After a summer of listening to the men who run our club saying that it’s the players we keep that show our intent. We failed to keep that man we voted our best. Ken said Max would only go for silly money, and he isn’t wrong, only receiving £1.75 million is bloody ridiculous.

Now we know what everyone in the club has known since the beginning of summer, Max wanted a move. So it begs the question, why didn’t this information get made available, the reasons for it explained (if he wants to live in France fair enough) and we invite bids to try and get the best deal with time to spare to get a replacement?

The silver lining is Bates nicked Max’s sweat bands before he left and he has offered to renegotiate Ramon Nunez’s contract to include them.

But the odd decisions made behind the scenes didn’t start this week; we have bared witness to a summer of transfer failing.  We have seen players turning down the opportunity to join Leeds in favour of sleeping in a hay bail in Suffolk. It took a month of negotiating before Lee Bowyer realised that his family lived down south. Even worse it took Bates nearly the whole summer counting his pennies before he realised that even if he used all 18 at once it wasn’t enough to pay Alan Smith.

But the finish of a frustrating summer came with strange change in policy, Ken Bates uncharacteristically revealing the inner details of Max’s transfer. In the most revealing interview of the summer we have been told how much we got, who else got money and what the offers we rejected were. And just when I thought we couldn’t get anything more old Ken dropped the biggest bomb shell of them all.

You might want to sit down before you read this.

“Rwanda is somewhere in the centre of Africa.” I understand for those of you who haven’t heard Ken Bates interview this must come as quite a shock.

Economics and geography in one and only a couple of weeks after sex education! He spoils us doesn’t he.

Anyway, moving on from my irrelevant ramblings I am still confident that we can do well this season. This, I’m sure, is a blind confidence but I’m sticking with it.

So, this is a rather long way of saying I think we still have a chance of a good season.

Here is why:

  • Andy Lonergan: I am currently doing a large amount of research to find out if there physically is only one Andy Lonergan. I am developing a theory that what we see is merely the head of one Andy Lonergan, and there is in fact about 7 midget Lonergans inside the keeper kit. It’s the only way he can make such good reaction saves. Well, probably not the only way, but clearly the most likely.


  • The fruit of youth: Aidy White has learnt a valuable lesson this week in the repercussions of attempting a diving header on a strikers boot.
    Tom Lees, he looks like a solid full back, and I think if we had a good right back he would excel at centre half, he has a great cross and I think he will get stronger each game.


  • Adam Clayton: He is brilliant, and he is so good because he is an X-man, you can see him in the second film tackling Xavier in the background.


  • Snodgrass and Becchio: Proven quality.


  • Davide Somma and Ross McCormack: The latter proved his goal scoring ability last year, and when he returns he will continue with that, and Ross is beginning to show his quality.


  • Ramon Nunez: He is the most promising 25 year old child in the division.


  • The fans: Our unwavering support , though not enough to draw in player on its own, we can support the lads better than any other team in England can support theirs.


  • Ben Parker: He has become much less of a liability since he became a consciences objector to playing football. I assume that’s what’s going on, no one can be injured that often.


These factors may not help us better last year’s seventh place, but Leeds United do not belong in the Championship, so I think it is only a matter of time till we get back up, why not this year?

There has only been 1 year in the last 8 which we haven’t been involved in either a promotion or relegation race, this year will be the same.

Leeds are arguably the most exciting team to support in the country, you can literally never guess how we will do.

Who wants mediocrity?


  • TSS

    “There has only been 1 year in the last 8 which we haven’t been involved in either a promotion or relegation race, this year will be the same.”

    Don’t doubt it. Just fear it may be the latter lol.

  • carporial

    @ScratchingShed1 great post. I can feel a five game winning streak coming (maybe after the cup)

  • henrymouni

    It all depends on the additions we make to the squad.

    We have 12 decent players and as long as they are always available we will do OK.

    However, the chances of us not losing 2 or 3 to suspension, injury or loss of form is almost zero.

    We really are stretched to the limit!!

    We have no realistic replacements for anyone in midfield or defence.

    I agree that Simon and Ken’s openness was refreshing, buy it cannot

    paper over our dire situation. It won’t last either!!

  • lufc_chat

    We have the ability to create and score goals, but with the exception of Lonergan in goal I still believe we are very suspect at the back.

