There were very few to start with and although I was never his biggest fan, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. This was never a naive stance that I’d taken because I thought he’d changed or could be brilliant for Leeds United, it was simply because he’s all we have and I felt a club united is stronger than one torn apart by such a division.

However, since the second administration I’ve grown increasingly more frustrated with his leadership. Court-cases, bad press, dodgy financing and mysterious owners aside, the Thorp Arch failure was the final straw for me.

It seems I’m not the only one either. Fellow blogger, Armchair White sounds like he was sat on the fence alongside me, but has now moved swiftly into position after the mess Bates and co. made of TA. In one of his first blog posts, he says;

I am not and never have been a part of the hate Ken Bates crowd. I have always been prepared to allow for the benefit of the doubt. But Thorp Arch is a watershed moment. This was a litmus test of the sincerity of the promises we have been given over the years. And it was a test that was measurably and emphatically failed.

It’s not that those of us originally outside the ‘crowd’ wanted Bates as chairman, or in anyway affiliated with our club, it was simply a case of survival and stability. The ones that were originally in the ‘Hate Bates’ campaign weren’t necessarily right either. The club had seen enough turmoil and we simply had to get an even footing before we could start demanding better leadership.

Ridding ourselves of Uncle Ken is pretty much impossible unless he sees a profitable escape. The man is far too stubborn to leave because of a little thing like hate, so most campaigns seem somewhat pointless. Afterall, he never really endeared himself to the Chelsea fans by suggesting an electric fence be erected around the pitch to keep them in line!

Forcefully exiled from Elland Road could be an option. If the Football League ever manage to figure out who they’re paying the League share to every year, maybe we can question the ‘fit and proper-ness’ of those individuals. I aren’t entirely sure what the repercussions would be, but if they aren’t deemed worthy of ownership, then surely they have to sell? In which case, I’m almost certain Kenneth will follow.

I appreciate that any consequences of a Football League investigation could proof costly to our promotion push and that this probably isn’t the best of times, but then, when is?

Other than that, we simply have to pray for a takeover bid. Surely there’s someone out there that can see the potential in this club? Premier League infastructure (albeit, on-lease), one-club city with die-hard, passionate fans and a brand recognised throughout the world.

It’s leadership to rival that of Mike Ashley – infact, I’d rather have him. Infact, I’d rather have Liesdale. At least he kinda cared about the club.

 Time to go, Ken!

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  • West Stand Rebel

    The problem as I see it now is that we are at the start of the end game as far as Uncle Ken is concerned. The smell coming from ER has now become a stench and there is an unstoppable growing resentment towards this awful man and his corrupt regime.
    However he is a cornered animal who will lash out at anyone and everything in his way and probably create enormous damage for our Club before he is somehow forced out of the boardroom.
    My take on KB right or wrong is that it was always about money. In a sense he nearly succeeded in returning us to the Premiership when we lost to Watford in the playoff finals.
    Promotion would have made selling Leeds on at a profit that much easier at that time. Even subsequent relegation would have given us parachute payments that would have helped him.
    That battle was lost and administration quickly followed after relegation was a certainty. The underhand way in which the admininstration was handled surely means the law on insolvencies and subsequent exits from administration necessitate a change in the law either at Government level or at the very least the Football League level.To effectively defraud the Revenue of over £6m of PAYE/NI deducted from staff wages and VAT collected from fans paying at the turnstile should in itself disbar those directors from serving again under the “fit and proper” test. The local businesses that were caught by his actions also fall into the dispicable category.
    Like many fans I worry about where we go from here. My only hope is that Simon Grayson (the one plus at the moment ) can stay with us and give us some on pitch success.His abilities to turn a sows ear into a silk purse will not have gone unnoticed. I hope that he stays and doesn’t take the money and run like Dennis and Gus or that Uncle Ken sees him as another pay day for himself.

    • tim

      Hi all, Seen the new Spurs stadium plan on the BBC Sport website. Really fantastic but heartbreaking as that should also be us. By the way remember last season that we didn’t need to sell Delph and this seaon having spent virtually no money on players AND having Premier gates AT Premier prices AND also getting big money from Chelsea, Everton and Man City for Academy lads plus the Delph sale we still couldn’t raise the funds to buy Thorpe Arch – WHAT A SURPRISE!! The Leeds City Council deal was just a ruse and I don’t think Btes had any intention of going ahead. Even if he had we were just swopping one expensive landlord for another. I do not believe there are no interested parties to buy Leeds, I just think they are being put off by the price for little or no assets and the clandestine owners. I’m telling you this ownership thing is going to come and bite us hard. Bates falling out with journalists will not help either on this matter. I just pray every night for a decent investor – is there really a God out there!

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  • West Stand Rebel

    The problem as I see it now is that we are at the start of the end game as far as Uncle Ken is concerned. The smell coming from ER has now become a stench and there is an unstoppable growing resentment towards this awful man and his corrupt regime.
    However he is a cornered animal who will lash out at anyone and everything in his way and probably create enormous damage for our Club before he is somehow forced out of the boardroom.
    My take on KB right or wrong is that it was always about money. In a sense he nearly succeeded in returning us to the Premiership when we lost to Watford in the playoff finals.
    Promotion would have made selling Leeds on at a profit that much easier at that time. Even subsequent relegation would have given us parachute payments that would have helped him.
    That battle was lost and administration quickly followed after relegation was a certainty. The underhand way in which the admininstration was handled surely means the law on insolvencies and subsequent exits from administration necessitate a change in the law either at Government level or at the very least the Football League level.To effectively defraud the Revenue of over £6m of PAYE/NI deducted from staff wages and VAT collected from fans paying at the turnstile should in itself disbar those directors from serving again under the “fit and proper” test. The local businesses that were caught by his actions also fall into the dispicable category.
    Like many fans I worry about where we go from here. My only hope is that Simon Grayson (the one plus at the moment ) can stay with us and give us some on pitch success.His abilities to turn a sows ear into a silk purse will not have gone unnoticed. I hope that he stays and doesn't take the money and run like Dennis and Gus or that Uncle Ken sees him as another pay day for himself.