Leeds United: News of Ken’s new role has not gone down well - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Brendan, I couldn’t believe it when I heard Ken Bates would start a three-year stint as club president – that is going to sit terribly with most Leeds United supporters, what is your view?

NO, I’ve got to say I don’t think that the news has gone down well at all with many supporters really.

When he sold the club, many were thinking it would be the end of the Ken Bates era and then we heard he was staying on for the rest of the season as chairman and now comes the news he is going to be honorary president for three years.

I think the majority of Leeds fans just want him to leave the club scene now and cut his ties with Elland Road.

He has done his business, saved the club, got them in the black. But fans just don’t seem to want him to have anything to do with the club any more.

And because it seems that is not going to happen yet, many are angry.

Yes, Ken did save the club and without him, we would probably have gone under and I have said that many times in the past.

All the local businessmen said they would put the money in, which they never did.

Ken always said: ‘Put your money where your mouth is’. But none of them ever did, and he did. The club and supporters – even though many don’t like him for his connections with Chelsea – have got to be grateful for that at the end of the day.

But when he sold the club, people thought his time was over at Elland Road.

It’s like when you sell a car, if I sold someone a car, I wouldn’t ask them what to do with it. It is up to them; if it breaks down – unlucky!

Ken was at the members’ dinner on Saturday night after the Brighton and Hove Albion game with the first team and manager Brian McDermott and got a frosty reception when he got on the stage to be honest.

Ken made his feelings known on the night, but the supporters were entitled to voice their opinion as well.

They had paid 40-odd quid to go to that dinner after buying their season tickets throughout the years and everything.

It was just a bit of an uncomfortable night all round after a forgettable season when we were all expecting to be well in the hunt for at least a play-off place – not scrambling to get the points to avoid the drop to League One.

Bring on next season and a successful push for promotion to the Premier League – where we belong.

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