By Keith Ingham
Kylie Minogue had a hit with the song mentioned above and sitting here on a non football day due to the defeat at Rochdale, made me think a little about that rascal Ken Bates.
No! I hear you shout and I understand my muting could not endear me to the faithful, but I wonder if many others have had the same thought but wouldn't dare speak it. So after a week of 'non news' of the takeover of the club I thought back to the days under our former dictator.
Yes I hear you say they were hard, long years but you always knew Ken was trying his best to force his hand deep in your pocket while romancing you, not like GFH who put their arm around you then when your distracted take money with the other hand. If it's true that they don't really have a pot where does it leave the club? I'd say up a large brown river without the ability to move the boat.
Mr Haigh and Mr Flowers did lend the club a fair amount of money, six million if the press release was correct and if Sport Capitol don't get the keys to Elland Road they will surly ask for a rather large refund, which I don't see the owners at present have and maybe some of the family silver may have to be sold.
Don't get me wrong I never liked Bates for his arrogance, his Chelsea past and his comment in the 80's that he would love to rid the world of our famous club. The affair with Kenneth was never going to be easy but at least you knew you where you were with him. Howson, Snods. Johnson and Becchio were sold to keep his Monaco trust fund in the green, and that was to the detriment of the team of course. If you look back three seasons the team now is a shadow of the one back then.
Maybe Kylie's 'Better the devil you know' was wrong but only time will tell if that is so. I hope for the sake of the club it is and a brighter, better future that awaits.
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