Sunday, 29 January 2012

Too many broken promises!

Time after time Leeds United fans are promised that money is going to come in the club and be spent on players. But in reality since Ken Bates took over the club we have seen no major signings and year after the best players leaving the club due to not being offered a decent wage, when they can go to a smaller club and get more money.

It's about time he put his money where his mouth is and invest properly into this football club. Every single fan would rather that the money is spent on bringing better players into the club but instead he chooses to spend it on some fancy new executive boxes. It may bring in money in the long term however Simon Grayson needs to be backed now! If that means breaking our wage structure to bring in a player then so be it. But something has to be done and fast.

There is two days left in this transfer window and we were promised four top class signings. So far since that promise was made we have only signed Fabian Delph on loan. It also shows a lack of ambition when Alan Smith, who would of given his all to play for this club has joined MK Dons on loan and their only paying £2,500 of his wage, does that mean we weren't willing to pay that to bring Smith home?

I know that he wouldn't have solved all our problems, however i feel that he would of been a great asset and would of been someone to help nurture the young talent at this club. Also a premier league signing would just give everyone at the club a lift and a much needed kick up the backside as performances over the past few weeks have been poor. The thing that i believe needs to be addressed first is to extend the contracts of Adam Clayton, Robert Snodgrass and Aidy White. These three could easily make it at the highest level and we need to make sure that they make that step up with us, rather than go for a very small fee when their contracts are running down. Giving these three long term deals would certainly scare off and potential suitors as they would have to pay a lot more for their services.

The board answer to pleas for lack of activity will more than likely be so and so turned us down for a premiership club or they wanted too much money. But the truth is they will only be asking for a wage that most of this league is willing to pay apart from Leeds. If the club really does have true ambitions of getting into the top flight then we will see some big signings in the next two days however I can't see it happening and deep down everyone knows it.

Mr Bates please get your wallet out and put your money where your mouth is! It's time to back up your promises!

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Friday, 20 January 2012

Fabian Delph, Great signing or just distracting us from the truth?

When the news first broke that this could happen last week I was full of optimism. Now however since we are now selling our captain the question has to be asked. Are we no longer able to keep our star assets?

Like any other Leeds fan I'm delighted that we have been able to bring Fab back on loan, even if it's just for a month at the minute. My initial thoughts were that he would be here to cover the gap left by Jonny Howsons' injury. But obviously i was wrong as he appears to be on the way to Norwich, subject to personal terms and a medical.

Also now with contract talks with Adam Clayton stalling, who has plenty of suitors who would be willing to take him to the top flight and rumours circling that Leicester City are going to make a bid for Robert Snodgrass. Are we going to be able to keep hold of these players, when they will be able to go away and earn a lot more than they do at Elland Road. It's about time that the club started to pay that bit extra to make sure we tie down our best players for four or five years. Rather than lose them on a free or for a very small fee.

Although I do believe getting two million for a player who has five months left on his contract and currently sidelined with a long term injury is a good deal. It is still one i would rather not see happen. Since he has been out of the side our form has dipped dramatically. Bringing Fabian in is still a good move however, he has bags of ability and a desire and passion for the game. If Simon Grayson can persuade Aston Villa to let him stay at the club until the end of the season then I truly believe our starting midfield cannot be matched by any other club in this division.

What the club needs to do is make sure that no more of our key players are sold in this window. If they are then we will definitely not be in the promotion shake up at the end of the season. We need to improve the spine of the team then the rest will fall into place. Unlike many I still believe that Grayson is the right man for the job. He likes his teams to play attacking football and given the right funding could get the players that he needs to get us promoted.

If that is the case, Ken Bates, will you back your manager that you paid Blackpool a decent amount of money for?

I doubt it.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

RIP Darlington FC?

Today it was announced that Darlington Football Club have terminated the contracts of all playing and coaching staff due to them not being able to pay their wages. I feel that this could have been prevented if the FA offered a little bit more support to clubs that are relegated out of the football league.

When relegated they are still paying players full time contracts which they cannot afford, so they immediately have to sell or release their best players so they can get money into the club to pay wages, as well as everyday things such as electricity bills and so on.

There should be a clear set of guidelines aiding clubs in this situation but time after time the FA, Football League and Premier bosses sit in there mansions, turning a blind eye to it while football fans suffer as their clubs face extinction. This is not right, as a Leeds fan i know what they have been through as my own club was days from liquidation had it not been for Ken Bates.

But it took two relegation's before we were back on a stable financial footing, it should of been sorted a lot sooner. Then there is the case of Portsmouth who last year were just hours from going out of business before they were taken over and saved. The FA should not let this happen, they should look more into who is running each club and making sure they have the relevant funding available to back a club properly and give the fans what they deserve. A football club to be proud of. 

It's a disgrace that these people get paid all this money to sit on their backsides when they're supposed to be the ones running the game and they haven't got a clue. Something needs to be done about this. It's easy for people just to blame the owners for spending when they don't have the money but sometimes it goes deeper than that. Just look at Peter Risdale who is somehow still in football after having three of the clubs he has been chairman go into administration yet he has not been investigated, how is that right?

In Darlington's case this is the third time in nine years they have been in administration surely in that time someone must have realized something wasn't right? I think one of their main downfalls is having to keep paying for that 20 plus thousand seater stadium that 90% of is never used. They should of sold it as soon as they could to generate income then build a smaller ground that was easier to sustain and cheaper to run.

Hopefully someone will come in at the last minute and save one of England's oldest football clubs but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. So let this be a reminder to the FA and the other bigwigs at the top of football, this shouldn't happen so help stop it in the future. Don't let fans suffer by losing their football club.

RIP Darlington FC.

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