Sunday, August 26, 2007

Leedsunited.com 26/8/07
PROUD OF YOU
United boss Dennis Wise hailed the character shown by his players after Saturday's 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.
A 90th minute winner from Jermaine Beckford secured the points as gallant United made it three straight League One wins. Tresor Kandol had opened the scoring in the first half, but Forest levelled early in the second period.
The victory reduces the points defecit to minus six and, in beating the pre-season title favourites, Wise's men fired a huge warning shot to the other clubs in League One.
"I was very proud of the lads," said the boss. "We did okay in the first half, but we didn't really perform in the second. We had a go, though, and it paid off. All the lads dug in deep and I'm chuffed to bits for Becks and Tres. Things went for us a bit - the fans were brilliant again as well – and we've got to keep doing what we're doing."
United would be sitting pretty at the top of the table were it not for the points deduction - Leyton Orient are the only other club with a 100 per cent start -but the spirit, character, and attitude on display is showing the defiancy within the club.
"What's happened is very unfair because it's punished the fans and the players," said the boss. But it makes me and the players even focused. We're not going to get carried away. We've had a good start, and I'm delighted, but there's a long way to go. We're in good form and we're confident. We've just got to keep it going."

Sunday Express 26/8/07
JEWELL CROWNS BUY-OUT BID
EXPECT former Hull City chairman Adam Pearson to try to install Paul Jewell as manager if he is successful with his attempt to take over Leeds United.
Despite Leeds being anchored at the foot of Coca-Cola League One following a points deduction, Pearson wants to buy the club off Ken Bates. He wants ex-Wigan boss Jewell to replace Dennis Wise and lead the on-field recovery.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Leedsunited.com 25/8/07
GET THE MESSAGE!
NOTTS FOREST 1 (Commons 50), LEEDS UNITED 2 (Kandol 17, Beckford 90)

United arrived at the City Ground looking to reduce the points defecit further after two straight wins to open the campaign. One of only three sides with a 100 per cent start in League One, Dennis Wise's started the afternoon on minus nine points.
Jamie Clapham was handed his debut at left-back, in place of the injured Andrew Hughes, while Seb Carole made his first league start of the season in place of injury victim Ian Westlake.
As predicted the City Ground was packed to near capacity and the fans were treated to a lively opening.
Forest had a couple of early opportunities - one falling to Kris Commons - but both Matt Heath and Casper Ankergren were on hand to avert any danger.
And after soaking up some early pressure, United hit Forest on the counter and Tresor Kandol converted coolly to make it 1-0.
Strike partner Jermaine Beckford was the architect with a delightful pass and Kandol delivered a low finish to send the 3,000 travelling fans delirious.
It was almost 2-0 before the half-hour but David Prutton, returning to Forest for the first time, saw a header forced over the bar, following a well-worked Alan Thompson corner.
Kandol's goal and the subsequent flurry of United corners only served to frustrate the already quiet home support.
The home side did have two free-kicks blocked by the wall and Ankergren gathered a corner with ease, but it was United who looked the most dangerous, particularly with Beckford and Seb Carole sharp on the break.
On the stroke of half-time Kandol did well to send Beckford through on goal, but the striker's first time shot went over the top. Carole also tried his luck in stoppage time with a curling effort from the touchline which drifted just wide.
Just four minutes into the second half it was 1-1 though. A Commons free-kick from distance appeared to take a wicked deflection to leave Ankergren with no chance.
That goal lifted City Ground spirits and James Perch should have done better on 54 minutes, following a cross from the right, as Forest started to show some confidence.
Commons also went close when he drilled a shot just wide from the edge of the box. And Heath made a superb tackle to deny Junior Agogo in a one-on-one situation after Forest broke quickly from deep inside their own half.
Beckford threatened at the other end - Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith cut out his cross with Kandol waiting - while Rui Marques made a good block to deny Commons as the contest moved up a pace.
Shortly after the hour, Wise again signalled his attacking intentions and introduced Tore Andre Flo from the bench in place of Prutton.
But the immediate action was in the United goalmouth and Marques made another superb block before Frazer Richardson headed a teasing cross to safety.
With 15 minutes remaining and the game finely balanced, Forest boss Colin Calderwood introduced crowd favourite Nathan Tyson in place of Agogo.
Felix Bastians was the next Forest introduction, in place of Commons, and he wasted a great chance to win the game with just three minutes remaining when he shot wide from close range.
But Leeds United don't lose matches. Not at the moment anyway. And, as scripted, the winner came from the men in yellow with just 30 seconds remaining.
Carole weaved his way in from the left, rifled a low ball into the centre, and Beckford was on hand at the far post to turn the ball home for a crucial winner.

Yorkshire Evening Post 25/8/07
Leeds United 'warned off' transfer targets
By Phil Hay
DENNIS WISE'S transfer plans are coming under growing pressure after the Leeds United boss was warned off two of his main targets.
Wise's attempt to lure Steve Davies to Elland Road from Tranmere Rovers is in jeopardy after Ronnie Moore urged his board at Prenton Park to resist United's interest, and Blackpool look set to obstruct any bids for Shaun Barker, their 24-year-old full-back.
Leeds have been monitoring Barker and are considering submitting an offer to Bloomfield Road, but Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has played down talk of the defender's departure by insisting it would take a "fantastic offer" to secure his signature.
Barker has entered the final year of his contract, but Grayson said: "We're fortunate that we're a club that doesn't have to sell players unless it's a really fantastic price for us.
"If someone offers me £2million for Shaun Barker then I'd be daft to turn it down. If someone offers me £20,000 for Shaun Barker then they can basically get stuffed."
Tranmere winger Davies is also the subject of intense interest from Leeds and has already attracted an unsuccessful bid from the Elland Road club.
Moore is hoping to see Tranmere's directors stand firm if United come calling for a second time before the transfer window closes next Friday.
The Tranmere boss said: "The big thing is we want Steve here. We want to try keep our young players at Prenton Park."

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Yorkshire Evening Post 22/8/07
Ridsdale's Leeds United book profits go to charity
By Paul Robinson
FORMER Leeds United chairman Peter Ridsdale is donating all the money he makes from his controversial new book to charity.
Ridsdale's decision to tell the story of his turbulent six-year reign at Elland Road has sparked accusations from fans that he is cashing in on United's disastrous decline.
The YEP understands, however, that every penny the ex-Leeds chief receives in royalties or upfront payments from the book is going to St Gemma's Hospice in Moortown.The sum handed over to the hospice is likely to run into tens of thousands of pounds.
A source close to Ridsdale said: "Peter thinks he's got every right to give his side of the story. He hasn't in full detail until now. But he also recognises that a lot of Leeds fans might take the view that he shouldn't profit from the club's demise. By making this donation to the hospice, he hopes the supporters might at least give him a fair hearing."
Due out in November and published by Pan Macmillan, the lifelong Leeds fan's book is entitled United We Fall: Boardroom Truths About The Beautiful Game.
In it, he describes how the Whites attempted to "live the dream" by splashing out millions of pounds on players such as Rio Ferdinand – but ended up £80m in debt.
He also looks back on the courtroom trials of Leeds stars Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate and the deaths of United fans Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight in Turkey.
The book has been co-written with Steve Dennis, the Yorkshire-born journalist who penned the memoirs of Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell.
A spokeswoman for St Gemma's said today: "We are thrilled that Peter Ridsdale is helping us out in this way."
Ridsdale, who quit as Leeds chairman in 2003 and is now in charge at Cardiff City, was unavailable for comment.

Bradford Telegraph & Argus 22/8/07
Elland Road set for player influx
By Sports Desk
Dennis Wise is stepping up his bid to strengthen his squad and is planning to make an offer for Tranmere winger Steve Davies.
The 19-year-old Liverpool-born left-sided player is only in his second year in the Tranmere team but he impressed Wise when the teams met on the opening day of the season.
Wise is hoping to bring in half a dozen new faces before the transfer deadline next week, including a goalkeeper, striker and two full backs.
Hibernian captain Rob Jones' agent, meanwhile, claims the defender is unhappy about being denied permission to discuss a move to Leeds.
According to agent Kevin Smith, centre-back Jones is a target for Wise after a successful first year at Easter Road.
But Smith insists 27-year-old Jones has been refused the chance to discuss a move south, and has been offered an unacceptable new contract by Hibernian.
Jones is under contract to Hibernian until 2010 but is eager for a return to England, after previous spells with Stockport and Grimsby, unless he gets a big pay rise.
Smith said: "I am aware Leeds have shown an interest in Rob - and that would be something he'd be interested in. But Hibs have made it clear that he is not for sale and there is a lot of bad feeling and disappointment on our side."
With three wins under their belt in the opening week of the season, optimism is growing among Leeds fans but they know the first big test comes this Saturday at Nottingham Forest.
Both clubs have fallen on hard times after years in the top flight and Forest are favourites to drag themselves out of League One, a task Leeds will struggle to accomplish because of the 15-point deduction.
Leeds have sold their allocation of tickets and fans are warned that none will be on sale on the day and are therefore urged not to travel unless they have a ticket.

BBC 22/8/07
Hibs quiet on Jones' Leeds link
Hibernian are refusing to comment on claims that they have left captain Rob Jones angry by refusing to sell the central defender to Leeds United.
Agent Kevin Smith told The Sun: "I know Rob has spoken with the chairman and expressed his desire to go back to England to play his football.
"I am aware Leeds have shown an interest in Rob.
"But Hibs have made it clear that he is not for sale and there is bad feeling and disappointment on our side."
The 27-year-old Jones has become a first-team regular with Hibs after leaving Grimsby Town last summer.
But his agent claims that the player has been left disappointed by his contract.
"It was agreed under previous manager Tony Mowbray that, if Rob did well, we could come back to the table to review things," he said.
"But the offer from Hibs was not acceptable and we are very disappointed by it.
"I have heard rumours that Hibs are looking for around £1m for Rob.
"But if they are looking for that kind of figure then they should aim to reflect that in his salary and they have not done that.
"Rob is contracted to Hibs for another three seasons, but he has personal issues and they will need to be addressed at some point.
"But, at the moment, he is captain of Hibs and he will continued to serve them with loyalty until that situation changes."

