O dear, o dear, o dear. Sky are reporting that Middlesbrough have put in a third bid for McCormack and that negotiations are on going. The Feel Good Factor Express looks as if it is about to derail just three games into the season!
If McCormack does go, what will that say about GFH Capital exactly? Leeds have only scored three times in three Championship games, and McCormack has bagged two of them, so to sell him appears as close to footballing suicide as you can get.
The Reverend McDermott is desperate to keep him and McCormack himself wants to stay, so now there can be no excuses made for the Board if they decide to cash in. But they will only be honouring the pledge of the parent company, of course, who are openly seeking "to extract value from existing assets". Though never mind extracting value, they would be extracting the urine too if this deal goes through!
These are dark times for Leeds fans. This window should be about recruiting for a promotion push, not selling the club's blue chips. And where will Nice Guy Brian stand if the Board undermine him and sell McCormack against his wishes? If he has any balls, he will threaten to resign and carry out that threat if GFH Capital show that they value money over honesty, decency and ambition.
But McCormack is off and soon, as he hints when he says, "If the club were to give me a longer contract, then I am more than happy to sign it. Whether that comes or not could be a different story."
You see, he knows the GFH Capital ownership of Leeds isn't a fairy story where everybody lives happy ever after!