Larry – dignified unlike others after he was sacked at ER

Clayton no doubt with a point to prove – although who would you prefer at ER Clayton or Tonge/Norris/Brown

Nov 30thGrayson and Clayton on leaving Leeds. Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson has broken his silence about his sacking by former club Leeds United – and insists he did not get the backing that would have taken them into the Premier League. On the eve of tomorrow’s derby at the John Smith’s Stadium, when he will face his former club for the first time since being axed at the start of February, Grayson said he had tried to retain his dignity despite what he claims were unfair comments made to the press from within the club following his exit. Grayson also revealed his disappointment at the way his departure was handled by chairman Ken Bates, with chief executive officer Shaun Harvey being given the task of handling him his cards following a defeat to Birmingham City on January 31. He said: “Many things were said when I left and I did not take too kindly to one or two people saying things that did not need to be said. “We left with dignity. We did a lot for that football club; not just myself, but Glynn Snodin and Ian Miller. We worked extremely hard to take Leeds forward. “We left Leeds in a better position than when we took over. If you do that, you can look back and count your period of time as being successful.“I have got no problems with Ken Bates; we had a good relationship.“Could he have backed me a little bit more? Possibly. “Could we have kept the players that we sold to take us to the Premiership like he wanted to? Yes, of course he could have done.“Everybody says we were not given the opportunity to take the club forward. The time when we should have moved forward was the season we finished seventh (in 2010-11). “We should have progressed that summer to buy players when really we stood still and hence we were where we were when we left, but also where the club went on to finish that (last) season.While Grayson had considerable issues with a lack of support at Leeds to help realise his ambitions, he was effusive in his praise of Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle, whom he described as extremely passionate and a man taking the club in the right direction.He said: “He (Hoyle) is matching my expectancy levels and ambition by giving me the opportunity to bring players in. “When we lost on Tuesday night, he was the first one on the phone saying, ‘It was one of those nights, we will get on with it’ whereas maybe at Leeds, there’s an inquest for two or three days why we lost or in games where we had won but not played well.”On the events surrounding his sacking at Leeds, Grayson – who says he turned down an offer to manage in the Premier League during his time at Elland Road, thought to be with Burnley – commented: “It was frustrating and disappointing because I had a good relationship with him (Bates). “I’d go out to Monaco and we’d share a laugh and a joke on a regular basis. We had a real good understanding.“The last time I spoke to him was probably five o’clock before the Birmingham game when I told him the team and what we’d be doing. And I have never heard a word (from him) since.It was Shaun (who sacked me).Ken was flying back from South Africa, so he did not even see the(Birmingham) game.“I saw it coming when I was told we had a meeting at the training ground at 10 the following morning. “I rang my staff up and said, ‘I think we are going to be sacked’.“Of course it hurt me, but it was more my professional pride. “As a manager, you always know you are going to be sacked at some moment in time.Like Grayson, Town midfielder Adam Clayton locks horns with his former club tomorrow following a departure that also left a sour taste in his mouth. The Mancunian, who left United shortly after being the surprise name among seven transfer-listed players at the end of last season, admits his departure felt like a ‘hammer blow’ at the time. He said: “I just went into his(current manager Neil Warnock’s) office expecting the end of season chat and he said, ‘I am selling you.’ “It was five minutes – in and out. It was quite a shock to the system to be fair and I was quite upset on the way home.“It was slightly weird. I had been looking at houses in Leeds.“It was a case of walking into the meeting laughing and discussing what everyone else was, which was, ‘who do you think the seven players are he is letting go?’ but not really expecting the old hammer blow.“He (Warnock) said he was more than happy enough to keep me as I had another year to go. But he got an attractive enough offer to let me go. “We decided to leave and I am very thankful to come to a place on the up and there’s a very good atmosphere around the place.“It was nothing to do with my terms or anything like that. “The gaffer agreed to what I wanted and he went in to try and do it and it broke down a bit higher up, I think. And we had to part ways in the end.“Neil wanted his own people in and he maybe was not getting the funds to do so from higher places and felt he could get more players with the transaction of me going.”

Thurs Nov 29th. Larry calls it as it is Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson has claimed he was not given the support he needed while manager at Leeds to take the club into the Premier League. Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson has revealed the criticism he received from Leeds director Peter Lorimer after being sacked at Elland Road left a bitter taste in his mouth. Grayson, who locks horns with Leeds successor Neil Warnock when the two sides clash in Saturday lunchtime’s West Yorkshire derby at the John Smith’s Stadium, was sacked after three years in charge of his boyhood club in February this year, but was appointed by Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle to replace Lee Clark as boss of the Terriers less than three weeks later. “Everyone knows my connection with Leeds United,” said Grayson.  “But I left them in a better place than when I took over and my head is held high. There’s many things that were said when I left and I didn’t take too kindly to one or two people saying things that didn’t need to be said. “I’ve got no problems with Ken Bates because we had a good relationship. Could he have backed me a little bit more? Possibly. Could we have kept the players that we sold and taken us to the Premier League like he wanted to? Yes of course we could have done. “But there were other people jumping on the bandwagon very quickly. I’ll name names, Peter Lorimer for example used his column (in the Yorkshire Evening Post) for two or three weeks to slaughter us and never came out publicly with anything he said privately to us.”A week before I got sacked he told me to sell Luciano Becchio, so why did he not put that in his column? It happens, but we did a lot for that football club, not just myself, but Glynn Snodin and Ian Miller, we worked extremely hard to take Leeds forward.” Larry, we Leeds fans are grateful for your contribution and muppets and leaches like Lorimer will always be around. Who did he ever manage ? You can hold your head up high after doing a fine job at Leeds. What a pity you couldn’t hold on to Beckford, Howson, Snodgrass and Gradel because you would be sitting in the away dugout this weekend. There is no dear doubt in the world you didn’t get support and in all of this you have kept your head held high.

Thurs 29th of Nov. Leeds United: I’ll stay on for bright future – Lorimer (Lash for Cash) ALL SMILES: Peter Lorimer believes the excitement shown by new Leeds director and deputy chief executive ofGFH Capital, David Haigh, left, and GFH board member Salem Patel, at Elland Road on Saturday was genuine. Leeds United’s victories over Palace and Leicester proved that this season is far from over. They also proved that Leeds on their day can beat any team in the Championship. I was impressed with Palace and surprised by their talent but they came up short at Elland Road. So did Leicester. Not for the first time, Leeds rose to the challenge of playing against the stronger teams in the division. We’ve seen a lot of that this season – excellent performances at home to the likes of Wolves and Blackburn and some cracking displays in the League Cup. For whatever reason, the players seem more likely to struggle on days when they’re expected to win. Is that pressure, anxiety or just an example of how tough and even the Championship is? Personally, I see much more freedom in United’s play when they’re second favourites in a two-horse race. I can’t pretend that they weren’t under pressure against Palace because the seven-game winless run was starting to bite but the occasion suited them somehow. The atmosphere inside Elland Road has been better too: more hostile for the visitors and more supportive of Leeds. I doubt whether anyone came away from the ground on Tuesday thinking the season was dead. All of us are looking at the table with perspective now and reminding ourselves that we’re not even halfway through the season. There’s everything to play for and not a runaway team in sight. Without question, the mood of the club has been helped by the takeover. After such a long period of uncertainty it feels like we’re about to move forward again. I met the new owners at Elland Road on Saturday and they seem like really good guys. They were right into the game and I could tell from their reaction when the goals went in that they’re genuinely excited about the opportunity in front of them. But make no mistake, this is a business they’re going to have to learn about. Banking is their game and it’ll take them time to adjust to the workings of professional football. When you think about it, it makes sense to have a transitional period in which they learn the ropes and get to grips with everything that a football club entails. In the meantime, I’d ask everyone to avoid putting too much pressure on them. Of course we want success and promotion as soon as possible but there’s an old saying about acting in haste and repenting at leisure. They’ll find out soon enough that football and banking are very different. There’s risk involved in both but I’d say it’s much harder to make calculated gambles in football, particularly when it comes to signing players. The new owners are lucky that a lot of football-minded people are already involved at Elland Road – Neil Warnock, Shaun Harvey and so on – and I’m sure they’ll take guidance from them. I’ve been on the board at Leeds for a long time and I’m hoping to stay in the job. I’d be delighted if that was possible. But at the same time, the important thing is that the club moves forward. It’s not about personalities or individuals and that goes for me as much as anyone. Lash you are about as useful to Leeds as an ashtray on a motorbike, but parasites have a habit of sticking around.

Nov 29thDream start for David in Leeds role – Cornwall. A former Cornishman reporter has become a director of Leeds United after fronting the bid for a Middle Eastern bank to take full control of the Championship side.David Haigh, who grew up in Sancreed, is the chief executive of Dubai-based GFH Capital, which finalised a deal for buying the club last week, after months of negotiations. The investment bank has now started a one-month transitional period and, following Football League approval, will become 100 per cent shareholder of the club. In the interim period, Mr Haigh has joined the board of Leeds United as a director as well as joining the boards of parent company, Leeds City Holding’s other businesses including Yorkshire Radio, while his fellow bank executives are expected to join next month. Mr Haigh, a former Cape Cornwall school pupil, worked on The Cornishman’s Down Your Way reporting team from the age of 13 – a job he continued to do for about seven years. He said the company was proud to have completed the deal, which involved a long process of international negotiations and was thrilled with the result of Saturday’s clash against Crystal Palace. United scored a 2-1 victory over the team that is at the top of the league.“You could see the affect the takeover has had in the performance of the team on Saturday,” said Mr Haigh.”In 14 games Crystal Palace had not been beaten and we thrashed them. You could see the energy in the stadium and the atmosphere. The players were re-energised.” Mr Haigh said that GFH Capital hoped to take full control of the club by the end of the year. “The idea being there is a steady, clear, well thought out take over process, which is in the good of the club,” he said. He added that he was not able to talk about possible future signings but that decisions about players would be made by the side’s manager Neil Warnock, who he described as “fantastic”.”There is a lot that we can bring with our board members and our expertise but the club has got a good(management) team as it is.” Mr Haigh is now thinking of ways he can build stronger connections between youngsters in west Cornwall and football in Leeds and has offered to give a talk at his old school, Cape Cornwall. “I am very glad I went to that school. They were fantastic teachers and I learned a lot not just in the classroom but with things like Duke of Edinburgh, he said. Mr Haigh said he is passionate about showing young people in Cornwall that they have a world of opportunities available to them.

Becchio winner

Nov 27th. Becchio goal secures Elland Road win and Speedo smiles down  Leeds 1 (Becchio 3 pen), Leicester City 0 UnitedKenny, Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier, Thomas (Brown 61), Green, Norris, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Ashdown, White, Drury, Hall, McCormack, Gray.Att: 17,717. Having beaten Crystal Palace on Saturday, United fielded an unchanged side for the visit of Leicester City and Neil Warnock’s side got off to the perfect start. Jeff Schlupp was guilty of bringing Sam Byram down in the box and Luciano Becchio stepped up to smash the penalty past Kasper Schmeichel. It was another good start by Leeds and some more good play ended when an offside flag was raised to deny a decent opportunity. The 11th minute brought about chants of “Gary Speed” from the crowd with the game falling on the first anniversary of the death of the club’s former title winning hero. Leicester’s first opportunity came when Richie De Laet fired a shot at Paddy Kenny from a tight angle, but United looked by far the sharper of the two sides with Jerome Thomas again causing problems down the left. United fashioned out another great chance before half-time when Becchio turned provider with a left-wing cross and Paul Green was denied by a superb save by Schmeichel. The visitors were a threat, though, when they came forward and Martyn Waghorn sent a fizzing volley across the face of goal. Along with Becchio and the lively El-Hadji Diouf, Thomas was a constant nuisance for Leeds, and there were further shouts for a penalty when the loan man burst into the box before being denied by a good challenge from De Laet. It had been another good first half display by Leeds and when Leicester threatened at the start of the second half, Lee Peltier made a vital block after Waghorn made a good run on goal. But United continued to look to strong and Thomas curled a shot wide after some great individual work. Leicester made a double change before the hour and one of those substitutes, Anthony Knockaert, forced Paddy Kenny into making his first real save of the game when he had to get down low to his right to push a shot away. Michael Brown replaced Thomas shortly after the hour, and the Leeds substitute came within a whisker of furthering the advantage when he drilled a shot wide after Leicester failed to clear their lines. At the other end, Mark Futacs sent a shot just wide of the upright after some good play by the hosts and Green did well to clear under pressure from Lloyd Dyer. United had the ball in the net on 84 minutes, but an offside flag ruled Becchio’s effort out after the striker had rounded Schmeichel and rolled his finish home. And with three minutes remaining David Norris had an opportunity to round off a great individual performance with a speculative goal, but his first time strike from distance was over the top. Four minutes were added on, and in the third of those Kenny was adjudged to have tipped a long ball forward from Schmeichel over the bar. The visiting keeper came forward for the resultant corner, but United defended in numbers and Tom Lees made a great block in the final action of the game. Neil Warnock – “I thought we continued from Saturday and the lads were super really – well deserved win and a great three points. I thought Norris was outstanding – as good as I ever seen him and I said that in front of all the lads .The boys put their bodies on the line. We were not going to get beaten tonight. The two new players (Tate and Thomas) made such a difference. We don’t need to spend major money. We’re not that far away. We are a depressing lot in Leeds. Most people said we’d lose both games. The pace of Thomas opens it up for Dioufy and we have Green also who gets into the box. The pace at Elland Road you need that at home. I wanted these two players (Thomas and Tate) this long time. I’ve wanted to get them over the line. Green and Norris haven’t played together except v Wolves but they have great energy and were great again tonight. (Re team against Huddersfield)  There is no reason to change the side for the weekend. Everybody knows their job. I know Palace have better forwards but Leicester are more solid but we were close enough the whole night. We got the distance exactly right from the forwards to the midfield to the defence.  They know their jobs and we worked on the training ground. Ronnie’s done a terrific job on the training ground.  I looked at one or two of the comments in the local press, and we would be lucky to get one point, but Matteo said we’d probably win all three”. I have to say that this has been two fantastic results for Leeds (v Palace and now Leicester). Tate organised the defence magnificently. Norris was energetic and in faces all night. Green’s runs and Thomas’s pace on the left flank allied to Byram’s pace on the right (his run made the penalty) brings a different dimension to United’s play. Amazingly we are only seven points behind tonight’s opponents. Let’s kick on now.