Leedsunited.com 21/8/07
BEST FOR YEARS
United boss Dennis Wise is refusing to get to carried away by the club's best start to a season for seven years.
The last time United won the first three matches was in 2000/01 when David O'Leary's side beat 1860 Munich, Everton in the Premiership opener, and Munich again in the Champions League qualifier. They also won their fourth, against Middlesbrough.
Terry Venables presided over back-to-back league wins to open up the 2002/03 season, but Wisey has already notched up a rare hat-trick for the club with wins against Tranmere, Macclesfield, and Southend.
"Momentum is an important thing and that's what we need to have with us," said the boss. It was important we won at Tranmere, and again on Saturday. You want to win your first few games and your first home game. I'm very pleased with the way it's gone so far, but there's a long, long way to go and it's important people keep their feet on the ground and don't get carried away."
United are through to the second round of the Carling Cup -Portsmouth lie in wait at Fratton Park next Tuesday - but more importantly, the lads have already reduced the 15-point deficit to minus nine.
"It's an important time for us," said the boss. "We need to try and clear these points up as quickly as possible, and catch the others up.
"I've got a good group of players here and they're well capable of doing that, but it's important no one gets carried away.
"We've got a young, hungrier team who want to play and die for Leeds United. The same goes for the management as well.
"We've stayed strong together through a tough time, and the fans have been great as well. Hopefully they're seeing this club will change and that we're doing things for the right reasons."

Yorkshire Evening Post 22/8/07
Leeds United boss Dennis in tribute to Lewis
LEEDS UNITED boss Dennis Wise today paid tribute to winger Eddie Lewis following his move to Premiership Derby County.
The 33-year-old made 96 appearances for United after joining on a free transfer from Preston, and the move was irresistable to a player who is aiming to keep his international career alive.
The Californian has signed a two-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee last week and Wise said: "I wanted to keep Eddie, but this is a wonderful opportunity for
him.
"He phoned me up and I was never going to stand his way and say 'sorry you're not going'.
"I think he would have been annoyed with me if I'd have done that. He's been a good pro, he's done very well for us and I'm chuffed to bits he's got an opportunity like that."
Derby boss Billy Davies had charge of Lewis at Preston and identified him as someone whowould bring experience and quality to the Pride Park squad
"I'm absolutely delighted that Eddie has signed," said Davies. "The left side of midfield is an area we have targeted for improvement and he has a wonderful left foot. His delivery from wide areas and set pieces will provide an excellent platform for our attacking play."
Lewis first played Premier League football in 2000 when he signed for Fulham for £1.3million from San Jose Earthquakes.
He is likely to go straight into the fray when Derby host Birmingham on Saturday.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Yorkshire Evening Post 20/8/07
Flo: I thought I was finished at Leeds United
By Phil Hay
TORE ANDRE FLO re-ignited his Leeds United career with a priceless goal against Southend United on Saturday – and then revealed how a fractured foot had threatened to force his retirement.
Flo struck for the first time in seven months as Leeds routed Southend 4-1, bringing to an end the injury problems which have plagued his troubled spell at Elland Road.
The Norwegian's short-term contract with Leeds last season was ruined by a foot injury sustained in January – just three weeks after he first agreed to join United – and doubts over his fitness prevented him from making a single pre-season appearance this summer.

Flo was initially sidelined by a fractured foot, but the 33-year-old revealed that a second break towards the end of last term had delayed his comeback further – and left him questioning whether he would ever make a full recovery.

Flo said: "For a while during that period I was thinking 'can I ever come back?'"It's the longest time I've had out in my career. It seemed like a small thing but then it ended up being seven months.

"I was really struggling, and I then I broke the bone again. It's been a hard time. At the end of last season I was in plaster, and I wasn't even close to playing at that stage.

"But what a good feeling. I've been out for such a long time and I've had maybe the most frustrating time of my career. I've had a broken bone and an operation, and it's unbelievable to be back with a goal and to win 4-1 at home.

"That's what you work towards when you're in the treatment room and the gym. It was all worthwhile."

Flo's unstoppable volley came five minutes from time with Southend heading for a 1-1 draw and United struggling to force a winning goal.

The former Chelsea forward had been introduced as a substitute in the 80th minute, and he made an immediate impact by taking advantage of a loose ball inside Southend's box. The floodgates then opened as further goals from Manuel Rui Marques and Jermaine Beckford completed United's emphatic win.

Flo, who accepted the offer of a one-year contract from Dennis Wise two days before the start of the season, said: "I couldn't believe it – it was my first touch.

"He (Wise) has been very good to me, and he's believed in me. I'm quite old but he gave me a contract and he had faith in me.

"It's good to give something back finally, and I'd like to do more. "It would be great to play here until I'm finished.

"There seems to be a great atmosphere and that's just what we need.

"We can't let our heads go down, and we're really up for a fight."

United's impressive victory – their biggest success during 10 months under Wise – moved the Elland Road club on to minus nine points, just three victories away from overturning the Football League's 15-point penalty.

A third-minute free-kick from Alan Thompson opened the scoring on Saturday in front of a crowd of more than 24,000, and Wise was delighted to see Marques and Beckford claim their first goals for Leeds on a afternoon which fuelled a growing sense of expectation at Elland Road.

Wise said: "It's an important time for us. We need to try and clear these points as quickly as possible and catch the others up.

"I look at the group of players I've got and I think they're well capable.

"But I don't want them to get carried away because we've done nothing at the present moment."

The fans have been great as well, and we love them dearly. Hopefully they're seeing that this club will change, and that we're doing things for the right reasons – nothing else.

"We've got a younger, hungrier team that wants to play and die for Leeds United Football Club. "The same goes for the management as well.

"We've come here to make something happen.

"Sometimes it takes bad times to get good times, and we've stayed strong together."It's a bit disappointing because we should be top of the league at the moment.

"But we're not and we have to get on with it."

Wise's elation has been tempered by concerns over the fitness of Ian Westlake and Andrew Hughes, who both limped out of Saturday's victory.United are also preparing to lose defender Eddie Lewis, with the American international in the process of finalising his move to Barclays Premier League new boys Derby County for an undisclosed fee.

But Leeds look set to secure an immediate replacement at left-back by signing Wolves' former Ipswich Town and Birmingham City defender Jamie Clapham on a month's loan.

Four-star Leeds United floor Southend
Leeds United 4 Southend United 1
By Phil Hay
HAD William Shakespeare been employed to document last season, he might have noted that something was rotten in the state of West Yorkshire.
His opinion would not have provoked any dispute; Leeds United knew it, and visiting teams could smell it. The scent that drifted from Elland Road showed traces of fear, decline and implosion – everything, in short, that a football club prefers to hide. Players are routinely taught to fear United's stadium; for the past 12 months, the majority must have wondered why.

On the evening of October 24, 2006, when Dennis Wise walked into Elland Road for the first time as Leeds United's manager, the state of disrepair inside the club's fortress was impossible to disguise.

Southend United departed with a Carling Cup third-round victory that same evening after nothing more than a routine performance. The Essex club had never played at Elland Road before, nor encountered Leeds in competitive circumstances, but their carefree attitude told a depressing story.

At that moment, Wise must have realised he was inheriting a shadow of the Leeds United he had known as a player; a club lacking the defiant spirit for which is was famous. The early stages of his tenure did nothing to change that view but something at last is stirring in the western reaches of God's own county.

A stadium which lent itself to charity last season has defined itself once more as inhospitable terrain. Battered Southend left Yorkshire bloodied and battered on Saturday night, and with a revised impression of United's home. Having opened Wise's eyes to the realities of his job last year, it was perhaps appropriate that the Essex club were present to witness the rebirth of Elland Road 10 months later.

Steve Tilson, Southend's manager, will ask himself how his players came to lose by a three-goal margin on Saturday when a point was within their grasp with four minutes remaining.

The punishing defeat should not have come to pass at such a late stage, and the scoreline reflected harshly on Tilson's team. But to overlook the size of United's victory is to under-estimate the influence that Elland Road and its crowd can exert over opposition teams.

The visitors were hanging on gamely for a 1-1 draw when, driven by the impetus of a crowd of more than 24,000, Tore Andre Flo intervened with a 85th-minute goal which ignited Elland Road's fuse and put Southend to the sword.

The injury-prone striker drifted into the box to poach a rebound from Sebastien Carole's cross and flash a volley past goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, five minutes after entering the fray as a substitute.

Southend had fought back from Alan Thompson's third-minute goal to produce an equaliser through Adam Barrett, but Flo's powerful finish cracked their resilience and, in the heat of Elland Road, the visitors duly wilted.

With the clock on 89 minutes, Manuel Rui Marques met Carole's corner with a deft header which floated into the far corner of the net, and Jermaine Beckford claimed a fourth goal in injury-time when Southend's defence allowed him to run on to a long clearance and lash a shot past Flahavan.

By the final whistle, Tilson and his players seemed thoroughly relieved to escape the melting. If Saturday is a fair depiction of what lies ahead, other teams may find themselves beating a similar retreat from Elland Road this season.

The final result was emphatic, but a note of caution for Wise will come from the way in which his players allowed Southend to dictate much of the second half, at a time when he might reasonably have expected Leeds to strike for the jugular.

Leeds had shaded the first 45 minutes, but they were soon beset by the nerves and weakness of conviction that played so great a part in the club's relegation last term.

The temptation to sit on their one-goal lead became too great as the match edged towards the hour mark, and stray passes and a gradual failure to grasp possession granted Southend a licence to dominate United. An equaliser seemed increasingly likely by the time Barrett forced home a header in the 69th-minute.

Wise's defence was cut open by slick movement and passing on the left wing, and though Lee Bradbury's shot was beaten away by a brilliant parry from Casper Ankergren, Barrett ran in to steer the rebound into the net with an easy finish.

United had asked for trouble, and Southend had provided it. That story was familiar last season, and never moreso than during the 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town which confirmed their relegation in April.

On that unforgettable occasion, United's 1-0 lead had seemed under threat from the moment Richard Cresswell opened the scoring early in the first half. It was also clear that Leeds were unlikely to have an answer if and when Ipswich forced an equaliser. But on Saturday, United stomached Southend's blow and responded with vigour. The reaction spoke of a certain strength of character among the players at Elland Road.

With two wins to their name, United are already making light work of the 15-point penalty thrown at them by the Football League.

Leeds are three victories short of reaching zero points – perhaps the strangest target ever set for a manager and his players – and United's supporters can sense momentum gathering. The rest of League One can doubtless feel it too. What seemed initially like a disastrous development at Elland Road has in fact served to depict Leeds as one of the division's most dangerous teams.

It was for that reason that the queue for tickets on Saturday delayed kick-off for 15 minutes and brought a bigger crowd into Elland Road than had attended United's first home fixture last season, weeks after the play-off final.

The atmosphere crackled, but the supporters had scarcely drawn breath when Thompson converted Leeds' first chance in the third minute.

Peter Clarke fouled Beckford after losing track of the striker, and Thompson whipped a free-kick from 30-yards over Southend's wall and beyond the reach of Flahavan's desperate dive.

