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      PRESS RELEASE: Supporters Trust campaign for regime change at the club

      The Leeds United Supporters Trust today calls for the Chairman and board of Leeds United to actively look to sell the club to owners whose ambitions and resources more appropriately reflect the stature of the club and its loyal fans. We believe the time is now right for the current regime to step aside and allow the club to move forward. Overwhelmingly the majority of our members have asked us to campaign for this.

      After 7 challenging years in control, our members believe that it is time for change at Leeds United and we believe the overwhelming majority of Leeds United supporters feel the same way therefore the Trust will be supporting peaceful campaigning for new ownership in the days, weeks and months ahead and we urge the Chairman and the board to listen.

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      Reader Comments (23)

      It would be great if the Trust could orchestrate the protests

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott Clarke

      Fantastic news - time to get this on a roll ... TIME FOR CHANGE !! 7 years of lies and utter rubbish

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeeds-exile

      Would be excellent for protests to fly under the banner of the supporters trust. Would provide the campaign with the authenticity it needs. Would also be good to have the Square Ball offer more visible support in any protesting.

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRepressed LUFC Generation

      Hear, hear. It's high time this sorry period in Leeds United's history came to a close.

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

      The seven year hitch is over, or never really started, this is a great way to start. Peacefully protest for the change at the top. Right behind it.

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercraiglufc77

      Would be brilliant if everything can be held under this umbrella, get things organised altogether. That way we can have more of a coherent approach to ridding the club of this Chairman and will have maximum impact. Would be great if the trust and the @batesout (http://www.bates-out.com/shoulder) could collaborate in future.

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Wilkinson

      Agree with above. Problem with all previous protests has been the lack of a leading body. I've been contacted myself by media on several occasions to give views and had to refuse because they're looking for someone to speak on behalf of the supporters as a whole (or at least a sizeable amount of them) and not a personal opinion.
      In the absence of a supporters trust leading the charge (as they do at every club bar ours it seems) we're left with some clueless supporter broadcast worldwide who looks like he's had 20 pints and could do with a good wash. They generally miss the point entirely and make us all look like dimwitted idiots incapable of stringing a sentence together. Always makes me cringe.
      Anyway, that was my saying good luck (and that it's about time). MOT

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Scratching Shed

      I fully support having the 7 year itch.......

      However this has to be permanent!!

      There is NO ambition at the club at board level, and i am starting to have my doubts about Simon Grayson too.

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterterry

      This will definitely add credibility to the move for change at our club, and I welcome the statement from the Trust. I also agree that coordinated and peaceful protests are the way forward, and these should be lead by the Trust. We need to get our beloved club back to the top tier, sensible investment allied to ambition is the way forward. End the exodus of our best players, and the glut of loan signings.

      Season Ticket holder South Stand

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Marsh

      OK, LUST you have now picked a fight with MasterBates. You now need to step up to the plate.

      You need to be co-ordinating all the protests, producing banners, leaflets, whatever is required and to pro-actively become the point of contact for the national and local media. Anything less and you become a laughing stock.

      Historically we as Leeds fans have been pathetic at organised protests (look at what Liverpool do, even Blackburn at the moment).

      We need you to prove your worth now when we most need you. Come on LUST, finally show some real backbone, step up the plate and make a difference. Lead us in the fight against Bates and his cronies.


      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilF (West Stand)

      Good statement we also need to encourage serious ownership alternatives to contact the trust or go public as Bates will say nobody else has shown interest in LUFC. I fully support the protests & boycotts including not renewing ST as a ST holder x2 for 36 yrs I will not be renewing in protest. MOT against Bates for the good of LUFC

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChicago White

      Agree with Phil. Our attempts at protest are generally pretty poor.

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Scratching Shed

      Agree with what most people are saying, needs The Supporters Trust to take charge of any future actions, would give any future protests creditability and a spokesperson for the press. Master-bates OUT..

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLufcTyke

      We would welcome some collaboration with the Supporters Trust.

      The lies have gone on too long.

      I'm starting to forget the good old days and am not prepared for mid-Championship mediocrity.

      #BatesOut for once and for all!

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBates-Out.com

      A fighting fund is needed.
      Recent events have shown that money can be raised quickly and in sufficient quantity when needed.

      Today that need is great!

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRBQC

      I see why you complain about ken bates... But we are a profitable club, we are upgrading our facilities around the stadium and we are always in the play off picture. The only change should be the manager! He buys and sells the players! He falls out with them! He picks the team! Not ken! Do you want us to keep buying flops or pay stupid wages for loans or blood our talented youngsters? Howson is set to leave which I'm disappointed by, but if he loved the club he would risk not playing premier league football to play for his team...Think about it....

