By Keith Ingham
After nearly seven months of tortuous wait, GFH completed part one of the takeover of the club on Wednesday with the final part to be completed on the 21st of December. The relief could be seen on faces of fans I saw around my town and Twitter was sent into 'meltdown'.
The strange thing is on Tuesday (20th) another rumour was doing the rounds that the GFH bid had collapsed and a American bid was believed to be on the way, so to see the news on Twitter made me stop in my tracks, it was so surprising.
The bare facts are a large amount of money (rumoured to be 50+ million) has changed hands and David Haigh will join the board from Wednesday with other members of GFH joining the board in December.
We have not completely said goodbye to Mr Bates however, as he will stay on during the handover to help the new buyers and continue as chairman until the season ends. He will become the clubs president after that. He wasn't going to just leave we all knew that, we're not that lucky!
It has to been seen if the lateness of the deal has scuppered any chance of a few players coming in before another transfer windows shuts with Leeds enviously looking through the glass again.
The best thing about all this is that some kind of finalisation has happened and the prospects of the club should improve in the coming months on and off the field.
After seven long years the bates is going, long live the Haigh
Definitely On On On and Upwards