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Coca-Cola Divisions: Leeds

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posted on Jun, 15 2003 @ 08:25 AM
Kewell to move..!

Leeds chairman Professor John McKenzie has admitted that selling Harry Kewell would be better than losing him on a free transfer in a year's time.

Kewell's contract expires at the end of next season and cash-strapped Leeds are anxious to avoid a similar scenario to the one involving Lee Bowyer last year.

Bowyer's 9million summer move to Liverpool collapsed and the player sat out most of the remainder of his contract before joining West Ham for a nominal fee.

Leeds are keen to keep Australian midfielder Kewell but McKenzie concedes that financial matters may force the club's hand sooner rather than later.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson also presents a similar problem but the England hopeful still has three years remaining on his contract.

McKenzie told the Sunday Mirror: "In an ideal world Kewell and Robinson would not go. But they appear to be unsettled.

"With Harry we can't afford another Lee Bowyer situation. If he doesn't sign a new contract we'll get nothing in a year's time."

Kewell has been offered a new contract but is yet to indicate his intentions and Leeds may prefer to sell to bring in fresh blood. Arsenal's England Under-21 international Jermaine Pennant is one player admired by Leeds manager Peter Reid.

McKenzie added: "It would be better to have Jermaine Pennant and some money in rather than finish up with nothing.


posted on Jun, 15 2003 @ 08:26 AM
Leeds manager Peter Reid has finally welcomed Kevin Blackwell on board as head coach after the Elland Road club resolved the compensation stalemate with Sheffield United.

Leeds have avoided paying a penny for former Blades assistant-boss Blackwell and instead a Bramall Lane friendly has been agreed, while an as yet unnamed player will join the First Division club on loan.

Sheffield United had been hoping to secure a 100,000 cash sum for Blackwell, who had two years remaining on his contract with the south Yorkshire club, and a threat of an injunction had been mooted.

But cash-strapped Leeds have successfully reached a compromise agreement with Sheffield United for the 44-year-old who has spent the majority of the last 17 years working alongside Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock.

After allowing former head coach Brian Kidd and assistant-manager Eddie Gray to leave Elland Road, Reid has taken his time over the appointment of his own backroom staff.


posted on Jun, 15 2003 @ 08:27 AM
Leeds have warned off predators looking to prise Mark Viduka away from Elland Road.

The Yorkshire club are determined to hold onto their leading scorer for the last three seasons, despite claims from Viduka's outspoken agent that Champions League winners AC Milan are now interested in the Australia international.

In finishing last season with a flourish, Viduka undoubtedly attracted attention, scoring 13 goals in the closing nine matches to take his tally to 22 for the campaign.

According to his agent Andrea D'Amico, Tottenham were initially purported to be chasing the 27-year-old, while six-times European Cup winners Milan are the latest to be eyeing up Viduka.

Contrary to D'Amico's comments, Viduka late last season stressed his desire to stay at Leeds, underlining the point in a conversation with chairman John McKenzie prior to his recent holiday.

"We do not want to sell Mark Viduka," stressed Professor McKenzie, who added: "I spoke with Mark before he returned home and he's happy to stay at Leeds."

posted on Jun, 19 2003 @ 05:27 AM
If Leeds don't get into Europe this season Viduka will go. There are alot of clubs interested and a player like that needs the big stage.


posted on Jun, 19 2003 @ 11:58 AM
As you say Teflon leeds need to turn it around from last season or they will lose alot more playes and the state of the financial market the wouldnt recoup enough to cover their debts,so as you say they need to get into europe for the players to stay and to gain the extra income..

posted on Jun, 20 2003 @ 08:17 AM
I don't think they will struggle in the league like they did last time. Reid is a good manager, I just think their previous positions were flash in the pan finishes. The serious problem is the debt, everyone's hands are tied and the only way to recoup is to sell.


posted on Jun, 21 2003 @ 10:25 AM
Leeds star Harry Kewell's future will be resolved by the end of the month.

Arsenal remain in pole position to sign Kewell, with a player-plus-cash deal for the Australia international the only firm bid on Leeds' table.

Kewell has already indicated he has no desire to join Manchester United after their treatment of David Beckham, who finally moved to Real Madrid for 24.5million this week.

Despite claims to the contrary, Leeds' bitter rivals have made no bid for the 24-year-old winger, who has just a year remaining on his current Leeds contract.

Leeds have done everything in their power to keep Kewell, but despite the offer of a two-year contract extension worth 48,000-per-week, it appears increasingly unlikely the 6million-rated ace will sign.