The goal staggered Southend, though not as much as the realisation after half-an-hour that they were still trailing to Thompson's strike.

Alan McCormack rattled the post in the 14th minute with a fierce shot after Leeds surrendered the ball outside their own box, and striker Matt Harrold threatened with two efforts, the second deflecting off Frazer Richardson and flashing the wrong side of Ankergren's post.

Improved luck might have handed the visitors parity at half-time, although Beckford and Jonathan Douglas threatened to improve United's lead, but the equaliser, when it came, was clinical, and Barrett's 69th-minute header asked immediate questions of Leeds. The answer was provided by an unlikely source, United's enigmatic winger Sebastien Carole.

Carole's contribution at Elland Road could be kindly described as sporadic; in November of last year, Leeds were considering the option of terminating his contract. But, having entered the game in the 42nd minute as a replacement for Ian Westlake, the Frenchman took it upon himself to carry Leeds towards a second successive victory as the match approached full-time.

His cross in the 85th minute created an opening that Flo could not refuse, and Marques took his chance of a first goal for Leeds when Carole picked him out with a corner four minutes later.

By the time Beckford swept a confident finish beneath Flahavan in front of the Kop, Tilson's players were out on their feet and Wise struggled to contain his satisfaction. It may not even have mattered to him that Leeds made harder work of Southend than was strictly necessary. This season, after all, is supposed to be complicated.


Leedsunited.com 17/8/07
OPEN LETTER

United chairman Ken Bates this week wrote to all Season Ticket holders, Members, lapsed Season Ticket holders from 2006/07, lapsed Members, and current and lapsed corporate clients.
For those of you that haven't received a letter, here is a copy....
Dear Leeds Club Member August 2007
I have delayed my usual pre season letter until the outcome of recent events was resolved.
I can understand if you feel frustrated by the lack of information coming out of the Club but negotiations on many fronts have been both delicate and confidential. Unfortunately information given to fans is picked up by the media and we are then at the mercy of individual media reporters and editors who sometimes interpret (or in some cases misinterpret) a story according to their views or prejudices.
Only now do I feel comfortable in informing you of the position and it will be a long letter because you should know of the many aspects of the recent past including many parties, plots, intrigue and much more.

THE ADMINISTRATION (CVA)
KPMG were advised throughout by Walker Morris the Leeds based Insolvency Lawyers as well as two Senior Barristers. In view of several press articles and comments by the Football League it is essential to state that all parties behaved properly at all times. The common desire was to save Leeds United and stop the taxman's attempt to close it.
In view of the behaviour of certain parties with hidden agendas, KPMG decided to invite fresh offers but at the end of the day the offer from the Forward Sports Fund ('FSF') was still the highest and best.
After the original creditors meeting there is a period of 28 days for anybody to object. The taxman objected at 3pm on the last day just before the court closed.
At the insistence of the League, KPMG tried very hard to meet the Taxman's objections and the negotiations were conducted at the highest level. The first demand/condition was that all monies from FSF to KPMG should be paid upfront. That was agreed. The second demand was that the Football Creditors should not get preference and be paid any more than anybody else. This was an impossible demand. If Leeds didn't pay the Football Creditors in full then the Club didn't get membership of the League. We were between the devil and the deep blue sea. Damned if we do, damned if we don't. The Taxman then proposed that a sum equal to that going to the Football Creditors be paid into the general pool for all Creditors putting them in a better position. FSF agreed. The Taxman then refused to withdraw their appeal and further stated officially that they would vote against any other proposal if Football Creditors were ever paid in full. Indeed they stated that they would oppose any further CVA when Football Clubs were involved. Clearly this is an impossible situation.
What really irks the Taxman is that until 2003 they got preferential treatment in any insolvency. Now they don't. That is not Leeds fault or that of the League.
Finally, we believe that the actions of the Taxman were illegal. In the case of Wimbledon the very question of the Football Creditors was challenged in the High Court and the Taxman lost on Appeal.
Secondly, Newcastle United won in the High Court against the Taxman because of their refusal to allow VAT on Agents' fees as a deduction. Despite losing, the Taxman still submitted a huge claim for VAT on Agents' fees which was illegal. The Taxman is questioning the validity of some creditors' claims. They do not have clean hands in this matter. This dispute is not about Leeds United, it is about opposing the Football League's Rule that Football Creditors must be paid in full.

ALTERNATIVE BUYERS
At the time of buying the Club from the Administrators, FSF promised to talk to any other would be purchasers with a view to any possible cooperation. We did the best we could. This is a summary of what did or did not happen.
1. DUNCAN REVIE - Did not and has not made any offer at all. Neither has he contacted me or any other Director.
2. SO CALLED AMERICAN INVESTMENT FUND - One phone call and they have not been in contact since. Absolutely no discussion.
3. REDBUS - Mark Taylor, a lawyer, had one meeting and one phone call. No proposal.
4. SIMON MORRIS - He made contact through a middle man. We informed him to call us direct. We weren't prepared to negotiate through a third party. We haven't heard from him. In the newspaper it was reported that in buying Leeds it would be part of a £500/600 million pound development in the surrounding area. Unfortunately (for him) he doesn't own the land and Leeds City Council have put it out to possible public tender. e also employed two PR companies to run a dirty tricks campaign against me which backfired. We obtained a background memo, a copy of which is enclosed. PROJECT PEACOCK is the code name for Leeds and PROJECT PILGRIM is the code name for Boston United. Gerald Krasner was the Administrator for Boston United and Morris hoped to get the Boston Club ground for redevelopment but he was unsuccessful. Despite all the media speculation we knew of no other interested party.
MELVYN LEVI
Levi was a member of the Yorkshire Consortium (YC) who briefly owned Leeds United until it was sold to the FSF in January 2005.
For technical reasons, FSF acquired 50% of the Club at the time and had an option to buy the other 50% in June 2005. FSF exercised the option but Levi refused to sign over the shares.
All decisions by YC had to be unanimous, consequently Levi's actions blocked the deal. From that day to this Levi has worked in the background attempting to frustrate every effort to strengthen the Club's finances. We planned a rights issue to raise a further £5m for the Club but Levi frightened off the participants. Last October we agreed a deal with an Irish consortium who would put £10m of new capital into the Club and lend us the money to buy back Elland Road and the training ground. Levi found out and rang the would be investors and put them off. This is well documented.
Then Weston (see later) got in on the act with Levi and they demanded 10% of the Club, £200,000 in cash and Directors' Box tickets for life in return for honouring the option. Levi has denied this but we have witness statements on file.
This is a brief summary of what has occurred but suffice to say Levi has been actively trying to frustrate all our efforts to strengthen the Club's financial position. He even went to court and obtained an injunction against Leeds printing a match programme. The Judge threw out his case after 40 minutes.
Robert Weston is the first husband of Levi's wife. Levi arranged with Weston (who lives in Jersey) to handle Leeds season ticket credit card transactions. For two years we have been trying to recover the £190,000 which Weston owes to Leeds. He has used every possible delaying tactic to avoid repaying the money which he has acknowledged he owes. We have at last obtained judgment and should get the money this month. Weston has been in jail for trying to pervert the course of justice.
Levi is a disgrace.

PLAYERS, BUYING AND SELLING
Player transactions are very complicated and when fans jump to conclusions they do not always know the full facts which, for important reasons, cannot be revealed at the time.
Let me take David Healy as an example. Healy's agent voted against the CVA. Healy had one year left on his contract which meant he could sign a pre contract in January and walk out next June on a free transfer. Everybody said we should get £3m+ for him but nobody offered it. He was a high earner and his agent wanted him away. Fulham's was the only genuine offer and we got £1m for him plus add-ons. He cost us £750k from Preston plus 20% of any profit. We still owed Preston £200k so of the £1m we actually got £750k net. We have already spent £500k on buying Casper and Hughes.
A year ago Danny Rose refused to go to Chelsea because he "loved Leeds". Last month his agent refused a new contract and Rose walked out. After a lot of haggling we got £750k plus add-ons of £250k. To buy or sell a player (a) he has to want the move (b) the other Club must be willing to do a deal and (c) we must afford him, otherwise we are back in a Ridsdale situation.
One example is of a young promising striker from the South. Free transfer and earning £600 a week. Deal done, except that his agent suddenly demanded £6,000 a week in wages. No deal.
I know it is frustrating sometimes for fans but we do not reveal our plans publicly, it just alerts the opposition.
Rest assured, Wisey plans to recruit experienced but mainly younger players who are hungry for success and want to achieve things, not those looking to delay their retirement with no ambition other than to have another pay day.

THE WAY FORWARD
We now have a Club with no debt, the last legacy of the Ridsdale era is behind us.
We still have the consequences of the Krasner, Levi and Morris actions with us. They sold Elland Road for £8m. We have to buy it back at £15m meanwhile paying £1.1m a year in rent.
We have tightly controlled budgets and all the staff know that every penny counts.
We are willing to have discussions with any serious investor who has the Club's best interests at heart, rather than hoping to make a quick buck from the property.
We are preparing plans to develop Elland Road to enable non footballing income to come into the Club to strengthen our buying power on a permanent basis.
We will invest in our scouting and youth policies to continue Leeds' great history of developing home grown players.
The 15 point "sanction" is a scandal and a travesty of justice. We are appealing that decision to the Football Association but meanwhile will get on with the job of strengthening the team and getting back firstly to the Championship and then the Premiership.
Dennis, Gus and myself are here for the long haul. So the mindless minority who do their silly chants had better get used to it.
On a lighter note may I point out that under the Sex Discrimination Act demonstrations that invite men getting their shirts off is only legal if the Ladies do the same!
Finally, thank you all for the tremendous support throughout the difficult time. Fulham, Man City, Derby, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough have all been in our current position, look where they are now.
Marching on Together
Ken Bates, Chairman

Project Peacock
The Brief
The target development area consists of three sites adjacent to one another; Elland Road (owned by Jacob Adler}; British Road Haulage site (BRS) owned by the Castle family and over which Stanley Leisure ("Genting") has an option which expires on 2nd July; and a Council-owned plot.
The objective is to acquire all three sites for development re-locating Leeds F.C. to a site nearby which wouId be supported by a number of retail outlets and a 50,000 seater arena.
The value of the fully developed target would be in the region of £1 billion following the injection of £15/16 million development investment by Socius Capital Partners ("Morris Properties").
A number of contingent conditions will determine whether we are able to gain control of the target: (i) being able to persuade the Castle family to sell at a realistic price; (ii) being able to convince Stanley Leisure that their plans for BRS are unlikely to come to fruition; and (iii) being able to wrestle control of Leeds F.C. from the current Chairman, Ken Bates.
It is noted that Stanley Leisure wish to gain permission for building a casino and that Mr Bates is exposed to a charge of seeking to defraud creditors of Leeds F.C, ("the Inland Revenue") and that Mr Bates has fallen out with Leeds City Council.

