It’s Christmas next month.

The majority of us will at some point pull a cracker and read out one of the notoriously bad jokes inside that are always funny, in a really unfunny way.

How suitable it is then that we sit here still awaiting the ‘imminent’ announcement of a completed takeover by GFH Capital, as this truly is becoming a bad joke, and nobody is laughing at this one.

I’ve always been in the ‘give them time’ camp. I’ve said all along that I’ll judge them on what they do after they take over from Ken, but with a third of the season gone and Leeds’ league position falling quicker than David Haighs popularity, I’ve had enough.

Back in October GFH told us “We have a separate budget from the purchase total to buy better players to achieve promotion to the Premier League”

That was all good and well at the time, we were doing quite well in the league and the emergency loan window was far from slamming shut. But what use is it now? Warnock is a good manager, but he’s no miracle worker. Our team are doing the best they can but it’s nowhere near good enough for promotion, we’ve been crying out for a sprinkling of quality for months and yet still we sit here waiting for things to change.

For me, GFH are as much to blame as Ken. I was happy for them to take their time, who wouldn’t when buying from Bates? But they’ve let the entire saga drag on to the point where the season is practically beyond us. Not only that, but the lack of information throughout the process has been nothing short of ridiculous. As fans, we don’t want to see David Haigh tweet ‘Working hard’ every week.

Enough is enough. The January transfer window is fast approaching and someone needs to put their money where their mouth is. Takeovers can take time, but six months suggests a serious problem. GFH have sat back and watched our season fall apart, if they are really in this for the good of the club then where has the urgency been?

I want Ken Bates out as much as every other Leeds fan, but what are we set to replace him with?

GFH have been getting frustrated with people questioning their financial capabilities, but how can they blame us? They’ve done nothing to allay the fans fears other than release a few pointless statements. Actions speak louder than words, and their actions are speaking volumes.

They are not completely to blame for all of this.

Our beloved chairman has played his part too. His unjustified rants at fans, LUST, GFH and seemingly every journalist on the scene has been embarrassing. I’m in no doubt that he’s thrown more than the odd spanner in the works over the last few months, but did we ever expect anything less.

All in all, our season is becoming a waste of everyone’s time. Warnock only wanted one more season and what a season he’s having. For a campaign that started with so much promise and optimism, it is heartbreaking to watch as it dwindles out into nothing.

If GFH do take over they have a lot of work to do. Leeds need more than just investment in the team now. The fans, players and manager are devoid of all optimism, support is divided and frustration is growing by the day.

Working hard? The hard work hasn’t even begun.

Twitter – @giddy_goose



  • white russian
    3 years ago

    Anyone writing a book on what’s wrong with English football would have Leeds on every page and a separate chapter just for Kenneth Bates, a man who understands the price of everything but the value of nothing.

  • andy
    3 years ago

    On the basis of what we have encountered so far, GFH will have to work very hard as the fans’ own opinion of them is surely at a lower ebb than when Bates first took over. Nice piece, telling it like it is.

  • Andrew Farrar
    3 years ago

    Could not of put it better myself! :-(

    GFH are / will / maybe / would of started off completely on the wrong foot with the supporters not trusting them nor liking them.

    Out of the frying pan into the fire!

  • Steve A
    3 years ago

    The whole thing has been suspicious all along. I think we have been believing what we wanted to believe. Once it’s too late and the transfer window has closed Bates will announce that everything has fallen through and they were to timewasters.

  • wiggy
    3 years ago

    This article is brilliant it sums up just how i feel. I never thought id say this but I’ve had enough of supporting Leeds. ill never support anyone else but I’ve just lost interest and its all because its become more about the boardroom then it has about the football.

  • Greg Bell
    3 years ago

    I think this sums up the thoughts of every Leeds fan in the country. The initial optimism has transcended into a farce played out as only Leeds United can, in public and we are left a laughing stock. This season is over and with the League leaders on Saturday and another sub 20k crows at ER the loan window will shut in our Red faces without a single new signing, cheers Ken cheers GFH we don’t deserve this at all, the supporters of Leeds deserve so very much better than this!

  • Peter
    3 years ago

    GFH are a venture capital company, their shareholders want profits, what football club makes a profit? To my mind they want to buy Leeds, see them promoted and sell them at a profit a.s.a.p.. They obviously have little knowledge of football as now there appears very little chance , if any of Leeds being promoted this year, having not understood the relevance of transfer/loan windows.

    As for Bates I get tired of irrational comments directed against him. The last time I looked at the Times rich list he had less wealth than all but one of the Premiership chairmen ( Swansea being the one). The investment Leeds require is far greater than he can afford, perhaps he realises that and hence the sale.

    Leaving aside the investment in players lets face it Elland Road is now looking its age, at least Bates ( unfortunately to the detriment of investment in the team) realised that.

    As for Warnock, he was the right man but was dealt a short hand. Given his stated position of retiring in the Summer we should get a manager in now who can build a team who can play the football the crowd want to see and get us promoted next year.

    As for Haigh, remember we had a so called supporter in charge and look what happened then.

  • Barty
    3 years ago

    Perfect timing for the article! Check out LUFC website