  • sveifors

    Me worries still. why? “Billy Paynter is still in my plans , says Simon Grayson. oh my oh my

  • rroberton

    Nice to read something with a positive angle from TSS for a change.

    I agree, we actually have a good team (not awful squad) comapred to half the teams in this division.

    Of course its not as good as we would all like but we won’t ever be satisfied with our tranfer dealings until we are back in the champions league or backed by a rich owner/investor.


  • Wendy Senior

    As Simon says in every post match interview, there are a lot of positives to take from this. We have a good – nay, fantastic at times – squad (thinking Clayton, Snoddy, Paddy, Nunez on his right foot (!) and Lonergan in particular) who give us 100% in every match. We’re told Becchio soon to return which can only be a good thing and I have my ear plugs ready for that moment as I’m sure ER will explode!

    Yes I am sad to see Max go as he has contributed greatly to the club and will be very missed but he has his reasons for leaving and I don’t really see how anyone can bear him ill will for that.

    It’s a shame that more of our money hasn’t been invested in adding to our talent pool but it hasn’t so we all need to get over it and concentrate on what we do have. In my eyes, that amounts to a challenging, meaty and exciting season ahead with our players more than able to fight our corner in the table and show everyone what we’re made of.

    I’ll be there as usual with my 6 layers of clothing, my half time hot dog that for some reason comes in a baguette(!), muttering at the numpties that insist on going to the toilet during the game making me stand up, and singing loud and proud as ever because WE ARE LEEDS!!!

    Nuff said :0) 

    • I’m with you Wendy, I’m trying my best to remain positive, but it’s extremely difficult!

      I’ve seen the SG positives in our performances but they don’t win games alone, I just hope we can now turn those performance in to points quickly before the table looks any worse and a lack of confidence sets in.

      As positive as I’m trying to be, I cant help thinking the squad is very thin in quality. I’m happy with the likes of Lees, Clayton, O’Dea, Nunez and Keogh who have all come to the fore this season so far, but who’s going to replace them if they get injured or suspended? Time will tell. MOT

  • Tim Campbell

    The recent ‘openness’ of manager and chairman has been a long time coming. I would agree with those who have said that us fans should not be kept in the dark as much as we have been. The frustration has grown and tempers have boiled over; exasperation has hit an all time high – this should never have happened and please God it never happens again

    • TSS

      Totally agree. Was extremely surprised by Ken Bates’ most recent interview. Not only was he open and honest, he also came across a lot less smug and irritating. At no point did I feel like smashing my radio in whilst listening to him – which makes a refreshing change. 

      • Tim Campbell

        I know you have been numbed for the proverbial and expected kick in the goolies TSS, but the recent transfer deadline debacle just served to show how many of us have yet to reach that state of mind. PS I almost mistyped the first letter of the word kick with the letter to the right of it on the keyboard haha lol!!

        • TSS

          Haha, it’d be nice if we could use your almost-typo to describe our enjoyment of Leeds United these days. 

        • TSS

          Haha, it’d be nice if we could use your almost-typo to describe our enjoyment of Leeds United these days. 

          • Tim Campbell

            Well to use kenneths recent analogy, transfer deadline day left a great many of us ‘frustrated and understimulated'; with the great sexual acrobat bates and larry having to explain their ‘poor showing’ the day after. Whatever happened to I have a headache luv, lets try again tomorrow night!! lol (You have to admit the comparisons are scary)

  • Mralchemy

    5 games
    3 sendings off
    1 missed penalty
    2 own goals
    1 star player sold

    not a great start to the season and I worry that these stats are very bad omens

  • Mralchemy

    5 games
    3 sendings off
    1 missed penalty
    2 own goals
    1 star player sold

    not a great start to the season and I worry that these stats are very bad omens

  • Jimmy one eye

    Sad to see Max go, but good luck to him, dont think we had a choice in the end. Aidy Whites diving header at a strikers feet only happened after said striker pushed him in the back to be fair, what the appeals board were looking at i have no idea?? Andy, i remember that game against Chelsea well, i had a season ticket in the south stand then, Dennis Wise scored in front of us in the last minute, it went straight through Lukic’s legs, he came right up to our section to celebrate, little s*it