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Leeds United chairman - Ken BatesThe 15 point saga is set to be resolved by former High Court judge, Sir Philip Otton.

It is believed that Otton will head a three-man panel consisting of former Premier League chief executive Peter Leaver, and Peter Cadman who has appeared on a number of high-profile Premier League disciplinary commissions.

The news has yet to be officially confirmed, and Leeds have as yet refused to comment.

Leeds have seeked an independent review of the league’s decision since the beginning of the season, but the Football League refused Leeds’ request so the initial decision which was voted on by all the other 71 member clubs of the Football League stood.

Ken Bates feels the vote was unreasonable as the other clubs had a vested interest in Leeds losing points, therefore the decision was neither fair or unbiased. The League vigorously denied such claims, and refused to let the decision go to an independent arbitration panel until Leeds United issued a High Court writ on the Football League.

The arbitration hearing is set for the 14th of April, with other clubs fate possibly resting on the outcome too.

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Casper Ankergren - Super LeedsKen Bates has come out in defence of Leeds’ keeper, Casper Ankergren who is currently under investigation following an incident with Swindon fans on the 1st of March.

Casper has been charged with allegedly throwing a missile – believed to be a water bottle – at Swindon fans following last months game and has until the 1st of April to appeal.

Any penalty incurred as a result of the incident could hinder Leeds’ promotion bid, as a ban would mean Casper could miss any of Leeds’ final games.

Leeds chairman Ken Bates told how “[Casper] had to withstand a barrage of abuse all afternoon.” The FA have agreed to investigate the conduct of the Swindon fans.

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Ken BatesKen Bates has come out in defence of his decision to give exclusive broadcast rights to Yorkshire Radio – effectionately dubbed, ‘Radio Bates’ by many Leeds United supporters.

Last week Ken announced that BBC Radio Leeds would no longer be airing Leeds United match day commentary, and the only way to now hear Leeds United games is on Yorkshire Radio. Many fans who have for years relied on BBC Radio Leeds to keep up with Leeds United matches have been outraged by the decision, which see’s exclusive rights given to the Yorkshire Radio company Ken Bates set up back in 2006.

Bates openly admitted the move was made to make more money, although he didn’t reveal any figures. He told the Yorkshire Post “The fact of the matter is we did not think the BBC’s offer, which came after the deadline anyway, was acceptable. Times have changed since I first became involved in negotiations on behalf of the Football League in 1986 when the BBC paid £35,000 per year to cover the game nationally. Back then, there was little competition with commercial radio stations only just starting.”

He also added that the digital station has a potential catchment area of 6,000,000 – far more than it’s FM counterpart – and that fans could pick up a digital radio for around £15.

The more sceptical amongst us may argue that this move has been taken in a vain hope of increasing subscriptions to Leeds United’s online LUTV service, which is currently the only way to hear matchday commentary worldwide. Yorkshire Radio’s online service is closed during matches meaning Leeds fans that don’t have access to a digital radio have no choice but to subscribe.

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Gary McAllisterGary McAllister’s short reign in charge of Leeds United has hardly been one to inspire much belief amongst Leeds fans, but maybe taking a leaf out of Liverpool’s book wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

A few month ago, everything looked a little glum at Anfield, and although their league position hasn’t improved and they’re still left battling for 4th place, once more they’ve made the latter stages of the Champions League and will fight it out with Europe’s elite in hope of claiming the prestigious prize for the sixth time!

The one recurring element with the top clubs in England is a long serving manager. With the exception of Chelsea – who I’m ignoring because any clown could win a league title with unlimited funds – the top clubs have all stood by the boss through thick and thin. Sir Alex has been with Man United so long now, I’ve forgotten who proceeded him, and the powers that be at Anfield and Highbury have continually stood by the management for long periods of time.

The one lesson clubs should be taking from the top teams is stability. Players, coaching staff and management all stay with these clubs for long periods of time. It means bonds are created and everyone learns each others strengths. You have to build teams from the ground up and including management and coaches.

Ken Bates has to think ten years infront for the sake of Leeds United fans. It’s worrying to see he hired Gary McAllister on such a short term contract, because it doesn’t suggest he’s thinking too far ahead. Ken Bates has to find a manager he believes can take the club forward, and commit to him now! If that’s Gary McAllister, then do us all a favour and extend his contract now. It’ll relieve some of the pressure he’s already under, and help him concentrate solely on the games ahead. If he isn’t the right man, then he has to be replaced with someone that is unquestionably good enough to take Leeds United forward. He then has to be given freedom, time and room to operate without fear of losing his job.

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