Why isn’t there a queue to buy Leeds?


The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

IDON’T think anybody knows what hap­pened at my old club Leeds United last week­end. And I don’t think anybody knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen. It’s com­mon knowl­edge that Mas­simo Cellino thought he’d bought the club. In fact he hadn’t, so his dis­missal of Brian McDer­mott was pre­ma­ture to say the least.

What a ter­ri­ble state of af­fairs, but I thought the lads re­sponded bril­liantly with a 5-1 win over Hud­der­s­field.

And I also think it helped Brian get back on good terms, not just with the play­ers but with the fans. He’d been get­ting some stick in re­cent weeks, but this seems to have pulled ev­ery­one to­gether again.

Peo­ple are talk­ing about the club fall­ing apart but you never know – they could use it as a turn­ing point.

What I re­ally can’t be­lieve is that Leeds are look­ing for yet an­other owner.When I took over in Fe­bru­ary 2012, I spent more or less the first seven months of my ten­ure try­ing to con­vince three dif­fer­ent par­ties to buy the club.

There was a group of Saudis who had a long-stand­ing in­ter­est, and an Amer­i­can in­vestor. Then GFH came on the scene in June and July. Per­son- ally, I thought the Amer­i­can guy, Preston Haskell, was the best bet. But Ken Bates, the chair­man at the time, was in favour of GFH, so ob­vi­ously I had to go along with that. It was just a shame it took so long.

I re­mem­ber when I first took charge, peo­ple were ask­ing me which play­ers I wanted in July.

In the end, though, it was De­cem­ber when GFH even­tu­ally took over and by then it was too late to sign anybody.

It was dis­ap­point­ing for me that I wasn’t able to spend any sub­stan­tial money in that Jan­uary win­dow be­cause I think a cou­ple of play­ers and we’d have been right up there.

But no­body wanted to spend any­thing un­til the sum­mer. From my point of view – and for the Leeds fans – it was a waste of a year re­ally.

Brian has man­aged to buy some play­ers, like Scott Woot­ton, Matt Smith and, of course, Luke Mur­phy who al­legedly cost £1m. But I’m sure he feels, like me, that he could do with one or two more. Even so, while it seems a good thing to some peo­ple that GFH are get­ting out, it re­ally de­pends who re­places them.

What I do know is that in to­day’s cli­mate, more than 31,000 fans watched the game against Hud­der­s­field last week. That’s in­cred­i­ble sup­port. Then there’s the sta­dium, the train­ing facil­ties. In my eyes, Leeds are still one of the top six clubs in the en­tire coun­try.

I can’t for the life of me un­der­stand why some­one doesn’t buy it with the in­ten­tion of se­ri­ously fund­ing a re­turn to the Premier League. It’s ab­so­lutely ripe.

There should be peo­ple queu­ing round the block with of­fers but in­stead they got one man. Baf­fling.

And as for Brian, I don’t think you can give any ad­vice. He knows what he needs to do – get re­sults. Foot­ball is all about re­sults and if he wins a lot of games, he makes him­self very dif­fi­cult to sack. It re­ally is as sim­ple as that.

UN­DER THE RADAR: David McGoldrick WHEN peo­ple talk

about the best strik­ers in the Cham­pi­onship, the usual names – it’s all Char­lie Danny Ings,Jor­dan

Austin. Rhodes, But one who seems radar to go com­pletely un­der

is David McGoldrick, the goals for who has scored 13 Ip­swichTown this sea­son.

league I re­mem­ber we played Lees got Ip­swich last year, when

sent off and we ended Tom We ac­tu­ally up los­ing.

bat­tered them,but bril­liant that day. McGoldrick

I re­mem­ber was one of the think­ing then that

best strik­ers in the he was I’m sur­prised divi­sion.

– and I’m sure Mick very re­lieved – McCarthy’s

that there were no the Premier of­fers League from

in Jan­uary. If he keeps go­ing like this,I’m

sure there will be in the sum­mer.


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