RIP Gary Speed

Tuesday Nov. 27th. RIP Gary Speed. Gary Speed passed away 12months today. An excellent player, he won the league with Leeds in season 1991-92. Who can forget that midfield of Strachan, McAllister, Batty and Speed ?Where has that twelve months gone ? Tottenham star Gareth Bale, posted:“Remembering Gary Speed 1 year on #RIP”, while Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley tweeted:“A year ago today a legend left us, but will never be forgotten. Rip Gary speed.” Striker Robert Earnshaw, who played alongside Speed for Wales, said: “Remembering #GarySpeed today.R.I.P. I learnt alot from him.” John Hartson, another of Speed’s former team-mates, now part of Coleman’s backroom staff, tweeted: “It’s one year today since we lost a wonderful man. My thoughts today are with his family.. God bless.” There was also a message from Sepp Blatter. A post on the FIFA president’s official Twitter site read: “Thoughts with Gary Speed’s family 1 year on from his passing. Sadly missed by the game he served with such distinction” All of Speed’s former clubs posted messages in his memory and there will be a minute’s silence at Elland Road, where Speed began his career and won the 1992 league title, ahead of Leeds’ Championship fixture against Leicester this evening.

Tues Nov. 27th Tate to stay on ? Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has admitted he is uncertain about the future of Alan Tate following the defender’s loan move to Leeds. Tatehttp:/ has made 325 appearances for the Swans and recently celebrated a decade at the club before dropping down the pecking order at the Liberty Stadium. The 30-year-old made an impressive debut for Neil Warnock’s Championship outfit in their home victory against Crystal Palacehttp:/ at the weekend. And now Laudrup is unsure whether Tate’s loan stint will turn into a permanent transfer at the start of January. “I don’t know whether that might happen,” Laudrup told the South Wales Evening Post. I just heard a couple of days before Alan left that Leeds was a possibility, and he said he wanted to go and play some games. “I agreed with him that he needs to play, 100 per cent. “We have five players in his position now that Kyle (Bartley) is back – two of them can play, one can sit on the bench and then two more will be in the stand – so I think it was a good decision by Alan to go and play some football. “Now we will see what happens, but whether it is going to be a permanent deal depends on a lot of factors. “You never know what can happen here – we have seen already this season that we can have problems and suddenly be down to only two centre-backs. “I really don’t know what will happen – let’s see.”

Becchio – a class act

Palace goal

Thomas a pacy winger

Sat Nov 24th. New Era starts with a win. Leeds 2-1 C Palace. Leeds United: Kenny; Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier; Green, Norris, Tonge, Thomas (Poleon 75, Brown 90); Diouf (McCormack 82), Becchio. Substitutes not used: Ashdown, White, Brown, Gray, Hall.Att -20,964. YEP report – Second Half goals from Luciano Becchio and Paul Green ended Leeds United’s disspirting seven-match winless streak in style as the Whites ushered in the GFH Capital era with a much-needed victory. Becchio’s instinctive finish from close range – his first from open play since September 22 – put the hosts in front seven minutes after the break with Green’s first goal for the club on 76 minutes sealing the deal for United, as Palace slumped to their first defeat in 15 matches. Peter Ramage set up an anxious finale for Whites fans after powerfully heading in Kagisho Dikgacoi’s cross for the visitors, but it deservedly proved United’s day. Palace had the first opportunity after the restart with Ward dragging his effort across goal before United forged a breakthrough on 52 minutes. Becchio was on hand to finish from close range after a header from Green following skipper Lee Peltier’s cross ricocheted invitingly into his path in front of the Kop – the Argentine striker’s 11th goal of the campaign. Palace, with their unbeaten Championship run very much on the line, were facing a serious character examination and despite pressing, they struggled to carve out substantive chances. United then earned themselves a two-goal buffer to the ecstasy of the Kop with Green firing home a crisp volley, which deflected in following Peltier’s free kick on 76 minutes. Despite Ramage pulling one back, United held out despite some nervy moments in five minutes of added time as Palace threw bodies forward in a desperate bid to maintain their lengthy unbeaten run. Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, “I thought we were really disciplined today and we have worked on it for a few days. I thought Sam (Byram) and Lee (Peltier) were really good with the Palace danger men out wide and Tate was fantastic. “It was a good all-round performance and I don`t think it was a fluke.” I am absolutely delighted for the new owners. We deserved the win over the 90 minutes,” he said. “We started the game very well and had to hang in there at times but our two new lads made the difference. Alan Tate is a good pro. “He had a calming influence on us at the back and Jerome Thomas is as good as anyone in the Premier League, let alone the Championship.“We needed the lift in confidence those two have given us.” “You have to give Leeds credit,” Palace boss Ian Holloway said. “They looked like the Leeds of old in the first 20 minutes by coming at us. We came through that period but didn’t get the breaks.“I thought we deserved at least a point and we did our supporters proud. Leeds got on the end of two things inside our box and scored two goals but there was a real scramble at the end and how the referee awarded Leeds a free-kick to relieve the pressure I don’t know. “The crowd got them that free-kick.” Louth Branch view – Twenty five members of the Louth branch certainly picked the right game to attend. Leeds came out of the blocks strongly. Thomas on the wing gave United pace and skill, something which has been missing all season. Tate in central defence was a calming influence. The £15M rates Zaha was always dangerous but young Sam Byram coped with his presence admirably. Scoreless at half time, I think most Leeds fans would have been glad to take a point from this game. Norris was energetic and busy in midfield and Tonge stayed rigidly in front of the back four to mop up attacks and spray the ball around. The Becchio goal gave Leeds something to cling on to and the modest crowd were energised by the goal. Green a target for some of the boo boys when he was playing at right full was full of running, and took his goal really well. Palace were always going to get a goal, and although it came late, United deserved to hold on for all three points. We lack craft and guile, plus pace in many areas but are not short on heart and spirit. Peltier is still a concern at full back but the loan players certainly gave a good account of themselves. Let’s hope we can build on this with a more difficult game against Leicester on Tuesday night.

Thursday November 22ndDeadline day loan signing number two arrives. Leeds have signed West Brom winger Jerome Thomason loan until January. The winger moves to Elland Road until January 5 after failing to make a single appearance since Steve Clarkehttp:/ became Albion manager.Thomashttp:/ has been troubled by a series of injury niggles, but that has not stopped Neil Warnockhttp:/ for a player he has long admired. Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he wants new loan signing Jerome Thomas to enjoy himself at Elland Road. Warnock admits he has tried to sign the midfielder on five previous occasions and he is just what he is looking for. Speaking on the Leeds United official website, Warnock said,“He`s a player I have tried to sign five times so it`s about time I finally got him. “He is just what I am looking for and I want him to come here and enjoy himself. “He`s direct and positive when he`s attacking and he fits the bill as just what we want.” Thomas has not played this season for West Brom having made 31 appearances last season for the Baggies. The 29-year-old former England under 21 international has made over 200 career appearances in spells at Arsenal, QPR, Charlton, Portsmouth and West Brom. Thomas will join up with the squad on Friday and he will be available for the game against Crystal Palace this weekend as well as the Capital One League Cup tie with Chelsea next month. I hope he is better than some of the others he tried to sign five or six times (Luke Varney included).

Tate – new arrival

Thursday Nov 22ndLeeds land Tate on deadline day.  Leeds UnitedAlan Tate on loan from Swansea City and boss Neil Warnock feels he has signed a leader. The former Swansea captain has joined Leeds until January, he can play anywhere across the back four and he has also played in midfield during his time at Swansea. Tate captained the side to promotion to the Premier League in 2011 and Warnock says it is good to have a player coming to the club who can lead the side. Speaking on the Leeds United official website, Warnock said, “He is a leader and I felt these last few weeks we`ve lacked leaders. It is great to have him.”Tate has made over 300 appearances in ten years at Swansea City, helping the Welsh side to promotion to the Premier League having joined them when they were in League Two. He initially joined them when they were facing a fight against relegation to the Blue Square Conference, when a final day win over Hull City maintained their place in the league. After avoiding relegation to the non-league, Tate helped Swansea finish third in League Two in the 2004/05 season to win promotion to League One. The following season, he helped them reach the League One play off final against Barnsley but it was his penalty miss that saw them lose out on penalties. The same season he helped them lift the Football League Trophy with a 2-1 win over Carlisle United. He made 53 appearances for Swansea in the season and he was named the clubs player of the season. After narrowly missing out on the play-offs the following season, Swansea went up as champions from League One in 2008. Swansea just missed out on the play-offs in their first two seasons in the championship before winning the play-off final 4-2 against Reading at Wembley to book their place in the Premier League. Tate made 48 appearances as he captained the side to promotion. He started their first season in the Premier League in the side before a freak golfing accident saw him ruled out for six months. Tate suffered a broken leg after his leg was trapped against a tree by a golf buggy. He did not return to the side until March and he made just six appearances during the season. This season he has made just four appearances under their new boss Michael Laudrup and he hasn`t played since starting against Everton on September 22nd. Tate will go straight into the Leeds squad for their game with Crystal Palace this weekend but he is ineligible for the Capital One League Cup tie with Chelsea next month having already played in the competition this season.

Warnock – happy

Nov 22nd. “Onwards and upwards” – Warnock re Takeover Leeds United manager Neil Warnock says it’s a case of “onwards and upwards” following the news that GFH Capital are to take over ownership of the club. The takeover deal was announced yesterday (Nov 21) and GFH Deputy CEO David Haigh will join the board with immediate effect with two further GFH executives joining the board in December after a transitional period. Neil Warnock told the club website: “It’s a fabulous step. It’s been a long time, but it’s a progressive step for the club in general. “I’ve spoken to them (GFH Capital) over the past few months, but I’d prefer to not speak too much about it at the moment because I don’t know enough about the ins and outs at this stage.“It will give some closure to the whole saga though. Everything should be lifted. We have to roll our sleeves up. This has given people a lift and personally I’m so pleased we are playing the best two teams in the league next. I think that’s appropriate. It gives everyone an opportunity to get together and give it a go. “I only look at the future. I think we can look forward. It’s a positive thing from a mental side of things. It’s going to be difficult for the next five weeks or so, but we can get things ready so we can move in January. Once that comes we can have a right good go. We have four months to give it our best shot and in the meantime we have to pick up as many points as possible. “We have to turn the corner, but we have some decent players. The crowd can help us over the next four or five weeks as well. Let’s roll our sleeves up. It’s onwards and upwards for us all now. Everything is positive. Let’s have a go. With the loan deadline due to close at 5pm today Warnock isn’t expecting a major influx, with the addition of maybe one or two new faces. “It’ll probably be January,” he said. “I’m trying to bring one or two in but that was the case before this and I haven’t changed targets if that makes sense. It’s not a matter of finance, it’s about availability and clubs letting them out.”

