The spin doctors have been hard at work again this week. The Official Site has given details of a "very positive and encouraging" meeting between representatives of GFH Capital and Brian McDermott at which all sorts of wonderful things were discussed, including "player acquisitions".
The trouble is, this press release, through the club's official organ, is full of platitudes and contains nothing of substance. Yes the training ground was discussed, yes new signings were discussed, yes Nice Guy Brian's philosophy of all pulling together was discussed, yes McDermott had the opportunity to explain how he sees things, but what commitments were given?
Once again, there seems to be a lot of hot air - blown in from Dubai perhaps - but nothing concrete. In fact, this meeting with Hisham Al-Rayes sounds as if it covered exactly the same ground covered by McDermott and Patel's "chat" in the penultimate week of the season.
The meeting took two days for pity's sake! What takes two days? McDermott arrives, pleasantries are exchanged, an agenda is circulated, McDermott asks how much money he has to invest in the squad and what his targets are for 2013-14, the Board inform him, McDermott asks about the training facilities and commitments are given, everybody smiles, hands are shook, everybody kneels and faces Mecca as the call to prayer sounds, then they all go home. Two hours? Three hours tops. But two days? It sounds like there must have been some disagreement doesn't it?
What must be frustrating for Leeds fans is that they are becoming increasingly side-lined. When Bates was in charge, he was blunt and to the point and Leeds fans knew where they stood - up to their noses in shit so best not to open their mouths. The new regime is suggesting there has been a change, but there is no evidence of it. The press releases are utterly devoid of substance and detail and read like New Labour policy aspirations - lots of gloss and based entirely on what people want to hear, not on what is actually going to happen.
Who are Leeds being linked with today? Ian Harte! Too old for relegated Reading but cheap, available and a fans' favourite. Bloody hell, the guy is a classic Warnock signing!
Change? What change?