Always Leeds always loyal. Edited by Gerry Cunningham. Membership is open for Louth LUSC 2012/13. Adults = €15 Euro Under 16s and Over 65s €7 Euro and Families €30 Euro. Committee members are in Peadars every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 8:30PM until 10:30PM) The Louth branch wish Brian McDermott every success as new boss of Leeds United - I will be travelling from 26th of May until June 9th so updates will be sporadic at best
Weds May 22nd. Brian Greenhoff RIP. Former Leeds United defender Brian Greenhoff has died at the age of 60. Greenhoff - the brother of ex-Leeds striker Jimmy - passed away at his home in Rochdale this morning. (May 22)The centre-back, who was born in Barnsley, joined Leeds in a £350,000 move from Manchester United in 1979. He played 78 times for the Elland Road club and scored once before leaving in 1982. Greenhoff also won 18 caps for England with his last coming as a substitute against Australia in 1980. Many of us remember that Jimmy Adamson side struggling in the early eighties. Jimmy, his brother won a Fairs Cup medal withal Leeds in the late 60s and made the switch (the other way) to Man United, unlike Brian who came from Man United. He was by no means the best player we ever had but once they put that white shirt on, they deserve to be remembered. RIP Brian.
Weds May 22nd. Eddie joins “Hall of Fame”. Leeds United legend Eddie Gray was last night named among the latest additions to the National Football Museum’s prestigious Hall of Fame – and immediately dedicated his inclusion to former colleagues at Elland Road. Gray – United’s ex-player, manager and coach – will join the Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in September, following in the footsteps of Leeds icons John Charles, Jack Charlton, Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Don Revie. The talented winger was a mainstay in the team built by ex-Leeds boss Revie in the 1960s and 70s, playing 579 times and winning a host of honours during 22 years as a player at Elland Road. He went on to manage United on two occasions and worked as academy coach and first-team coach under David O’Leary. Gray is one of five retired footballers who will enter the Hall of Fame on September 25. Matt Le Tissier, Cliff Jones, Mike Summerbee, Peter Schmeichel and Ray Wilkins are due to be inducted alongside him. “It’s a terrific honour,” Gray said. “I’m delighted not just for myself but for the other people who’ve help me achieve what I achieved. “It’s as much a reflection on the players I played with, the boys who were part of those great years at Leeds, because being in a team like that makes things a bit easier, doesn’t it? “It helps as well to have a manager who did what Don Revie did for a lot of us. “Leeds United’s a great club and I’ve been lucky to have 50 years associated with them. “Some of the boys I played with are already in the Hall of Fame and when you look at the list as a whole – all the great names – it’s extremely nice to be recognised. It means a lot to me.”The 65-year-old’s stellar playing career was affected in parts by a chronic thigh muscle injury but he ranks seventh in the list of all-time appearance makers at Elland Road. He joined United in 1965, taken south by Revie from the junior leagues in Scotland, and continued to play until 1983. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel including Sir Bobby Charlton – brother of Jack – and Sir Alex Ferguson. The stipulations restrict nominations to those over the age of 30 who have played or managed in England for at least five years. September’s inductions ceremony will see two other additions – Jack Taylor, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final, and long-serving Chorley Ladies stalwart Sheila Parker. Taylor is the first match official to earn a Hall of Fame nomination. A true Leeds superstar and a gentleman right through to the the tips of his toes. Well deserved.
May 22nd. The big Georgian decides to stay in Turkey. The commentators on the Football League show heaved a big sigh of relief today, with the news that former Reading player Zurab Khizanishvili will not be coming to Leeds after all. The central defender was the third ex-Royals player to have been rumoured to be linking up with Brian McDermott again, but the 31-year-old has decided to stay with Turkish club Kayserispor and has extending his current deal for another season. His agent told the Yorkshire Post “He has signed a contract, there is no more to say.”Supposedly we faced competition for his signature from his old club Reading, as well as Norwich City (who might want to cut out the middle man and sign some Leeds targets before they’ve even arrived at Elland Road) but it seems all this speculation has come to nothing. Brian McDermott is keen to sign another central defender for next season, with his options in that area currently consisting of Lees, Pearce and Peltier, but he will now have to look elsewhere.
Tues 21st of May. Macca out in the cold for Scotland. Ross McCormack’s international career has suffered another setback after Scotland coach Gordon Strachan omitted the striker from his squad to play Croatia next month. The Leeds United forward was tipped to feature in the World Cup qualifier on June 7 but he was not among the 28 players chosen by Strachan yesterday. Scotland’s new manager will take an experimental group to Zagreb for a fixture rendered meaningless by defeats to Wales and Serbia in March. The Scots are bottom of Group A with just two points from six matches and Strachan’s pool included four players selected for the first time, among them Celtic’s 19-year-old striker Tony Watt. Watt was one of four forwards called up by Strachan along with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Leigh Griffiths – currently on loan at Hibernian – Blackburn Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes and Wigan Athletic’s Shaun Maloney. Griffiths and Rhodes both cleared the 20-goal mark for their clubs this season while Watt scored six times in his first full year with SPL champions Celtic. McCormack, who claimed 19 goals for Leeds during the 2011-12 term, produced eight and criticised United’s Championship campaign as “a complete waste, both personally and for the team.” The 27-year-old said he was “gutted” to be left out by Strachan but insisted: “I’m sure what I do next year for Leeds will have me back in there.” United manager Brian McDermott also voiced his surprise, saying: “Going by how he played in the last few games of the season and the games I had as manager, I thought he’d have been involved. “He’ll be disappointed, understandably, but it does mean that he can have a proper rest and come back fit and fresh for us. I’m surprised though.”