Thurs Nov 22nd. Right in the Gary Kellys – Bates elects himself president for life. It still seems surreal reflecting on Wednesday morning’s announcement from Leeds United. For once the Official Website carried news. That in summary Salem Patel, David Haigh and Hisham Alrayes would be joining the board, that the sale to GFH Capital of Ken Bates 72.85% of shares had been agreed, and that a date for the final transfer – 21stDecember 2012, had been agreed. Hurrah. And now for the `cloud’ in the silver lining folks. That Ken Bates wil remain chairman till the end of the current season, and thereafter will be President (presumably for life) of the club, a role currently filled by the Late Earl Harewood’s widow. In summary, the sale hasn’t yet gone through, Ken Bates is still chairman, and for those of us who hoped he’d enjoy a quiet retirement in Monte Carlo, rolling around on a pile of his ill gotten cash – well there was some serious disappointment. I won’t dwell on this latter point (as some have), Ken wants it to wind us up, and quite frankly I won’t give him the satisfaction. After all, how often did Earl Harewood embarrass us? How often was he involved in club policy? Hardly at all. Ok this is Ken Bates, and he’s capable of generating a lawsuit in any situation. Kens got what he wanted, a glorious and prolonged exit, an eight figure sum in the bank just in time for Christmas (he’ll clear out Netto methinks) and he still gets to lord it over us for a few more months. I imagine he’s commissioned his `Presidential’ Portrait already – Nobly stood in full dress uniform of the Household cavalry, a tableau of burning Holbeckian back to backs behind him, one hand clutching a bulging bag of readies, and one foot on the head of a fallen Gary Cooper. He may even commission a series of paintings illustrating him vanquishing his other foes? The Tax Man, Simon Morris, and of course a special litigation busting mural for Melvyn Levi… and his wife! Lawsuit be damned. No more. Oh Ok one more – how many of us today dropped our mid morning Mars Bar, or for those of you down south spat out the froth on your Medio Mocha Skinny Half Caff Latte, to read Bates biggest wind up of all. “How does this affect the fans? Theyre the important ones who need to know what is going on” he coo-ed in a second, yes second statement today. This from a man who’s referred to us as morons, dissidents and sickpots, and who has steadfastly until now given us no real updates on the genuine progress of the takeover, or the reasons for its delay. In reality how easy might it be to strike a deal with him? Well we’ve known that all along. The positives?Well GFH must really really really really wanted to own Leeds United to have endured this 6 month courtship. And for me that comes out in David Haighs rejoinder to Bates initial diatribe, he points to his genuine love for Leeds United, the fact he’s a fan, from a Leeds family and adding that it’s time for us all to “March on together, taking the club back to the Premier League as soon as possible” The Leeds United Supporters trust have slammed GFH’s decision to keep dear old Ken on at all, what did they expect? A happy ending? Well let’s be frank this is as happy an ending as you could expect. Apparently `funds’ have already been injected into the club by our future owners, and the proof of the pudding in terms of support will of course be evident by tomorrow, will we see Kilgallon, Hill, Jerome or Shotton arrive on loan? Will we see Diouf sorry Diouf-y, get a new deal, ditto Byram? Lees? Pearce? Leeds supporters want to see the team realistically invested in, not ruinously, and it doesnt need much in relative terms. Imagine the impact of say £5m into the playing budget ahead of December? The ability for the manager to plan his transfer targets, and sign players? Make no mistake that work has already begun at other clubs. The ultimate riches of the premier league are then within your reach. Let’s not get too carried away here, none of this has happened. With Bates, Harvey and Williams still there the promotion of their low-ambition model will continue. Gwyn Williams will have his say on signings, when quote frankly enabling Warnock and Jones to asset strip their former charges at QPR would be a far from poor idea, Faurlin, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, these are players who’d get us out of the championship when added to the current squad. Leeds have much to do in addition to investing in the squad. We have yet to hear about the ful clarification surrounding the `opaque’ ownership of Elland Road and Thorp Arch. The thorny issue of relations with the fans must also be addressed. A ridiculously expensive ticket price structure blights the fans relationship on its own, not to mention Bates’ ongoing presence, with the LUST already damning the decision. GFH will need to show themselves as `their won men’ in this regard, discounting ticket prices is then as important as signing players, it means less revenue, and more spending. But that sacrifice might just win back some of the 5,000 fans a game we’ve lost. I know I’ll be making my way back to Elland Road for the first time in a long time already. I’m welcoming our new owners, lets remember however that like Ken Bates, they’re business people, they first and foremost want to make money, so we should be prepared for investment off the field, but hey – who knows they unlike Bates might wait till we get promoted before they build a set of `Premier League’ Suites in the West Stand. There’s little point preaching to the new owners about what they must do, but I will ask for what its worth that they do listen to the fans. We by and large have a deep affection of our club, and have made some serious sacrifices to watch them over the last 8 years, with little real reward. We’ve drained our reserves of stoicism with the kickings we’ve suffered by the likes of Yeovil, Swindon, Watford, and of course in Wembley showpieces, I’m asking you help us restore that pride guys, forst and foremost. Get that crowd roaring behind their team – and they can do anything. And please build a presidential suite for Ken, from which he can watch all our matches in supreme comfort, after all hes done for us its the least you can do. A nice satellite link can ensure that box is somewhere in Kazakhstan. So what’s next? Well we have to take our shot at the premier league – with some loan players we’ve got a chance of at least the play offs – i say go for it, get the decent loan players we need, secure our best players, and in January remember that Norwich have misappropriated 2 Leeds players, who need desperately to be returned to their true owners. Get them back and we might even put up with El Presidente! 8 More Years 8 More Years!

Thursday 22nd of November. Some questions regarding our new owners. Who are GFH Capital? * Private equity firm based in Dubai. * Founded in 2001. * Company started out as Injazat Capital and was later renamed G Capital. * Its website says it has a “ten year track record of top-performing investments and fund management” and claims it has handled investments worth more than eight billion US dollars in 25 different countries. * Part of its funding has come from the Dubai Islamic Bank, the World Bank and the Islamic Developmennt Bank. Who are Gulf Finance House? * An investment bank situated in Manama, Bahrain and the company which wholly owns GFH Capital Limited. * Formed in 1999 and run by chairman Esam Janahi, one of the founders of the business. * Like GFH Capital its boasts of investments running into billions of American dollars won numerous awards prior to 2009 but it suffered heavily during the global economic crash, posting losses in excess of £200 million in both 2009 and 2010. * Sources close to the deal say GFH Capital’s bid for Leeds United has been mounted independently of Gulf Finance House and will not involve the bank.

Weds Nov 21st. The takeover – GFH and Ken Bates have finally agreed a deal to take over 100% of our beloved Leeds United. There are still many questions that many Leeds fans want answered. Below is a range of different opinions extracted from the various Leeds websites. Do GFH have the resources to take Leeds United back to the Premiership? Why is Ken Bates still acting as a chairman until the end of the season and furether rmore why employ this “gentleman” as a club President thereafter? Will this involve a wage (as it no doubt will) and will he have any influence (which I very much doubt) ? Is this a compromise too far ?  Is this takeover (it’s still one month away) enough to attract the boycotting thousands back to Elland Road ? Will we see decent players arrive in January or better still before tomorrow’s loan window closes ? Will Neil Warnock be the manager to take advantage of the situation following a disastrous period in charge ? Everyone will have their own opinions but the Louth Branch will have a ringside seat for our most important game of the season to date.

Nov 21st Vital Football With the long running takeover finally completed at Elland Road will the stay away fans return? GFH Capital have finally signed the paperwork that will see them take 100% control of the club after six months of negotiations. Crowds at Elland Road have been on the decline rapidly in the past eighteen months, with many fans refusing to go to Elland Road until Ken Bates was no longer owner of the club. Fans have said they were refusing to put any more money into the pocket of the Leeds chairman, after the sales of many of the clubs star players and sky-high ticket prices the main reasons for their boycott. The last home game against Watford saw just 19,104 people come through the turnstiles, the lowest Saturday home crowd in the league since a home game with Walsall in March 2008 when 19,095 attended. However, as it just been about a boycott or as the current financial climate in the country also been a major factor with many jumping onto the boycott bandwagon as an easy excuse to stay away? Last season, many so-called boycotters decided to relax their boycott for one game when West Ham came to town and a crowd in excess of 30,000 turned up. At the same time, a League Cup tie with Manchester United saw just over 31,000 attend the game, when usually this would sell out twice over. At this moment in time, another attendance in the region of 20,000 for the game with Crystal Palace on Saturday looks on the cards with seats still available in all Leeds sections of the ground. So will you be returning? Are you still unhappy that Ken Bates will be remaining at the club or are you now just grateful that someone is in charge willing to invest? Do you want to see proper investment on the pitch and would you like to see GFH Capital reduce ticket prices before you return? Have you been a stay away fan or have you continued to support the club at home? For the record, I decided at the start of this season that I would be staying away from Elland Road but have attended nearly all of the away games. I now intend to go again.

Nov 21st. Leeds United takeover finally completed – The Scratching Shed. Ken Bates’ reign as owner of Leeds United came to an end today as GFH Capital completed a deal to purchase the club outright. The deal is subject to Football League approval, though this is usually nothing more than a formality and shouldn’t cause any issues. The deal involves a transitional period which will see Ken Bates remain as Leeds United chairman until the end of the season, after which point, GFH will appoint a chairman from their own staff while Ken Bates takes a position as Club President – a honorary role previously filled by Lord Harewood before his death in July last year. In a joint statement on Leeds United’s official website, Ken Bates and David Haigh confirmed GFH had been supporting the club financially for the last few months and that a cash injection has now been made which will allow Neil Warnock to strengthen his squad. David Haigh, the man expected to takeover as Leeds United chairman at the end of the season said; ”After a long process of negotiations, spanning Leeds, London, Monaco, Dubai and Bahrain, it gives us great pride today, to have completed the deal for Leeds United. “A brief but important transitional period now begins in terms of the changeover of ownership: we have today injected further funds into the club and now we look to the future and start the exciting journey to take Leeds United FC back into a prime position in English football once again. “From a Leeds family myself and a supporter of The Whites since childhood, I know that football is at the very heart of the people of Leeds and the wider community. We want to thank all the fans in UK and around the world for their patience and support while the negotiations have been taking place. Lets now march on together, taking the club back to the Premier League as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, GFH’s Head Of Investment Management, Salem Patel added that it is an “absolute honour to be involved with this great club and a real blessing to give so many people so much joy today.” As Leeds United fans, The Scratching Shed is pleased to see the protracted takeover negotiations finally reach a conclusion. The last six months has been a difficult and frustrating period for supporters of the club, made worse by an underfunded team performing badly and poor communication from the club. Low attendances stand testament to how disillusioned many of our fans feel. It is our hope that under new ownership Leeds United will seek to reengage with fans on all levels and address the concerns that have been ignored for far too long. As with any club, Leeds United is stronger when the fans and the board are in-sync and pulling in the same direction. Our fans are not unreasonable and do not expect success to happen overnight, we understand the challenges involved in turning a football club around and are more than happy to do our part so long as we can see visible progress and don’t feel as though we’re being lied to at every turn. To Leeds United fans, this takeover is the shining light at the end of a road we’d started to think was perpetual. Many more challenges lie ahead; challenges which the supporters of this club are ready to confront head-on, standing side-by-side with the owners, players and manager. But for Leeds to once again be United, the new ownership must learn from the mistakes of their predecessor. Secrets, lies and poor communication cannot coexist with a Marching On Together philosophy, there has to be mutual respect and trust, along with an openness and willingness to engage on both sides. These are all challenges which can wait until tomorrow however. For today, we’d like to welcome GFH to the club and wish them every success as the new owners of Leeds United FC.

