Friday, 24 August 2012

#Pen4Ken Leeds Fans Post Pens To Ken Bates



Leeds United fans have created a unique protest against Ken Bates' alleged stalling on the proposed takeover negotiations, by posting pens to both Elland Road and Ken's home Monaco in hope he uses them to sign the required contractual documents . The hashtag #Pen4ken has been trending on twitter today with numerous Leeds fans posting pictures of their letters to Ken Bates, with an attached selection of pens.

With the transfer window closing in on us quickly, Leeds are desperate to push through the takeover to provide Warnock with the much needed finances to complete his squad. Warnock stated earlier this week his current squad has 'not a cat in hell's chance' of promotion and expressed his desire to sign another 3-4 top quality signings.  But as things currently stand Leeds can’t afford anyone except emergency loans, a market Warnock does not have faith in. 

At Flaminghairdryer we will be posting our pen to Ken tomorrow morning with our attached poster. I can’t imagine Ken Bates seen the funny side of Leeds fans protests, however the pens may come in useful at the Elland Road hotel reception desk in the future.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Van Persie set to Start Against Everton

New signing Robin Van Persie is set to make his debut for new club Manchester United at Goodison Park this evening, following the completion of his £24 million transfer from Arsenal last Friday.

Alex Ferguson now has a wealth of attacking options to choose from as he looks to wrestle the Premiership title back from Manchester City this season and comparisons have been drawn with United’s treble winning strike force of 1999.

Fergie is keen to unleash his new signing in United's opening game against Everton and it is hoped that he will develop a fruitful strike partnership akin to the one that Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke enjoyed.

Speaking about RVP's upcoming debut, Ferguson stated: 'He hasn’t played much. We are going to assess him the next couple of days and chat with him, see how he feels himself.'

'Adrenalin will help, if I choose to start him, but I think it’s important he had a training session on Friday morning and hopefully the weekend will give me a good idea on whether he should start or I should put him on the bench.'

Van Persie's arrival at Old Trafford is likely to limit the amount of opportunities Javier Hernadez and Danny Welbeck will get to play, possibly hindering their development. However, Fergie has stated his Young strikers can learn and benefit hugely as a result of the Dutchman's presence at United.

'We have had several players who have been that sort of catalyst, starting with (Eric) Cantona, I don’t think we’re short of all that, I think we were still capable of winning the title without Robin but he gives us a sort of certainty for the future.'

'You always learn from great players, if you look at what Cantona did, he was a tremendous teacher for all the young players and I think Danny will welcome that.'

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Vidic Ready to Lead United to Glory Once Again

Nemanja Vidic was welcomed back into the Manchester United starting line up for the first time in eight months when he returned to action in Sunday night’s friendly against Norwegian side Valerenga.

The Serbians presence was sorely missed by United last season as a result of the knee ligament injury he picked up in December, the importance of which was highlighted when they missed out on their 20th League title on goal difference to City.

Speaking after the game Vidic stated: 'After eight months without a game it's obvious that you have to get used to your positioning. Fitness-wise it's not as it will be in a few weeks but my knee felt well and hopefully the next game will be better.'

'I knew I would be out for six months. I tried to make the best of it and when I came back wanted to be the same as I was before the injury. That was my target. We'll see how good a job I did in that six months.'

With the Premier League campaign just a few short weeks away the return to fitness of United's inspirational captain is perfectly timed and Vidic has stated his belief that the team will come back stronger after having lost out on the title to Manchester City last season.

'We had some young players play a lot of games last season and they'll have learned a lot. We all learned. In Europe we've had so much success in recent years - we've had three finals, a semi-final - and maybe we relaxed a bit last season.'

'We were punished and we can't allow that to happen again. We had a few injuries last season too. I hope everyone can stay fit this season. The young players can learn from last year, so I'm confident we'll be better this year.'

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

'What Shirt am I Wearing Bruv?' - Beckford to Return to Leeds

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At the peak of his playing career with Leeds United, Jermaine Beckford laughed off a question about a move away from Elland Road stating: 'What shirt am I wearing bruv.' By the start of the 2010 season he was playing in an Everton shirt.

Two transfers and two underwhelming seasons later he is being  linked with a move back to the Whites, with The Sun reporting that a £2 million bid has made for the striker.

The 28-year-old is understood to have had a falling out with Leicester manager Nigel Pearson which has lead to rumours that he may be on the move again this summer.

Beckford’s agent Nick Rubery has been quick to dismiss rumours that Beckford would be leaving the Foxes, stating on twitter that: 'He's Leicester's #1 striker and is looking forward to preseason.'

However, Leeds boss Neil Warnock has confirmed that he is looking to bring in a new striker and many believe Beckford would welcome the opportunity to play for the club he made his name at, scoring 72 goals in 126 appearances.

Beckford was said to have stayed behind to sign autographs at Elland Road when Leicester played Leeds last season, suggesting he remains fond of the team he helped win promotion from League One to the Championship.

Will Beckford be wearing a Leeds shirt once again next season?

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