Tycoon silent on new Leeds bid talk

The man at the centre of the latest Leeds United takeover speculation remained silent today amid rumours of an improved £30m (€44m) bid.

The man at the centre of the latest Leeds United takeover speculation remained silent today amid rumours of an improved £30m (€44m) bid.

Lifelong fan Steve Parkin is believed to have tabled a new offer to seize control of the relegated Elland Road club.

Leeds managing director David Richmond yesterday gave Parkin a deadline of next week to provide proof that he had the means to take the club forward.

But the current board’s delay on deciding the future of caretaker-manager Eddie Gray may stem from their belief that an acceptable offer is imminent.

Gray is due to discuss his future at another board meeting with Richmond and chairman Gerald Krasner next week.

But that board stoked the sense of uncertainty surrounding Elland Road by today responding to rumours that Parkin would seek to have Gray replaced - possibly with current Crystal Palace chief Iain Dowie.

Director Melvyn Helme told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “A decision about Eddie’s future has not yet been made.

“There have been no approaches made by this club and no-one else should be speaking with other managers unless they are in a position to do so.

“The speculation about Iain Dowie is most unhelpful to us as a football club and to Eddie Gray.

“If someone else wants to appoint the manager of this football club they should be in control because as far as we are concerned we have a manager.”

The speculation continues to the despair of supporters who just want to see the club gearing up for a tough Nationwide League fight.

John Boocock, chairman of the Leeds United Supporters Trust, said: “It is time for people to start acting like adults and give us back some sort of stability.

“These people are more concerned with their back pockets than the issues which affect most supporters.

“At the moment quite frankly many of us don’t care who plays for or manages this club just as long as we still have a team out there next season.”

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