Date:Saturday December 10 2005
Kevin Blackwell insists Peter Ridsdale should not be held solely responsible for the club's stunning financial demise.
The former Elland Road chairman's overspending drove Leeds to the brink of financial ruin - and ultimately saw Blackwell installed as manager.
Ridsdale returns to Elland Road with his current club Cardiff this weekend for the first time since his departure in March 2003.
Blackwell said: 'If it was not for Peter Ridsdale I would not be here so I will warmly shake his hand.
'It is ironic that another man's misfortune is another's opportunity. As soon as the door slammed in his face it opened in mine, so I can't knock him.
'The crying shame is that the club was in such good shape, they were looking to be the team of the decade and then poor decisions were made, not just by Peter Ridsdale, the whole club made poor decisions,' told the club's official website.
LUFC On This Day - September 2nd (Tuesday September 2 2014)
LUFC Becchio returns to Yorkshire (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Poleon joins Oldham on permanent deal (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Smith joins Fulham (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Doukara completes permanent Leeds deal (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Leeds miss out on Slovenian international (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Silvestre in FL Team of the Week (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Leeds complete Montenegro signing (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Grayson - Leeds link is wide of the mark (Monday September 1 2014)
LUFC Keep up to date with deadline day deals (Monday September 1 2014)
|18. Leeds Utd||5||2||0||3||-5||6|
|What Do You Make of It?
» Fulham : 02/09/2014 07:45:00
|Louis Thompson Signs
» Norwich : 02/09/2014 07:23:00
|Hooiveld Joins on loan
» Norwich : 02/09/2014 07:19:00
|LUFC On This Day - September 2nd
» Leeds Utd : 02/09/2014 07:02:00
|Surman: I'm really pleased with move
» Bournemouth : 02/09/2014 07:00:00