Strategy
In order to meet the brief we advise that we should adopt a dual track strategy from now onwards, partly private; partly public. In both cases we need to present ourselves (accurately) as the people best able to save Leeds F.C. - placing it on a sound financial footing - and best able to regenerate the surrounding area bringing facilities and prosperity to an underdeveloped and run down plot. We should prepare a well thought out approach, and carefully choose our
time to commence negotiations with Jacob Adler (Elland Road owner) and with the Castle family (owners of the BRS site) - see timeline. In doing so we need to position ourselves as the partner of choice safeguarding the heritage of Leeds F.C. as welt as being the people with the liquidity to offer them with a quiet exit.
It should be noted that we intend to inject substantial funds into the whole project as well as providing a fair price for the ground. We should emphasise to the Castle family that we are in a position to act as saviours and regenerators.
Bearing in mind the imminent timeline we should also prepare a detailed case outlining our plans to Leeds City Council. With this in mmd we should ensure that certain key decision makers and opinion formers in the local government arena are aware of our plans and that are supportive due to the power of our advocacy.
At this stage we are agreed that the following people need to be targeted: . Jean Dent, Estate and Planning, Councillor-Leader Andrew Carter; Terry Hodgkinson, Highways and Road Development Agency, in addition, we will need to present to the local MP, Hilary Benn.
In tandem with the above, we are seeking to engage the active support of Keith Harris, Chairman of Seymour Pierce to whom we have written and to whom we hope to speak following his return to the office from holiday on or following, 16th April.
Mr Harris had been identified as a potential key opinion former and supporter in Project Pilgrim and Project Peacock because of his financial and footballing clout and credibility. Following an initial meeting we intend to arrange a meeting of principals in the week commencing 16 April.
In order to unlock the present situation we will also need to dislodge the position of the two incumbents: Stanley Leisure owned by Genting, who wish to build a regional casino on the BRS site and Ken Bates current owner of Leeds F.C We advise that we should assemble a black book on each of these deploying our dedicated research team and at the right time, providing non attributable press briefings in the first instance followed by on the record briefings at the appropriate time.
While the current owner of Leeds F.C. should in no way be under-estimated, it is noted that the club is in severe financial difficulties and that PAYE is owed to the Inland Revenue.
Similarly, as foreign owners about whom very litlle is known, Genting, is vulnerable to press scrutiny about its intentions from certain sections of the press, notably, the Daily Mall and the Mail on Sunday who are bitterly opposed to government plans to fuel the spread of the gaming industry, especially in areas in which they believe there are a disproportionate number of low income and, therefore, vulnerable people.
At the nght moment, we would advise that we introduce Simon Morris to Chris Slackhurst, the city editor of the Evening Standard, positioning him as one of the key people who have turned around the City of Leeds, and to Jon Rees. the media correspondent of the Mail on Sunday, who we believe would be very interested in taking the lid off Genting.
We also recommend a background briefing programme for Simon Morris with business editors of the local media to explain the business and to establish a relationship.

Timeline
At this stage we have identified certain key dates which will have a bearing on Project Peacock:
19th April 2007 paye deadline, Leeds F.C. (monies unavailable)
3rd May 2007 Local Elections (heightened political awareness of
regional issues)
4th/5th May 2007 Leeds F.C. relegation (cash flow dries up)
Mid May 2007 Winding up notice
2nd July 2007 Stanley Leisure option on BRS expires
Mid July 2007 Unveil rescue package and regeneration plans

Next Steps
• Agree key messages
• Create corporate materials and presentation
• Arrange private briefings (off the record)
• Arrange press interviews (on the record)
• Start negotiations with Jacob Adler and the Castle family

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Leedsunited.com 14/8/07
WESTY'S WINNER
MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0, UNITED 1 (Westlake 79)
Macclesfield: Lee, Edghill, Regan, Dimech, Green, Husbands (Evans 11), Thomas (Wiles 88), Reid, McIntyre, Murray, Dunfield. Subs: Swailes, Jennings, Brain.
United: Ankergren, Gardner, Heath, Parker, Lewis, Prutton (Weston 90), Douglas, Howson, Carole (Westlake 46), Elliott (Beckford 46), Kandol. Subs: Marques, Delph.
Referee: A M Penn
Booked: Elliott
Att: 3422
Dennis Wise made seven changes from the side which kicked off the League One campaign with a 2-1 win at Tranmere last weekend.
The boss made full use of his resources and included four teenagers in the starting line-up for the club's first ever meet with Macclesfield Town.
One of those teenagers - Jonny Howson - was involved when United collected the first corner of the game after his crunching tackle won the ball and Tresor Kandol forced a corner.
Macclesfield dealt with the set-piece, but United immediately won another when Kandol had a header deflected wide.
Moments later, Kandol had the ball in the back of the net with a well-placed header, but the effort was ruled out for offside.
Macclesfield's reply was immediate and Adam Murray was screaming for a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Ben Parker.
United had an even better shout for a penalty waved away on 10 minutes, though, when a goalbound header from Matt Heath was clearly blocked on the line by a Macclesfield hand.
The visitors again broke quickly as they cleared their lines and Casper Ankergren made his first save of the game when he pushed Terry Dunfield's long-range effort around the post.
Ankergren appeared to make another good save from Murray from distance, but the referee awarded a goal-kick despite protestations from the home players.
At the other end, Kandol had an opportunity when, escaping the offside trap, he latched onto a ball over the top, but he was quickly crowded out and shot straight at Macc goalkeeper Tommy Lee.
As the half-hour approached, skipper Jonathan Douglas and Howson were starting to take a grip on the midfield with some quality touches.
United were looking to play the ball through or over the static home defence, and Kandol was presented with another chance when Seb Carole whipped in a cross from the left, but the striker was unable to get his shot in.
And moments before the half-time whistle, Dave Prutton was screaming for support after he barged his way into a great position. Prutton drew Lee off his line in the Macc goal, but no one was on hand to capitalise when the keeper managed to stab the ball away from the feet of the debut man.
The United manager again looked to make an impact at half-time - his team-talk had changed the game at Tranmere the previous weekend - and this time he made a double substitution with Ian Westlake replacing Carole and Elliott making way for Jermaine Beckford.
It took Beckford a little over 10 minutes to make an impact. After breaking clear he forced Lee into making a terrific save from a powerful shot, but as Kandol looked to convert the follow-up, Macc defender Kevin McIntyre somehow bundled the ball off the line.
United were enjoying a spell of good possession, but it was Macclesfield's Danny Thomas who had the next sight of goal when he tried his luck with a decent effort from distance.
But the breakthrough came in United's favour and in some style just 11 minutes before time. Prutton delivered a superb cross from the right and Westlake scored with a terrific volley which left Lee with no chance.
Parker came close to grabbing a second in the 85th minute when he drilled a shot wide, following a corner, and it took some quick thinking from goalkeeper Lee to deny Beckford by racing off his line.
But Westlake's super strike proved enough to secure the win to put United into round two.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Telegraph 13/8/07
Leeds fighting spirit would please Revie
By David McVay
Tranmere (1) 1 Leeds (0) 2
It is amazing how tetchily Leeds United folk have reacted to accusations that they have been bending the rules. Given previous form, neutrals might have thought any slight on the club's reputation should have been water off a duck's back.
On his first of 44 days in charge at Elland Road in 1974, Brian Clough demanded that the reigning English champions consign their medals to the dustbin because they were a bunch of 'cheats'. Even one of their own, Welsh goalkeeper Gary Sprake, confirmed as much, claiming he had acted as 'bag man' to bribe opponents during the Don Revie era, an allegation supported by Danny Hegan, the Wolves midfielder whose side famously denied Leeds the Double 35 years ago.
In the context of such malpractice, failure to conform to insolvency policy may seem a trifling matter, but then when the protagonist happens to be Leeds chairman Ken Bates, the wonder was how so many of the remaining 71 Football League club chairmen were not trampled to death in the stampede last week to re-affirm their 15-points deduction imposed as punishment.
That is three fewer and counting today, thanks to this 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, the first league meeting between the pair and Leeds' debut in the third tier of domestic football.
Chris Greenacre deservedly side-footed Rovers ahead before a set-piece saw Matt Heath swivel from the defensive wall and head a 55th minute equaliser. Tresor Kandol supplied the winner in front of 2,000 travelling fans late on as Tranmere turned their backs on a throw-in, an offence that once merited a firing squad at dawn for professionals footballers.
For all Clough's rage at blatant misconduct and careless whispers from within, from 'Careless Hands' Sprake, there is a dichotomy at Elland Road. They were a great side, despite the obsessive, dossier-driven Revie, and in defeat, they could also be magnanimous.
After the carrot-crunching yokels of Notts County beat the then European Cup finalists of the previous season, Bremner, Reaney et al, in a League Cup tie at Elland Road, it was Norman Hunter who first greeted us from behind the players' bar with a bottle of beer and congratulations, although probably through gritted teeth.
Hunter's team was one whose bite was far worse than its bark. Riding good fortune at Prenton Park, the current Leeds seem to rely more on the chihuahua yappings of manager Dennis Wise. At the final whistle, the players whooped and hollered and cuddled in a huddle in the centre circle where Gus Poyet, Wise's assistant, dived in on top. Their fans were even more ecstatic than the Uruguayan. Yet not a title won nor a Cup in sight. Never mind.
Siege mentality had been successfully restored. Them and us, Leeds against the rest of the world. How Revie would have approved.

