Leeds United Supporters Trust is honoured and delighted that the Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield, has today announced his support for the Trust and its aims.
Councillor Wakefield is the latest of a number of high-profile supporters of L.U.S.T., joining our Honorary President Nigel Martyn, and several local politicians including Rachel Reeves, Greg Mulholland, Fabian Hamilton and Hilary Benn.
Councillor Wakefield said he is:
"Pleased to have joined the Leeds United Supporters Trust. I support the Campaign for Change and vision to see Leeds United regain their rightful place in the Premier League".
"Fans need a greater say in the running of clubs. I’m happy to work with all political groups at the Council to see how we can support the Leeds United Supporters Trust".
Leeds United Supporters’ Trust is particularly pleased to have Councillor Wakefield’s support, as one of the main aims in our Vision Statement is to build positive relations with local bodies, working in partnership to give the city of Leeds a football club it can be proud of. Leeds City Council is the second largest local government district in England by population and the second largest metropolitan district by area, and to have the Leader of L.C.C. on board with the Trust gives greater volume to the fans’ voice. There is growing political support for the role of supporters’ organisations in the governance of football clubs, and last July the Commons Select Committee’s Football Governance Report endorsed the Trust model as the preferred method for giving fans a meaningful voice.. Councillor Wakefield’s support will be of great help to L.U.S.T., as we continue to campaign for the fans’ requests for positive change to be heard at our football club.
Leeds United Supporters’ Trust would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Neil Warnock to Leeds United. Our Honorary President, Nigel Martyn, contacted the Trust this morning to say that he is delighted with Neil’s arrival at Leeds as it demonstrates the kind of ambition Leeds United supporters asked for in the Trust’s Vision Statement. We see Neil’s appointment as a positive step and look forward to giving him our support as he works to bring success to our club on the football pitch. We would urge the club to give more backing to its new manager than has been shown in recent seasons, to concentrate its resources on supporting Neil and the players rather than spending in non-football areas. We also call on the club not to ignore the wider ambitions of the Trust’s Vision Statement. More than a change of manager is required, not only to take Leeds United back to the Premier League, but to repair relations with supporters who have felt disenfranchised by the events of the last seven years. The club needs to work positively with local bodies and fans’ groups to bring a positive atmosphere back to Elland Road. Leeds United Supporters’ Trust will continue to Campaign For Change at Leeds United, and to make the voices of the fans heard.
Supporters can also join more than 4,000 other Leeds fans and have their voice heard as members of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust by filling in the form at www.lufctrust.org. Membership is free. Keep checking for updates on www.lufctrust.org, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.