There are plenty of clubs with a lot a stake at the moment. Leeds United and West Brom are on the brink of a return to the Premier League and the riches that go with that. For Leeds, it would be the first time they’ve been back in the top flight since relegation in 2004.
And, for Leeds, pretty much everything is on the line.
If promotion isn’t secured this season then Marcelo Bielsa could leave. Leeds would lose the chance of signing players Bielsa has developed, such as Jack Harrison. And Jean-Kevin Augustin and Ben White would not be signing permanent deals.
However, given all of that, Leeds have maintained a very dignified position while around them, lots of rivals seem to be losing their heads.
It’s been reported that Preston want Leeds banned from making transfers because of agreeing wage deferrals so non-footballing staff could be paid.
Meanwhile, clubs at the bottom of the Premier League have been scrambling over themselves to block Leeds from coming up, despite failing miserably in the top flight over three-quarters of the season.
Aston Villa’s CEO Christian Purslow was the first of the bottom clubs to confirm that his club would vote against playing in neutral venues.
Now, Norwich’s sporting director Stuart Webber want Leeds blocked from being promoted if the EFL decides they can’t play the rest of their games – a decision that is completely out of Leeds’ hands.
Let’s get this clear. Leeds could have spent the last two months lobbying for the Championship to end on a points-per-game basis.
Instead, Angus Kinnear has said that Leeds want the chance to win promotion on the pitch.
He’s also made it clear that Leeds would lobby for promotion if they were denied that chance.
Given that Leeds aren’t home and hosed, this is an admirable stance from Leeds and the fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani, who is prone to the odd outburst on social media, has kept a dignified silence.
Leeds have never come out and threatened any other clubs. They haven’t said Norwich deserve to be relegated because they’ve only won 21 points in 29 games.
They’ve not threatened legal action (yet) and are adamant they want to win promotion on the pitch – likely the only place they could yet be denied it.
We fully expect this to change if and when decisions are made that go against the club. And we expect Leeds to be strong and decisive if need be.
Meanwhile, we’re very proud to be Leeds at the moment. Fans of certain other clubs do not have the same luxury.
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