Tues 21st of May. Macca linked with Georgian Brian McDermott will launch his rebuilding programme at Elland Road by adding vastly-experienced Georgia centre-back Zurab Khizanishvili to a youthful Leeds defence. Sportsmail Online understands McDermott sees the former Blackburn defender’s know-how as a useful foil to the potential of Tom Lees and Sam Byram and that an agreement is in place to sign him this summer. Leeds’ recently-appointed boss knows all about the 31-year old after twice taking him to Reading on loan from Blackburn and seeing him help them reach the 2010-11 Championship play-off final, where they lost to Swansea. After five years at Ewood Park, the 86-times capped 6ft 1in central defender joined Turkish side Kayserispor. He is now ready to return to England on what is expected to be a free transfer and will be the first of several summer signings for McDermott. Handed a three-year contract at Elland Road, following a harsh dismissal by Reading, McDermott has met with board representatives Hisham Alrayes and Salah Nooruddin and handed them a list of ‘five or six’ transfer targets. Not a signing to get the hairs rising on the back of Leeds United fans' necks.
Tues 21st of May. El Hadji Diouf 'beaten up in toilets of Senegal bar' Leeds United forward El Hadji Diouf was reportedly beaten up in the toilets of a bar in his homeland of Senegal. The 32-year-old, who is no stranger to controversial incidents on the pitch, is thought to have got involved in a war of words with fellow drinkers at beach bar Five in Almadies. Local newspaper Le Populaire claimed that the former Blackburn Rovers player was followed into the restrooms by a man and his friend, who beat him up for "at least 10 minutes", according to The Sun. Diouf is thought to have been with his wife at the bar.
Mon May 20th. Macca “positive about “progress”. There are some for whom the football season never truly ends. In a summer when Brian McDermott admitted that Leeds United “need a break”, as many as five of his squad will engage in international duty in countries across the world. McDermott watched with satisfaction last week as Tom Lees and Sam Byram were selected by England for tournaments abroad, and he knew before the domestic season finished that Rodolph Austin – a player who more than any other might have benefitted from prolonged downtime – would appear as many as three times for Jamaica in the first two weeks of June. FIFA’s latest round of World Cup qualifiers are arranged for the start of next month and Ross McCormack, the Leeds striker, is expected to be part of the Scotland contingent who fly to Zagreb to face Croatia on June 7. Midfielder Paul Green is also preparing for four Republic of Ireland matches after earning a place in Eire’s provisional squad. Byram’s selection for the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey is also provisional but he is highly likely to make the final cut when England youth coach Peter Taylor disappoints 14 of the 35 players he chose on Friday. Byram and Lees, who is due to take part in the European Under-21 Championship in Israel, will be out of the country for a matter of weeks while McDermott readies himself for the first day of pre-season training. United’s manager has set June 27, a date which falls five weeks on Thursday, for the start of training at Thorp Arch but he will give careful thought to the handling of the players tied up by international football. All five of those concerned are part of his plans for the 2013-14 season, though Austin will start the new campaign with a two-match ban following his dismissal against Brighton last month. McDermott said: “We’re proud for all of the players who’ve been selected, they’ll be proud to represent their countries, and it’s good for the club to have the players recognised. We’ll make sure all our internationals have the right amount of rest when they return.” The new Championship season will kick off earlier than usual, beginning on August 3, and the Football League is planning to announce its fixture list on Wednesday, June 19. McDermott has completed a short holiday taken after the final weekend of the 2012-13 term and is looking to make inroads into the list of transfer targets he left behind with the board at Elland Road. United’s boss has not spoken in detail about the scale of his plans to alter his squad, saying only that he has presented chief executive Shaun Harvey and technical director Gwyn Williams with the names of “six or seven” players who he hoped to speak to. McDermott’s work this summer, like that of his predecessor Neil Warnock, depends heavily on United’s ability to fund his first-team vision. The fortnight since the end of the season has seen more speculation about the club’s owner, GFH Capital, than it has about potential signings, with intriguing revelations arising from the accounts of GFH Capital’s parent company, Gulf Finance House. Gulf Finance House’s financial results for the first three months of 2013 showed an overall profit of around £1million and stated that GFH Capital’s stake in the club – previously a 100 per cent shareholding – had dropped to 86.67 per cent. GFH Capital has since confirmed that, on top of a 10 per cent share sold to Bahrain’s International Investment Bank in March, a further 3.33 per cent had been passed to unnamed directors on United’s six-man board. It insisted that Ken Bates – the man who sold Leeds in December – was not a recipient. GFH Capital has fought against scepticism about its financial clout and suitability as owner by reducing season-ticket prices for next season – reductions which have led to sales of more than 11,000 – and naming McDermott as manager after sacking Warnock on April 1.The Dubai-based private equity firm will see its support of McDermott in the transfer market closely monitored following the 52-year-old’s insistence that “recruitment is very important for us” this summer. McDermott met with United directors Hisham Alrayes and Salah Nooruddin last week to discuss his plans and said: “We spoke about a number of things to progress the club, including player acquisitions, philosophies and upgrading the training ground. “They were very, very supportive. “I have to say, it was very positive and very encouraging.”