Guardian 13/8/07
Kandol offers Leeds a glimmer of light after darkest days
Jeremy Alexander at Prenton Park
Monday August 13, 2007
The Guardian
Leeds found their new level here. They had never been in the third tier and, starting 15 degrees below zero, they took time to defrost. In the end, more importantly after a year that saw the club plumb new depths of shame as well, they found luck, their first since the League readmitted them despite breach of insolvency rules.
A late goal, their second from a set piece to the far post against sloppy defending, sent team and management into a post-match huddle of ecstasy in the centre circle. Togetherness is all under Dennis Wise. That they had been largely outplayed mattered little in the face of their handicap.
"It's my group and we're very close," said the manager. "We had a little argument at half-time as a few people weren't at the races but we've got to stick together. A lot of the lads are very passionate about the situation. Odds stacked against you are a wonderful motivation." Perhaps the odds were not enough at kick-off. Tranmere should have won the race by half-time. Instead they had only Chris Greenacre's slick conversion of a sweeping criss-cross move to show for their dominance.
Matt Heath's equaliser came from a header to an angled free-kick for which Rovers had five men in the wall and two at the back post. Tresor Kandol's winner found Danny Coyne equally exposed. "I thought Leeds came here and struggled," said Rovers' manager, Ronnie Moore, "and we end up being mugged. We've just had an argument in the dressing room." Arguments are the new teacup accessory.
Tranmere were on the fringe of the play-off places for much of last season before finishing ninth. They have a Little and Large strike force in which Calvin Zola is perversely the large, Greenacre more like Gianfranco. While Zola, 6ft 3in from Kinshasa, struggled at times to get word to his feet, Greenacre always looked likely to carry on from his 17 league goals last season. His movement off the ball was unselfishly intelligent, his eye alert, and Chris Shuker rewarded it with a pinpoint cross for the goal.
The 5ft 5in Shuker was mostly on the right wing but delivered here from the left. There was a fluidity to Tranmere's play stemming from a midfield of three local players and Paul McLaren. The steadying pick of them was Steve Jennings, unobtrusively winning possession and rarely wasting it.
Alan Thompson, the new Leeds captain, had his hands full but was still their greatest creative influence as the team strove to impose a superiority that, if presumed, was not evident. Their preparation had been mired in uncertainty and it said much for Wise's inspirational qualities that he pulled them round at the interval. Kandol, not quite the full Treasure, could have saved a lot of trouble if he had buried an early free header at a corner, another set piece at which Rovers were roving.
Four bookings in six second-half minutes showed that Leeds were hitting their straps and in the nick of time Andrew Hughes delivered for a Kandol mass celebration. When Wise tested Hughes by spelling out the situation before signing him last week, the newcomer from Norwich said: "No problem, gaffer. Let's get on with it" - a Wise sort of guy.
If Moore can comfort himself that his side showed greater touch and imagination and are 12 points above bottom place, Leeds continue to feel victimised. They were formed out of the disgraced corpse of Leeds City, who were wound up for irregular financial practices in 1919, and their chairman, Ken Bates, having supervised the loss of 25 points while playing one match, greeted the League's welcome back with "the football family seems to be driven by self-interest". Some families have black sheep. Good Leeds fans, wanting a fit and proper person, would have rejoiced if the administrators had given the nod to Machiavelli.
Tranmere got their administration in first, availing themselves of the Insolvency Act 1986 in February 1987. Forty clubs have followed. On the off chance that Bates, in his club's plight, might put Prenton Park before Monaco his opposite number, Lorraine Rogers, wrote in the programme: "Most clubs face serious financial challenges -we're no exception - and anything other than prudent management can be very risky." But self-interest prevailed. At least Leeds will raise crowds in League One. Saturday's 11,000 was 4,000 above Tranmere's average; 2,000 filled the Cow Shed.
Wise, imbued with the spirit of Wimbledon in the 1980s, thrives on adversity. When the jelly beans are down, his pecker stays up. Now that Leeds are back in business he hopes to "bring in three or four more players", having seen his best assets leave through the summer. When he heard the 15-point penalty confirmed, he said: "Not only have they taken my arms and legs off [a comfort to Leeds cabbies]; now they've cut my balls off as well." Leeds could do with a bit of squeaky cleanliness.


Daily Mail 12/8/07
Shock horror...Leeds fans applaud Wise after victory at Tranmere
Tranmere 1 Leeds United 2
By PETER FERGUSON
Leeds United face a tough campaign after the Football League decided they would start with -15 points. This season, Sportsmail will track their progress. PETER FERGUSON saw the fightback launched with a 2-1 win at Tranmere.
Sven the Norwegian Leeds fan is at a Rolling Stones concert in Oslo when you ring. Have they done Sympathy for the Devil, he is asked. "Not yet ... maybe they will dedicate it to Ken Bates."
Leeds' beleaguered chairman won't be reaching for his lawyer. It is a joke that probably sums up the way Bates is feeling, having been demonised by fellow clubs during a depressing week.
Just five felt moved to try to throw out the 15-point penalty imposed by the Football League for breaking insolvency rules, which Bates contests. That leaves most of football against Bates, who is calling on the FA to intercede, and plunges Leeds manager Dennis Wise into an instant relegation battle on the opening day at Tranmere.
It is, however, doing wonders for infant numeracy in west Yorkshire, says chief executive Shaun Harvey: "My daughter's only six, but she's starting to get her head around figures like minus 15 now." Gallows humour can be of some comfort, especially after Leeds' summer of gloom, hence the T-shirt that bears the legend: 2004 Premiership, 2005 Championship, 2006 Sinkingship, 2007 Abandonship.
Many of the 2,000 travelling fans would have been at Elland Road on the opening day five years ago when Robbie Keane came off the bench to round off a 3-0 win over Manchester City.
Or four years ago when Mark Viduka and Alan Smith scored - against Newcastle. Now they form an Elland Road exiles' club with James Milner at St James' Park.
It is not only the Premier League that is riddled with Leeds old boys. Aussie Shane Sherriff, once one of David O'Leary's bright young things, is part of Tranmere's defence.
Chris Greenacre, once on Leeds' books, pops out an hour before kick-off with tickets for his dad, from the Leeds heartland of Normanton. "We know where your parents live," jokes one fan.
Not that he takes any notice. Greenacre punishes Leeds' dreadful first half by converting a cross-shot from Chris Shuker 20 minutes into what threatens to become a nightmare opening day.
The DJ plays "I Predict a Riot" by Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs at half-time. And for the clubs who fear it might become a signature tune - Bournemouth insisted on a November midweek visit from Leeds - the good news is that while there is plenty of posturing, there is no trouble.
Not that you do anything but celebrate after turning it round against the run of play. After Matt Heath and Tresor Kandol mug Tranmere (not very pretty, I tell thee), Leeds celebrate like they have won a cup final.
Wise, who came up through Wimbledon's school of battered dreams then managed Millwall, is made of tougher stuff but he joins an impromptu huddle and punches the air. "They even clapped me today," he deadpans after the abuse last week. Marching on Together?
He and Bates are not popular, but you can't choose who you're next to when the blitz rages.

