Interesting. Nice Guy Brian said "for us, for me" Byram would be 100% playing for Leeds next season, and suddenly the Official Site rushes out an article on Byram headed, "You Never Know What Could Happen".
Now I said that McDermott was being clever with his words, allowing for a 'sale and retain for a season' deal, aka Zaha, but the GFH Capital spin doctors may have taken management of expectations to a new level.
Apart from the headline, designed to refute the 100% assertion of Nice Guy Brian - for clearly nothing is 100% certain if "You Never Know What Could Happen" - the author who 'penned' the article also writes, "The defender is looking to the future and how great it would be to be at the club if promotion could be achieved" (my italics, bold and underlining).
That word "if"is so, so, so telling. Byram didn't say it, somebody has deliberately formulated that sentence and it is a massive poke in the eye for the new manager. Not a slap down as such, but a coded message about who is really in charge at Leeds.
Warnock claimed that the new Board had given him assurances that no players would leave without his say so, and told Leeds fans that Becchio was not going anywhere in January; and look what happened.
The battle lines have been drawn in the Arab bank's sand!