Managing Director's latest programme notes.
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to Elland Road as we look to regain our pre-Christmas form and restate our play-off ambitions.
Today’s match will be preceded by a minute’s applause for our Manager Jimmy Armfield, famous for steering us to the 1975 European Cup final. Not only was he a great ambassador for the game but a true gentleman, who will be missed by everyone associated with the Leeds United.
The January transfer window was an intense period of activity at the club. The challenges of the winter market are well documented so our overarching strategy has, and will always be, to build our squad in the summer. However we were always prepared to address specific requirement and seize on what we believe to be exceptional opportunities. This process not only requires the tireless analysis of our scouting team, but also the careful monitoring of the market to identify where quality and value coincide. Whilst there is always a temptation to gamble on inflated quick fixes, all of our business is underpinned by sustainable financial management, to ensure today’s transfer policy does not damage the club in the long term.
Following the announcements of Laurens De Bock and Yosuke Ideguchi, we are also delighted to be able to welcome Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts. They both met our dual criteria of being able to have an immediate impact to our prospects of success this season and also to grow and develop with the squad over the long term. Once again we faced intense competition to sign both players and the deciding factor in securing their services was ultimately Adam and Tyler’s unswerving desire to play for Leeds United. The business conducted reinforces Andrea’s commitment to continue to invest in the squad, which we still firmly believe is strong enough to secure a Play-Off place. The imminent return of our legion of suspended players will strengthen our hand, alongside recapturing the fluidity and cohesion that has been a hallmark of our best form.
Outside of football we were delighted to announce that Leeds United diehard Josh Warrington will fulfil his dream of a world title fight at Elland Road when he takes on Lee Selby on May 19th. Following our announcement of hosting Leeds Rhinos, the England rugby league team and the England football team, we are delighted to secure another world class sporting event at our home. Part of our vision with Leeds City Council is that Leeds as a city builds a reputation for world class sporting and cultural events with Elland Road at its heart.
I would ask all Leeds United fans to get behind Josh and secure a ticket. Witnessing a fellow Leeds United supporter win a world title on the Elland Road pitch will be historic occasion that we all should be part of. I know Josh will feel invincible with the whole ground behind him.
Finally I would like to thank all supporters who have directed their passion and inspiration toward our new crest development process. We are confident that together we will create a crest for a new era that we can all be proud of.
Once again please give the team your full support.
Leeds United Managing Director