I've been chopped up bit by bit - Wise fury at League chairmen

Leeds manager Dennis Wise has questioned the motives of the majority of Football League chairmen who voted to uphold the club's 15-point penalty for breaching rules on insolvency.
The 40-year-old Londoner and assistant Gus Poyet did little to hide their despair after 75 per cent of the 71 rival Football League clubs voted in favour of the governing body's unprecedented sanction.
But Wise, who carved out a playing career at the highest level on the back of an indomitable spirit, vowed Leeds will come out fighting when they launch their first season in Coca-Cola League One at Tranmere on Saturday.
Wise said: "It's laughable. Not only have they taken my arms and legs off, now they've cut my b***s off as well.
"It's just not funny at all. We'd like to know deep down the real reasons.
"If you look at the teams in our division I'm sure they probably wouldn't have voted for us if I'm being totally honest.
"I'm disappointed with the whole thing. Minus 15 points. We have to get 106 points to win the league, 92 points to get in the play-offs and 70 points to stay up. Lovely. Thank you very much.
"It's so disappointing, but these players, these fans are going to stick together and be strong and try to achieve it.
"It's going to be very difficult. A lot of people want to see us fall flat on our faces and they've helped make the situation as well.
"So we've got to fight against it, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get on with it."
In between learning the bad news and relaying it to his players, Wise has been working tirelessly to strengthen his squad and succeeded with the capture Norwich midfielder Andrew Hughes.
The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee and will be involved in the opening-day fixture at Prenton Park.
Wise said: "You know the pleasing thing about it? I've just signed Andrew Hughes from Norwich.
Not popular: But Dennis Wise says Leeds are stuck with him and Ken Bates
"I told him we were minus 15 points because we lost the appeal and he said 'no problem gaffer we'll just brush ourselves down and let's get on with it'.
"That's someone who wants to join this club. He doesn't care. He wants to give it a real go.
"Every other player I've got here, Alan Thompson, Tore Andre Flo, Leon Constantine, David Prutton, all the ones I've recently spoken to, have said we'll have a go with you and that's the type I want."
Wise conceded neither he nor chairman Ken Bates were popular among Leeds fans, but warned the pair were going nowhere and urged supporters once again to unite behind the club.
He said: "They don't like Batesy and they don't particularly like me, but at the end of the day they've got us, we're part of this club and we're part of them.
"And how many people would take on this? But we will take it on and we love it. We love the challenge and we need them behind us.
"It's difficult because of your background and where you come from. They find it very difficult I think to accept that.
"But this is part and parcel of what football is all about sometimes and it takes a bit of time for them to get used to you and I've got to give them that time and so has Ken Bates.
"He's turned other things around and so have I and in time we can do it again."
Wise chose his words carefully when asked how he felt towards the other Football League chairman who had voted against Leeds' appeal.
He added: "I can't really say. I don't think grudge is the right word. Fair is the word and I think a lot of them will go home and deep down inside will know they haven't been fair.
"Some will have done it for their own reasons and probably not the right reasons.
"Everyone wants to get a head start, so 23 teams in our league have got a very good head start on us."
Wise, still hoping to bring in "three or four" more players during the next couple of weeks, admitted he and his players will feel they have a point to prove ahead of every match, with the first target to avoid another relegation.
"After that there's other targets we want to achieve, but the first is to get to 70 points.
"It's been a nightmare for us and we've been tested to the limit."
But Wise also had a warning for those clubs in League One who feel the former Wimbledon and Chelsea dynamo is about to buckle under the pressure. He added: "There is a point to prove. There's a massive point to prove for everyone here and we're looking forward to it."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Sunday Times 12/8/07
Leeds luck takes turn for the better
Tranmere 1 Leeds United 2
Ian Winrow at Prenton Park
A SUMMER of fraught brinkmanship was consigned to history as Tresor Kandol's late winner gave Dennis Wise and his Leeds United players the first, tentative, sign that fortune may finally be turning their way as they attempt to negotiate their first ever season in League One weighed down by the 15-point penalty imposed by the Football League.
The punishment — levied because of the club's breach of insolvency rules last season — meant that Leeds went into the game knowing that they will remain rooted at the foot of the third tier until at least September.
Kandol's goal, though, scored in the last minute of normal time, offered hope and the euphoric reaction from supporters and players at the final whistle articulated perfectly the tensions that have built up around Elland Road in the last few months. "We enjoyed that," admitted Wise, with more than a hint of understatement. "It was nice to be back playing football."
Nobody connected with Leeds will complain that Kandol's header owed as much to Tranmere's defensive sloppiness as it did to the forward's bravery. For the Yorkshire club, this was all about the result.
And the result offered a glimmer of light after the spiral of decline that has dragged the club from the heady days of a Champions League semi-final and a genuine challenge for the Premier League title to the new reality of a tricky opening-day away trip to Tranmere.
"We just wanted to get this out of the way," the manager added. "You don't want to have to wait a long time for your first win and find yourselves a long way behind. We've got a lot of catching up to do as it is."
The off-field efforts to overturn the points deduction will continue according to Ken Bates, the chairman, despite the rejection of the club's appeal against the penalty by an overwhelming number of League clubs at a meeting last Thursday.
Bates branded the meeting a "total disgrace" and intends to ask the Football Association to intervene although an agreement between the club and the League will prevent Leeds seeking redress through the courts.
In the meantime, Wise has the unenviable task of building and motivating a team capable of overcoming the demoralising experience of spending the opening weeks with a negative points tally and ensuring the club's predicament does not move from crisis into utter disaster.
Having lost key players, the manager was forced to wait until last week before adding new players to his squad but, unsurprisingly, for someone schooled as a player at Wimbledon and then as a manager at Millwall, Wise is undaunted by the situation.
Aware that he and Bates are unlikely to win any popularity contests in West Yorkshire, he has urged the club's supporters to shelve their differences and generate the siege mentality he believes is required to halt Leeds' slide.
The sold out away end at Prenton Park and the reception given to the visiting players during the warm-up suggested Wise's plea had had the desired effect, although in keeping with the club's recent history, the cracks quickly began to show.
Calvin Zola twice came close for the home side in the opening ten minutes and Leeds' resistance quickly wilted when Chris Shuker again broke into the area, on the left hand side, before drilling a low cross that Chris Greenacre sidefooted home from close range.
Exiting the field at half-time to the sound of jeers, Leeds appeared to be in familiar territory but their performance after the break suggested that Wise's powers of motivation remain undiminished as the Yorkshire side added some much needed craft to their previously desperate efforts, upsetting Tranmere's first-half poise.
Leeds wrested control, exerting steady pressure before Matt Heath drew the visitors level with a cleverly worked headed goal from Alan Thompson's free kick. "I wasn't happy with the way things went in the first half and we had a bit of an argument in the dressing room at half-time," Wise said. "But we got much better."
With tempers on both sides fraying, a winning goal seemed unlikely until Frazer Richardson's cross found it's way onto Kandol's forehead and deflected over the line from two yards.
For Wise and his players, it was a case of job done. "This is only the start," Wise said. "We have a long way to go, [but] when you feel the odds are against you it can work in your favour."
Star man: Alan Thompson (Leeds)
Player ratings. Tranmere: Coyne 6; Stockdale 5, Chorley 7, Goodison 6, Sherriff 6; Shuker 7 (Curran 84min), Jennings 7, McLaren 6, Davies 7; Zola 5, Greenacre 6 (Taylor 81min). Subs not used: Achterberg, Tremarco, Kay
Leeds United: Ankergren 6; Richardson 6, Marques 7, Heath 7, Lewis 6; Weston 6 (Flo 74min), Hughes 7, Thompson 8, Westlake 6; Kandol 6, Beckford 6 (Howson 80min). Subs not used: Parker, Carole, Elliott.
Scorers: Tranmere: Greenacre 22.
Leeds: Heath 55, Kandol 89.
Referee: L Mason (Lancashire).
Attendance:11,008.
Independent 12/8/07
Tranmere Rovers 1 Leeds Utd 2: Kandol lights up as Leeds flicker at last
By Ian Winrow at Prenton Park
Published: 12 August 2007
As reality checks go, this could have been a lot harsher. With once regular visits to the San Siro and Rome Olympic Stadium now replaced with a tricky opening day trip to Tranmere's Prenton Park, Dennis Wise's side successfully negotiated their first experience of life in League One thanks to Tresor Kandol's late headed winner that offered hope that Leeds United may have finally already reached rock-bottom.
Starting life in the third tier weighed down by the 15-point penalty imposed by the Football League for a breach of insolvency rules following the club's disastrous financial implosion at the end of last season, Kandol's goal ensured a summer of anxiety and frustration gave way a rare moment of euphoria, pricking the tension that has grown up around the fallen Yorkshire club.
"We enjoyed that," admitted Wise. "It was nice to back playing football. We just wanted to get this out of the way after all the hype," the manager added. "You don't want to have to wait a long time for your first win and find yourselves a long way behind. We've got a lot of catching up to do as it is."
With chairman Ken Bates vowing to take the club's battle to over-turn the daunting points penalty to the FA after having an appeal emphatically rejected by United's fellow Football League clubs, Wise's side showed similar stubborn characteristics in recovering to claim three invaluable points after falling behind to Chris Greenacre's first half goal. Leeds will remain at the foot of the division until at least September 8th, but this win at least offered hope they could soon move up the table.
It wasn't pretty, but this win was exactly what Leeds needed. Denied the opportunity to bring in players until the club's transfer embargo was lifted at the start of this month, Wise has hurriedly strengthened his squad although the patched-up nature of his side was all too apparent during the opening half. Greenacre's goal underlined the feeling that Leeds inexorable slide from grace was set to continue after angry half-time words, Leeds emerged rejuvenated, levelling through Matt Heath in the 55th minute before Kandol stooped to meet Richardson's cross in the final minute of normal time.
"This is only the start," added Wise. "We have a long, long way to go. When you feel the odds are stacked against you it can work in your favour."

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Leedsunited.com 11/8/07
THREE POINTS PROVED
TRANMERE 1 (Greenacre 21), UNITED 2 (Heath 55, Kandol 89)

Tranmere: Coyne, Stockdale, Chorley, Goodison, Sherriff, Shuker (Curran 83), Jennings, McClaren, Davies, Zola, Greenacre (Taylor 81). Subs: Tremarco, Kay, Achterberg.
United: Ankergren, Richardson, Heath, Marques, Lewis, Weston (Flo 76), Hughes, Thompson, Westlake, Kandol, Beckford (Howson 90). Subs: Carole, Parker, Elliott.
Booked: Stockdale, Chorley, Goodison (Tranmere), Kandol, Beckford, Thompson, Westlake.
Att: 11,008 (2,004 Leeds)

With the off-field drama firmly out of the way United finally opened up the League One season looking to make up a 15-point deficit following the Football League's decision to impose a sanction on the club, following the administration procedure.
Dennis Wise was able to make some late moves in the transfer market and he handed debuts to Curtis Weston and Andrew Hughes, while Casper Ankergren, signed in the week, and new skipper Alan Thompson also returned to senior action with the club.
Tore Andre Flo was a surprise addition to a young substitutes bench that included teenagers Jonny Howson and Tom Elliott.
United were backed by a tremendous following and, attacking their goal in the first half, Tranmere had the first shot when Calvin Zola fired wide from distance.
United's first chance came on eight minutes when Thompson whipped over a corner from the right and, arriving at the far post, Tresor Kandol headed wide of the mark.
It was a lively atmosphere at Prenton Park and that contributed to a fast-paced opening. The home side looked to move the ball quickly, but United were more than willing to scrap out the early exchanges and Jermaine Beckford was only denied a run on goal when Robbie Stockdale stuck out a hand on the edge of the box.
Ankergren was called into action to deny Chris Shuker after a moment of hesistancy at the back, but Chris Greenacre fired the rebound wide when Tranmere threatened again.
However, disaster struck for United on 21 minutes. This time Greenacre made no mistake when he arrived at the back post to convert a cross from the Tranmere left, much to the delight of an already fired-up home support.
In reply, Beckford shot wide after some good build-up play, but the Tranmere centre-backs stood firm as United looked for a route back before the interval.
United's best football so far came early in the second half when, after playing their way from one box to the other, Beckford won a free-kick on the edge of the Tranmere area when his run was blocked.
The resultant free-kick was deflected through the wall for a corner and United were able to apply some pressure.
Moments later, referee Lee Mason awarded another free-kick on the edge of the box and Matt Heath arrived with perfect timing to head home a superb Thompson delivery.
United continued to play some good football, and when Kandol fired an effort narrowly wide of goal, Beckford was unfortunate not to get a touch.
Tempers flared on 73 minutes when the referee booked two players from each side after an altercation involving Kandol and Beckford, and Tranmere defenders Ian Goodison, and Ben Chorley.
And on 76 minutes, Wise made his first substitution when he introduced Flo in place of Weston to boost his side's attacking presence.
As the game entered its closing stages and United looked to force a winner, Tranmere goalkeeper Danny Coyne saved a Kandol header at the second attempt, following a good cross from Ian Westlake.
Eddie Lewis also delivered a good cross from the left, but Beckford was unable to get in a shot when well-placed in the box.
With three minutes remaining, Tranmere had an opportunity to steal the points when Steve Davies sent a free-kick fizzing over the bar.
But it was United who scored a dramatic goal with less than 90 seconds remaining. Kandol was the man who got on the end of an Andrew Hughes cross and bundled the ball home from close range.
The striker celebrated with a cartwheel, the away support went ballistic, and the volume levels rose as the fourth official signalled five minutes of added time.
United had the ball in the net again during stoppage time - Beckford lifted the ball over an advancing Coyne - but an offside flag ensured the celebrations were short-lived.
The last rites were played out to the sound of the Leeds fans chanting "we're gonna win the league" as the climb to recover the 15 points started in earnest.
Yorkshire Evening Post 10/8/07
Fighting talk: Leeds United manager urges unity
Dennis Wise today urged every faction of Leeds United to unite behind his banner after promising to wage war on the "laughable" 15-point penalty forced upon the club by the Football League.
Wise called for an immediate end to the in-fighting which has plagued Elland Road this summer after Leeds' appeal against their crippling punishment was rejected by the other 71 Football League clubs.
United's attempt to overturn the unprecedented deduction – imposed for a breach of the League's insolvency rules through chairman Ken Bates' re-purchase of Leeds – was dismissed by a large majority of clubs during a meeting in London yesterday, but an infuriated Wise directed unveiled criticism at the League's members and questioned their motives for opposing the appeal.
The decision to uphold the punishment has given United's forthcoming season, which begins against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park tomorrow, a frustrating perspective, leaving Leeds 15 points adrift of the League One field before the campaign has begun, but Wise refused to be demoralised by the prospect of an immediate relegation battle.
The Elland Road boss has seen his popularity grow among the club's supporters after the most impossible of pre-seasons, and he promised to fight their corner by attempting to make a mockery of the Football League's stance this season.Leeds will need more than 100 points to secure the title, and around 90 to earn a place in the play-offs.
Avoiding relegation will itself require United to reach the 70-point mark, but the stark reality of the challenge facing Leeds did not prevent Wise from securing midfielder Andy Hughes on a two-year deal from Norwich City yesterday.
Wise said: "These players and these fans are going to stick together, and are going to be strong. There's a massive point to prove – for everyone.
"A lot of people want to see us fall flat on our faces, and they haven't helped the situation. But we've got to fight against it.
"The supporters don't like Batesy, and they don't particularly like me. But they've got us. We're part of this football club.
"It's difficult because of your background and where you come from. They find it very difficult to accept. This is part and parcel of what football's about. It takes them a bit of time to get used to you, and I've got to give them that time. So has Ken Bates.
"But how many people would take on this? We will take it on, and we love it – we love the challenge and we need the supporters behind us. It's that simple.
"In time, Bates has turned other things round and so have I. Hopefully, we can do it for the fans, ourselves and this football club. It's time to march on and stick together."
United approached yesterday's appeal with a genuine hope of reducing their punishment, aided by an extremely persuasive letter which was sent by Bates to every other Football League chairman.
But the support for the governing body and their chairman Lord Brian Mawhinney was overwhelming, and the penalty was upheld after a two-hour meeting in the capital.
Only five clubs voted to spare Leeds punishment.
As various chairman appeared from the debate to explain their reasoning to the waiting media, Wise was left to reflect on the fact that his side will be in negative figures until September 8 at the earliest.
United's boss could already write a book about his time at Elland Road; there is little that could have happened which has not impinged on Wise's job since his appointment in October of last year. But yesterday's ruling was particularly galling, a blow struck for reasons that he could neither accept nor understand.
Asked if he understood why United's supporters have long felt victimised by those who run English football, Wise said: "I do now, after that.
"You think you'll get a helping hand, and that people will be fair. This doesn't look too fair to me."
Some people were very nice to us but some people were saying certain things on television with a wonderful big smile on their faces, pleased with the outcome.
"It's laughable. They've not only taken my arms and legs off, they've cut my balls off as well. It's not funny at all.
"It's about being fair. You need to be fair and I think a lot of them will go home knowing deep down inside that they haven't been.
"Some will have done it for their own reasons, and probably not the right reasons. Everyone wants to try and get a head start, and 23 teams in our league have got a very good head start on us.
"We have to get 106 points to win the league, 92 points to get in the play-offs, and 70 points to stay up. Thank you very much.
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"But we're here to be tested and we've been tested to the limit now. We're looking forward to what we have to do."
The signing of Hughes – a versatile player who can operate in midfield or at right-back – at least served to raise Wise's spirits and remind him that Elland Road has not lost its appeal entirely.
Hughes committed himself to Leeds knowing that the 15-point penalty would stand, and United are also believed to be considering a move for Motherwell goalkeeper Alan Martin.
United will be without a substitute keeper for tomorrow's opening League One fixture – their first ever league clash with Tranmere – unless cover is found for Casper Ankergren.
Wise said: "The pleasing thing is that I've signed Andrew Hughes from Norwich. I spoke to him and said 'we're minus 15'. He said 'no problem gaffer, let's brush ourselves down and get on with it'.
"That's someone who wants to join this football club and that's what I want. He doesn't care and he wants to give it a real go. So does every player I've got here. Let's have a go."

