Leeds chairman Bates tells unhappy fans: I ain't going anywhere

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has told unhappy fans he's not going anywhere.

Bates will later this month reach his seventh anniversary of taking charge at Elland Road. During that time, there have been plenty of ups and downs for the club with the past few months being perhaps the second most difficult period after the summer of 2007 when the club were in administration.

Most games have seen ‘Bates Out’ chanted by disaffected supporters but he told the Yorkshire Post: “Fans put pressure on everyone, don’t they? If you are chairman, you have to live with pressure. If you win on Saturday, it is, 'Yeah, we’re going to win the league’. If we lose, it is, ‘We’re getting relegated’ and they shout ‘sack the board’.

“The people with intellect respect what we are doing to the club but the mob, which is a very small number, want results.

“I can understand that. I remember my son saying to me 20 years ago: ‘Daddy, you must remember most people lead boring, meaningless lives, then they retire and then they die. The only thing around them is their football clubs.’ Pub and club, pub and club.

“I remember years ago the old saying was, ‘When Coventry City lose, never buy a Triumph built on a Monday. Seriously, that was legend, the thinking being it wouldn’t have been made properly.”

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