Nov 21st. Leeds takeover finally complete? – NorthEastEllandRoad- An announcement has today been made, via the official website, regarding the takeover of Leeds United by GFH Capital. GFH Capital have agreed to the takeover, subject to football league approval, which will be officially completed after the end of a ‘one month transitional’ period, with the contracts being signed and completed at 10.30pm on Tuesday night. When the takeover is complted, Dubai Based Investment Bank, GFH Capital will own 100% of shares in Leeds United. GFH Capital Deputy CEO David Haigh will join the Leeds Board with Immediate effect, with Salem Patel and Hisham Alrayes joining toward the end of December. GFH Capital Will inject further funds into the club to help Neil Warnock strengthen the team as well as allowing him to pursue his targets in January. Controversial Leeds Chairman, Ken Bates will continue in his role until the end of the current campaign to help streamline the transfer of the club. Bates, who has been ’with’ Leeds since 2005, will then take up a new role as President of Leeds, with GFH Capital electing their own person as the new chairman. It is also understood Shaun Harvey will also continue in his current role. The cost of the takeover has not been disclosed, however some reports have the figures to be between £44million and £52million. It has also been suggested there will be 4 installment paid of £17million each, depending on performances, etc. It has taken around 6 months of negotiations between the 2 parties, which as left fans, players and the manager equally frustrated. With the end firmly in sight, it can only be hoped the club can move forward and make a push for promotion in the coming seasons

Nov 21st 20 The incomplete takeover – From ClarkeOneNil Still with us still digging down. The old sod got what he wanted. Unbelievable as one of our ex players might say, after 8 years and tons of grief and disappointment for us Ken Bates has got what he wanted, a massive profit, pliable new owners, a life-long role at the club as a figure-head, the retention of his cohorts and cronies and a continuation of his unique alienating attitude to fans. Even at my depths of miserablism I did not see the margin of his victory coming, this isn’t a takeover it is a managed non family dynastic power-play. Actually it is factually not a takeover. Today we have been treated to a classic Leeds United smoke and mirrors operation. What we actually have is a deal to intend to complete the sale. Even the press release admits it won’t actually happen until the 21st December. We have been given no price, we have not been told who the new beneficial owner is, we havn’t even been told what has been bought/part bought and what hasn’t. Until those aspects are public the Football league can’t agree the takeover and until they do there is no takeover! In short our prospective owners have begun their association with the club in the manner Bates has taught them, full of unwanted secrecy and contempt for the support. No change just business as usual. Anyone understand where we are on Elland Road ownership? No me neither. Anyone know what is happening re Thorpe Arch? No me neither. Any educated guesses on monies for transfers? No point it is all guesswork with this lot. What I do know is the way Haigh and Patel have conducted themselves since this saga began does not instill confidence. What we do know is utterly depressing, Bates to stay as Chairman till May 13 then to take up residency as Life President. Shaun Harvey stays, Paul Dews stays, Gywn Williams stays, Neil Warnock stays (why god only knows but I suppose if everyone else is staying he might as well). All a bit depressing really when you consider what a takeover was meant to be about is change not continuity. I was privately told about GFHC and plans way back in May and the person who told me suggested that they might keep the present regime around for a while but would in time rid the club of them. As much as I would like to believe it that forgets to include just how well Bates has taken on the clamour for his removal and rendered it impotent. We won, we lost, LoveLeedsHateBates as an ideal did the business and yet it has little to show for it. As we speak there is not one shed of evidence anything will change for the club and I suppose by saying that I am doing Haigh and Patel a favour, any progress will look good on them. Yes you lot will be screaming for “unity” and pretending none of the above matters, that is what lots of you are like, you came to the anti-Bates camp late, you run away the moment you get a morsel. The only unity worth espousing is one of constant vigilance. We “don’t get fooled again” and as such the new but yet to complete potential owners will be judged from minute one. We are going nowhere and will be around to shine light on to realities until the club starts going somewhere.

Nov 21st Official website Chairman Ken Bates firmly believes that completion of the GFH Capital deal taking over ownership of Leeds United will ensure a bright future for the club. The GFH Capital agreement was announced on Wednesday morning after months of negotiating and the Dubai-based investment bank will assume 100% ownership after an initial transitional period. GFH Capital executive David Haigh will join the board with immediate effect with fellow GFH Capital executives Hisham Alrayes and Salem Patel joining in December. The current chairman will remain until the end of the season. “I’ve made no secret of the fact that we’ve been looking for investment since we came in on January 21 2005 and there’s been a lot of reasons why that has taken so long,” the chairman told Yorkshire Radio“One of the reasons has been the chancers and con-men who circulate, and it’s been a difficult process weeding out those people. However, we have achieved our target and ambition, and can build on the foundations laid slowly but surely over the past few years. “We’ve had plenty of approaches but because of the TV money in the game people are attracted like wasps around a candle.”GFH Capital are backed by the right resources, including a very wealthy individual. There have been a lot of rumours and wild statements, but we have had to be measured and considered to ensure we don’t fall into the trap others have done. “With this I am confident we will become stronger and proceed more quickly than others have done.” With three new board members set to join over the next month and the current chairman remaining at the helm, the club looks set for an exciting time. “How does this affect the fans? They’re the important ones who need to know what is going on,” added the chairman.”Quite simply GFH Capital will be providing additional working capital for the club and they will also be providing funds to strengthen the team. There has already been a small injection of working capital on Wednesday morning.”I will continue as chairman until the end of the season when I will take over as president and I look forward to sitting back and taking more time off, and enjoying what has been eight years hard work. That’s what Suzannah and I chose when we came in and that’s what we’ve got on with.”

Weds 21st Nov. Takeover agreed. Dubai based investment bank, GFHCapital Ltd has today signed the deal for the acquisition of Leeds United FC. The signing of this deal marks the start of a one month transitional period in terms of full ownership of the club. Following Football League approval, GFH Limited will be 100% owners. The deal sees GFH Limited which has financially supported the club since entering into an exclusivity period, injecting further funds for working capital and to support Neil Warnock’s intentions to strengthen the team. GFH capital executive, David Haigh will join the board of Leeds United with immediate effect  with fellow GFH executives Hishram Alrayes and Salmel Patel joining in Decemberas the leadership of the club is further strengthened. Ken Bates will remain as Chairman for a transitional period until end of season after which point a new GFH Capital-led Chairman will take over the position and Ken Bates will become a club President. Bates :  “One thing I can say that has benefited from the negotiations is that this six-month courtship has given GFH Capital the opportunity to see the strengths and weaknesses and what needs to be supported. You can look forward to a smoother transition than we’ve seen at a lot of clubs.“I’d like to thank, on behalf of Suzannah and myself, the tremendous support we have received over the years, particularly over the last 12 to 18 months which hasn’t been easy, but has made us more determined to see the job through.”David Haigh, Deputy CEO, GFH Capital Limited said: “After a long process of negotiations, spanning Leeds, London, Monaco, Dubai and Bahrain, it gives us great pride today, to have completed the deal for Leeds United.“A brief but important transitional period now begins in terms of the changeover of ownership: we have today injected further funds into the club and now we look to the future and start the exciting journey to take Leeds United FC back into a prime position in English football once again.“From a Leeds family myself and a supporter of The Whites since childhood, I know that football is at the very heart of the people of Leeds and the wider community. We want to thank all the fans in UK and around the world for their patience and support while the negotiations have been taking place. Lets now march on together, taking the club back to the Premier League as soon as possible.”

Poleon – worth a chance

Tues 20th Nov. The penny drops as Warnock recalls Poleon – To Ell and Backrealised that there will be no funds available to bring in anymore loanees, so he has done the right thing and recalled Dominic Poleon from Bury as Ross McCormack is not 100% to face the club he nearly signed for on Saturday, Crystal Pakace. McCormack has a useful thirty minute run-out against Millwall on Sunday but just hours after extending Dominic Poleon‘s loan at Bury, Warnock has activated a 24 hour release clause which will see the 19 year old Londoner back at Elland Road in good time to face the high flying Eagles. Poleon’s surprise return also clearly indicates that Warnock has been told there are no funds to bring in any more loan signings before Thursday’s emergency loan deadline meaning he will have to make do until January at the earliest and then hope the takeover fiasco is sorted out by the New Year. I am looking forward to seeing Poleon again on Saturday. I was surprised when Warnock sent him and Zac Thompson out to lowly Bury managed by our former boss Kevin Blackwell, himself hardly an advocate of total football. McCormack needs to be eased back in gently, it was always a tall order to expect Rosco to repeat his heroics of March at the New Den last March on Sunday. In Poloens absence we have seen Becchio lose his form, Diouf played upfront where I think he is not effective and the hapless Luke Varney. One good thing about Varney’s red card is he will miss our next three games! Let’s hope Poleon’s pace will boost our chances of pulling off a shock against the Eagles and having found the net a respectable three times in eight whilst at Gigg Lane, he may even grab another goal to add to he winner he scored against Forest in September.

Tues 20thRace against time to get new blood in – YEP NEIL WARNOCK is facing a race against time to land new recruits ahead of Thursday’s emergency loan deadline – as he bids to stop Leeds United’s Championship drama lurching into a full-blown crisis. The United boss, short of squad options, is desperate to bolster his ranks with a couple of new additions before the 5pm deadline to breathe new life into the embattled Whites, without a win in their last seven league matches – their worst sequence since early 2008. Warnock has been linked with a move for Stoke City defender Ryan Shotton and the YEP understands the Elland Road chief made an enquiry about his services last week with suspended centre-half Jason Pearce not available until the derby clash at Huddersfield Town on December 1. Clint Hill, who Warnock unsuccessfully tried to sign in the summer, is another rumoured target, although given the ongoing uncertainty regarding the future of QPR boss Mark Hughes, who has been loathe to loan out any members in his 25-man squad so far this term, January is thought to be a more likely time for business. Another possible target is former favourite Matt Kilgallon, down the pecking order at Sunderland. Warnock’s selection woes increased on Sunday with Luke Varney copping an automatic three-match ban for his dismissal early in the second half against Millwall. Varney’s absence further depletes United’s squad with key midfielder Rodolph Austin out until the New Year with a cracked ankle bone and the likes of Leigh Bromby and Davide Somma still unavailable with Warnock having made no secret of the fact that he needs some new signings – and fast. United face competition from several Championship rivals to land Shotton – that is if Stoke decide to loan him out ahead of Thursday’s deadline, which is looking increasingly doubtful. Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City are among others keen on the 24-year-old, who made just his third appearance of the season in the Potters’ top-flight clash at West Ham last night, coming on from the bench for the injured Andy Wilkinson. It represented Shotton’s first taste of action since August 28, when he made his only start of the campaign in the Capital One Cup clash with Swindon. With full-back Mark Wilson recovering from a broken leg sustained recently, Potters boss Tony Pulis – who rebuffed Warnock’s loan advances for striker Cameron Jerome earlier this month – is likely to be reluctant to loan out Shotton, who provides cover for both the former Portsmouth player and Wilkinson.

Tues 20thColin charged. The Football Association today charged Neil Warnock with improper conduct for his comments about referee Mark Halsey following Leeds United’s 1-0 defeat at Millwall. Warnock hit out at Halsey in his post-match comments after the official dismissed Luke Varney at The Den. Varney was sent off just three minutes into the second half for an apparent elbow on Adam Smith. Warnock said: “

