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The Bates Factor

An awful lot has been said about where Leeds United is now and the relevance of current or former chairmen. Disappointment is the only common factor that surrounds them all. Ridsdale claims, wrongly, that his tenure was under control and 'market factors' conspired against him and the club, at that time. Living the dream is not an excuse, but the ramblings of an incompetent fool. Bates claims he inherited problems financially, but none that he was prepared to walk away from. In accepting the role he accepted the problems, no excuses.

Barring a miracle of biblical proportions, United will be relegated just 1 year after reaching the playoff final. I personally felt that we would drop straight back down if we had beaten Watford, but with the money earned in the one season in the Premier League, we could have really pushed on.

What went wrong? Not backing Blackwell after Cardiff was the start. It was clear from January of 2006 that we were struggling as a squad and only scraped a playoff place. Bates should have spent 4 million on the squad in the closed season. Not a massive amount considering we sold Hulse and Kilgallon for that.

Sacking Blackwell, for me, was right at that time. But Bates spent too long getting a full time manager in. It took the 5-1 reverse at Luton for Uncle Ken to wake up.

Up stepped Dennis Wise. Now I have grown to like Dennis. He is genuinely passionate and is fiercely determined. An ideal Leeds manager. January was to be his most telling time and the clubs final push down to League One. We got a few loan signings and weak journey men. Where was little Den's money, Uncle Ken? Nowhere. He had to spend a good 5 million to keep the club up and push on next term. He didn`t. Leeds relegated.

Administration is now being used a tool to manoeuvre as much in the property market, as the footballing one. Watch closely and question every move.

I won`t doubt that Bates wants to succeed. I just doubt it`s for the clubs benefit.




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Date:Monday April 30 2007

Time: 11:30PM

Your Comments

he is only in it for himself !! its sad for the true fans at your place that you are being raped by a couple of chelsea men for everything they can get ... good luck in league 1
dazednconfuzed
The last of the old style chairman now our dougy ellis has gone. Like Ellis, Bates is only in it for one thing, and it's not to make friends.
murph
when he got a load of money he'll leave with it all
Super-Leeds
I personally think that MasterBates and NookyBear have done a great job.You can just imagine them flying back to London in Bates helicopter laughing themselves stupid while sipping champagne and counting the wads of cash they have taken and are about to take from Bellend rd.I never liked "Uncle Ken or Little Den" in the past but if they would like to come to the next meeting of the "ANTI-LEEDS UNITED FAN CLUB" I will gladly buy them a drink and make them life time members!!!!
SweetLeftFoot
by the way these are gd articles toread
Super-Leeds
Missed out on this debates as i`ve only been a member 8wks or so
yorkshirepride1
Well looking back at the archives we were a judgemental lot were`nt we lol
yorkshirepride1
 

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