Barcelona have signalled their interest in Kewell, and it is understood agent Bernie Mandic has met with representatives of the Catalan club, but again no official bid has been received by Leeds.


posted on Jul, 15 2003 @ 05:54 PM
Olivier Dacourt's move to Roma has finally been ratified by FIFA more than five days after being announced by his former club Leeds.

The France international's 3.5m switch was complicated by a transfer ban under which the Italian club are currently operating.

The FIFA ban was imposed as a result of Roma's financial obligations to Peruvian club Sporting Cristal and precludes the registration of any new player's International Transfer Certificate with the Italian Football Association.

However Dacourt's previous loan spell with Roma allows him to get around the problem and become a Roma


posted on Jul, 15 2003 @ 05:55 PM
Leeds boss Peter Reid is poised to soften the potential blow of losing Brazil star Kleberson by signing compatriot Rodrigo.

Rodrigo is currently on trial with Leeds following his release at the end of last season from Everton where he sustained a cruciate ligament injury just seven weeks after a 1.25million move from Botafogo last summer.

The 27-year-old had been signed up on a one-year deal, with an option beyond that, and although Rodrigo returned to training towards the end of the campaign, it was not enough time to convince boss David Moyes to extend the stay.

The left-sided midfielder, who would appear to be an ideal replacement for Harry Kewell following the Australia international's 5million move to Liverpool last week, made just four substitute appearances before breaking down in training.

posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 10:41 AM
Leeds manager Peter Reid is set to make Jody Morris his first summer signing after the former Chelsea midfielder snubbed a move to Cardiff.

The former England Under-21 international is in talks with club officials looking to bring him to Elland Road.

It is understood that Morris - who was freed by Chelsea at the end of last season - is ready to undergo a medical at Leeds, with a view to signing a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old had looked set to link up with Division One new-boys Cardiff after holding talks with Bluebirds boss Lennie Lawrence.

Lawrence had been confident of snapping up the midfielder on a free transfer after already taking Tony Vidmar and John Robinson to the club this summer.

However, Lawrence received a call on Wednesday night informing him that Morris had pulled out of the proposed deal.

Lawrence told the club's official website: "It has come as a complete shock, totally out of the blue."

Morris, who has also been linked with Blackburn and Portsmouth this summer, was released by Chelsea in May after coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and making 173 first-team appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals.

posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 10:42 AM
Leeds manager Peter Reid is looking into the potential availability of Brazilian World Cup winner Edmilson.

The 27-year-old has been told he can leave Lyon despite being under contract until 2007 and having helped them to the French league title last season.

With Reid looking to strengthen the centre of defence, in particular following the loss of Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle in January, Edmilson would represent a significant capture for the United boss.

It is understood Reid would be looking to acquire Edmilson, who has 21 caps to his credit, on a season-long loan deal.

However, Reid may face a fight for Edmilson's services from a number of other interested clubs who will have been alerted to the possibility of signing a proven international.

Edmilson becomes the third Brazilian to be linked with Leeds this summer, with long-time target Kleberson now likely to be joining Manchester United, while Rodrigo is currently on trial and aiming to prove his fitness after suffering a cruciate injury while at Everton last season.

posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 10:43 AM
Leeds skipper Dominic Matteo believes the club can return to Europe next season - providing Elland Road is once again made a fortress.

With Leeds only just staving off relegation last season, and with the loss of two more star names over the last week in Harry Kewell and Olivier Dacourt, United are again expected to struggle.

One of the main reasons Leeds suffered to virtually the bitter end was their abysmal home form as they lost nine of their 19 matches in front of their own fans.

Only the three relegated clubs in Sunderland, West Brom and West Ham amassed less points and scored fewer goals on home soil, and that is a record which has to change according to Matteo.

If Leeds can return to winning ways at Elland Road and make it a venue teams will fear to tread, then Matteo reckons the Whites will be pushing for a Uefa Cup spot come May.

"We were too easy to beat and play against," insisted Matteo.

"When I first came we were hard to beat at home and we scrapped games out. We have to get back to that.

"A club like Leeds needs to be in Europe. It's an important thing for us. We have to improve our home form and if we do that we won't be far away.

"You only have to look at teams like Southampton and Charlton. Their home form really helped and when you go away and nick points it pushes you up there. That's where we want to be."

After an injury-plagued campaign last term and following a further knee operation at the start of pre-season, Matteo now claims he is "100%" and hopeful he can avoid the problems which have led to lengthy spells on the sidelines.