amount of effort that’s gone into the game and we’re talking about a refereeing decision – it’s scandalous. When you watch the sending-off again, we don’t have thousands of Millwall fans screaming at us. It’s not caught him where he’s holding when he’s gone down. “Referees aren’t as consistent – they’ve gone backwards, I think. I didn’t think someone of Mark Halsey’s quality and experience would have gone straight for his red card, and I think he’ll be disappointed when he sees it, but that will do us no good.”A statement on the FA’s website read: “Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has been charged by the FA for an alleged breach of Rule E3. “The charge is in relation to improper conduct following his side’s game at Millwall on 18 November 2012.” The 63-year-old has until 4pm on Friday to respond to the chargeSunday Nov 18thUnited go down in the Lions Den . Millwall 1 (Wood 85), Leeds 0 Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Peltier, Lees, Drury, Hall (McCormack 65), Tonge, Green, Varney, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, White, Pugh, Norris, Gray. Referee: Mark Halsey.Sent-off: Varney (Leeds). Report from Official website.  United manager Neil Warnock handed Ryan Hall his first start since joining the club on loan and also welcomed Ross McCormack back to the subs bench after injury. United went into the game on the back of a 6-1 home defeat at the hands of Watford, but Warnock’s side went into this fixture the previous season on the back of a seven-goal mauling at home, and emerged victorious. And, it was Leeds who threatened first when El-Hadjio Diouf was brought down just outside the box by Mark Beevers and Michael Tonge struck a free-kick which was blocked by the wall. United started the contest brightly and looked a threat with good movement, particularly coming in from the wide areas. The visitors did have a little spell themselves, but Tom Lees made a couple of timely interventions. And, when United broke, Luciano Becchio was thwarted by some good defending while Sam Byram had a shot blocked. Millwall did look to play through Leeds, but the final ball was too far for Chris Wood and when Liam Trotter barged through he couldn’t apply a finishing touch. United responded via Ryan Hall who showed good feet and forced David Forde into making the save. The home side also carved out a great opportunity shortly after the half-hour, but Wood was unable to guide his header on target after a well-flighted cross into the box. Another header was cleared from a corner, and Millwall played some good football in the period leading up to half time. Andy Keogh, one of three former Leeds players in the Millwall starting line-up, also had an opportunity before the break when he sent a shot wide of the mark. United threatened on the stroke of half-time, though. Tonge had a shot blocked and Varney headed over after Millwall goalkeeper Forde had recovered from an earlier spillage. But the second half got off to a disastrous start for Leeds when Luke Varney was shown a straight red card after a challenge with Adam Smith left the defender writhing on the floor after the Leeds man backed in to him. That gave the hosts a lift – the atmosphere had been fairly subdued by usual standards – and Wood responded by firing a shot over the bar. Chris Taylor then curled a shot just wide of Paddy Kenny’s upright and James Henry also went close. With 25 minutes left, Warnock made his first change, introducing McCormack to the fray in place of Hall. The Scot’s first real involvement was to send in a free-kick after Henry fouled Diouf outside of the box. While Millwall had enjoyed the better of the ball, they had failed to create any real chances, other than one first half header, and as the game entered the final 10 minutes it was still finely balanced. The ball did cross the goal-line on 82 minutes, but only after Kenny was barged into dropping the ball over his own line, and referee Mark Halsey awarded the free-kick. There was no doubt on 85 minutes, though, when a ball was floated into the box and Wood crashed home a header to give Millwall the advantage. That looked like being the decisive moment. Tonge did curl a free-kick wide in the first minute of stoppage time, but Henry also blasted a shot wide for the hosts after a quick break. I could ask how Michael Tonge managed to stay on that pitch today for 94 minutes acting as the invisible man, but I won’t. I could ask why Leeds United have the lowest shots on target in the Championship but I won’t.  I could ask why Leeds United had no shots on target today, but I won’t.  I could ask why the manager seems to escape blame even though the same team were 10 points better off after 17 games last season, but I won’t. I could ask how many of NW’s 13 signings have been a success, but I won’t. I  could ask what Luke Varney was doing today with his elbow, but I won’t. I could ask do people enjoy watching the austerity football that Leeds play but I won’t. Maybe someone else will ask these questions instead.Sun !8th of Nov. Post Match reactionMillwall boss Kenny Jackettwas adamant that his side deserved their win over Leeds for the quality of Chris Wood’s winning goal. The Lions triumphed to make it 10 games unbeaten in the Championship, leaving Jackett pleased with his match-winning striker. “It was a real quality goal that decided it – a fantastic ball from Shane and Chris was in the right place at the right time,”Jackett said. “Any win in the Championship is hard-earned and this was no exception – Millwall v Leeds games are always very passionate. We’re pleased to come out on top against a side as big as Leeds. “We’ve been pleased with Chris, he’s worked hard in the group and if as a centre-forward you can get in the habit of popping up with a winner that’s great. We’ll see where we are on extending the loan but we’ve been very pleased. “We’ve put together the run by reducing the goals against. It was another great clean sheet from the whole team. We’ve got two tough away games to Blackburn and Wolves so we’ll have to keep it up. “I was pleased to get James Henry back, albeit from the bench. You need good subs to make a difference in that last half hour, and both subs played their part.” However, Leeds manager Neil Warnock was furious with referee Mark Halsey after seeing his 10 men lose. Luke Varney was sent off early in the second half for an elbow on Adam Smith. But Warnock insisted that Halsey had got it wrong in giving Varney his marching orders which left his side still without a npower Championship win since October 6. He said: “I thought we were very short-changed. I thought we did all right in the circumstances – we tried to win the game. At half-time we changed it a bit and it lasted two minutes. “The amount of effort that’s gone into the game and we’re talking about a refereeing decision – it’s scandalous. “When you watch the sending off again, we don’t have thousands of Millwall fans screaming at us. It’s not caught him where he’s holding when he’s gone down. “I wish we did it more – you might call it cheating, but I’ve seen Adam Drury get topped – and keep going. He should go down and roll, shouldn’t he? We don’t get free-kicks, and we wonder why. “Referees aren’t as consistent – they’ve gone backwards, I think. I didn’t think someone of Mark Halsey’s quality and experience would have gone straight for his red card, and I think he’ll be disappointed when he sees it, but that will do us no good. “I’m looking forward to the next few games – I think we can start with 11 men, can’t we?” Warnock had seen his team reduced to 10 players for the second time in two games after Jason Pearce was dismissed in the 6-1 home defeat by Watford.Sat Nov 11th. Whites problems are for all to see – Hay YEP. The bookmakers are starting to click: a best price of 10/1 about Leeds United winning promotion and odds as short as 12/1 about the club rejoining League One. Neither market will take much money in Leeds. It is a cardinal sin to profit from problems on your own doorstep but the wrong time to expect a flurry of bets on this season ending as planned. Christmas, austerity, a 6-1 loss to Watford – the three wise men telling you to keep your cash in your pocket. Bookmakers are rarely presumptuous and Leeds United should not be either; not their present owner or those who would replace him. They cannot be presumptuous in thinking that a takeover of Leeds equates to promotion or anything close. The way the club are going, a takeover might save them from a fate worse than mid-table. Crises in football are not an exact science. There are no defined symptoms which distinguish inherently troubled clubs from clubs experiencing a bad month. But here are a few pointers: six league matches without a win, 18th position in the Championship, a Saturday crowd of 19,104 and a squad peppered by injured players and suspensions. There are two sides of the fence here – worried and complacent. It is hard to establish who stands where. United’s defeat to Watford was reminiscent of their defeat at Coventry City last season. It made the point that aimless, rudderless clubs are inclined to drift. When Leeds lost to Coventry in February, the delay in replacing Simon Grayson as manager became indefensible – a pregnant pause which asked for trouble. So now the delay in confirming whether GFH Capital will be buying Leeds and what it plans to do when it does. The company tells us it is “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.” The word relegation contains both. With its glass half-full, GFH Capital might argue that promotion does too. Staff from the firm have had an uncanny knack of turning up at Elland Road on days when that possibility seemed likely. They attended the wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest and were present for Leeds’ improbable League Cup victory against Everton. It would have done them good to have sat through the debacle against Watford and seen the wider reality with their own eyes. They would have flown back to Dubai with a clear idea of how United are wilting in the shadow of their takeover. The situation is not simply the fault of the proposed change of ownership at Elland Road. Short of resources though Neil Warnock is, he has made little in the past month of what resources he has. Watford cut through ill-conceived tactics and were doing so before Jason Pearce and Rodolph Austin exposed Leeds to the long knives. Nine of Warnock’s signings started that match and eight of them finished it. In style, strategy and defensive reliability, his team is not so different to that which turfed Grayson out and brought Warnock to the party nine months ago. United’s manager has been more heavily criticised in the past fortnight than at any other point. But his role in this is only half the story, if that. It is secondary to the protracted pursuit of players in the summer and the failure to act on his warnings about the need for further signings towards the end of the last transfer window. Even Ken Bates, United’s chairman, conceded on Saturday that “if things had happened differently we would have strengthened in August.” But they didn’t and Leeds didn’t. Ross McCormack succumbed to ankle surgery in September and was never replaced. His wandering threat has been badly missed. A deal to sign Cameron Jerome on loan last week fell through largely because of Stoke City but it fell through nonetheless. And now the emergency loan deadline appraches with no guarantee of what Leeds can do or who will be calling the financial shots in the hours before the deadline passes. Three new players of reputable stock would not go amiss. The message of United’s defeat to Watford was that the club could not afford to think that muddling through to January passed as a valid strategy. Their assistant manager, Mick Jones, had it right when he admitted yesterday that “there would be something wrong” if this week passed without some soul-searching. It beggars belief that the two parties involved in hopelessly protracted takeover negotiations did not convene in the days that followed Watford and agree that enough is enough. But another week goes by. GFH Capital says its offer to take full control of Leeds is now in the hands of the Football League, awaiting the governing body’s approval. What it will not say is whether a deal with Bates is signed, sealed and subject to that approval – beyond the point of no return. It is and always has been the crucial detail. The fact that Leeds bid for Jerome last week and agreed the terms to sign him suggests a certain amount of money is available to Warnock. It may be purely coincidence that late last month United secured a loan of £1.5million from their shirt sponsors, Enterprise Insurance, a loan which had all the hallmarks of money brought in to aid the club’s cash flow. With attendances falling and season-ticket money from this season and next already committed to funding the redevelopment of Elland Road’s East Stand, there are fair questions to be asked about the financial position United are in. You suspect they need investment more than ever. And then there is the football: Millwall away tomorrow followed by Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Huddersfield Town. Leeds have a brick wall in front of them and they are sleepwalking into it. This club deserves better. But then this club always does.

Sat Nov 17th. Fresh arrivals unlikely until deal done – Hay YEP. Neil Warnock expects the final week of the emergency loan window to pass without any new arrivals at Elland Road after admitting the delay in the takeover of Leeds United has left him powerless in the transfer market. Warnock revealed that a number of approaches for players had failed in the build-up to Sunday’s game at Millwall and conceded that a lack of funds would tie his hands during the last days of the window. The Football League’s emergency market closes at 5pm on Thursday but Warnock’s search for new players – a search intensified by the fall-out from last weekend’s heavy defeat to Millwall – is unlikely to deliver any signings before then. Leeds came close to securing Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome last Thursday, denied his services when Stoke opted to keep Jerome at the Britannia Stadium, and further enquiries were made this week with the run-up to Christmas looming. But Warnock is continuing to wait for the injection of cash promised by United’s prospective new owners, GFH Capital, and the Leeds manager said his inability to discuss long-term deals with potential loanees had forced him to rule out a number of targets. GFH Capital remains on the verge of a 100 per cent buy-out of Leeds but the firm’s drawn-out attempt to seal a takeover and acquire the majority shareholding of United owner Ken Bates is leaving Warnock to fend with a squad depleted by injuries and bans. “I’m trying very hard to bring players in,” Warnock said, “but the top players want permanent deals guaranteed for January. We’re not in a situation where we can offer them that yet. We can only offer short-term loans. Quite reasonably the chairman (Bates) doesn’t want to commit himself and the new party don’t want to commit themselves either until the takeover’s over the line. “The new people don’t want to put money in until they’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. It’s a frustrating situation but I understand it. It’s not straightforward. “I’ve been knocked back a few times with loan players this week. I had a Premier League player lined up to sign but we’ve had to put that to one side because we can’t get it done until the situation with the ownership is sorted out. “We’re looking at short-term loans without a future(permanent) transfer and, to be quite honest, they’re few and far between.” Leeds have completed two signings during the emergency loan window, bringing midfielder Michael Tonge to Elland Road from Stoke and landing winger Ryan Hall from Southend United. Warnock plans to make both deals permanent during the January transfer window but the five-week gap between the end of the loan window and the turn of the year – a period in which Football League clubs are unable to recruit any new signings – could subject Leeds to a serious shortage of players. Meanwhile, the club’s attempts to tie forward El-Hadji Diouf to a new and extended contract have so far failed and the future of the Senegalese international also appears to hinge on the arrival of funds via outside investment. Diouf agreed a half-season deal worth £5,000-a-week in September, turning down offers from the Middle East to commit himself to United, but he rejected an extension put to him by the Championship side last month. The 31-year-old’s agent, Willie McKay, claimed recently that two Premier League clubs had approached him with a view to signing Diouf in January but said Diouf’s preference was to remain at Elland Road

