Leeds United fans voice anger over Elland Road turmoil

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FRUSTRATED LEEDS United fans have voiced their confusion and anger over the recent chaos at Elland Road.

Supporters have taken to the Yorkshire Evening Post website and Facebook page to have their say after Leeds manager Brian McDermott appeared to have been sacked before the game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Despite McDermott not attending the match, the club later said he remained in position.

The confusion, involving Leeds’ prospective owner Massimo Cellino, meant tensions were high, and a strong police presence was called in for the game.

On the YEP website, Leeds Bulldog the South Stand said: “This club of ours is finished – deal with it and stop dreaming.”

Also on the site, qbywhites said: “The last 10 years have been a complete shambles. I might watch a video of Eddie Gray, Billy Bremner, etc to remember what a great team and remember what a proud club we used to be.”

Another YEP website user, devonwhite said: “You couldn’t make all this up – you really couldn’t!”

And WWWhite said: “As a lifelong fan, the treatment of Brian McDermott is shocking.

“His hands were tied from day one, and I think we should thank him for all his efforts during a difficult tenure.

“As for the future, it doesn’t look great.

“I expect a player revolt, League One football next year, and a mass exodus of fans.

“After 45 years supporting the Whites, I can now honestly say I’ve had enough.”

But some fans are determined to stay positive about the club’s situation.

YEP website user, le tour de whites, said: “I remember what Dad said to me in 1972, ‘Not everything that happens in football is good, but this is your team and they will be til the day you die’.

“How right he was. So I say this to all my fellow Leeds fans.

“Get your shirts on and sing out loud. We are Leeds and we are proud. Marching on together.”


SPEAKING ABOUT the Leeds United game at the weekend, Paul Money, divisional commander of Leeds police, said: “We had some increase in tensions, ostensibly around the developments at the club over the weekend but there were only two arrests.

“There was a risk group of fans from Huddersfield and on top of that there was the disaffection among the Leeds fans.

“The plan in place to deal with a fixture like this is a fairly strong one and we had sufficient resources in place to deal with the various issues. By and large it wasn’t disorderly, but it needed to be policed.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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