Leeds United fans deserve to be back in the big time

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One of the saddest stories of the past couple of decades in English football is Leeds United's decline from Champions League contenders to a mid table Championship side.

It was truly a cataclysmic decline following David O'Leary's overspending all those years ago, and a sad thing to see for all supporters of the game in England (this coming from a Manchester United fan!), but what's most shocking is the longevity of this decline.

Since their relegation from Premier League a ridiculous sideshow has followed, with various questionable ownerships further degrading the club and preventing any hope of Leeds United regaining their now long lost success.

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But what has been incredible in this period is the consistent levels and passion of the support throughout. Their attendance levels are regularly some of the highest in the Championship, and this is remarkable considering that the team haven't even been challenging for promotion of late.

The noise in Elland Road makes clear the supporters have lost none of their passion for their club either, in spite of the seemingly never ending debacles which surround them.

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Their current owner's tax evasion issues, though unrelated directly to the club, have harmed their season, and this is just one in a long string of problems Leeds have had, others being their recent transfer embargo for preaching Financial Fair Play rules, and the managerial debacle of late 2014.


This is a club with almost unlimited potential, with the right leadership. A passionate fanbase, which will sell out stadiums every weekend given the opportunity, coupled with a decent sized stadium and a history which shrouds the club in romance make it a perfect investment opportunity for the right owner, with a willingness to genuinely help this club reach the heights it deserves to be at.

Perhaps Massimo Cellino will prove himself to be the right man, but some of his decisions have been questionable to say the least, and he doesn't inspire confidence.

But despite the current ownership, things finally may be looking up for the club. In Sam Byram, Aidan White and Alex Mowatt, Leeds have talented and locally developed players with first team experience, and their academy looks set to produce more players for the first team, their recent transfer embargo forcing the club to blood youngsters in the first team early, and they generally have proven themselves.

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The next hope will be for the owners to decide not to cash in on these youngsters, and make a concerted effort through sensible investment in the squad, when the embargo is lifted, to move Leeds back to the position this famous, historic club, and its fans, deserve to be in.

I hope for Leeds United's sake the current ownership are genuine about their desire to help the club back into the position it once was in, and this would be a wise decision on their part.

With the right investment, Leeds should be able to sustainably regain their comfortable Premier League position, and this truly is where this once great club deserves to be.

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