      January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKop season ticket holder

      Theres a big call to boycott the southampton match which is on TV I believe - its a chance to crank up the pressure - fans can protest and then go to the peacock to watch the game - or even just sit in their local pub or watch it in Leeds city centre - i`m a season ticket holder and will happily miss being there live if it helps in the long term - remember you are NOT disloyal to stand up and protest, in fact the opposite is true because we all know how bad we feel by deliberately staying away from a Leeds match, but enough really is enough - yes he`s already got my money but its about much more than that. I shall be stood in a pub, shouting for my team in the belief that if the crowd is eerily quiet and ER (sadly) very empty, it may just ramp up the pressure and make those in charge sit up and take notice. Its 1 game people - lets do this together for the long term good of Leeds United - OUR Leeds United.

      We have no power RIGHT NOW - PERIOD - the only way is to stop buying Season tickets & going to games right now.

      then +ONLY+ pledge SEASON TICKET renewal TO A NEW REGIME - gather 1000's of SIGS PLEDGING renewal.


      sadly, till you get the banks to listen, your/we are going no where - MOT -

      The Bank(s) need to force Ken Bates hand not the Supporters, energy is being wasted in that route.

      Bless, love you all, stay calm, be honest to yourselves, don't waste your energy on hating Ken Bates, he aint listening, he will never listen to you, he's far from caring on many fronts for many reasons.

      Love to all

      MOT - Andy Pinder - Leeds United Americas (Kansas White)

      January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Pinder

      another thought, suggestion to add, protest the Club's Official Auditors... (I dont know who they are but should be really easy to find out) they have a 'fiduciary' legal responsibility to 'report' activity outside the norm.

      ie, "hey guys, we have 15,000 season ticket holders @ 600 quid season tickets + 20 quid match day spends with holding payment" till you change the board of directors and chairman..........seriously, that would work...PERIOD.


      Bless, love you all, stay calm, be honest to yourselves, don't waste your energy on hating Ken Bates, he aint listening, he will never listen to you, he's far from caring on many fronts for many reasons.

      Love to all

      MOT - Andy Pinder - Leeds United Americas (Kansas White)

      January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Pinder

      LUST you could set up a paypal account to help raise funds, because if this is going to work its going to cost, then get the link on FB, Twitter and forums

      January 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLufcTyke

      Love it! Get right in his face and tell him to f... off!
      We have the power to decide how this club should be run (Power to the people!).
      Let's get all our voices together and give a LOUD (but peaceful) opinion about how we feel about KB, SH and the rest of the board (even Peter Lorimer for selling us out). We are TO BIG and TO MANY not to be heard. Let's make this an embarrassing event globally for Master Bates. He's a lying, thieving cunt and the world deserves to know that.

      Set up a paypal account or something in the like and I will be happy to contribute a few hundred £!

      January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSirRockAlot

      Bates and Grayson are in this together. Bates is obviously making money for himself selling players one by one and has no interest in club promotion to the premier league as seen in him selling good players for profit and taking in loanees or transferees free or on the cheap. Grayson probably helping him by showcasing certain players they mark for sales as seen in him changing his pattern of play in as many games. He probably gets a cut if sales of certain players goes through. I say, BATES OUT!

      January 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterleeds1972

      I Think perhaps the biggest shame here is that Grayson is being seen as Bates' right hand man. Putting myself in Grayson's shoes I can see what he's doing. He loves Leeds United. Pure and simple. He'll do anything to stay in his job as manager and hopefully can kiss enough Bates behind to stay in his position until after Bates is long gone where he will be able to run the team his way, without financial restrictions and lack of investment from the powers that be. While I am not a complete and utter fan of Grayson - some of his tactics, refusal to play players when needed, and especially substitutions that show a lack of ambition and force us to sit back and defend when we need to push on, really frustrates me at times. As does his inability to restore confidence or pull us out of a rut when we're having our now infamous winter wobble. But Simon Grayson is Leeds. Simple. I have no doubts that with a lot more support, both mentally and financially, he could return us to the premier league on passion alone. I am still undecided on whether he is the right man for the job long term. That remains to be seen, as we have never seen him operate this club at and sort of capacity required to guarantee a playoff place. Considering what little he has had to do his job with, I think he is doing a fair job. Bates is not the man to take this club forward. He is merely readying it for sale as an attractive investment to buyers. Mid to top table championship club, great facilities, hotel, museum, corporate boxes, excellent fanbase and great history. Could return to Premiership status with small squad investment. It's primed for sale. In the mean time he's unfortunately going to squeeze every penny he can out of it to live his last couple years in luxury. Bates OUT, Grayson STAYS in my opinion, until we have seen him operate the club at the level it deserves

      January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul LUFC

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