By Rab Laverty
So here we are again waiting expectantly at the start of another footy season, but waiting for what exactly I ask myself. A few short weeks ago I found myself getting excited for the new season when just after old Captain birds eye departed from our club we splashed a cool million on Luke Murphy from Crewe. Not much for some other clubs but the fact that we had actually spent cash on a player made plenty of us sit up and take notice and maybe GFH were going to start to come up trumps financially. However this bubble was significantly burst when our illustrious manager announced over the weekend that we couldn’t afford to buy anyone else unless we ship players out in the opposite direction.
Now I have a few candidates that I would like to see go through the exit door, however to be told after we had spent a mere million, that we are back to being poor Leeds again is, I feel more than a lot of Leeds United fans can stomach. Surely after the penny pinching ways of Bates we deserve more, as loyal fans, than to be treated to another dose of miserly ownership. Every other club gets in new owners and get a bit of money to spend while this is what we are treated to by our glamorous Dubai Banking Owners. If as a banking organisation they are skint then what in the name of Friar Tuck were they doing buying us over in the first place. If they are broke then they must be a very poor organisation to begin with because I have yet to meet a poor banker so they must be very bad at what they do or else they just don’t have any interest in investing in our club. On a personal level I feel that the latter applies here and I also feel that GFH are here only to make a quick killing.
Let’s look at a couple of statements from GFH and their representatives, David Haigh says that he wants the Leeds fans to fill the ground every week as Elland Road can be such an intimidating venue when its full. Absolutely correct there, David, however how do you expect 40,000 of us to fill the ground every week when we are watching sub standard football due to lack of investment in our team sorry, but the fans, apart from the die hards, are not going to shell out for season tickets and over priced match tickets to watch mid table championship football and that is if we are lucky enough to stay mid table.
Next we have David telling us that we are a huge club with a remarkable fan base and we should be in the premier league. Firstly we WERE a huge club however from about 10 years ago we have had successive years of financial mismanagement and we have degenerated into a mid table championship club lurching seemingly from crisis to crisis and last year we nearly became a league one team again under Warnock. David, the message is clear, we have all the potential to be a huge club once again however the fans aren’t fools and we simply require you to make the effort and invest and we will back you. Everyone can see how fiercely loyal our fans are, but we have shown also that we won’t be treated like fools by the clubs ownership so please get the cheque book open and give us a team to support and earn our loyalty.
Today (Wednesday) we have David again telling us in the press that we have a wonderful manager and we can be back in the premier league in 2 years. Now I agree that we seem to have a very good manager who has quickly got to grips with the situation at Elland Road especially compared to Warnock but when you don’t give the money for transfers then unless we make Harry Potter our next signing I can’t see us in the Premier League anytime soon. Brian McDermott has stated he only really requires one more signing probably Matt Mills but the board haven’t got the resources to back him. So just after 8 months into their tenure at Elland Road we once again don’t even have a pot to piss in, yet David is able to state today that he has moved into Ken Bates office and bought himself a new plasma tv as he didn’t like old Kens previous décor. I feel it is starting to be a bit like Peter Ridsdale's goldfish here.
Now only time will tell whether or not GFH will come good with our beloved Leeds United but one thing I can assure David of is that if they don’t get their finger out and make proper investment in our team then they are in for a rough ride in Yorkshire, we can only live in hope and I would love to be proved wrong, however gut feeling tells me that GFH are only here for a short while and there will be no marked difference in our fortunes under their leadership. No one more than me wants to see my beloved team back competing with the big boys where we used to belong however I won’t be holding my breath waiting on it.
So on now to the start of a new season and let the rollercoaster ride begin once again.
Keep the faith, MOT