Yorkshire needs Leeds United to be in the Premier League said a leading businessman who has been linked with a takeover of the football club.
Steve Parkin, founder of Clipper Logistics, was named Business Leader of the Year at the Variety Yorkshire Business Awards.
While collecting his award Mr Parkin was asked if he was going to buy the club.
Mr Parkin said: “Whenever Leeds United’s ownership comes into question Steve Parkin’s name is mentioned.
“I’m a massive fan of Leeds United. But I think as a city we need Leeds United as a Premiership football club.”
Mr Parkin added that it would be good for the local economy having Leeds in the top flight of English football.