By Steve Barras
Obviously this is a follow-on to a piece on this site earlier today from another writer, he was venting his opinion on the current situation at Leeds and has been widely criticised for it, now whilst the Winston Churchill comment did make me chuckle I think berating someone for his opinion is wrong, why not write your own opinion down and send it to us, after all this is a site by fans, for the fans.
Everybody has and is entitled to their own opinions, whether it be that Ken Bates was our saviour or he was a stain on our impeccably white shirts. Whether it be that GFH are the Arabic version of the bearded one or that they are doing what they said they were going to do and that is to create a successful but sustainable Leeds United.
I believe that GFH are certainly not an Arabian nightmare but are here to do for the city of Leeds what Bates failed to do during his tenure, namely a return to the Premier League. However this is not going to happen overnight, they are not Sheik Mansour or Roman ‘I love Chelsea but have never heard of them before now’ Abramovich, they have not got a bottomless pit from which they can pluck millions upon millions of pounds from, they are a business which does not want to lose money and can you blame them? Just a quick glance at our not so distant past and it becomes clear how far a club can fall with some bad financial management. In such a short space of time, footballing wise, we have gone from elite contenders to big fish in a small pond. We are commonly referred to as THE sleeping giant in English football, something which our new MD uses in his infrequent media appearances, the latest being in The Sun/Son.
Why are we in the land of nod? Because of Leeds United’s biggest fan Peter Ridsdale.
So I ask again, can you really blame GFH for being careful with their finances? If you do blame them then you have really short memories. To coin a term often used, Rome wasn’t built in a day and returning Leeds to the Premier League is a bigger task than creating one of the world’s greatest cities so I think, and remember this is only my opinion, that we should get off their backs for a bit. They are doing their best in such difficult circumstances.
Does anybody think that Master Bates left Elland Road fully functioning? Obviously not, the eight figure sum that was reportedly pumped into the club when GFH took over has been used to repair the broken bones of our club, that is why we have only seen three additions to the squad.
“Wait! Only three additions? Oh no we are going to get relegated now!”...... Excuse me? Am I hearing that right? We are going to get relegated because we have made three good additions to a squad that is already a mid-table candidate?
Come on, we are looking at a flirtation with the Play-Off’s at the minute, nothing more, nothing less and that is a damn sight better than a Bates-led, Byram-less season that we would have had otherwise.
The simple fact of the matter is that we need to offload the players that are eating into our wage budget, the inadequate players such as Michael Brown and Danny Pugh but until we do that I’m afraid the teamsheet on the 3rd August will look similar to the ones against Walsall and Stevenage unless Brian turns to our ‘mediocre’ youth system. The youth internationals could never oust Michael Tonge from his spot on the teamsheet, in case you don’t know we have seven youth players who have represented their countries at youth levels (Chris Dawson, 18 years old, Wales. Eric Grimes, 18 years old, Eire. Charlie Taylor, 19 years old, England. Dan Atkinson, 17 years old, England. Tyler Denton, 17 years old, England. Eoghan Stokes, 17 years old, Eire and Lewis Cook, 16 years old, England.) I am confident that Brian will use a handful of our very own academy products in the first team this year, Dominic Poleon, Chris Dawson, Zac Thompson and Ross Killock are who I think can and will take the step this season.
To conclude I would ask you to read the title/headline of this article again.
Marching on TOGETHER!