Leeds takeover: “Onwards and upwards” - Warnock

Leeds boss Neil Warnock
Leeds boss Neil Warnock
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Leeds boss Neil Warnock says it’s a case of “onwards and upwards” following the news that GFH Capital are to take over ownership of the club.

The takeover deal was announced yesterday (Nov 21) and GFH Deputy CEO David Haigh will join the board with immediate effect with two further GFH executives joining the board in December after a transitional period.

Neil Warnock told the club website: “It’s a fabulous step. It’s been a long time, but it’s a progressive step for the club in general.

“I’ve spoken to them (GFH Capital) over the past few months, but I’d prefer to not speak too much about it at the moment because I don’t know enough about the ins and outs at this stage.

“It will give some closure to the whole saga though. Everything should be lifted. We have to roll our sleeves up. This has given people a lift and personally I’m so pleased we are playing the best two teams in the league next. I think that’s appropriate. It gives everyone an opportunity to get together and give it a go.

“I only look at the future. I think we can look forward. It’s a positive thing from a mental side of things. It’s going to be difficult for the next five weeks or so, but we can get things ready so we can move in January. Once that comes we can have a right good go. We have four months to give it our best shot and in the meantime we have to pick up as many points as possible.

“We have to turn the corner, but we have some decent players. The crowd can help us over the next four or five weeks as well. Let’s roll our sleeves up. It’s onwards and upwards for us all now. Everything is positive. Let’s have a go.”

With the loan deadline due to close at 5pm today Warnock isn’t expecting a major influx, with the addition of maybe one or two new faces.

“It’ll probably be January,” he said. “I’m trying to bring one or two in but that was the case before this and I haven’t changed targets if that makes sense. It’s not a matter of finance, it’s about availability and clubs letting them out.”