25 Jun 2015 09:10pm, by Shields53
Leeds United have signed Sol Bamba, these are not words that I thought I would hear just a few weeks ago. I think you'd have got great betting odds on that one happening. The reason I didn’t think I would hear those words? The outspoken way in which Bamba finished last season. It was well known that Bamba was a signing made by Redfearn and Thompson and he was certainly upset when Thompson departed the club. With Cellino banned and no decisions being made on the running of the club Bamba found his future in as much doubt as that of Redfearn himself. Venting his frustrations Bamba said;
"I don't know what is going to happen with me. But it doesn't matter if I am staying or not. The club deserves better and I think the person in charge has to do better for our club and the supporters because they deserve better. It doesn't matter. I want to stay at the club but not for the wrong reasons. If he (Cellino) decides not to keep me because of what I am saying, that's up to him, but I can't just hide my feelings, and when I think someone deserves something, I say it. If he thinks I shouldn't say it, that's up to him, I speak the truth."
He was also very vocal in his support for Neil Redfeard becoming the permanent head coach;
"Everyone can see he knows the club from bottom and he has brought some good young players into the first team and is a Leeds fan. I think there is no other man better for the job. We know what he is doing every day and I think he deserves better. He's a Leeds fan, doing well and I don't see a reason to change. It's a shame, the club deserves better, we can't give this image to other clubs and the football world, because Leeds have a great history and what we have shown the last few years is wrong. I have embraced being here, it's a great club. It's ridiculous when you know the club. It deserves better."
But that all seems to be behind us now. Perhaps Cellino is a bigger man that I though, capable of putting differences behind him. Perhaps Pearson is a calming influence or is the one really making the decisions at the club at the moment. Whatever, it is the best decision for the club. The Ivory Coast international was an important part of our successful run at the start of the year, a leader in the defence we had been lacking previously. Having played 19 games during his loan spell he has now signed permanently from Palermo on a two year deal with the option for a third.
He is the third signing of the summer following the signing of striker Lee Erwin from Motherwell and young goalkeeper Charlie Horton from Cardiff. Here is to many more to come.
17 Jun 2015 08:12am, by Shields53
It seems like only last week since the season ended but now the first signs of the new season are emerging with the release of next seasons Championship fixtures. With a tough opening fixture at home against Burnley who knows how Leeds will get on in the 2014-2015 season. We are currently 9/1 in the football odds to gain promotion to the English Premier League. But first up before the season proper begins there are the traditional pre-season training and friendlies.
They squad embark on a pre-season tour in Austria starting on the 18th July, as part of a week long training camp they will play a friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday 25th July. The game will take place at the Untersberg Arena in Grödig, Salzburg. Leeds has been scheduled to play Athletic Bilbao but due to their commitments in the Europa League qualifiers they were unable to fulfil the fixture. Leeds will then head to Norway to play TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday Saturday 25th July at the Arasen Stadion in Lillestrom. Eintracht Frankfurt finished 9th in the Bundesliga whilst Hoffenheim finished 8th.
The final pre-season game will be against Everton at Elland Road on Saturday 1st August, the weekend before the Championship season starts. The two teams have only faced each other once since our relegation from the Premier League, back in 2012 when we lost 2-1 in the Capital Cup. Leeds will also play two local friendlies against Harrogate Town on Friday 10th July at the CNG Stadium and York City on Wednesday 15th July at Bootham Crescent. The under-21s will also face Pickering Town in a friendly at Mill Lane on Tuesday 21st July.
The Championship season will start at Elland Road on Saturday 8th August at 3.00pm when we play Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side will be keen to start the season off well after relegation from the Premier League and it will be a tough opening fixture for Leeds. Next up is Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium in the first round of the Capital One Cup. The game will be played on Thursday 13th August and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. For the first away game of the season Leeds head south to Reading on Sunday 16th August, this game has been moved from the Saturday due to Leeds mid-week cup fixture.
For a full list of fixtures check out the BBC Sport website.
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