Yorkshire Post 9/8/07
Wise fumes as rivals shun Leeds
By Richard Sutcliffe
DENNIS WISE was last night in bullish mood about Leeds United's chances of overcoming a record points deduction and achieving his initial target of staying in League One.The Elland Road club had hoped to overturn a 15-point penalty imposed by the Football League for what they saw as United's failure to follow a clear insolvency policy.
But at a specially convened meeting in a London hotel yesterday, the other 71 chairmen voted by a majority of 54-16 (Bury were not represented) to uphold the original points deduction. Wise described the decision as "laughable" and hinted self-interest had played a part in many of the chairmen deciding to back the League's stance. He said: "A lot of people want to see us fall flat on our faces, but we will fight that. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get on with it. It is time for us to march on and stick together."We need 106 points to win the league, 92 points to get in the play-offs and 70 to stay up. Lovely. Thanks very much. We know it is going to be difficult but we are up for this.
"We were hoping the number might have come down slightly and made certain things achievable. Some things are still achievable but we will need a lot of luck on the way.
"The first target is we want to stay up. After that, there are other targets we want to achieve. But that is our first aim, 70 points.
"We can turn a negative into a positive. We will have a massive point to prove (every time we go out). And we are looking forward to it."
The rejection of United's appeal was the latest in a series of bodyblows for Wise this summer with his re-building plans having had to be put on hold until a week ago when the club's League share, suspended when they went into administration on May 4, was belatedly transferred to a new company set up by Ken Bates.
The Leeds chief has been busy since then with the capture last night of Norwich midfielder Andrew Hughes on a two-year contract taking his tally of signings to nine after Alan Thompson and Tore Andre Flo had agreed one-year deals earlier in the day.
Wise had been hoping the original penalty, which is five points more than the League have imposed in the past, would be cut by the other 71 chairmen.
Two votes were taken at yesterday's two-hour meeting with the first, that Leeds deserved some form of penalty for not completing a Company Voluntary Arrangement, being passed by 64 to five with one spoilt vote.
Officials of Oldham Athletic, Gillingham, Hull City and Peterborough United all spoke publicly after the meeting of their support for the League's stance.
Wise said: "Some (clubs) were nice to us, but some were saying certain things on television with a wonderful, big smile on their face. They seemed pleased with the outcome.
"It is laughable. We would like to know, deep down, what the real reasons are.
"If you look at the teams in our division, I am sure they probably wouldn't have voted for us.
"I think a lot of them will have gone home and known deep down they have not been fair. Some will have done it for their own reasons, and those reasons are probably not the right ones.
"But everyone wants to get a head start and 23 teams now have a very good head start on us."
The League stressed after the meeting the matter was now closed, Lord Mawhinney adding: "We have an agreement with Leeds, signed by both the League and the club, that they will not take any legal action against us and we will not take any legal action against them.
"That is a standard part of the agreement that every club signs when they come out of administration."


Yorkshire Post 9/8/07
League Two start threatened for Leeds
By Richard Sutcliffe
THE Football League considered relegating Leeds United to League Two rather than imposing a record points deduction on the club, the Yorkshire Post can reveal.
All 72 club chairmen will meet today to vote on whether the 15-point penalty, which was imposed by the League last Friday night, should stand.Ken Bates will plead Leeds's case at the specially convened meeting in London when a straight majority will be required to win the vote. The 15-point penalty could be upheld, reduced or wiped out completely.
United were hit with such a hefty deduction because they failed to follow the League's insolvency policy, namely completing a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) like the other 41 member clubs who have been through the administration process.
In agreeing to transfer the club's share – suspended when United went into administration in May – to a new company set up by Bates, the Yorkshire Post can exclusively reveal that the League also considered a number of options including making Dennis Wise's side kick off the 2007-08 campaign in the basement division.
This was outlined by League chairman, Lord Mawhinney, in a follow-up letter to his original invitation to attend the meeting, sent to all 72 club chairmen yesterday morning along with a missive from Bates.
United are hoping their chairman's four-page explanation about this summer's events at Elland Road will help tip the balance in their favour at today's meeting, which starts at 10.30am.
Bates outlines the reasons why United were forced into administration in May and also launches a stinging attack on the Inland Revenue, who were owed £7.7m of a total debt of £35m when the club went under.
The taxman, who according to Bates's letter was paid almost £25m by the club between January 2005 and April this year, lodged their objection to a CVA – which had been narrowly passed by the required 75 per cent of creditors – on the final day of a 28-day statutory period for appeals.
Bates insists this was done for "political reasons" and that the Revenue's appeal was "a sham", claiming it "was yet another attack on the football creditor rules, something the Revenue had sought to attack since their preferred status had been withdrawn in September 2003".
The Elland Road chairman then goes on to suggest that "Leeds should not be punished because the Revenue are intransigent".
As reported in last Friday's Yorkshire Post, the League wanted administrators KPMG to reconstitute the CVA and take a fresh vote.
However, Bates writes in the letter to his fellow chairmen: "Because we had paid the players' wages and some players had moved on during the close season, the 'football debts' had reduced meaning the Revenue's votes as a proportion of the whole had increased.
"The administrators were of the view that the Revenue now represented 24.4 per cent of the debt and this would enable them to block the CVA."
Bates continues: "It was agreed to approach the Revenue to seek to persuade them to withdraw their objection. Their response was categoric.
"They stated on the record that if a revised CVA was presented 'as a matter of policy, HMRC would vote against the CVA that resulted in football creditors being paid in full'."If the CVA was passed, they would appeal again and would litigate all the way. Their position means that unsecured creditors generally, including themselves, will get a lower payment than they would have done under the CVA."
Bates, who describes criticism of the club incurring a 10-point penalty in the final week of last season as "unfair", also stresses in the letter that administration "was not pre-planned".
He said: "My staff at Leeds fought tooth and nail to get Leeds through to the start of the coming season when the last of the contracts that remained from the days of "living the dream" would have, at last, expired."
In his summing up, Bates then writes: "We have broken no rules. The 'exceptional circumstances' rules were introduced to cover exactly the situation that exists today.
"We can only speculate as to the reasoning behind the imposition of a sanction when no rules have been broken.
"We believe such a sanction is wholly unfair and a breach of natural justice. On Thursday, we will be asking you to overturn its imposition."

BBC 9/8/07
Leeds snap up midfielder Thompson
Alan Thompson has signed for Leeds on an initial one-year contract and has been installed as club captain.
The 33-year-old has rejoined the club on a free transfer - having been on loan last season after parting company with Celtic during the summer.
Meanwhile, former Norway striker Tore Andre Flo, 34, has signed a new one-year contract.
Flo had joined Leeds in January on a deal until the end of the season, but was injured after just two appearances.
Meanwhile, Leeds have handed 16-year-old striker Tom Elliott a professional contract which will become effective from the summer of 2008.
Elliott made his first-team debut last season, while still a schoolboy.