Mon May 20th. New vice-chairman and he gets the shares Leeds United FC have appointed a Bahrain-based businessman as their vice chairman and revealed the new board member has acquired a small stake in the Championship club. Salah Nooruddin, who joined the board in late April, has been appointed with immediate effect. The club also confirmed he is the holder of a 3.33 per cent stake in LUFC Holding Ltd. "I am delighted to accept the position as vice-chairman of Leeds United and look forward to working with the club's staff so as to achieve the best possible results both on and off the field," said Nooruddin Hisham Al-Rayes, managing director of GFH Capital, said: "Salah comes with 25 years experience in the investment business in various regions including the UK. He will be working closely with the club's executives to achieve our visions and goals. He will be in regular communication with the club to achieve this. "We have also had a constructive meeting with Leeds City Council that Salah attended along with Shaun Harvey to discuss how we can work together in the future to our mutual benefit." Nooruddin is the current chief executive of Bahrain-based investment firm Investate and has worked as chief operating officer at Leeds United investor International Investment Bank (IIB). In March, GFH Capital sold a 10 per cent stake to Bahrain-based IIB as it looks to strengthen the club's overall shareholder base.
Fri May 17th. Macca “encouraged” by discussions with GFH. Leeds United boss Brian McDermott says he has had a positive and encouraging meeting with the clubs owners GFH Capital, as he sets out his plans for next season. McDermott, who took over the Elland Road hot seat in April, is aiming to return Leeds to the top flight next season for the first time in ten years and he was happy with how things went with the owners. Speaking on the official website , McDermott said, 'We've had a good meeting over two days. We spoke about a number of things to progress the club, including player acquisitions, philosophies, how I see things, and upgrading the training ground. "We discussed an open working relationship and the importance of everyone pulling in the same direction, and they were very, very supportive. I have to say, it was very positive and very encouraging.'This summer is the first real test of the new owners, who took over the club in December. They have already sold off a stake in the club. IIB (International Investment Bank) have bought a 10% stake in the club and it has been revealed this week that an unnamed member of the Leeds United board has bought a further 3.33% stake.
Friday 17th of |May. Leeds are plotting a move to bring Ian Harte back to Elland Road Sky Sports understands Leeds are weighing up a move to bring Ian Harte back to Elland Road. Harte is expected to leave Reading this summer when his contract at the Madejski Stadium expires. The goalscoring defender has seen his first-team chances limited this season and new Reading boss Nigel Adkins is thought to be willing to let him move on The news has alerted a host of clubs to his availability and Leeds are thought be exploring a move to re-sign the former Republic of Ireland international. Full-back Harte came through the ranks to make his professional debut at Elland Road and went on to make nearly 300 appearances for the club between 1996 and 2004. Leeds boss Brian McDermott is a big admirer of Harte having worked with him during his time in charge of Reading and he is believed to have made a new left-back one of his top priorities this summer
Fri May 17th. Unnamed directors buy 3.3% stake in Leeds – Phil Hay YEPGFH Capital has further diluted its stake in Leeds United by assigning a small portion of shares to unnamed members of the club’s board. United’s owner confirmed to the YEP that a number of directors at Elland Road have been handed equity in the Championship side after accounts for its parent company, Gulf Finance House, showed GFH Capital’s stake had fallen to 86.67 per cent. The Dubai-based firm took full control of Leeds in December and subsequently sold a tenth of its 100 per cent stake to Bahrain’s International Investment Bank (IIB) for a sum of £2.5million. Gulf Finance House’s report, however, states that “the group sold (a) 13.33 per cent stake” in United during the first three months of 2013, 3.33 per cent more than it relinquished to IIB in March. Asked about the anomaly, GFH Capital said the additional equity had been acquired by directors of Leeds, though it declined to name the board members concerned. It stressed, however, that former owner and outgoing chairman Ken Bates was not one of the recipients and continues to hold no shares in the Elland Road club. Bates is an existing board member at Leeds but willresign as chairman on June 30 to begin a three-year term as president. Chief executive Shaun Harvey is also a director along with GFH Capital employees David Haigh, Hisham Alrayes and Salem Patel. Salah Nooruddin – once a prominent employee at IIB and a Bahraini-based businessman with interests in real estate – became the latest addition to the board on April 26, taking on what GFH Capital described as a responsibility for “bringing new investors on board as part of GFH Capital’s strategy of building a successful and sustainable future for the club.”The announcement of Nooruddin’s appointment came with no details about whether he had invested any cash in United or bought part of GFH Capital stake. GFH Capital declined to comment on whether Nooruddin was now in possession of any shares, saying details of the exchange of equity were confidential. GFH Capital’s plan of ownership at Elland Road involves selling parts of its stake to “co-investors” and establishing a consortium of shareholders. The company has controlled Leeds United for the past four-and-a-half months after buying United’s parent company through LUFC Holdings Limited, an off-shore firm that is based in the Cayman Islands. GFH Capital has faced persistent questions about its financial strength and its ability to fund United’s operations. Gulf Finance House’s latest financial figures, covering the first quarter of 2013, spoke again of an intention to relinquish more shares, stating: “The group has an active plan to sell its controlling stake in LUFC Holdings Limited to co-investors. “During the period, the group sold 13.33 per cent stake in the LUFC Holdings Company resulting in dilution of the group’s stake from 100 per cent to 86.67 per cent.”