"Touch wood, the surgery has cleared it up now," added Matteo in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"It's not black and white that I won't get problems again, but I'm quite positive about it now. I've been working on a fitness programme all summer and I'm feeling 100%.

"I want a good season at the top of my game. I've missed too many as captain. It would be nice to lead the team for a full season and have a real go."


posted on Jul, 28 2003 @ 03:40 PM
Mark Viduka has held talks about his Leeds United future with Peter Reid amid reports he wants to leave the club.

Viduka, whose late-season goal rush enabled Leeds to avoid relegation from the Premiership, is believed to be unhappy about the number of departures from Elland Road.

And while Leeds stressed on Monday that Viduka has not put in an official transfer request, they must now decide whether or not to cash in on the Australian, especially as Leeds boss Reid has insisted that he only wants players who want to play for Leeds at the club.


posted on Jul, 28 2003 @ 03:41 PM
A 20-man brawl marred Leeds' defeat in a pre-season friendly at Burnley.

The Barclaycard Premiership side conceded two second-half penalties as they were beaten 4-2 by the First Division side at Turf Moor.

But the game turned ugly just before half-time when a rash challenge by Leeds debutant Jody Morris on Glen Little sparked a free-for-all which involved all 20 outfield players.

Referee Trevor Leake eventually calmed things down and showed common-sense when he simply called on players on both sides to shake hands and make up.

Peter Reid's side twice came from behind before the interval but spot-kicks from Robbie Blake and Ian Moore - the latter's second goal of the afternoon - condemned them to defeat.


posted on Jul, 28 2003 @ 03:43 PM
England goalkeeper Paul Robinson claims he owes it to the Leeds fans to stay and make a difference at Elland Road.

Leeds accepted a 3million bid from Aston Villa earlier in the summer, but the 23-year-old decided against joining up with his former manager David O'Leary in the midlands.

And Robinson, who has been with the Yorkshire club since he was 14, is in no doubt he made the right choice.

Robinson said: "The speculation can continue for all I'm concerned.

"Leeds have brought me through and I think I owe it to the club and the fans to do my best."


posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 08:24 AM
Eirik Bakke is facing a frustrating spell on the sidelines after ignoring pleas from the club's medical staff to rest during the summer.

Bakke, who suffered a knee problem during the latter half of last season, opted to play for Norway in their European Championship qualifying games against Denmark and Romania, and a friendly against Finland.

The 25-year-old midfielder is now suffering from patella tendinitis and is unable to train.


posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 08:25 AM
Leeds manager Peter Reid is definitely without Michael Duberry, Eirik Bakke and Michael Bridges for Sunday's Elland Road visit of Newcastle.

Centre-back Duberry is out for up to eight weeks with a fractured cheekbone, while midfielder Bakke is sidelined with tendinitis. Reid is not yet ready to gamble on the fitness of Bridges following a long battle against injury.

Skipper Dominic Matteo, midfielder Seth Johnson and defender Lucas Radebe, who all had minor knee surgery either late last season or at the start of the close season, are included in the squad and may start.

New summer signings Jody Morris and French trio Didier Domi, Zoumana Camara and Lamine Sakho, should also figure.

Team (from): Robinson, Kelly, Radebe, Camara, Matteo, Sakho, Johnson, Morris, Domi, Smith, Viduka, Mills, Harte, Barmby, McPhail, Wilcox, Batty, Milner, Martyn.


posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 08:26 AM
New Leeds striker Lamine Sakho is being backed to recapture the form which made him one of the most wanted players in France a few years ago.

Sakho has completed his move to Elland Road from Olympique Marseille, signing a one-year loan contract with a view to a permanent 3m deal.

Manager Peter Reid has made Sakho his fourth summer capture - and third from France - after being impressed with the 25-year-old during the Dublin tournament.


posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 08:27 AM
Leeds defender Michael Duberry has been ruled out of action for eight weeks after fracturing a cheek bone in the pre-season friendly against Aston Villa.

The game was just eight minutes old when Duberry was caught in the face by Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel's boot as the centre-half stooped to head a ball clear.

The former Chelsea defender was taken off immediately and taken to hospital in Dublin for X-rays which which showed the fracture.


posted on Aug, 17 2003 @ 04:56 PM
Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant will on Monday join Leeds United on a two-month loan deal, Whites chairman John McKenzie has confirmed.

The England Under-21 international, who was linked with a move to Elland Road over the summer, will join the Yorkshiremen until mid-October after struggling to make an impact at Highbury.

Pennant has already agreed to the move and the loan arrangement should be finalised once the former Notts County star has passed a medical.

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