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Friday, 4 January 2013

Leeds Running Out Of Options As GFH Test Fans' Patience

So Old Big Gob couldn't afford Wood, losing out to financial middleweights Leicester City, and now it looks like Dexter Blackstock is staying at Nottingham Forest, until the summer at least.

Whilst Wood would have been a promising signing, with the potential to develop into a half decent player, Blackstock is a typical Warnock man - a never has been, never will be. He is young for Warnock, being in his mid twenties, but he is a player who would simply clutter the squad should Leeds con their way into the Premiership via the playoffs.

Lorimer talks in his rambling article in the YEP of the need to bring in "a little bit of quality" but if Dexter is the sort of player Leeds are chasing, then "a little bit of mediocrity" would be more appropriate.

So, the big question is, where are the millions of pounds that GFH Capital were going to invest in the squad? As I said the other day, £6m would probably be enough to secure Leeds a place in the playoffs, and that is nothing when set against the rewards of securing a place in the Prem, even if it is only for one season.

The fans might not like it, but yo-yoing might make financial sense. Win promotion on the cheap, accept relegation will follow, harvest the millions that come with a year in the Prem, pocket the parachute payments, invest in the squad, bounce back up, accept relegation, repeat the trick...who knows, over a period of time, say after the third promotion, survival might be possible. But to do even that, you have to win that first promotion, and to do that, SOME investment is needed.

At the moment, however, GFH Capital appear to be following the Bates model of doing everything on the cheap whilst milking the fans for all their worth. Great take over I must say!

67 comments:

  1. Do you have aspergers? I mean, i'm not knocking you as a writer or as a genuine football fan, but why the continuous commentary on Leeds?

    I write this more out of annoyance than anything else, because everytime I login to newsnow.co.uk, it filters your heavily opinionated pieces into the Leeds feed.

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  2. starting to look like that MOT

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  3. Answer this for me dickhead! How the fcuk Does promotion via the play-offs constitute a con?

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  4. Yo-yoing! I guess that's your excuse for the hammers possible relegation in the bag then, it's all part of a bigger plan...........Idiot!

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  5. you are a bellend. an absolute bell end, why are you more bothered about lufc than you are your own team? just worry about us when were taking 6 points off you next season.

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    1. Leeds fans stop living in the past ur not famous anymore ur not famous anymore hahahahahahahha where cardiff city where top of the league

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    2. Ur nt famous ur nt famous ur nt famous anymore.... Living in the past Leeds just a had been get a life u scum... Where cardiff city where top of the league

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    3. This is HF alias at work again. You truely are one of lifes biggest Wankers. MOT

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    4. i think you mean, we're cardif city not where you indred sheep shagger

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    5. It's inbred u thick piece of Shit

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  6. WE LOST 6,000 FANS IN TWO YEARS UNDER BATES SEE HOW MANY LEAVE IF WE DONT SEE SOME CHANGES SOON.
    I FOR ONE SEASON TICKET HOLDER FOR 20 YEARS AM THINKING ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

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    1. We lost 2 thousand fans due to his rebrand from blue to red which I hate ... Do u think Leeds fans would accept a colour kit change I ask

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    2. 6,001 including saville. ;)

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    3. Yeah but cardiff are doing well so it's worth considering

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  7. Its the 4th of January - Get a grip man.

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  8. Yo-Yoing makes sense for clubs like West Ham, who, over the last 60 season have had 17 top ten finishes in the top flight.

    Leeds United, however, have had 27 top ten finishes, won it three times and have had numerous ventures into Europe via the Champions League, UEFA cup, European Cup, Cup Winners Cup and the fairs Cup.

    A Leeds United in the Premier League has always been and will always be a much higher profile and globally better recognised club than the Hammers.

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  9. Enjoying undertaking all the Leeds research again?

    You seem like some SUPERFAN
    All the articles, local papers, GFH reports, Player transfers...you cant get enough

    Maybe GFH will be calling you as you seem to have all the answers, you have undertaken a scholarly study of what is required to attain PL status (£6 million).

    why not £10 million or £4 million...?
    what is your reasoning? (3 x 2m players)
    such deep reasoning pal.

