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Bates hits out at media

01 May 2007 - 09:23:10

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates believes the ailing club will return stronger than ever as they face up to life in League One next season.

Bates has hit out at the media for suggesting the West Yorkshire club are lurching towards administration and has called on Leeds fans to continue supporting their side.

Speaking about the support he has received since Leeds were effectively relegated from the Championship following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town, he told Yorkshire Radio: "It's beyond my wildest expectations and it's very encouraging and that contrasts with the vultures of the media.

"The piranha fish of the media have been feeding off each other's stories.

"Meanwhile, we're just trying to get on with the business. We've been looking at budgets, reviewing our costs and reviewing where we can save money to make sure that next season we're profitable and can improve the team.

"It's encouraging that memberships are still coming in and, what's even more important, we're getting phone calls from people asking when are we going to have season-ticket application forms, we're running late, which is great.

"This is a great club on hard times. We'll be back again sooner or later, but how quickly will depend on the fans.

"Little clubs are always little clubs and big clubs are always big clubs. Big clubs fall on hard times, but they always rise and that's what Leeds will do."


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