Friday 17th of May. No Casino for ER. LEEDS city centre’s new Victoria Gate development has won the race to be the home of West Yorkshire’s biggest ever casino. City council bosses today (May 18) picked the development - formerly known as the Eastgate Quarters - as their preferred location for the casino. Victoria Gate got the nod for the scheme at the expense of Leeds United’s Elland Road ground. The new casino will be three times the size of the current UK norm, offering maximum jackpots of as much as £4,000. The first phase of the Victoria Gate development is due to open in 2016. Incorporating a flagship John Lewis store, it aims to breathe new life into the area around Eastgate, the Headrow and Lady Lane
Thurs 16th of May A to Z of Season 2012/13 by G Cunningham A is for Away from home. Just four wins on the road all season in the Championship. We won at Watford, Huddersfield Town, Peterboro and Bristol City. Two relegated sides, Peterboro and Wolves both won three times more away from home than limp Leeds. That says it all really. B is for Bates. Gone (well not quite, he is now president) We thought when we got rid of him all our problems would be over. How wrong we are so far with a lifeless and penniless GFH now in charge. C is for Cardiff City. Arguably the poorest side to ever to win the Championship, yet they took six points from Leeds like candy from a baby. D is for defeat. We experienced it 19 times in the league last season, 7 times at home and an unbelievable 12 times away. Even Huddersfield Town in 19th position lost less games in the Championship. E is for Eric Carlile. It was great to meet up with a true Leeds hero again in the Moorhouse. An official trip to Leeds just wouldn’t be the same without meeting a true Leeds great and the original Leeds United ambassador unlike the Peter Lorimers of this world. F is for fans. We have lost nearly ten thousand fans who regularly come to home games under the austerity lead Bates regime. They need to be coaxed back by ambition, unbroken promises and some astute management by McDermott. G is for GFH. The only Arabs with no money seem to have purchased Leeds. H is for Huddersfield Town. It was the 2-1 home defeat to the Terriers on March 16th that effectively ended any lingering hopes United had of reaching the play-offs and in truth put us out of our misery.I is for Investment or lack of investment. How long has it been since real money has been placed behind a Leeds United manager ? J is for January. The window that defines Leeds United constantly. Last season we lost Howson to Norwich in January and this season 19 goal and cult hero Luciano Becchio left in January. K is for Kenny. Paddy Kenny was supposed “to be the best keeper in the Premiership”. He isn’t even the best keeper in the Championship and the jury is still out on him. L is for Luciano Becchio who scored 19 goals for us by January before departing on that famous one way bus for Norwich. Warnock fell out with him badly after the Barnsley away game. His replacement Steve Morison has yet to convince us that it was a good deal. M is for McDermott. The man was charged with keeping us in the division and has a very difficult task of bringing us back to the Premiership in his first full season in charge. Part one has been completed. Part two will define him. N is for Norwich City who took Snodgrass and Becchio last season to join up with Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson. A small provincial club on the East coast of England constantly eclipsing Leeds United. O is for Oakwell the home of Barnsley. The Graveyeard for Leeds United again with a shocking performance when the crowd turned on Colin in the 2-0 defeat. P is for Play-offs. Just 68 points was needed this season to reach the lottery of the play-offs. It’s usually circa 75 points, but Leeds managed only 61 points with a staggering minus nine goal difference. Q is for quantity over quality. Warnock brought in over twenty different players this season. But Tonge, Hall, Pearce, Norris, Tate, Habibou, Morison, Austin, Gray, Varney, and Drury are just some that have either not been good enough nor are yet to prove it to Leeds fans. R is for Rat or Sewer rat to be precisely in the shape of El Hadji Diouf, unquestionably Warnock’s best signing for Leeds. We all had our doubts but apart from the penultimate game of the season he didn’t let us down. S is for Sam Byram. From nowhere man to a £10M rated footballer. The kid was the voted Leeds United player of the year unanimously by his peers and started 50 games in all competitions and scored four goals. Has to be kept at all costs if fans are to be convinced of a better future post-Bates. T is for Thirteenth, where we finished in the league, seven points from the bottom three, and seven points from the top six. Simply not good enough for this great club. U is for “Unlucky”. After every game it was always somebody else’s fault apart from Neil Warnock. We were always “unlucky”. Referees usually, but Becchio at Barnsley, Lees at Ipswich and McCormack going missing were some of his nuggets of lack of luck. V is for Varney. Infuriating,whinging, sometimes (but rarely) talented, especially in the air but ultimately not good enough to wear the white of Leeds. W is for Warnock and waster. He promised us so much but delivered nothing. X is for draws. We drew ten times last season, three times at home and seven times on the road. Y is for Youth where Leeds have to look closely if they want to go forward. Byram and Lees are already regulars and Dawson and especially Poleon have shown glimpses of what they can do if given the opportunity. Zac Thompson and Charlie Taylor both showed promise under Grayson but were farmed out under Warnock last season. What a pity Warnock rarely gave some a chance. The new manager, Brian McDermott will not be as slow to give youth a chance. Z is for Zero. What Neil Warnock brought to Leeds in his season and a half in charge is zero and a series of missed opportunities.
