
Sharp 0%
Bianchi 1%
Antenucci 5%
Doukara 18%