Sol a surprise signing
25 Jun 2015 09:10pm, by YorkshireSquare
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 tips 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."
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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.