Thurs 16th of May. Ambassador role should give me more of a chance to engage with fans – Lorimer YEP. I’ve had a couple of weeks to reflect on my appointment as one of Leeds United’s football ambassadors and I couldn’t be happier to be taking the job on. I’m no longer a director at Elland Road and I’m quite happy about that. It was an immense privilege to be given the position in the first place and I’m incredibly proud to have been on the board. But at the same time, it wasn’t an easy role. My job as director was to connect with the supporters and I never made any secret of the fact that I wasn’t always privy to the major decisions which took place at board level. That’s not a complaint – it was always part of the arrangement – but it did mean that the man on the street expected me to know more than I actually did. That’s only natural and I understood where they were coming from. Because you are a director, it’s automatically assumed that you’re aware of absolutely everything that’s happening behind the scenes when in reality that’s not the case. I couldn’t provide every single answer to every single question and I’m sure that certain fans found that frustrating at times. In my job as football ambassador, I think I’ll be more able to do what this club need me to do and strengthen our engagement with the fans. I’m on the ambassador panel with Eddie Gray and Dominic Matteo and that seems like the perfect blend between the older era of players and the lads who wore the shirt more recently – lads who our younger generation can relate to better. As a retired member of Don Revie’s squad, it would be nice to think that fans in their teens and 20s know all about us and idolise us but, to be honest, it would be strange if they did. If you grew up supporting Leeds as a kid in the early 1990s then you probably had posters of Gary Speed or Gordon Strachan on your walls. If David O’Leary’s squad are the ones you remember most fondly, maybe it was posters of guys like Dom. It’s no insult to me at all if some of the young ones who follow us would rather speak to Dom Matteo than they would speak to Peter Lorimer. I’m sure Eddie understands that too. Every supporter grows up with different heroes and idols and the great thing about Leeds is that there are plenty of them associated with this club. When you think of Dom, you think of that marvellous Champions League run and his goal at the San Siro. At the same time, I think it’s vital that we also maintain links to the Revie days. That’s still the most successful era in our history by a long way. We’ve got a huge fanbase and a fanbase which consists of every single age-group but I think this ambassador panel covers the bases pretty well. We’re here to work with fans old and new and to try and get back on board the people who feel frustrated by how things have gone for the team recently. There’s no denying that there’s been a sense of disillusionment during periods in League One and the Championship. We’re all aware of that. I hear it when I talk to the fans and you can feel it on match days at Elland Road. Supporters tell me that the atmosphere at home hasn’t been great and they’re perfectly right. That’s something we can work on and something we want to work on. Leeds United are never better or stronger than when everyone’s moving in the same direction and I see my role as an ambassador as a challenge to build bridges and help bring back a sense of unity to the terraces. It’s something I feel passionate about and I’m delighted to have the opportunity still. I can say without any doubt that the club care about the fans – about what you think and how you feel. Deep down I’d reckon that people inside the club are just as anxious to see us back in the Premier League and fulfilling our potential, rather than falling short of it. But the only way we move forward is if we’re all together. Our new manager’s said that many times already and he’s absolutely spot on. A big part of my job now is to help create more harmony. Well Lash, the reason why some fans don’t want to talk to you is not because of your vintage. It’s most likely because you were Ken Bates mouth piece for seven years. Matteo on the other hand calls it as he sees it.
Sun May 12th.United linked with Matt Mills. Reports on Sunday suggest Leeds United are set to make a summer move for Bolton defender Matt Mills. Mills joined Wanderers from Leicester City last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £2million and was a regular during the first half of the campaign, until suffering a thigh injury in a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town in December. Aside from a stoppage time cameo appearance in April's return fixture against the Terriers, the 26-year-old failed to register any further appearances in his debut campaign at the Reebok Stadium - making 18 in total. The former Reading defender appears to have fallen behind David Wheater and Tim Ream in the pecking order, while a sale could also provide Dougie Freedman with the necessary funds to finance a move for West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson. It is understood a fee of £1million could prompt a sale and a move to Elland Road would see Mills link up with Brian McDermott, who he previously worked with at Reading.
Sat May 11th 2013. Hopes of McDermott being reunited with Le Fondre look slim- By Phil Hay Reading are set to rebuff any approach from Leeds United for Adam Le Fondre after telling manager Nigel Adkins that he is under no pressure to sell players. Le Fondre - strongly linked with Leeds in the weeks since Brian McDermott’s appointment as boss - looks increasingly likely to remain at the Madejski Stadium with both clubs readying themselves for a season in the Championship. The striker was seen as a possible target for McDermott and last month fuelled talk of a reunion with the manager who took him to Reading by voicing frustration at his lack of involvement with the relegated Premier League side. But Le Fondre’s regular role as a substitute has not prevented him from scoring freely, with his goal at Fulham last weekend moving him on to 13 for the term, and he is part of a three-man shortlist for Reading’s player-of-the-year award. An additional forward is one of McDermott’s requirements this summer but Adkins, who expects Le Fondre to be part of his plans next term, said Reading “don’t have to sell”, despite their fall from England’s top flight. “In terms of players moving on, we will do the business that we want to do,” said Adkins. McDermott has informed Leeds of his list of close-season targets, though the identity of the players he is chasing remains closely guarded. United have shown an interest in Motherwell’s Chris Humphrey - a free agent from the end of June - but Humphrey, 25, is not believed to be at the top of McDermott’s list of available wingers.
Thurs 9th of May 2013. Dawson signs three-year deal with Leeds United Dewsbury footballer Chris Dawson has signed a three-year professional deal with Leeds United. The former Dewsbury Rangers junior made his United first team debut against Derby County on Easter Monday and big things are being tipped for the 18-year-old. Dawson scored seven goals in 12 appearances for United’s Under-21s and he also made his international bow, with his debut for Wales Under-21s in January. The youngster was already under contract at Leeds until 2015 but has accepted a new three year deal at Elland Road. Dawson is recovering from a recent shoulder operation but will be fit in time to start pre-season training.
