What a mess. New manager, new transfer window, new hope, new opportunities, new season ahead - and same old mess at Leeds United.
The club desperately needs three things: money, new players and stability. What are Gulf Finance House / Gulf Finance Capital offering? Very little money so far, no pledge on signing new players and an atmosphere of uncertainty, bordering on chaos.
Poor Nice Guy Brian, no wonder he needs a holiday. He's given the Board his wish list and now he needs a break. He's only been in charge for a month but he's off, turning his back on the cloud that hangs over Elland Road.
The cloud? What cloud? Leeds fans will demand in Sunny Jim Callaghan fashion. Well perhaps it's not a cloud, perhaps it's a sand storm. The Arab Bank Built On Sand made a profit last year. A profit of one million! That means buying one leg of Adam Le Fondre would take the entire company into loss! What a farce!
Now the parent company has confirmed that it is seeking "an early exit" from its strategic investments. Is it any wonder? Leeds have been bought as a trading chip and the trouble is GFH were duped into buying a club that nobody else is interested in.
Leeds fans hoping for a flood of new players had better readjust expectations quickly. There may be a few free transfers and a few loan deals but there won't be a lot more. And meanwhile, Sam Byram will be burning a hole in the Arab bank's thawb. £8m is eight times the entire company's profit last year!