- Leeds United are currently a championship club.
- The current management, ie Mr Kenneth William Bates, wants to sell the club.
- Initial negotiations with a prospective buyer, reportedly a Bahrain consortium, led to a period of due diligence which has now expired.
- Further negotiations with the prospective buyer have continued since the end of due diligence.
- Neil Warnock's transfer pot is empty.
- Neil Warnock's current squad of players is short on numbers and short on true quality.
- The only parties who know the true state of the negotiations are Cuddly Ken and his advisors (Suzanne) and the prospective buyers.
- Leeds United's next match is against Oxford United in the 2nd round of the League Cup.
- Leeds United have won two out of their three opening games in the Championship.
For all the well intentioned pressure from fans groups none of it will have any significant impact on the negotiations. If Bates was that sensitive to fans pressure he would have got rid years ago instead he appears to revel in derogatory chants and fan's campaigns dismissing them with equal disdain and vitriol. Ken is unique in that I am not sure there is another football club owner who calls their fans dissidents or morons and then has the cheek to suggest that's what's frightened off potential buyers. Sometimes I think he is better suited to running a country like North Korea rather than Leeds United!
Away from the off field activities Leeds play Oxford in the 2nd round of the strangely named Capital One League Cup on Tuesday night. In recent years this competition has become tarnished by teams playing under strength teams until the latter stages. Given that it offers possibly the best opportunity for a team outside the "top six" of the Premier League to reach a Wembley Final I have always found this strategy a tad strange. Even Championship teams prefer to play weakened teams in order to keep their first choice stars "fresh" for the league campaign. I could understand this at the end of a long season but after three games it just doesn't make sense? Of course Mr Warnock won't have too much of a selection quandry for the Oxford game given the size of his squad although I expect there to be one or two changes from Saturday's team.
Can we progress to the 3rd round at the expense of the League 2 leaders? Will Monaco's postmen cope with the extra mail from Ken's pen friends? Will Diouf sign a contract for Leeds? As ever life is never dull on Planet Leeds!