D-Day for Thorp Arch

The fate of Thorp Arch rests in the hands of Leeds City Council as the deadline for it’s buy-back expires this evening. The original deadline of the 10th of October was extended due to a religious holiday since which LCC have continued to carry out the necessary due diligence.

LCC also require the nod from the Football League who could stick their nose in and complicate matters once again for the Whites. The FL are still believed to be investigating the ownership of Leeds United although Shaun Harvey claims this shouldn’t stop the deal with LCC being finalised.

If the deal does go through, the money Leeds will pay for the lease will be secured by us agreeing to pay a portion of the money we receive for our Football League membership every year. The deal also includes the option for Leeds United to repurchase the property in fourteen years time, or sooner if financial circumstances allow. Should the deal be unsuccessful, Leeds will still maintain use of the training facilities until 2029, although the current lease agreement will increase in price by 3% every year.

Becchio injury latest

Contrary to rumours circulating that suggested Lucciano Becchio had broken his ankle, Simon Grayson insists he hasn’t. After needing assistance to get off the pitch during the 0-0 draw with Charlton, Leeds fans nervously anticipated the worst, but Grayson insists the striker is receiving treatment and will be back soon enough.

…and we’re back!

After a much needed break from the busy League One fixture schedule, Leeds United return to action this Monday night against Norwich City. The game will be live on Sky Sports, so fans attending Elland Road should expect a lower than average attendance.

Norwich have not lost since the 14th of September when a late penalty secured all three points for MK Dons. They’ve also won their last four including a 4-0 hammering over Leyton Orient followed by another demolition job on Bristol Rovers who they beat 5-1 both at home. Away from home, they’ve also won their last two games with 1-0 victories over Gillingham and Carlisle.