Sat Nov 17thTakeover’s choking us – Warnock. A despondent Neil Warnock last night admitted that promotion was slipping away from him and Leeds United as the drawn-out takeover of the Elland Road club threatened to drag into another week. In a frank expression of frustration and disillusionment, Warnock said the protracted attempt by GFH Capital to buy United had placed the club in a “straightjacket” and severely reduced their chances of reaching the Premier League this season. The Leeds manager spoke out ahead of tomorrow’s league game at Millwall with United 18th in the Championship and facing the prospect of falling 10 points adrift of the divisional play-offs after today’s fixtures. The club’s season has played out against a backdrop of uncertainty and confusion surrounding the ownership of Leeds and the fate of GFH Capital’s bid to purchase the club from current owner and chairman Ken Bates. Negotiations over the proposed sale are continuing more than six months after they first began and United’s campaign has deteriorated in the meantime amid a shortage of transfer funds, and badly weakened squad and a winless run spanning six league games. GFH Capital’s takeover plan has been passed to the Football League for approval but the Dubai-based firm is not yet believed to have finalised a deal with Bates. A statement released by the company yesterday said only that it hoped to secure ownership of United “shortly.” Warnock said: “It’s difficult times at the moment. “I’ve got to try and be as diplomatic as possible, considering how I feel, but it’s extremely difficult to get anything done or to get any answers. I’m basically like a supporter who knows a little bit more.“The main thing is to get the takeover over the line. When you’re like this as a club, as we were at QPR, you’re very much stagnated. “You’re almost in a straightjacket. The club’s got to move on, the sooner the better.“Until it happens, no matter what anyone tells me, I won’t really believe anything. I don’t think I can.Warnock has been manager of Leeds since mid-February and his contract with the club runs until the end of this season. He admitted shortly after his appointment that he was contemplating retiring next summer and had come to Elland Road with the intention of securing a record eighth Football League promotion. The 63-year-old said: “I get frustrated because if I was 10 years younger then there’s always tomorrow. But I want to do it today. It’s looking very much like that’s not going to be possible and it’s a disappointment.“I don’t think I’m thick and if you look at the league table, I don’t think we should be talking about promotion at the moment – which is what I came for.” GFH Capital is promising to back Warnock in the January transfer window but an absence of immediate funding has prevented him from signing any players on loan in the aftermath of last weekend’s costly loss to Watford. Leeds dropped to 18th in the table after their 6-1 defeat and saw a stretched squad weakened further by the loss of Jason Pearce, Michael Brown and Rodolph Austin to suspension and injury. United were seven points above the Championship’s relegation places prior to today’s matches and Warnock said: “We already know that with injuries and suspensions and inactivity in the transfer market we’re going to have a very small squad in the next few games.“We’ve got top teams to play so we could be a lot nearer the bottom in four weeks’ time. But football’s not always like that.“The window for the loan market ends next Thursday and I’ll be very surprised if it (the takeover) happens before then. So it doesn’t really help me. By all means I can look for players in January. But where will be in January? “I know everyone’s working as hard as they can to come to a solution but we’re desperate for players and not just short term.”Asked if the situation might cause him to question his future, Warnock said: “I want to keep certain things within and try as hard as I can to put a team out for the fans.“If the fans weren’t behind me then I could answer that question straight away. But while the fans are behind me and they see I’m doing my best, I’ll do my best.”

Tues Nov 13th. If Only ? Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle is hoping to keep striker Jermaine Beckford at the club until the end of the season. Former Leeds forward Beckford, 28, has scored three goals in six appearances for Huddersfield since joining on loan from Leicester in September, initially until January 1, including the winner at Barnsley on Saturday. “I think Jermaine’s view is he’d probably like to stay with us for the season and hopefully that can be arranged,” Hoyle told BBC Radio Leeds. “He loves it here and gets on very well with Simon Grayson.”uddersfield sold Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn for £8million on transfer deadline day and manager Simon Grayson targeted Beckford as his replacement having worked with the forward during his time as manager at Leeds. Hoyle added: “Jermaine is a fantastic character. Before I met him I thought he had a bit of an attitude, but since I met him he’s been a cracking guy. We’d like him to be around longer term, but ultimately it’s Leicester’s call. “I never thought that anyone would come in and pay £8million for (Rhodes) and the timing of the deal was an absolute nightmare in terms of getting a replacement.” When the takeover does happen, Colin should walk to Leicester to sign Beckford and take the train to Paris and bring back an unsettled Maxie Twist.

Tues Nov 13thPearce loses appeal. Leeds United have lost their appeal against the red card shown to defender Jason Pearce on Saturday. Pearce was shown a straight red card by referee Trevor Kettle for his challenge on Watford striker Matej Vydra. The defender will now serve a three-match suspension starting with the trip to Millwall on Saturday and he will also miss the home games with Crystal Palace and Leicester City. He will next be available for the trip to Huddersfield Town on December 1st. Pearce joins Michael Brown out through suspension with Brown serving a one-match suspension for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Watford.

Tues Nov 13th. Austin not to miss rest of season. Leeds United midfielder Rudy Austin will not miss the rest of the season as was first feared at the weekend after scan results revealed he has cracked a bone in his ankle. The news will be a big boost to manager Neil Warnock, who expressed fears the Jamaica midfielder had suffered a double fracture after being stretchered off during Saturday’s 6-1 home drubbing at the hands of Watford. “It’s better news than we first thought,” said Warnock. “The swelling made it difficult for us to get a full diagnosis until Monday evening. We wish him well in his recovery and hopefully he will be back with us sooner rather than later.”

Jerome not coming

Tues Nov 13thUnited to miss out on Jerome. Leeds United are set toturn their attentions elsewhere after being rebuffed in an attempt to sign Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome on loan. The Huddersfield-born frontman appeared to be heading to Elland Road last Thursday only for Potters manager Tony Pulis to perform a U-turn. Sources in Stoke suggest Michael Owen’s fitness is the stumbling block. The one-time England striker unlikely to be available until after the loan window closes next week due to a hamstring strain. The news has come as a big blow to manager Neil Warnock, who had believed the striker would join in time to face Watford last weekend. That’s a shame. The Huddersfield born player wanted to come and he is decent at this level.

Tues Nov 13th. “We are in takeover box seat” – GFH Latest Potential new Leeds United owners GFH Capital remain confident of sealing their takeover of the club – and are shrugging aside speculation regarding a rival bid. American millionaire Preston Haskell IV – whose personal wealth is estimated at over £150m – has emerged as a late rival to their quest to take over at Elland Road with a picture of the US businessman alongside United chairman Ken Bates and wife Susannah appearing in the Sunday Times at the weekend along with a report. But sources close to GFH say that they are positive the deal remains on track and are hopeful of getting it done as quickly as possible. Reports have suggested that Haskell, 46, who recently owned a minority stake in the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise, has tabled an investment bid, despite GFH Capital being on the verge of a full buy-out of United. They state that Haskell would make an immediate £10m available to boss Neil Warnock to strengthen his squad with the investment surpassing the funds that GFH have tabled. GFH Capital’s deputy CEO David Haigh, who is currently overseas, and his lawyers are continuing talks with United in a bid to finalise the deal. On the subject of the deal GFH Capital director and chief investment officer Salem Patel, tweeted yesterday afternoon:“As I’m sure you can imagine last few days have been busy to say the least. All messages are appreciated. Can’t say anymore than that.”

Should be ashamed to wear the shirts

Tues Nov 13th.  Watford thrashing harsh but fall from grace was coming – Eddie Gray   Saturday’s 6-1 home loss to Watford was a bad day at the office all round. We had the injury to Rodolph Austin and the sending off of Jason Pearce and that made it difficult for the players. But when you look at the scoresheet it says 6-1, whatever way you look at it. It was a disappointing defeat at home and it was a game I felt we had to win to get a little bit of confidence back into the group. But it was the complete reversal. I know that circumstances didn’t help the players and it’s not much fun when you’re playing with nine players! Particularly so against a side who pass the ball around. But Watford made good advantage of their extra players when we were short. They got us chasing the ball by moving it from side to side and that made it very difficult for our players. But even when it was 11 against 11, there was no guarantee we were going to win the game and it was always going to be quite difficult anyway. We had a couple of chances – David Norris had a chance and Luke Varney had another but Watford had opportunities as well in the first half. There wasn’t much in the game. With the sending off, I thought it was a bit harsh. I watched it again on television on Saturday night and in a way I can understand why the referee did it because it probably looked bad to him. I felt it was a booking but other people might interpret it as a sending off in today’s climate with the way things are. The boy Matej Vydra was just too quick as he nipped in and he did catch him. There was no doubt he was a bit unfortunate, Jason Pearce but there you go. The referee made his decision and that’s it and I wouldn’t imagine if we appealed against it that we would win the case! I thought Neil Warnock would maybe make one substitution at half-time and maybe bring the boy Ryan Hall on but I think he was just going for it. And I just felt as though Neil felt that they needed the result badly. It was just unfortunate that we then ended up with nine men but the thing about it is that you have got to feel for Rodolph Austin because it looks a bad injury. They were saying it was a double leg fracture and six months out and it did look a bad one. If that’s the case that’s him out for the season because if they say six months then by the time he gets back it will be the end of the season. The season finishes in May and it’s just disappointing for the boy and we wish him all the best. We’ve had couple of serious injuries to players in recent years when you think about it. You look at Leigh Bromby, Patrick Kisnorbo and now Austin to name a few.But we’ve got to try and pick points up in the league as we are getting towards the wrong end of the table just now. That’s the problem now. Everyone was saying before the game, ‘if we beat Watford then we are not too far away from the top six’ but if you don’t beat Watford you drop another couple of places in the league. I know people say we are still only seven points off the top six but there’s a lot of teams in between us now and the top six. That makes it even more difficult to get among them. We are also only seven points off the dropzone and you can look at it both ways. The position now isn’t helping things but you just hope the investment when it comes/if it comes that something happens soon because I don’t think there’s any doubt that we need an injection of a bit more quality and I don’t mean in the squad, I mean in the team. We have played a lot of sides recently who in my mind are not among the top sides with the way the league is going just now. But we’re still not picking points up. You think of the likes of Charlton and Birmingham and on Saturday Watford – well you are not expecting those teams to be up there. I think the thing with Neil Warnock is that he has brought a lot of players to the football club and I think he will want to see this job through. I don’t see why not and I think he will wait around for investment as most managers would wait around for investment! We’ve got a week off now until we go to Millwall next Sunday but there’s a few problems for next week as I think Michael Brown is suspended and we are definitely without a centre-back in Pearce who is definitely banned and and it looks like we will be without Austin, too. We are going down to a Millwall team that are doing quite well, they are on a decent run so it will be a tough game and it’s always a a hard task down there anyway. It’s just another game where we have got to go down there and see if we can get something out of the game. After that we have got Crystal Palace and Leicester so we have got a tough run of fixtures coming up soon against teams that are going well this season. That makes it doubly difficult. But I don’t think we will slip into the dropzone, well I hope not. But the longer you go without winning matches the worse it gets and I’ll be honest as I’ve said for a while that I have been worried about performances. Poor performances always catch up with you. I don’t care about the results as we scraped a few in the past few matches but even then, I felt and if we wree not playing well it would catch up with us. It has now and we’ve got to get out of this. I think we are in a little bit of a rut just now, I don’t think we are playing particularly well and every single game we are having to scrap for it. Nothing is coming easy for us just now and we’ve got to pick up results pretty quickly, I think.