Mon 6th of May 2013. McDermott hands list of potential targets to Elland Road board Brian McDermott wants as many as seven new signings in place before the start of next season after Leeds United ended a hard campaign with a morale-lifting win at Watford. United signed off the 2012-13 term by recording their first away victory in more than five months, wrecking Watford’s bid for automatic promotion in the process. A last-minute goal from Ross McCormack settled a pulsating match at Vicarage Road and a satisfied McDermott praised United’s “integrity” on a day when his players found themselves at the centre of a chaotic promotion fight. But the Leeds boss spoke of major changes to come after revealing that he had asked the United chief executive Shaun Harvey and technical director Gwyn Williams to make approaches to “six or seven” summer targets. McDermott released a total of 10 players on Friday but is yet to transfer-list any of the senior professionals who are contracted to Leeds for next season and beyond. But the 52-year-old said: “We’ll see what happens and we’ll see who we manage to bring in. I’ve given Gwyn and Shaun a list of six or seven players who I’d like to talk to. Giving a list and getting players over the line isn’t the same and it’s not easy to get players over the line. My experience of football is that sometimes it takes longer than you’d like.“But it would be nice to do business early. Recruitment is going to be really important for us.”McDermott replaced Neil Warnock as manager three weeks ago but he refused to talk up Leeds’ chances in the 12 months ahead, saying: “We’ll find out how good we are at the end of next season.”
Monday May 6th 2013. A fit Poeon can be a major asset for us – Mac. Dominic Poleon has been told that a hard and committed summer will earn him a place in Leeds United’s plans for next season after making the most of an unexpected opportunity on Saturday. The youngster’s goalscoring appearance helped Leeds round off their Championship campaign with a 2-1 win over Watford and secured a promise of future involvement from manager Brian McDermott. Poleon stepped into the breach after Steve Morison suffered concussion eight minutes into a bizarre and dramatic game and he opened the scoring with a simple tap-in following a mix-up between Watford goalkeeper Jack Bonham and defender Joel Ekstrand. The outing was his first for Leeds in more than seven months and a positive step forward by an academy product who made his senior debut on the first day of the season. He started and scored in a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on September 22 but failed to feature again under McDermott’s predecessor, Neil Warnock. Poleon was sent on loan to Bury before Christmas and moved to Sheffield United in February but was recalled from Bramall Lane less than 48 hours after Warnock’s sacking on April 1. McDermott said: “He’s a young boy from the academy and he’s got pace and power. What we need to do is get him really fit.“If he can get fit through the summer then he can be a real asset for us. He scored his goal on Saturday and I’d spoken to him after he scored a goal for the reserves last weekend.“The younger ones coming through here – if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.” United are speaking in increasingly optimistic terms about their junior ranks and particularly of their Under-18s side who won the northern League Two title last month and were beaten 1-0 by southern runners-up Queens Park Rangers in a play-off semi-final on Saturday. McDermott attempted to field midfielder Zac Thompson from the start against Watford but replaced him with Michael Brown shortly before kick-off after learning that Thompson was ineligible due to his recent loan at Bury. United’s 2-1 win at Watford –sealed by a last-minute chip from Ross McCormack – lifted them to 13th in the Championship table and resigned Watford to the play-offs on a day when Gianfranco Zola’s side threatened to snatch automatic promotion. McDermott, who took charge at Elland Road three weeks ago, will attempt to edge United into a more prominent position next season but the Leeds boss was reluctant to make predictions about the club’s prospects ahead of a summer when changes to his squad are likely to be substantial. The 52-year-old has spoken repeatedly of improving United’s infrastructure and addressing issues beyond the rebuilding of his squad, with a review of operations at the club’s Thorp Arch training complex already in progress. McDermott said: “It’s really easy to talk about what you could do or what you might do but it’s just words and it means nothing to me. “We have to build something here. We’re trying to build a club. We also need the players to come back from the summer absolutely tip-top.“We come back on the June 27 and we’ll be going somewhere to train. Then we’ll have pre-season and then we’ll kick off. Then we can start talking about what might be done. But everything else is just words at the moment. It doesn’t mean anything. “It’s 10 years since Leeds were in the league above (the Premier League) and we’re trying to make something solid, trying to build something with foundations.“It’s not just a case of putting 15 or 20 players together and forgetting about everything else. There’s a lot to be done here and we’ll be doing it through the summer.”
Mon 6th of May. Bates “prized restaurant closes. THE award-winning Howard’s restaurant at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground has served its final meal, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal. Howard’s closed its doors for good shortly after United’s last home game of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion. Situated at the corner of the West and South stands at Elland Road, it opened with high hopes in late 2010. Now the kitchens have fallen silent and the tables lie empty – although the reasons for the eatery’s closure were today far from clear. Howard’s was operated by Levy Restaurants, part of the Compass Group catering giant. The firm has a contract for catering facilities throughout Elland Road, including Billy’s Bar in the stadium’s South Stand. In a statement today, Levy said: “We can confirm that Howard’s restaurant is now closed. “We would like to thank all of our guests for their amazing support and can confirm we will continue to provide a range of great food and drink facilities across the stadium, including Billy’s Bar which will remain open seven days a week.” Asked about the reason for the closure, a spokesman for Levy was unable to immediately elaborate. He was also unable to say whether Howard’s had been running at a loss. The restaurant was opened as part of a push by United chairman Ken Bates to improve the food and drink facilities at Elland Road. Its glass dome roof is even said to have been inspired by that of his favourite eatery in Monaco. United’s game against Brighton was Mr Bates’ final home fixture as chairman. As previously reported by the YEP, he will stand down on June 30 before starting a three-year term as club president. The boardroom shake-up follows the purchase of Leeds by Dubai-based investment bank GFH Capital at the end of last year. Howard’s scooped the prize for best newcomer at the YEP’s prestigious Oliver dining awards in 201. A bit like the non-sensical corporate box constructions and Bates (instead of ploughing money into the footballing side) “If they build it they will come” attitude, unsurprisingly “Howard’s Way” was never going to flourish off the Lowfields Road unlike a fashionable Chelsea village. Brick by brick, inch by inch Bates’ legacy at Elland Road is for what it is worth…a complete disaster.
