Good Morning. It's Friday 13th September, and here are the Leeds Utd headlines
Boro set to sue EFL over Derby FFP farce
According to The Times, Middlesbrough have sent legal documentation to the EFL, showing intentions to sue them for failing to enforce its financial rules over Derby's purchase of Pride Park.
Pride Park was listed as an asset on Derby's books with a value of £41m when their owner Mel Morris used a separate company to buy it for £80m with a deal to lease it back.
Losses of more than £13m per year over three years breach the EFL's profit and sustainability rules, and by virtue of Derby's (fraudulent imo) actions, it looks like they have escaped justice.
Why haven't Leeds been throwing their weight around? The football governing bodies are quick enough to do it, when the ball is on the other foot?
Leeds rejected 27m for Phillips in the Summer
According to the Sun, Leeds rejected an offer of 27m for Kalvin Philips from Spurs in the Summer.
Leeds were worried that had they accepted the offer, they would have to find themselves a new Manager.
Phillips has been speaking to the YEP about his joy having signed a 5 year deal (and making himself over 10m in the process).
At what price would YOU sell Phillips for?“It’s a big moment in my career, I want to spend a lot of time at this club and to sign a new five year deal is a very proud moment for myself and my family,”
“I always talk about football, it is what I live for and my family have always supported me 100 per cent, if it wasn’t for my mum and my grandma, I don’t think I would be in this position now.
“I’ve spent countless hours on the training pitches, I’ve put a lot of hard work in and sacrificed a lot, so I think I’ve deserved what I am getting.
“This season we’ve got to get back in the Premier League and with the team and manager we have got, it would be a big opportunity wasted if we don’t get promoted.
“We’ve got to push and push for promotion, we came so close last year and I think it has done the team good because we know what it takes and how much hard work it takes to get there.
“Hopefully we can have another good season like last year, but finish it off.”
In other news
It has been revealed that Liam Cooper was instrumental is persuading Kalvin Phillips to stay at Leeds.
Hmmmmm, I wonder whether Stuart Dallas 'had a word' too?
The Matthew Murray High School in South Leeds looks favourite to become Leeds new training ground.
Facilities including high-performance sports pitches and gymnasiums, nutrition facilities, medical rooms and teaching and staff space would be created at a cost of circa 25m
The proposed training ground would be Category 1 status - a requirement of the Premier League for training and academy facilities.
Leeds are currently in talks with Klich and Hernandez about renewing their contracts. Hernandez will be 35 at the end of this current season. Thoughts?
It's Friday 13th. Anyone superstitious?