    GFH might have some money
    GFH might not have money
    GFH might buy some players who are great
    GFH might buy some players who are crap

    Who cares? Leeds fans

    Would a Leeds fan spend endless hours researching and worrying about Wet Spams stadium or Notts Forest Takeover? NO

    What are your reasons for writing this article?
    You will say an opinion of a football fan....
    Is it really?

    Why are the workings of an obscure finance house with 2nd tier club in the north of England of interest to you?

    Answers on a postcard


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    1. Endless hours? It takes 30 seconds to open News Now and, when you canb read without running your finger under the words and sounding out the letters, a couple of minutes to read an article. For this thread, I read the Lorimer ramble and an article on Blackstock. Took four mins max. Five minutes to write the thread. That's what, approximately ten minutes? And I had the TV on and was eating breakfast at the same time. Tell me, how long did it take you to read the article and write your ranting reply? And for what reason?

      For me, it is a hobby. I have a genuine interest in how things will unfold at Leeds. And as much as you may hate it, I regularly feature in the top ten most read articles on the Leeds United News Now board. Yes there are the haters, but others seem to enjoy my approach. So what is your problem exactly?

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    2. But why do you have a genuine interest in Leeds? I think that's what alot of fans don't understand what's the fascination?

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    3. I think from news now linking this to the nottingham forest threads, all your doing is bad mouthing other clubs that aren't yours and players you dont watch week in week out. So how can you comment on others you know minimal about other than something you saw? Just post about your own club

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    4. Yes maybe you canb read but clearly not write!

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    5. Don't forget also you were having a wank as well!!

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    6. I think it is fair to say having observed many of your previous pointless posts there is a clear difference in being genuinely interested in how events unfold and being obsessed with certain football clubs.

      By suggesting that you have interest in Leeds United and how events will unfold is slightly disingenuous on your part HF/Liam. I say that because your intent is to goad and antagonise fans and supporters of many clubs with your shambolic posts.

      To be fair I don't usually comment and merely observe but felt compelled on this instance to reply due to your pedantic response to someone whom quite rightly questioned your logic and motives for writing such garbage in the first place.

      I try not to judge others and that includes you. I do wonder why it is though that you are always seemingly crying out for attention.

      Could it be that you crave such attention good or bad and write such material because you get a sadistic kick out of it? or is it a case of you grew up not getting enough attention as you grew up from friends and family alike which has then been phycologically damaging for you in adulthood.

      Many questions for you to ponder there to which no doubt I'll not get a full answer to and if you do answer you will be selective as to what to you and don't answer.

      I do hope my questions aren't too profound for you because deep down I know you will concur that you do have some underlying issues and this is embodied in literally every blog you publish on here.

      I do wonder if you will ever have a magnum opus but then you have to be exceptional and sadly this is something you clearly are not..........you do aspire to, or claim to be some form of writer do you not.

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    7. Why do you visit the site and read what I write? And why do you then waste time writing a reply?

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    8. Because you are an anoying Liam twat.That any sensible lad could never get sick of twatting, once we find you!

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    9. I visit News Now and read news concerning the team I follow, that being Leeds United. Sadly, the tripe you publish is always listed on News Now. I tend to read the majority of news regarding the team I follow which any fan or supporter would.

      I have already stated I have and do observe/read your blogs. This is only the second time I have replied to anything in regards to your pathetic blogs.

      It took me literally 5 minutes to write each of my replies so I would hardly consider that a waste of time.

      You clearly don't like to be challenged so if this is the case HF/Liam why invite debate by being a complete prat?

      As I predicted you become evasive and answer questions with questions which therefore would suggest I am correct in my overall prognosis that you are indeed phycologically damaged in some form.

      So, is this due to not having received adequate attention as a child and therefore as an adult (allegedly) you seek any form of attention via the two blogs you publish on?

      I predict that you'll either say nothing or perhaps answer questions with questions?

      It is fair to say I answered the questions you levelled at me appropriately.

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  10. Sadly..... I agree with you.

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  11. Talk and crap come to mind!