Moaning again

Sunday Nov 11th. Where now from here ? We have come to a critical period where our league form against average sides is producing very few points. With all due respect to Watford, Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday, a return of just one point from a possible twelve is feeble. When one considers that three of these games were at home, it hardly lends itself to “fortress” Elland Road. Neil Warnock arrived under trying conditions and the background of an on/off takeover has hardly been a welcome distraction. However, notable custodians of the game like Eddie Gray, Gary McAllister and Dominic Matteo subscribe to the view that footballers are a selfish lot, and the background of a football club has little or no effect on them as long as they are getting paid. Therefore, in their view this warrants little excuse for inadequate performances on the park. Neil Warnock, an astute manager with a record of achieving promotions (seven in total) and mostly with meagre resources has been at the helm now for nine months. He felt he was left with very few decent tools in his toolbox by the previous manager, Simon Grayson, but has always claimed that he “was the only man for the job”. Seven defeats, four draws and three wins from the remaining fourteen games of his tenure last season could therefore be blamed on the previous occupant. Season 2012/13 was to be different and no Neil Warnock side would suffer a drubbing like 3-7 at home like he had witnessed with another manager’s players against Notts Forest on March 20th. During the summer Warnock has had to battle for funds from both the current and future regime at Leeds. He immediately prioritised the leaky defence which eventually claimed the scalps of Gary McAllister and Simon Grayson. Paddy Kenny (“one of the best goalkeepers in the Premiership” let alone the Championship) Adam Drury, Jason Pearce, Lee Peltier and Jamie Ashdown all arrived to sort out the leaky defence. Paul Green, Rudoplh Austin, and David Green where to harden up the midfield. Luke Varney “on his day would be the replacement for Snodgrass”, and Andy Gray would provide cover up front. In early August El Hadji Diouf arrived followed by Michael Tonge one month later. Ryan Hall would become signing number 13 in mid October. Warnock chose to dispense with Adam Clayton “whom he would get better in for £400K” and also let Andy Lonergan go to Bolton. His two loanees from the previous season, Robinson and Webber weren’t offered new deals and Andy O’Brien and Darren O’Dea were also let go. Robert Snodgrass turned the Championship down for the opportunity to ply his trade with Premiership Norwich City and join ex team mates Johnson and Howson. Ross McCormack on the cusp of the new season agreed to a new improved contract and would become his talisman. Leeds opened with a promising 1-0 win in front of the Sky cameras against Wolves  on August 18th, but were no match for a rampant Blackpool three days later as Holloway’s men came back from a Lees header to win 2-1. A win against Peterboro and a Diouf inspired 3-3 draw at home to money bags Blackburn kept Leeds in 7th place after five games. Leeds lost at Cardiff City the following week and were well beaten at home by Hull City despite the 2-3 score line. An in form Becchio netted his fifth league goal of the season against Notts Forest and young Dominic Poleon wrapped up the points with a decent strike on his full debut against Notts Forest. The 2-1 victory helped exercise some of the ghosts from the 3-7 previous March in the same fixture. Leeds were mid-table in 11th, but still only three points outside the play-offs in a very well clustered league table. Three days later United produced a scintillating display to knock Everton out of the League Cup. Diouf with two goals and the newly arrived Michael Tonge scored in a 3-2 win at Bristol City to make it three wins on the bounce. Leeds put one of the nails into Owen Coyle’s coffin with a 2-2 draw at struggling Bolton the following Tuesday, but were totally outplayed the following Saturday at home to perennial bogey side Barnsley, despite winning 1-0 with a dubious Becchio penalty. This brought Leeds back up to seventh. The Sky cameras witnessed Leeds gain a fortunate point at 22nd placed Sheffield Wenesday, and Leeds were outplayed again the following Tuesday by 15th placed  Charlton Athletic, just about holding out for the point at home. Birmingham City became the second side to win at Elland Road when they ran out easy winners on a one sided 1-0 victory on October 27th. The LC again came to United’s rescue when Leeds easily trounced  an under strength Southampton side  3-0 the following Tuesday night. The Sky cameras at Brighton hosted Leeds again the following Friday night but Leeds were very fortunate to gain a 2-2 draw. Again midweek league form deserted Leeds as Burnley ran out 1-0 winners at Turf Moor. Then came yesterday, when Leeds disintegrated in front of their own fans in a 1-6 slaughtering to 16th placed Watford, although there were extenuating circumstances with Leeds playing most of the second half with just nine men. That made it no wins in six matches and a return of just three points placed Leeds in 17th position, seven points off the play-offs but more worryingly just seven points ahead of inform Ipswich Town in 22nd. So what has gone wrong ? Has manager Neil Warnock been left in an impossible situation with the back drop of an on/off takeover dragging on past its sixth month? Is this merely an excuse for a manager who could possibly judge less than half of his thirteen recruits as good enough for Leeds United ?  Has Keith Curle, his trusty assistant at promotion winning QPR been a bigger loss than many would have thought? Just 19,104 attended the game at home to Watford yesterday (Nov 10th 2012). How many are not going because of the Bates regime or because of the sort of football we play ? Here is what we do know. Of the side that played a part in the 6-1 defeat at home to Watford, ten were Neil Warnock’s signings. Leeds have now played sixteen games this season,  have a return of twenty points and lie in 18thplace in the league table. After sixteen games last season, Leeds United had just been defeated at home to Barnsley 2-1 but lay in 5th position on 27 points. In the Oxford English dictionary under the words “progress” the following explanation is made : “improvement, development or movement forward”. Each Leeds fan will have his or her own reasons why Leeds have had thus far no “movement forward”.

A class finisher when fit

Nov 11th. Warnock happy to wait for McCormack and Somma steps uyp intraining – P Hay (YEP). Ross McCormack’s return to the first team at Leeds United could be delayed until the end of this month as Neil Warnock fights the temptation to recall the striker prematurely. McCormack is poised to resume full training with United’s senior squadnext week, two months after injuring ankle ligaments in the club’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City. The Scotland international underwent surgery to repair the damage and remove a fragment of bone from his ankle and Warnock initially feared that McCormack would be missing until around the turn of the year. But he is set to be recalled long before Christmas having neared the end of his rehabilitation process. The forward – United’s top scorer last season – is scheduled to rejoin first-team training at Thorp Arch in the next seven days. His imminent availability is a bonus for Warnock after a spell of games in which United’s lack of versatility and potency up front has become increasingly apparent. The club were without a win in five league matches prior to today’s meeting with Watford, and Warnock said McCormack’s return would offer the “spark” his side have been missing. But in spite of Leeds’ recent form, their manager claimed he was reluctant to hurry the 26-year-old back into his squad after eight weeks on the sidelines. Warnock claimed that McCormack would be held back “for at least another three weeks”, a timescale which would run close to United’s Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town on December 1.“He’s been doing light training and we’ll try to push him on next week,”Warnock said. “But I really don’t think it’s a situation where we can rush him too much. Not when we’ve waited all this time. “He’s nowhere near being ready really. I can’t see him playing for at least another three weeks, other than in a reserve match or two.“You know what Ross is like but we’re talking about September when he last played so you can’t just throw him back in. Otherwise he’ll injure something else.“We’ve got to get him right up to scratch and at least get a couple of reserve games under his belt. Ross being Ross, he always get the tackles. He has to be fully fit before he comes back in, ready to ride them.”United fielded a number of first-team players in Wednesday’s development league match at Derby County – Ryan Hall, Paul Green and Patrick Kisnorbo – and Neil Redfearn’s side have another fixture scheduled at home to Crewe Alexandra on November 19, 24 hours after Leeds’ Championship game at Millwall. McCormack will almost certainly be pencilled in for that youth-team date if Warnock sticks to a plan to time his comeback cautiously, and United are also considering how best to step up Davide Somma’s recovery after the South African’s 18-month injury battle. Somma has not been seen in Leeds colours since suffering serious damage to knee ligaments in a behind-closed-doors match in July 2010.  He has undergone repeated operations since then and has never been fit enough for serious consideration in all of Warnock’s nine months as United manager. The striker’s injury was a major set-back for a player who had come to prominence in impressive style during the 2010-11 season. Somma scored 12 times in his first full campaign as a senior Leeds player but has lost a year-and-a-half of his career to knee problems. Warnock joked: “I’m hoping he’ll play his first game about February, March time. I was told when I came here ‘don’t worry about strikers because Somma will be fit in a few weeks.’ That was last February. So let’s not get too carried away.
“But he’s training and he’s not had any reaction. He’s going to join in with the football side of things as of next week.“The trouble is, when you’re not doing well up front you think back to Somma at his best. You don’t think back to him struggling or anything like that. It’s harsh to think that somebody’s going to be a saviour when they’ve been out for so long.” McCormack is a different proposition, a player who Warnock signed to a new three-year contract in August and planned to rely on heavily over the course of the Championship term. Without him, United’s boss has employed a partnership of Luciano Becchio and El-Hadji Diouf but the effectiveness of that pairing has waned recently and Warnock was critical of their contribution to Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley. Becchio has scored 10 goals this season but, aside from one credited to him fortuitously at Brighton, he has not struck in a league fixture since converting a penalty against Barnsley on October 6. The Argentine’s most effective performances came in the first month of the season when a lively McCormack laid on no fewer than three of his goals. Asked how much United had missed McCormack, Warnock said: “You always miss good players and with him, it’s not just missing him on the pitch. It’s the ability to change tactics and personnel on the bench.“I don’t know how many goals he scored last season but he’s always likely to get one. There’ve been times when we’ve looked tired up front and needed a bit of a spark. Ross gives us that. “Obviously there are times when he’s the same and we need to pull him out and put someone else on, just to spark something up. But from any manager’s point of view you’re better off having him in the squad. “Our play up front has been a bit  disappointing. I thought Becchio did okay in the first half at Burnley but I was disappointed with him and Diouf in the second half. They gave the ball far too much, at a time when we were dominating. That made it even worse.” Leeds will have the luxury of an empty schedule next week, the first time outwith international breaks that the club have avoided a Tuesday-night game since early August. Their extended participation in the Capital One Cup has packed their fixture list and they and Middlesbrough are the only Championship clubs left in the quarter-finals. But Warnock said: “I’m not going to knock it because I’ve loved the cup this season. I’m enjoying being in it.“But the frustration for me has been not having enough ammunition to changes things when we needed to. Luciano’s not been playing as well as he can and that’s nothing to do with a lack of effort. It just hasn’t been there for him. “You’ve got have something different when that happens.”

Sat Nov 10th. Leeds 1 (Tonge 80 pen), WATFORD 6 (Vydra 27, 82, Abdi 62, Yeates 74, Murray 90+4, Deeney 90+8) LeedsKenny, Byram, Green (Lees 45), Peltier, Pearce, White (Hall 46), Norris, Austin, Tonge, Diouf (Brown 46), Varney. Subs: Ashdown, Kisnorbo, Becchio, Dawson. Referee: T Kettle Sent-off: Pearce (Leeds) Attendance:19,104. United manager Neil Warnock made a number of changes to his starting line-up for the visit of Watford. Teenager Chris Dawson was also named among the substitutes for the first time. The changes saw Paul Green playing in a deeper defensive role with Sam Byram and Aidy White operating in wing back roles. United fashioned out the first chance of the game after good work by Rodolph Austin and Byram created an opening for David Norris, but his strike was deflected to safety. Watford also had to scramble the ball clear after Jason Pearce headed a El-Hadji Diouf free-kick back into the box. The visitors went close themselves on 20 minutes, but as United moved foward, Diouf fed Luke Varney and Manuel Almunia had to react well to deny the Leeds marksman. But the visitors were in front on 27 minutes when Matej Vydra capitalised on a quick break forward and, while United looked in vain for an offside flag, the Watford man smashed it past an advancing Kenny. And there was worse to come for Leeds right on the stroke of half-time when Pearce was given a straight red card following a challenge on Vydra. United also re-shuffled with Tom Lees coming on for Green before the break. There were two more changes at the break, Ryan Hall replacing El-Hadji Diouf in the front-line and Michael Brown coming on for Aidy White. But the second half didn’t start any better for Leeds after Austin went down in pain, clutching his ankle, and received immediate treatment before being stretchered from the field. Austin’s departure reduced Leeds to nine men for the remaining 40 plus minutes of the game. And it was 2-0 to Watford by the hour-mark when Almen Abdi tucked the ball home from distance after Watford were able to explot the added space. Moments later, it was Watford’s Abdi who appeared to suffer a freak injury, and he was stretchered off clutching his shoulder. But Watford still found a third goal when Mark Yeates curled a free-kick beyond the reach of Kenny. Watford goalkeeper Almunia was called into action 13 minutes from time when he ahd to get down well to save a Hall free-kick, but as the game headed towards its inevitable conclusion, the visitors were in a secure position. United did restore some credibility when Luke Varney was brought down in the box and Michael Tonge stepped up to convert the penalty. Watford soon restored their three-goal advantage, though, when Vydra again profited from another quick break before lifting the ball past Kenny. Ten minutes were added on to the 90 for a game that had been disrupted by two serious injuries, and Watford added a fifth goal during that period when Sean Murray tucked the ball in the far corner after another break. The visitors made it six in the eighth minute of stoppage time when Troy Deeny tucked the ball home from just inside the area.Neil Warnock post Watford game : “Eh well I’m just gutted for Rudy really.  He shouldn’t have been in that position (covering as centre half for Pearce). The assistants buzzed the referee and it’s the sour taste. What about when we get a penalty and the lad who has already been booked doesn’t get a second yellow card ?  I thought we set up right and then we missed two really good chances (in the first half). We committed suicide with the goal. (Re getting players in) We are working ever so hard.  I think Leeds United is a major pull for a lot of players.  It’s not being the easiest of weeks. Its not the time to talk tonight. I feel sick in my stomach over what’s happened to Rudy.” Firstly, it goes without saying that we are all sorry to see Rudy Ausin break his leg badly, and we all wish him well in his recovery. Unfortunately we have to comment on the game also. Colin, said when we got defeated by Notts Forest (3-7)  that no side of his would ever capitulate  like that again  at home. Irrespective of the nine men that was an embarrassment and it’s Colin’s team (ten having been signed by him). The phone in after the game delivered the same verdict with caller after caller completely frustrated by United’s tactics, desire, lack of ideas and heart as most of that team today went totally missing. Not good enough by a bloody long shot and nothing to do with takeovers.