Sat May 5th. United spoil the Hornet’s party. 01 Kenny 02 Peltier 03 Drury 04 Lees 05 Pearce 07 Green (Hall - 90' ) 11 Varney 17 Brown Booked (White - 64' ) 18 Tonge 09 Morison (Poleon - 10' Booked ) 44 McCormack Unused Subs 33 Cairns 15 Warnock 34 Killock 55 Lenighan. Att 16,969 (2000 LUFC) Leeds United signed off their season with a 2-1 win at Watford as the Hornets fell short of automatic promotion. A last-minute effort from Ross McCormack earned United their first away victory in the league since December 1, lifting them to 13th in the final Championship table. Goals from Dominic Poleon and Almen Abdi in a strange and disrupted first-half looked set to force a draw and McCormack’s late chip confirmed Watford’s involvement into the play-offs. Watford needed to better Hull City’s result to secure promotion this afternoon but Hull’s draw at home to Cardiff City rendered the clash with Leeds meaningless. Almen Abdi’s goal deep into first-half stoppage-time, levelling Poleon’s earlier tap-in, raised the mood of Vicarage Road but when news filtered through of two crucial goals for Hull, the atmosphere petered out again.The game struggled to get going after the interval and a fine tackle from Adam Drury seven yards in front of goal denied Fernando Forestieri on a rare occasion Watford slipped through United’s defence. Paul Green went close at the other end after a quick counter-attack left him unmarked on the edge of Watford’s area but his shot struck a defender and deflected behind before it could trouble goalkeeper Jack Bonham. The hosts’ afternoon took another turn for the worse when Troy Deeney was sent off in the 63rd minute for a second bookable offence - a wild foul on Michael Brown - and Gianfranco Zola made a last throw of the dice soon after by introducing top scorer Matej Vydra as a substitute. United had a penalty appeal turned down when Marco Cassetti clashed with Luke Varney and Abdi fired a long-range effort over Paddy Kenny’s crossbar but neither side looked like snatching a winning goal until news of a late equaliser for Cardiff came through. Kenny kept out Watford’s best chance by parrying Vydra’s deflected effort with one hand and both Abdi and Chalobah were denied by desperate saves by United’s keeper in a dramatic finale. And McCormack snatched the points when 19-year-old Bonham - a first-half replacement for the injured Jonathan Bond - allowed McCormack’s weak chip to slip through his grasp and bounce over the line on 90 minutes. Manager Steve “It was an amazing game,” said McDermott. “Obviously we knew what was going on at Hull but we did what we had to do. I had a feeling Ross McCormack would make a difference today. “Gianfranco is a friend of mine and I feel for him but during the game you have to do what you have to do.“He’s a top person who has done a fantastic job, and they still have every chance of going up.”I spoke to Dom (Poleon) If he can get really fit and strong in the summer he can be an asset to our club. We want him and each and every player to improve. It was a great little chip by Ross. I always felt it was going to be Ross today who would make the difference and I said that to him at half time. He worked his socks off for me and I always thought he was a top notch player. I’m delighted for the away fans. We have to make sure we have a better away record and Elland Road has to become a really hard place to come. To me it’s a joy coming to work at Leeds. It's not hard work. It’s a joy. We want to sign players. We want to improve the training ground. We want to make this a great club we want to build this club a up inch by inch and brick by brick from the ground upwards. I think that the training ground can be improved. I will go away for a little break and do what I have to do. I’ve given Sean a list of players. My experience of transfer windows sometimes it can be as slow as it can be. We’ll come back fit and ready for the start of next season”.Hull City manager post match interview consisted of him thanking everyone under the sun except the side that helped him most on the day win his automnatic promotion ……Leeds United. Funny that. Former Peterboro talisman, George Boyd didn’t have the same bout of amnesia. “Fair play to Leeds who were professional at the end when they could have switched off and we owe them an enormous favour”. It was a professional performance from the Whites who had a measure of revenge for the 6-1 hammering under Muppet Warnock earlier in the season. Poleon did very well for Leeds up front after coming on for the injured Morison It was a mature performance from a player with lightning speed. What a ridiculous decision by Warnock loaning him out to Sheff United when Leeds were short of pace from the bench all season. It was the likes of George Boyd who he should have been acquiring in the January window. Thanks to that Dinasour, Warnock Leeds missed a great opportunity of making the play offs this season. It's fitting really that we finished seven points from 6th and seven points from 23rd, showing the limbo season we had. Roll on next season.
