By Steve Barras
The latest ‘Statement’ from Leeds United has done nothing but kick the bee-hive. People who were happy to sit back and trust that the Takeover/ Investment would eventually come are now emboldened to wonder what the heck is actually going on at our club! I was one of the aforementioned people, I was happy to sit back and be patient, I was happy to wait for the long drawn out result of the current negotiations before saying what I thought of the whole debacle.
I have been extremely quiet on this site because of this, keeping myself busy, learning and focusing on the Development and Youth side of our club (The Future’s Bright Episode 1 & 2). Now however my wildly imaginative mind is now feverishly going over every scrap of information and mis-information that it has been fed and can remember. My favourite scenario is that whatever Leeds and GFH have said in the past is all true and possibly two years from now we will be competing in the upper echelons of The Premier League. Unfortunately my imagination has a dark twisted side to it and has come up with a scenario that includes a phone call from Bates to his good friends Salem Patel and David Haigh where he has asked them to pretend to buy Leeds from him and then pull out at the last minute, then all three of them could have a field day in the media and publicly discredit Bates arch-enemies, LUST.
Now, as we all know Leeds and the GFH have supposedly put together a joint-statement which pretty much denounces any contact with LUST. Something which LUST have said that they have had, countless statements and media appearances have also led to this idea being upheld in the public eye and coincidentally has seen the membership of LUST rise considerably to more than 8,000 people. I honestly believe that Gary Cooper, the chairman of this organisation, is in love with the idea of being the chairman of THE Leeds United Supporters Trust and he has used the current events to elevate and promote his position. I personally, had only heard of LUST being mentioned prior to this Takeover saga as the people who meet up in the back room of The Peacock on a Matchday and force other fans to queue up four deep on the other side of the pub, now obviously, Gary Cooper is somewhat of a local celebrity, a T.V appearance here and a Radio interview there. Don’t get me wrong, I agree wholeheartedly with LUST’s vision and that is the reason I joined but I do wish that they would take a step back and be patient. Wait until the Takeover comes to fruition, or not as the case may be, and then make contact with whoever sits in the Chairman’s office.
I was reading Twitter early this morning and I came across a letter from Grovesy (@LUFC27) and I thought he had hit the nail on the head as it were,
Just a quickie as over the last few days your position has bothered me…an #lufc fan. Firstly I am a supporter of your position and am grateful for your work over the past few months. We’re where we are now and I’m not bothered who’s source is ITK etc etc all I want is a new start with new owners, something which you guys have campaigned for. We’re now at a late stage in hopefully what will prove a successful TO and I just think you guys should take a BIG back seat. As it stands this is becoming a 3 way thing with you, #lufc and GFH, never mind Bates! I think your position and message should simply be we welcome the continued talks and look forward to the future. That way you support the club instead of dividing unnecessarily the supporters. Anyway it’s just a thought but one you guys should give a minute to think about.
I would like to add that part of LUST’s message is that it is time for change after seven years of lies, it now sounds like we have had six months of lies from them. I was also fearful that at the latest AGM, LUST would breach the confidentiality clause that has held Leeds’ and GFH’s hands behind their backs, by naming their source at GFH and I still believe that if this deal falls through then LUST would be in some way to blame for it so please, from one Leeds fan to another, back off.