Weds Nov 8th. Ryan Hall turned in a remarkable performance scoring four goals in Leeds development squad’s 5-0 win versus an experienced Derby side. Paul Green featured at right back and Paddy Kisnorbo was centre half. It looks like it’s time to give Mr Hall his first start this Saturday. Leeds lie in 15th position after 15 games. This time last season in what was seen as a failure of a start, Leeds lay in 10th position.

Poor performance from Leeds at a happy hunting ground throughout the years

Nov 7th Burnley 1 (Austin 82), Leeds 0 LeedsKenny, Byram, Peltier, Pearce, Drury (Pugh 81), White (Varney 85), Brown, Austin, Tonge, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Kisnorbo, Green, Ashdown, Norris, Gray.Referee: G Eltringham United manager Neil Warnock made two changes from the side which drew at Brighton the previous Friday, Adam Drury returning to the starting line-up as part of a defensive shuffle caused by the absence of Tom Lees (eye) and Luciano Becchio coming in for Luke Varney. Paddy Kenny had been one of the central figures at Brighton with two crucial saves, and he made an early double block from Burnley’s Dean Marney in the opening 10 minutes of the Turf Moor encounter. When United attacked, El-Hadji Diouf had a shot deflected for a corner and when Michael Brown lofted the ball into the box, Lee Grant came off his line to collect. The hosts looked to attack down the flanks, but it was United who came close to opening the scoring on the half-hour when Diouf fired a shot over the bar. Burnley responded by sending an effort of their own over the top, but there was little in the way of clear cut chances for either side during what was a fairly even opening period. As half-time edged closer, Kenny was called upon to make a good save when he tipped a Keiran Trippier strike over the bar. Charlie Austin also went close before half-time, but after scrambling the corner clear, Leeds had some more defending to do. United started the second half in more positive fashion and made a couple of early raids while Kenny also had to collect a Ross Wallace free-kick after Rudy Austin was adjudged to have conceded a foul on the edge of the box. Leeds were looking the better side, though, and after good work by Diouf, Grant had to react to block an Aidy White effort. As the game headed towards the final 15 minutes, Sam Vokes was denied by some good defending and then by a decent block from Kenny as Burnley looked a threat for the first time in the second period. And the hosts took the lead with eight minutes remaining. Trippier delivered the cross following good work down the right and Austin got up well to head home his 20th goal of the season. United responded by putting Burnley under some defensive pressure, but the ball was hacked away in a crowded goalmouth after Grant was left exposed. But there was no to be way back for Leeds as Burnley held on for a single goal victory. United have always fared well at Burnley. Not this season as a late Charlie Ausin goal gave the Clarets all points. Leeds have been poor to watch, poor to defend and 15th in the table is totally unacceptable. If Simon Grayson and not Neil Warnock was manager just now he’d be slaughtered, but the takeover and Colin’s bluster has blinded many to an unattractive and predictable route one team failing to deliver. Not good enough by a long shot and Colin get your finger out ! League Cup results are irrelevant. Some time the Emperor has no clothes, and Colin it’s time to get yourself to Louis Copeland.

Sat Nov 3rd. – Leeds United takeover: Are we finally close to an end game? – Hay YEP At what stage does a potential buyer of Leeds United reach the point of no return? Last week’s joint statement from the club and GFH Capital went as close as any previous announcement to declaring the sale free from obstacles. “Necessary proof of funds available”, “poised to make this deal happen”; all the relevant boxes ticked. You could feel the wider world fighting to curb its enthusiasm amid fresh confirmation that the deal to sell Leeds wasn’t quite there. It seems to be the gist of each official update. But the past week has been significant, the first time that both sides have conceded that the bid to buy United had no obvious reason to fall through. It would challenge the credibility of either party to extricate themselves now. Notably, figures within GFH Capital are now talking privately in terms of a handover. There is no attempt at all to disguise the firm’s confidence or its expectation that a 100 per cent purchase of United’s parent company, Leeds City Holdings, will go ahead at an unspecified date. The claim from a GFH Capital source that talks were entering their “final phase” was met with understandable derision and a collective rolling of eyes but it is where the Dubai-based investors believe they are – in the box seat and preparing to organise a transition of shares. As long and questionable as the process has been, it has not run out of steam. The last eight days have been relatively intense. GFH Capital’s deputy chief executive, David Haigh, and company director Salem Patel travelled to Leeds for Saturday’s defeat to Birmingham City and onto Monaco later that night to continue talks with United chairman Ken Bates. The group were seen at Monte Carlo’s Cafe De Paris on Sunday and Haigh and Patel returned to England without Bates to attend Tuesday’s League Cup tie against Southampton. Discussions involving legal representatives took place in Leeds the following day. If GFH Capital is not about to descend on one of the country’s biggest clubs then the company and its employees are wasting an astonishing amount of time (and who knows how much money) on a doomed venture. A source with the firm said the situation was “progressing as intended and heading for a conclusion.”It is pointless after more than five months of negotiations to give much credence to timescales for completion. GFH Capital will not speculate on that, suggesting that a fixed date has not yet been finalised – or if it has, the company is unwilling to declare it publicly. Those involved on that side of the deal will speak only of being ready and prepared for the end of December and the start of the January transfer window – a deadline which appeared to be set by another GFH Capital employee, Hisham Alrayes, when he said last month that the initial plan had been to secure control of United “before the end of the year.In the context of the transfer window and the importance of it, that deadline cannot afford to be missed. The promises of future funding sound grand in print but back on the ground Neil Warnock is stressing once more about the future of El-Hadji Diouf, seemingly lacking the money to retain a player who is thought to be asking for around £10,000 a week. That doesn’t quite tally with a club who are as good as sold. Sources close to GFH Capital say it is still the beneficiary of the exclusivity agreement reached with Leeds far back in June – an agreement for which GFH Capital paid the club some £2million. That claim is contrary to the statement published by Leeds on August 9, at a time when the proposed takeover appeared to be on the verge of collapse. United said “the exclusivity period granted to a potential investor has ended. The club remain happy to continue discussions but not on an exclusive basis so as not to prevent other options passing.”It was widely assumed that the “potential investor” had essentially lost patience and given up. But at the time, the YEP was told that the decision to end the exclusivity period was made by the club, despite a request by the would-be buyers – GFH Capital – to keep it in place. Regardless of that, Haigh and Patel made their first appearance at Elland Road nine days later. The exact nature of GFH Capital’s clause is curious. If it is in place and as watertight as it sounds, it has not stopped other prospective investors from following the situation. The YEP has been told that at least one party has attempted to make contact with United in the past fortnight, an investor with links to Saudi Arabia. Interest from that part of the Middle East has arisen previously this summer and does not appear to have vanished. There is no indication from Leeds that they intend to engage other offers. In last week’s joint statement, Bates said: “It’s been a long road but we are in a good place. Both sides have been in talks over the last few days to finalise this deal. We are keeping focused and hope to complete very soon.” He was singing from the same hymn-sheet as GFH Capital in that respect. Deal almost done. Promising as it sounded, it did not explain why other groups in the market think they can beat GFH Capital to the punch at this late hour. A source at the Dubai-based firm was asked by the YEP if the company was aware of any rival attempts to purchase a major stake in Leeds. The source said only that the process was “all moving ahead in GFH Capital’s favour.” Haigh spoke last Friday about sorting out the “finer detail” of the deal before “trading signatures” and the company does not see a problem. Hence why it is talking in the language of handovers. As for Leeds? Their message is the same. But the possibility of competitors coming to the fore means this fight for ownership might not be over. GFH Capital has its pen inked, poised to sign on the dotted line. United, for their part, are acting like willing sellers. After all that’s been said in the past week, one side or other will need a bullet-proof explanation if this all comes to nothing.

Fri 02 Nov 2012. Leeds twice come from behind to take a point...Brighton 2 (Mackail-Smith 15 pen, 47), Leeds 2 (Diouf 36 pen, Brown 65) United: Kenny, Peltier, Lees (Pugh 41), Pearce, White, Byram, Brown, Austin, Tonge, Diouf (Norris 80), Varney Becchio 65). Subs: Ashdown, Green, Pugh, Gray, Hall. Referee: Lee Mason Booked; Buckley, Bridcutt, Crofts (Brighton), Brown, Pugh (Leeds) Att: 26,402. (2,062 Leeds).United manager Neil Warnock opted for an unchanged side for the televised clash with Brighton, the boss sticking with the same team that accounted for Southampton in the Capital One Cup in midweek. And it was United who had the first opportunity of the game when Will Buckley was booked for a foul 30 yards out and Rodolph Austin sent a free-kick wide of the mark. At the other end, Tom Lees had to block an Ashley Barnes strike into the box after Brighton attacked quickly. Barnes also clipped a shot wide after a great advancing run and ball in from Wayne Bridge. The hosts felt they had claims for a free-kick on the edge of the box when Craig Mackail-Smith went to ground under pressure from Jason Pearce, but they did have a free-kick moments later when Michael Brown was adjudged to have fouled right on the line. Andrea Orlandi’s free-kick was deflected to safety. But they were handed another chance on 15 minutes when Lee Peltier was adjudged to have tripped Buckley in the box and referee Lee Mason pointed straight to the spot. Mackail-Smith stepped up and smashed the spot-kick straight down the middle of the goal. There was another great chance for Brighton when Orlandi should have done better following another good move and United were forced to deal with some real pressure during the opening half-hour. There was a stoppage on the half-hour when Tom Lees appeared to be take a real whack in the face while going up for an aerial challenge on the halfway line, but play was allowed to continue until Brighton’s attack broke down before the player received treatment. United were given a route back in on 35 minutes when Luke Varney went down in the box, following an apparent off the ball incident, and El-Hadji Diouf stepped up to smash home an equalising penalty. Brighton responded with another Mackail-Smith inspired attack, and Peltier had to be alert to clear the danger. And before half-time, Warnock had to re-arrange his back four with Danny Pugh coming on for the injured Lees, Peltier moving to centre-back. And it was Leeds who were next on the front foot when Brighton had to clear a Diouf cross. But the hosts went close again before the break when Mackail-Smith hit a first time shot just wide of the mark. But Mackail-Smith made no mistake two minutes into the second half when he finished off some neat passing play, following a throw-in, by driving home an angled effort. Moments later, Bruno Saltor sent a free-kick fizzing over the bar after Brown was adjudged to have fouled on the edge of the box. The home side were playing some good stuff, and Pearce had to make one important clearance when they threatened again. United responded with Aidy White having a shot deflected wide after a surging run forward. And it was all square moments later when Brown struck a first time shot from the edge of the box which left Tomasz Kuszczak with no chance. And substitute Luciano Becchio came within a whisker of giving United the lead when he glanced a header wide after a great ball in from White. But with 17 minutes left, the pendelum appeared to swing again when Mackail-Smith went down under pressure from Sam Byram for the third penalty of the night. This time Kenny was equal to the spot-kick and made a great save down to his right. Byram next threatened at the other end when he forced Kuszczak into making a good save after an advancing run. As the game entered its closing stages, Mackail-Smith was pulled up for handling at a crucial moment and Stephen Dobbie sent a shot over the top of Kenny’s bar. Five minutes were added to the 90, and United went close in the third of those when Michael Tonge sent a free-kick just wide after Brown won a free-kick on the edge of the box. There was still time for Kenny to make one last contribution, when he made a great save to claw away an Andrew Crofts effort. Post Match – Poyet accused Leeds’ Luke Varney of diving for a spot-kick which helped the visitors level at 1-1 before the break. But Warnock claimed the forward was pushed inside the box by Bruno Saltor.  Gus Poyet : “If it was my player he dived, but because it was his player he was pushed. It’s a funny one. We call it hypocrisy,”said Poyet. “He’s in the list of hypocrites now, Neil, unfortunately. He went to the other side – hypocrite.” “I saw different sides out there,”added Poyet. “One played football and the other was lucky.” The Uruguayan who spent 12 months at Elland Road as assistant manager under Dennis Wise six years ago, was also annoyed that Leeds’ Michael Brown had remained on the pitch following a foul on Andrea Orlandi that resulted in a yellow card in the 10th minute. “Mr Brown, who had an absolutely fantastic game and I’m pleased for Michael because I played with him, but he shouldn’t have been on the pitch and everyone knows that,” added Poyet. Leeds twice came from behind to level and Paddy Kenny’s 74th-minute penalty save denied Brighton a first win in seven games. Warnock described his team’s draw at the Amex Stadium as a“super point” and said his players played with “guts” and “Yorkshire grit”. The Leeds boss said: “Gus is not happy, is he? They’re on about Brown should have got sent off, somebody says Luke Varney dived. Well, he got pushed, you can see he got pushed.”