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  12. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Get bent

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  13. Its not good being a leeds fan hf ,GFH don't have a pot to piss in

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  14. Well said mate. You maybe a west ham fan but what you say here is right. MOT

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  15. But why are you interested? Are you just trying to climb the league of most read articles? The truth is that if you post enough articles then people will open them to see what they're about. Being 'the most read' actually means you have the most articles opened and doesn't imply anything about their quality. Personally, I think you just come across as wanting to wind up Leeds fans and you also clearly don't like Leicester either. If you're serious about your journalistic hobby then try to write balanced articles without your own invective, otherwise you'll just get the abuse that you may or may not want.

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  16. As a Leeds fan for over 40 years, who grew up watching Revie's team, I have to say the comments by Hammersfan are usually witty and, sadly I fear, close to the truth. Yes Leeds should be one of the big clubs but the fact is they're not and unlikely to ever compete with Man U, City, Chelsea, certainly under GFH ownership. The overly aggressive reaction of some Leeds fans is a sad reflection on them and their lack of humour rather than this site. Keep it up Hammersfan!

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  17. Remember that GFH are investors and need a return for their shareholders. This is not a wealthy business man with money to burn like at Man City, Notts Forest, Chelsea. The promised land is the only way to get money out of it and if that doesn't come they will have to sell - they certainly won't put money into it if they can help it. A different kind of investor here and a dangerous type I would add and it could get a whole lot worse than anything we have seen before! Not a good deal for LU in my opinion.

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  18. Good angle but to be honest nothing really comes out of the January transfer window. The real test will be in the Summer.

    A better angle would have been around the state of the clubs current finances/off balance sheet debt and how GFH need to balance the books before any real investment can be made.

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  19. what a boring hobby ! haha...... my hobbies include going to football games and visiting brothels

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    1. And spanking my unusually small monkey every day!

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  20. Lets do a Blackburn and become the laughing stock of the division or lets do QPR and commit to football suicide signings....or take stock be in a nice position for a push....ummmmm

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  21. Time for your meds!! It is unfair that your Mom deprives you of your Halaperidol on a regular basis.

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  22. Oh dear oh dear and look who wet spam are chasing even big sam has said himself that he wants chamakh he can barely even get on arsenal bench great signing for your lot lol

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  23. How can you say anything about leeds running out of options think you best think again hammers fan look who you have just signed a lad from waterford that just shows how skint your club are!

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    1. Fool. He has been signed because he is young and has potential. Unlike Warnock, not all managers scan the pension queues at Post Offices looking for old codgers to buy!

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    2. Still a bit of risk if you ask me your ment to be signing players that are going to keep you up not take you down lol

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    3. The only fool is you what a weirdo you really are writing articles about a club you claim not to support

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  24. Yeah and the spammers are pulling up trees arnt they your club are that short on cash your signing players from non league sides just face it leeds will always be a bigger club than wait for it wet spam

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  25. It really IS only the 4th January - maybe return to this theme on 4th Feb? Personally, I would be surprised if there is anything more than token investment during 'the window'. Promotion via the play-offs will be a long-odds gamble this season. Great if it happens but I think GFH are lookin to 13/14 for big money for Warnock IF and ONLY if he either miraculously succeeds or valiantly near-misses this season. Meanwhile they will be drawing up a longlist of candidates for the next manager to takover the Elland Road hot seat....

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  26. As i have explained to you before plastic hammer,the reason you get so many hits is because folk check to see if their comments go up and what the replies are. Personally i don't read your shit but enjoy the comments. Your arguments are as weak as your cockney beer and your points pointless. What you've failed to understand is that on NEWS Now there are only a limited number of sites where fans can comment,you've provided a forum for fans to vent their spleen about Leeds when you were trying to get a rise out of them. Backfired eh. Now look at your own club blog where you haven't excactly provided a forum for your fellow w,ham fans more of a beer crate for the FEW to stand on and crap on about what mark nobles favourite colour is. The Hammers til i die site on the other hand is chocka block with comments and input from west ham fans. So in keeping with your clubs owners sex industry theme,you prostitute yourself to get attention by blogging about other clubs.

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    1. So why do you keep visiting West Ham sites? Envious?

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    2. I'd rather support L Oreint.

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    3. Is that the best comeback you can come up with? I visited the more POPULAR west ham sites to confirm that they aren't all shithouses and to draw comparisons with proper west ham sites and yours. What a piss in the ocean your site is compared to the other hammers sites.

