A look back at what was being reported on Vital Leeds on August 3rd in recent history at Leeds United.
Leeds are dealt a huge blow as they will have to start their first season in League One on minus fifteen points. Leeds released a statement regarding the penalty and that they were also going to appeal against the deduction of fifteen points.
Leeds United statement in full:
‘We are pleased to announce that the board of the Football League Ltd have agreed to transfer the share in the Football League to Leeds United 2007 Ltd. The Football League have transferred the share in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and have imposed a 15-point penalty for the start of the 2007/08 season. The club have appealed against this sanction. The timescale for the appeal is not yet known.
‘The club has received an amount of criticism from supporters for not keeping them up to date with developments during what has been a very difficult time for us all. We appreciate this policy was difficult for fans to accept, but please be assured that this was done in the best interests of Leeds United which is justified by the return of the share.
‘We are now planning the appeal and we are able to complete the squad rebuilding for the 2007/08 season, albeit with only one week to go before our first League One game at Tranmere.’
Striker Richard Cresswell completes his move to Stoke City after a move to Hull City collapses.
On a brighter note, Leeds had received a bye in the first round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy!
For the second time in three years, Leeds are given a bye in the first round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy.
Young midfielder Fabian Delph is on the verge of signing for Aston Villa after the two clubs agreed a fee for the player.
Young defender Tom Lees joins League Two side Bury on a six-month long loan deal.
Sanchez Watt returns to Leeds for a second time from Arsenal. Watt ended the last season on loan at Elland Road and this time he joins on a season long loan.
A Leeds XI cruise to a 5-1 win at Wakefield with both Andy Robinson and Davide Somma amongst the goals.
Martin, Crowe, Booker (Killock), L. Turner (Payne), Michalik, Robinson, McCann, Hatfield (Birbeck), Somma, Poleon (Lenighan), Taylor (N. Turner)
Young defender Liam Darville is having a trial with League One side Tranmere Rovers. The 19 year old had already had a trial with York City earlier in the summer.
Leeds release striker Tresor Kandol from his contract with the club. Kandol joined Leeds from Barnet in 2006 and he played 77 games for the club scoring 16 goals.
On a busy day at Elland Road, goalkeeper Alan Martin joins non-league side Barrow on a six-month loan deal.
The clubs player of the year Max Gradel says he is still waiting to be offered a new deal at Elland Road. Speaking in the Daily Express, Gradel said, ‘I can`t sign a deal when there is no deal. I`ve been waiting for a contract but I haven`t been offered a deal yet.
‘I`ve said I want to take this club back into the Premier League, but you can`t guarantee what`s going to happen.’
Leeds will have two players missing for the Carling Cup tie with Bradford City in a week`s time. Max Gradel is the latest to be called up by his national side after Robert Snodgrass was called up by Scotland the previous day..
Leeds United development squad drew their latest friendly 2-2 at Ossett Town.
The impressive Alex Mowatt gave Leeds the lead on the quarter hour and Lewis Cook came close to doubling the lead soon afterwards when his shot hit the post.
Leeds found themselves behind at half time but Ryan Hall equalised from the penalty spot halfway through the second half for Leeds.
Despite the season starting on Saturday, both manager Brian McDermott and his assistant Nigel Gibbs attended, as did a good following of Leeds supporters.
You can see pictures from the game on the Ossett Town website
Grimes, Coyle, Cook, Killock, Denton, Taylor, Lenighan, Mowatt, Hall, Parkin, Walters
Atkinson, Coker, Trialist, Purver
Striker Steve Morison has hit out at Leeds United boss Brian McDermott on the eve of the new season.
Morison is back with one of his former clubs Millwall on a season long loan after McDermott told him, he was not wanted at Elland Road.
The striker, who had only signed for Leeds in January from Norwich City, says he is ready to move on but was disappointed that McDermott left it until the players returned for pre-season training before being told he wasn`t wanted.
Speaking in the London News Shopper , Morison said,’I turned up for the first day of pre-season for Leeds and the manager said he didn`t want me.
‘He told me I can leave and so I left.
‘Obviously I didn`t expect that at all, I went in expecting to start pre-season training and that happened.
‘I just said ‘OK, I won`t be in for training tomorrow` and went and found myself another club.
‘It might have been a money decision.
‘But it isn`t my problem if they couldn`t handle the finances properly.
‘He (Brian McDermott) had seven weeks to tell me, didn`t he? But we move on.’
Morison struggled at Leeds last season after arriving in January in a deal that saw Luciano Becchio move to Carrow Road.
After scoring on his home debut against Blackpool, Morison netted just twice more in the season, both coming in the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.
He finished the season with three goals in sixteen appearances for Leeds and he was coming in for criticism from certain sections of the Elland Road crowd.
Morison will spend the season at the New Den but he will still have two years remaining on his Elland Road deal when he returns.
The Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that Leeds United have turned down a double bid from Blackpool for Ross McCormack and Aidy White.
The seasiders are being reported as offering in the region of £1 million for the duo but Leeds, who are desperate to raise funds to bring in new players, see McCormack and White as part of their plans for the new season.
Both have played the majority of games in pre-season and McDermott sees White as his only option on the wing at the moment.
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