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Master Bates Says It All and It's All Wrong

Master Bates Says It All and It's All Wrong

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has launched an amazingly childish and pathetic attack against Barry Kilby for trying to entice manager Simon Grayson to leave Elland Road. Not only that but he has taken a sideswipe at the club with some very derogatory comments.

In an astonishing outburst he is reported as saying the following in the Daily Express:

"Why would Simon want to leave Leeds for Burnley? I mean they are a small manufacturing town in Lancashire. Simon is a Yorkshireman. We have 10 times their population, 50 per cent bigger gates than Burnley and we beat them pre-season anyway. They might be in the Premier League now but I think they lost £9million last year and, if they come down, they will go back to where they came from - whereas Leeds are on the up"

How many times do we have to hear what a big club Leeds United are (NOT!!)? The way their Board have handled the finances at Elland Road over the years is a disgrace. A club that has had to be brought out of administation and one that has been docked fifteen points by the Football League is hardly in a fit state to belittle a club two leagues above them and in far better financial shape.

The pompous aggressive, self-righteous stance of Master Bates is of course nothing new. Give me the mild mannered, Burnley through-and-through Chairman, Barry Kilby any day over that disgrace of a man. No wonder virtually the whole country of fans have only one thing to sing when Leeds are in town and of course the word 'hate' and 'scum' appear in the same mantra. I am pleased our Ken is ensuring that song will forever be sung.

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Date:Thursday January 14 2010
Time: 11:00AM


God I hate that pillock, thank heavens Bob Lord had the good sense to kick this numpty into touch back in the 60s when he attempted to get on the Burnley board.
14/01/2010 11:03:00
I read about this yesterday and it thoroughly p****d me off, but didn't have any time to come on here and rant. What a dolloper he is! Is he so out of touch that he thinks we all still run around in cotton mills knitting pretty jumpers?
14/01/2010 11:23:00
Presumably that rejection in the 60s still troubles the poor soul. In fairness, Leeds are looking a little better this season, and I did enjoy their win at OT. But how's their bank balance at the moment? Can't be far off time for more games of musical chairs and some sack races round the Boardroom table. And with the taxman in a bad mood at the moment, there must be a lot of winding up orders about to get put in the post. How many companies with Leeds FC somewhere in their corporate name might be getting one of those, I wonder? It's no wonder Mr Bates gets confused and angry. Can VR loan him his nurse perhaps? But Bates probably can't even afford that.
Couch Potato
14/01/2010 11:32:00
As an accountant I have seen both set's of accounts and Leeds Made a 4.5 million profit last year, where as Burnley posted a 1.8 million Loss. Financial , Leeds are one of the more stable clubs currently in the country with no large debts and making a profit . Wether Leeds are a better club or not , they seem to be idealy placed for a push up the leagues, with a good sqaud, a committed and (in my opinion) very good manager and solid finances.
14/01/2010 12:06:00
KB is no fan of the LEEDS SUPPORTERS but our finances are in good shape at the moment having madea £4m profit last season and on track to at least match that tis season. The only transfer fee we have paid in the last year is £250k for Bromby so the money is locked in some deep off shore vault. Good luck to 'the little cotton town' in the PL and I hope you do the same to the big boys that we did at OT.
14/01/2010 12:07:00
What an absolute and utter ......... (use your imagination!) Think you are right CP must still be troubled by the rejection. Those words sound a tinged with jealousy to me.
14/01/2010 12:08:00
Yes but your analysis of the accounts are from last year surely and we have since been promoted with all the financial advantages that brings. Kilby & the Board assure us we will soon be debt-free and intend to remain so. I just wonder if the 'mighty only to Leeds fans' Leeds will be tempted to go for broke again and spend big should they ever get to the top flight again of which there is no guarantee
14/01/2010 12:16:00
My comment in saying that Leeds are financially more secure at the moment can only be based on the figures i have at present. Obviously burnley will see an increase in profits this season, but if they go down, will they be maintained?Leeds profits are not bolstered by a promotion and as such i believe Leeds are better suited at the current time.
14/01/2010 12:27:00
If we go down we are protected rightly or wrongly by parachute payments to a degree and the whole strategy has been to buy the right sort of players with potential and youth on their side to try & get us back up. We certainly won't be spashing the dosh on Premier League has beens who will be off like a shot if we go down! (Sound familiar?)
14/01/2010 12:32:00
Bfc's oft-stated strategy is to be a financially sustainable club, whether we stay up or go down... and my strong instinct is that the strategy is being followed diligently. Read David Conn's December Guardian article if you want a second opinion. Meanwhile, congratulations to Lfc for making a couple of profits. It must be a few yars since that happened. How big is the remaining debt? How much got written off in the various reorganisations? And how much of that was owed to taxpayers all over the country and council tax payers in Leeds? Burnley Football Club has never had to run away from its obligations. A few scores to settle maybe. But not debts.
Couch Potato
14/01/2010 13:19:00
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