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  27. Your hobby is following Leeds? But you claim to be a bubble bummer, but you fill your blog with Leeds? sounds like an obsession to me, may I suggest you focus on another club as your knowledge of Leeds United is terribly poor, badly researched and sits directly between amusing and informative, the end product being you achieve neither.

    You see you need to be one or the other as otherwise your ramblings appear highly bitter, irrational and ill-informed from a supposed fan of a middleweight club somewhere in London.

    Regards

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  28. It's all pish.

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  29. Good article again. I don't see why people should think it's intended as a 'wind-up'. As a Leeds supporter I always hope (and sometimes even pray) for the best, sometimes it's hard to take an objective look at the club. Your article presents us with a valid perspective and it's obviously composed by 'somebody' with a genuine interest in Leeds). Keep it up you secret Leeds fan!

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    1. Good article? You TIT. All the plastic hammer does is recycle and rehash what he reads on News Now. If you're actually reading his shite to be informed,you really need to change your name to Dash Bored as only the feeble minded or the terminally sad could find anything remotely interesting in his twist on things.

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    1. I'm a little intrigued as to why that comment was withheld, Hammersfan. This Dash Hope seems quite a respectable chap.

      Please tell!

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    2. He posted the same comment twice I think. I didn't delete, it says "removed by the author" not removed by the blog administrator.

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  31. its just friendly football banter

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  32. I have to say i love the way ITV describe your televised game this week as;big verses small,even though you share the same league,now i wonder just which one is the small one,any ideas.

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  33. that guy is sooooooooooooooo right about you and your need for attention.

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  34. why do you crave attention so much.

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  35. "Endless hours? It takes 30 seconds to open News Now and, when you canb read without running your finger under the words and sounding out the letters, a couple of minutes to read an article. For this thread, I read the Lorimer ramble and an article on Blackstock. Took four mins max. Five minutes to write the thread. That's what, approximately ten minutes? And I had the TV on and was eating breakfast at the same time. Tell me, how long did it take you to read the article and write your ranting reply? And for what reason?

    For me, it is a hobby. I have a genuine interest in how things will unfold at Leeds. And as much as you may hate it, I regularly feature in the top ten most read articles on the Leeds United News Now board. Yes there are the haters, but others seem to enjoy my approach. So what is your problem exactly?"

    Hello HF Thanks for responding...
    The reason for my posting was to gain the above response, it was great to see you trying to justify your reasoning.

    You only spent a few minutes on Leeds, while eating breakfast and watching GMTV...yeah right !!!! we all believe you...
    EVERYONE can see the amount of time you spend on our 2nd tier mid table northern team - don't try and kid us sunshine!

    I enjoy your articles, I was just asking you a few questions
    chill out!

    I like your articles as I enjoy reading the views of other footie fans, and their views on Leeds.

    I am just amazed by the amount of time and effort you seem to spend writing about Leeds. Seems like you get the payback of getting in the top 10 of newsnow, and winding up LUFC fans. I think your reason of "having a genuine interest in how things unfold at Leeds" is a bit disingenuous, just be honest its not a problem !

    Cheers



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  36. keep on blowing bubbles and I don't mean soapy ones

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  37. Ok I am a forest fan, I dont like Leeds but that's just me only two things I would add blackstock is a good player at this level and I would miss him if he left, we have Cox and Sharp which are probably the best partnership in the championship on their day. 2nd how can a hammer fan comment on another club transfer policy when they signed Andy Carroll in the summer on 90000 a week that has only play about 5 games in total. I never thought I would say this but I agree with the majority of Leeds fans on here.

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  38. I agree with your article, wheres the ambition, wheres the reconnect, wheres the money. I think they will try to achieve the hope of the playoffs with who we already have a bunch of old carthorses. If by a miricle we make the playoffs and succeed ( our records not too good in the playoffs). Unless they restructure the whole team I cant see us beingin the promiseland long. To inconsistant leaky at the back, mid field to slow with strikers that dont always feel like playing. Ive seen it all apart from Revies era as I was too young. Long gone are the days where lads would die for the shirt there playin in. Didnt we used to have one of the best youth academies in the country? Time to start using the young lads, something to prove and hungry for success!!

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