Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has explained the reason for sacking Simon Grayson today after three years at the club.
Bates spoke on Yorkshire Radio this afternoon and said that Grayson had spent plenty of money on player wages and has one of the largest squads in the championship.
He also called a section of supporters ‘nutters` makes a change from morons, for criticising the lack of investment in players.
Bates also states that Grayson had promised to win the club promotion this season when they chatted in November and with the club currently in tenth place in the championship and he could not understand why they are where they are.
Bates now feels the club need a fresh approach if they are to have any chance of making the end of season play offs with eighteen games remaining.
This is what the chairman had to say today whilst speaking on Yorkshire Radio:
“First of all we have to acknowledge that in the previous three seasons Simon got us to the play-off semi-finals, won us promotion the next year and last year we finished seventh.
“Contrary to some of the nutters on twitter we backed him all the way. The first time I said no to a player that Simon wanted to buy was last Thursday when he wanted to sign a player who was going to cost us £600,000 a year. I said, ‘you`ve already got six centre backs` all of whom he has signed.
“At 30, we have probably got one of the largest squads in the championship and a bigger squad than many clubs in the Premiership. Our wage budget was £9.5 million this year and we have spent over £12 million. So these people who are blaming me for the results do not know what they are talking about.
“Every penny we have made from transfer fees as gone back into team on transfer fees or wages.
“If you sign a player on a free transfer on £500,000 a year on a three year contract you are committing up to £1.5 million, which is a tremendous amount of money.
“We have six strikers and six centre backs and all of a sudden I cannot understand why any of them are not good enough. We have three teenagers in the back four.
“He is the manager and he decides who he wanted to buy. We as a club and me as chairman just authorise it. We just pay for it. The facts of the matter are we have conceded more goals than almost any other club in the championship has. Therefore we have reached as far as we can and the present system isn`t working.
“We have got eighteen games to go, nine at home and nine away. We can still get into the play offs. I think automatic promotion is looking a bit remote. I think we need a fresh start, fresh attitude and we will move on.”
Simon told me in November we were going to win promotion. These players have not become bad players overnight.
“There is a problem somewhere and we do not know what it is. I am a little bit disappointed what Simon said after last night, when he said he was working within financial constraints, Jesus, he has spent nearly 30% over budget on players wages. Some people are banging on about loan players. Who scored the winner against us when played at the Emirates? It was a loan player wasn`t it. Thierry Henry.
“It is not a question of money we spend on transfer fees, it is the quality of player you get. He is a free player, free transfer. Do we pay £35 million for Carroll or £50 million for Torres? So money itself doesn`t mean anything. The important thing is the quality and value for money. What I do not understand is why we are where we are with what we have spent.
“Don`t forget, when we were beaten by Barnsley 4-1. Their wage bill was £4.5 million and ours was £11.5 million, so we were clearly not getting value for money are we. So seeing as the present system is not working we need a fresh look. Having said that, thank you to Simon for what he has done and his two assistants but we have to move on.”
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