Showing posts from May, 2004
Leeds United Football Club - Six Departures Confirmed Six Departures Confirmed Leeds United have today confirmed that six players will leave the club in the summer after the decision was taken not to renew their contracts. In addition, the four remaining loan players at the club, Zoumana Camara, Didier Domi, Salomon Olembe and Jermaine Pennant will return to their respective parent clubs. Two young players though have been offered new deals, and Matthew Kilgallon has recently agreed his new two year contract at Elland Road. Young right-back Stewart Edwards has been offered an extension and is yet to sign. Amongst the five to leave this summer is David Batty, whose departure was expected once former manager Eddie Gray confirmed he would not be using the 34-year-old for the rest of the season in February. The former England midfielder has endured an up and down career with the Whites, having started his career with at the club after joining from local side Tingley Athletic in
Leeds United Football Club - Robbo Set For Spurs Leeds United have confirmed they are in advanced talks with Tottenham Hotspur over the transfer of Paul Robinson. United chairman Gerald Krasner told "We are in advanced talks but nothing is signed, sealed or delivered," he said. "Tottenham have expressed an interest, and put forward a figure but we cannot complete any deal at this stage, we hope to do that early next week." Robinson had been set to join Spurs in the January transfer window but the move broke down over a technicality when it was clear he would not be able to rejoin Leeds on loan until the end of the season. Managerial Shortlist In Place The Leeds board are working hard towards a managerial appointment but will not be pressurised into making a hasty decision. Chairman Gerald Krasner confirmed to that a shortlist of candidates for the job has been drawn up and the board's next move would be to evaluate each candidate to narrow the choice down to one. With just over 11 weeks to go to the start of the new season, there have been calls for the manager's role to be filled as quickly as possible to give the new man plenty of time to rebuild the squad, Krasner agrees but says you cannot rush such an important decision. "Of course it needs to be resolved, but like everything else we will not be pressurised into something that is not the right decision for Leeds United," said Krasner. "We have drawn up a list of who we would like and with having been relegated two weeks before the end of season it has given us two extra weeks to get it rig
Times Online - Newspaper Edition Leeds 3 Charlton 3: Leeds homage to local hero John Aizlewood at Elland Road THEY charged towards Alan Smith in their thousands shortly after the final whistle. The Leeds players had been attempting a funereal-paced lap of apology for their nightmare season until a good-natured pitch invasion. The trespassers surrounded him, chanted his name, raised him on to their shoulders and exchanged goodbyes with the forward whom they see as one of their own. Ten minutes later Smith was rescued, happy and honoured. Nothing will change. Whether a player of his calibre belongs in Division One matters not. Leeds cannot afford to keep him. “I’ve never seen scenes like that,” said caretaker manager Eddie Gray. “He’s a local hero. The fans and his teammates will miss him, but we must look forward. This club is bigger than one man.” Nevertheless, Smith’s current employers were mathematically relegated yesterday, having been spiritually doomed since August.
Sport Viduka's folly is the final betrayal as Leeds fall through trap door Bolton Wanderers 4 Leeds United 1 By Phil Shaw 03 May 2004 Alan Smith's watery eyes told their own sorry story as the Leeds United players trudged off the pitch and out of the Premiership yesterday. The tracks of his tears will lead to Plymouth, Rotherham and Crewe next season ­ and if the cycle of debt and defeat is not addressed Leeds could easily become embroiled in another struggle against relegation. Smith excepted, too few of Leeds' players replicated the passion of their followers. Long after Bolton had overturned an interval deficit with three goals in nine minutes, they were still roaring out a defiant "We're going down, but we'll be back" and the self-mocking mantra of "Champions of Europe", a title that was within their grasp barely three years ago. When Leeds last went down, in 1982, their fans tried to demolish West Bromwich Albion's ground.