Bates determined to continue 'long, drawn-out affair' at Leeds
Thursday 18 August 2011
The Leeds United chairman, Ken Bates, has labelled fans who protested against his chairmanship at the weekend as "morons" and told them he "ain't going anywhere".
Around 300 disgruntled Leeds supporters gathered in the Elland Road car park ahead of Saturday's home defeat to Middlesbrough in protest at the club's lack of investment in team strengthening over the summer.
Bates said in the programme notes for Tuesday night's home game with Hull: "I'm unimpressed by the demonstrations of a few morons on Saturday and ain't going anywhere soon. Some fans may not like me, or agree with me, but you're stuck with me.
"I saved your club in 2005 and 2007 when nobody else would. The rebuilding of Leeds United is a bit like sex. In an age of instant gratification, Leeds United is having a long, drawn-out affair with plenty of foreplay and slow arousal. We're in this for the long term. We may have had two disappointing results, but we will get there – we are building for the future."
Bates, 79, also took another swipe at MPs following their report into football governance, as he comes under increasing pressure to come clean over who has owned the club since it came out of administration in 2007.
Earlier this month Bates hit out at the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's review, which called for an FA investigation into the club's past ownership. Bates is in dispute with the BBC over a TV documentary being made on the subject and the club are meeting only their contractual obligations.
Simon Grayson, the Leeds manager, admitted to being "embarrassed" to have seen his team in the bottom three of the Championship, and hailed Tuesday's 4-1 win over Hull that took them out of the relegation zone as "massive". An early goal from Ross McCormack settled the nerves and, although Tom Lees put through his own net to bring Hull level, goals from Lees – at the right end – Robert Snodgrass and Ramon Nunez helped to lift some of the tension.
"I'm delighted after losing our first two," Grayson said. "We knew it would be difficult after Hull had a good result at the weekend [winning at Ipswich], but we were good with and without the ball and made a really good Hull team look ordinary at times.
"It's embarrassing when you see your team in the bottom three, but I had immense belief and confidence in the players to get results."
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