Sat 5th of May 2013. End of season verdict By Phil Hay Published - This time last year the catch-phrase of choice at Elland Road was major surgery. Neil Warnock cut into Leeds United’s squad and made his cuts deep, releasing five players and transfer-listing six. Andy Lonergan, Adam Clayton and Robert Snodgrass were sold and Ross McCormack nearly followed. Warnock’s signings in a single season totalled 17 and when Leeds sacked him last month he promised his successor that the squad he left behind was “two or three quality players” short of top-end Championship class. Brian McDermott is Warnock’s successor and his thoughts on that are presently his own. He has already submitted a list of potential recruits to United’s board, and asked how extensive his requirements were, the 52-year-old would only say: “It’s a list.”The surgery carried out by him is likely to be less severe than Warnock’s butchery last summer but, as McCormack admitted this week, the team will not lie untouched. Here, Inside Elland Road assesses at the state of the squad inherited by McDermott on April 12: GOALKEEPERS: Warnock calls Paddy Kenny “the best keeper in the Premier League.” Frankly, it would be going some to describe Kenny as the best keeper in the Championship. There are weaknesses behind his sharp and alert shot-stopping but the honest view of the 34-year-old is that he’s more than adequate for this division. The process of replacing Lonergan with Kenny was not cost-free and Leeds could do without unnecessary expense in the months to come. In the main, he has been worth his place ahead of Jamie Ashdown, though it might help both players if McDermott’s loyalty to Kenny is less unconditional than Warnock’s. You question whether, cup games excepted, United’s first choice would ever have been dropped. But he’s an asset still and Ashdown is a capable reserve, provided he’s happy to hang around next season.Verdict: No change needed. DEFENCE: A part of the team which is subject to the Robert Snodgrass question. If Sam Byram sits tight then the right-back role is sewn up. If Leeds decide to sell him, there’s a big hole to fill. Lee Peltier’s performance in Byram’s absence against Brighton was encouraging, and right-back after all is his baby. That said, Leeds would miss Byram badly. His position might not seem like the crux of the team but the 19-year-old is an accomplished defender and has provided endless amounts of antidote to a laboured United attack. Elsewhere, a partner for Tom Lees is needed, as is the retention of Lees himself. He is expected to be named in the England Under-21 squad for the forthcoming European Championship in Israel and scouts swarm over that competition like flies. Alongside him, Jason Pearce for all his toil has not often looked like a £500,000 centre-back. Curtis Davies would be nice, or Mark Hudson if Cardiff City decide to take their own squad to the cleaners. As for left-back, that responsibility can be left in the safe hands of Stephen Warnock. Verdict: A centre-back should be McDermott’s priority. MIDFIELD: Where to start? In certain cases, perseverance is a good idea. Rodolph Austin has been more involved and expressive since McDermott’s appointment and Paul Green is a useful squad player; versatile and extremely fit. But part of Leeds’ problem is a glaring lack of variation among their midfielders. In short, too many players have the same level of ability and the same attributes. Too few are outstanding. United miss a ball player of the ilk of Peter Whittingham and a winger of any standing whatsoever. Neither El-Hadji Diouf nor Luke Varney laid the path of their careers out wide. McDermott’s Reading were strong in that area – McDermott’s Reading were strong in every area – and a Jimmy Kebe, a Jobi McAnuff or a similar alternative would open doors which Leeds cannot unlock. McCormack’s recent shift into midfield spoke volumes about the limits of United’s creativity. Verdict: Scope for change right across the midfield. At least two additions seem essential, one central and one out wide. ATTACK: Play McCormack in a front two with creative players around him and he will score 20 goals. Get Steve Morison fit and shake him out of his malaise and he should reach double figures too. But more is needed. United can no longer count Davide Somma as a spare forward and the acquisition of Habib Habibou was another example of needle-in-the-haystack recruitment. Sadly for Leeds, they signed the haystack. And Diouf’s talent, obvious though it is, does not often lend itself to potent goalscoring. Warnock had the right idea when he expressed an interest in Chris Wood in January and that is the calibre of forward a club like United require. As a point of interest, McDermott’s pool of strikers in the season when Reading won the Championship title? Jason Roberts, Adam Le Fondre, Noel Hunt, Simon Church and Benik Afobe. Draw your own conclusions
Friday May 3rd. Ten players released. The club can confirm that 10 players will not be offered extensions to their Leeds United contracts upon expiry of their existing deals. As per the official Leeds United website; The players who are not being offered extensions are: Leigh Bromby Paul Connolly Davide Somma Paddy Kisnorbo Paul Rachubka Habib Habibou Monty Gimpel Sanchez Payne Patrick Antelmi Jordan Snodin. Leigh Bromby, who suffered a horrific knee injury at Cardiff 12 months ago and hasn't played this season, will remain with the club next term, working as a coach with the Academy. The club will also continue to work closely with Davide Somma, another player who suffered a severe knee injury, on his rehab, and the South African international will have the opportunity to join in pre-season training with a view to assessing his fitness.Paul Connolly, Paddy Kisnorbo, and Paul Rachubka have all been out on loan this season. Kisnorbo made 58 appearances for the club, and the Australian international was a key member of the team which won promotion from League One in 2009/10. The club would like to thank all the players for their efforts and wish them the very best for the future. Hopefully Somma can return to the player we all thought he could be.
Churchill – who famously was reprimanded inthe halls of the house of commons by a Housekeeper when drunk. “You Sir are Drunk!” she exclaimed, his retort “Yes madam, but In the morning I will be sober – and you will still be ugly”I’ll paraphrase that. Leeds United are in the mire now, thanks to Ken Bates. But one day we’ll be back in the Premier League. Ken Bates’ reign will always be ugly.
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