BBC 9/8/07
Leeds lose points penalty appeal
Leeds have lost their appeal against a 15-point deduction for the start of the new season following a breach of the Football League's insolvency policy.
The chairmen of the other 71 Football League clubs voted "overwhelmingly" to sanction Leeds and then again to uphold the original punishment.
In both cases, the outcome was higher than a 75% majority vote.
However, he has no option other than to accept the punishment, with League chairman Lord Mawhinney confirming the club had no right to take legal action.
Lord Mawhinney said: "We have an agreement with Leeds, signed by both the League and the club, that they will not take any legal action against us and we will not take any legal action against them.
"That is a standard part of the agreement that every club signs when it comes out of administration.
"That has not been generated for the benefit of Leeds United, we've done that in the last 40 administrations and we did in this one as well."
Leeds manager Dennis Wise was incensed by the Football League's decision.
"It's just not funny at all," said Wise. "We'd like to know deep down the real reasons.
"I'm disappointed with the whole thing. Minus 15 points. We have to get 106 points to win the league, 92 points to get in the play-offs and 70 points to stay up. Lovely. Thank you very much.2
Before the vote, Elland Road supremo Bates had sent a letter to all Football league chairmen, arguing that the punishment was a "breach of natural justice".
It was imposed on 4 August, the same day that Leeds were granted their 'golden share', which allowed them to compete in the Football League this coming season.
The share had been suspended when Leeds went into administration at the end of last season, a decision that automatically incurred a 10-point penalty and thus sealed their relegation from the Championship.
The League want clubs coming out of administration to do so via a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), with football creditors paid in full.
Leeds' creditors originally opted for the club to be sold back to Bates via a CVA.
But HM Revenue and Customs, unhappy at the plans by Bates to pull the club out of administration by paying creditors only eight pence in every £1, mounted a legal challenge.
The matter went to a High Court hearing in Leeds. Preliminary hearings were held on 6 July, with a date set for the full case to be heard in September - sparking fears the club might not start the season.
Administrators KPMG subsequently put the club up for sale.
Bates then bought the club back off KPMG in a deal that could eventually be worth more than 50p in every £1 for creditors.
But the purchase meant that the club had not come out of administration via a CVA - with the League imposing their subsequent 15-point penalty for the breach of policy.
In a statement, Leeds said: "We are amazed by the perverse outcome of Thursday's meeting of Football League clubs.
"The only winner is HMRC and we believe the full ramifications of the decision will adversely affect football going forward for many years. "The club is considering its options but in the meantime will be concentrating on starting its promotion campaign at Tranmere on Saturday."

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Leedsunited.com 7/8/07
JOY OF SIX
Six more players have agreed contracts on a busy day for United manager Dennis Wise.
Dave Prutton and Rui Marques became the latest senior players to pen deals with the club on Tuesday.
Rui has signed an initial one-year deal after returning to the club for pre-season training while former Nottingham Forest and Southampton midfielder Dave has also put pen to paper.
The 25-year-old Dave joined the club on a trial basis in July after leaving Southampton and has made over 300 senior appearances.
In addition, four of the young players have agreed to new one-year deals, taking the tally to 10 new signed contracts since Monday evening.
Tomi Ameobi, Scott Gardner, Ben Parker and Gavin Rothery are the young players who have signed.
Scott and Ben have featured regularly in pre-season with the senior squad while both Tomi and Gavin were on duty against Guiseley on Monday night.
Matt Heath, Curtis Weston, Leon Constantine and Casper Ankergren are the other players who have signed since the start of the week.

Yorkshire Evening Post 7/8/07
Leeds United make triple signing
By Phil Hay
Exclusive
LEEDS boss Dennis Wise today completed the signings of Leon Constantine, Curtis Weston and Matt Heath.
The trio have become the first of Wise's trialists to secure permanent contracts with United, agreeing two-year deals at Elland Road.The signings comes less than 24 hours after the club announced the return to Yorkshire of goalkeeper Casper Ankergren.
Ankergren accepted a three-year deal with Leeds yesterday afternoon, arriving from Brondby for an undisclosed fee.
The Dane finished last season on loan at Elland Road and United negotiated an option with Brondby to sign Ankergren permanently as part of the original loan deal.
Leeds were prevented from taking up the option, however, until their transfer embargo was lifted by the Football League last week.
Ankergren remained in Denmark for much of the summer and missed most of United's pre-season schedule, but he made a 45-minute appearance last night as a young Leeds side rounded off the club's warm-up for the new campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Guiseley.
Constantine was missing from Leeds' squad at Nethermoor with an ankle injury and has not played for United since their friendly against Czech side FC Slovan Liberec on July 21, but he finalised a free transfer to Elland Road this morning.
The news was quickly followed by the announcement that former Swindon and Millwall midfielder Weston and ex-Coventry centre-back Heath have also committed themselves to United for the next two seasons.
Weston played under Wise at both of his previous clubs, while Heath accepted a new contract after his short-term deal with Leeds expired in June. The defender is currently nursing a minor injury and missed Saturday's friendly against Wigan Athletic.
Constantine scored 26 times for Port Vale last season but left Vale Park at the end of the term and has been on trial with Leeds throughout the summer. The sale of David Healy, Robbie Blake and Richard Cresswell has left Wise's squad short of experienced strikers.
But Constantine's injury is expected to rule him out of Saturday's clash at Tranmere Rovers, the first fixture of United's 2007-08 League One campaign.
The forward was hurt during the second half of Leeds' friendly in the Czech Republic and could miss the first fortnight of the term. The condition of Norwegian striker Tore Andre Flo, who has been recovering from a fractured foot, is also unclear after he failed to appear in United's squad against Guiseley last night. Wise is still intent on tying Flo to a fresh deal.
The signing of Ankergren yesterday signalled the first arrival of the summer at Elland Road just five days before the start of the new term, an indication of the extreme pressure on Wise.
Today's deals should be quickly followed a stream of further signings, and Alan Thompson, David Prutton and Manuel Rui Marques are all poised to agree terms. Matt Heath also looks likely to be handed a fresh deal, despite missing Saturday's defeat to Wigan through injury.
Wise, meanwhile, has revealed that confirmation of Thompson's contract will see the former Celtic midfielder appointed as United's captain for next season.
Thompson has held the armband during much of the pre-season campaign and will be a key influence in United's midfield.
The 33-year-old suffered hamstring and calf problems last season but has emerged from this summer with no concerns over his fitness.

Yorkshire Evening Post 7/8/07
Leeds United lose at Guiseley
Guiseley 2 - 0 Leeds United
By Phil Hay
NORWEGIAN striker Tore Andre Flo was conspicuous by his absence at Nethermoor last night, leaving another area of Scandinavia to lift the morale of Leeds United.
Anticipation of Flo's return from a fractured foot during the final friendly of United's pre-season campaign proved unfounded, but the sight of Casper Ankergren for the first time since May provided suitable compensation for boss Dennis Wise.
The Danish goalkeeper has been a principle transfer target of Wise's throughout the summer but Ankergren, like so many other players, sat beyond the reach of Leeds while the club's Football League transfer embargo remained in place.
His loan deal at Elland Road from Brondby last season was signed with an agreement giving United first option to land the 27-year-old permanently, but the clause was rendered virtually meaningless by the League's restriction. Yesterday, however, Ankergren became Wise's first summer arrival, agreeing a three-year deal with Leeds for an undisclosed fee.
The keeper was the most senior member of United's youthful line-up against Guiseley, and his presence in Wise's squad was a timely lift. Leeds are still expected to sign Scott Loach on loan from Watford, but the 19-year-old is an emerging prospect at Vicarage Road. Ankergren will immediately provide the required experience behind Leeds' defence.But the Dane, who completed the opening 45 minutes of last night's friendly, was unable to prevent United from suffering a 2-0 defeat to a robust and well-organised Guiseley side.
In front of a crowd of 2,180 – a gate which threatened the ground's record attendance, delayed kick-off by 15 minutes and led Nethermoor to resemble the scene of an FA Cup first-round tie – Terry Dolan's players secured their win with goals in either half from captain Richard Dunning and Robert Pell.
United's line-up was dominated by reserve team members, and only one of their outfield players – last night's captain Robert Bayly – had a league start to his name. Wise's youngsters fought gamely throughout, but Guiseley were worth their victory and dealt comfortably with Leeds' forward threat.
The hosts produced the clearer chances during the opening half-hour, and both Mark Bett and James Hanson wasted early opportunities.
Tomi Ameobi and Nathan Cartman threatened at the other end, the latter forcing Guiseley keeper Steve Dickinson to tip his fierce shot over the crossbar, and Bayly, who stood out with a busy display in midfield, also went close with a scuffed shot which drifted wide.But Guiseley opened the scoring in the 41st minute following a foul on the edge of United's box. Dunning lined up the free-kick and hooked his strike over a four-man wall and into the corner of Ankergren's net.
Leeds worked hard to puncture Dolan's defence after the break, and Cartman brought an alert save from Dickinson with a long-range shot in the 51st minute.
Striker Tom Elliott also went close with a downward header which Dickinson smothered, but the match was settled by Pell's opportunist strike in the 57th minute.
The midfielder ran to the near post to meet a corner from Nathan Hay, and his glancing header flicked across goal and beyond substitute keeper Damion Ross. United introduced a number of trialists but were unable to recover their two-goal deficit.
Leeds were watched from the stands by Wise and director of football Gwyn Williams, while assistant manager Gustavo Poyet was present in United's dug-out.
The defeat was the sixth of Leeds' summer schedule, and their final act before the League One campaign begins at Tranmere on Saturday. Flo's involvement remains in doubt, but the capture of Ankergren has finally resolved one of Wise's more urgent priorities.
Guiseley: Dickinson, Hay, Wilford, Ellis, Ryan, Sturdy, Dunning, Krief, Hanson, Mumbley, Bett. Subs: Rickers, Denton, Pell, Knight, Hall.
Leeds United: Ankergren, Madden, Grace, Wilkinson, Fisher, Cartman, Bayly, Rothery, Delph, Ameobi, Elliott. Subs: Hotchkiss, Ross, Ovington, Connor.
Attendance: 2,180.

Leedsunited.com 7/8/07
SIGNING NUMBER THREE
Midfielder Curtis Weston became summer signing number three on Tuesday morning.
The former Millwall and Swindon youngster has agreed a two-year contract with the club.
Curtis follows fellow trialist Leon Constantine in signing a permanent contract with the club after originally joining on a trial basis at the start of pre-season training.
The 20-year-old becomes the third player to put pen to paper in the last 24 hours, goalkeeper Casper Ankergren being the first on Monday evening.
Curtis previously worked with United boss Dennis Wise at Millwall and Swindon and is relishing the prospect of working with him for a third time.
"I'm pleased to get things signed," said the London-born midfielder.
"I left Swindon in the summer and I've enjoyed pre-season here. It's been hard work, but it's been good and we'll all feel the benefit.
"There's a good set of lads here and I'm looking forward to the start of the season now."