Is it just a personal vendetta against Master Bates or do LUST perhaps have other motives? This self annointed "Supporter's Trust" seems to be putting its own self publicity above the best interests of the club, based on the decision to break the "news" of the collapse of the take over yesterday.
According to the YEP - an organ that must stay loyal to Bates to maintain access at Elland Road perhaps - the deal is not yet dead in the water. It is injured and bleeding, and a Great Whites Shark is circling, but the head is still above water, just, and where there's life, there's hope.
So what were LUST up to yesterday? And who and what do they know exactly? There are lots of suggestions that they are in contact with the would be new owners and they claim that others are interested in bidding for the club, but we can all play that game. Anybody could have done the sums and worked out that the exclusivity period expired yesterday; dear God, even this Southern twat posted the day before that the deal had hit an impasse and what do I know?
There's no getting away from the fact that LUST's "announcement" has cast a shadow over the club only days before the big kick off, however. Suddenly Warnock has transfer listed two players and internecine warfare has broken out. The new players will be asking what is going on, Warnock will be twitchy, players like Bechio might start wondering if he wants to hang around and the fans are all set to demonstrate against the Board. What a way to go into the new season!
But the deal isn't dead, so why did LUST suggest it was? Let's put a different spin on it. The deal is still on as the new buyers seek to iron out a few issues but the club is so confident of selling the brand that they are inviting new bidders rather than extending exclusivity. Doesn't that read better? Isn't that the responsible way of reporting the present state of affairs? So why did LUST take the most destructive tack exactly?
All these hints about having a contact with the would be buyers invite suspicion. Are LUST receiving information only, or is there a more tangible incentive for acting as a stalking horse and agent provocateur for the prospective buyers? Are we talking free lunches, trips to Bahrain, free petrol vouchers, hard cash perhaps? Wouldn't a bad start to the season and a club tearing itself apart increase the pressure on Bates to sell, forcing the price down, and wouldn't that be worth money to the mystery buyers? No allegations here, just questions that might be posed and which should be answered.
So are LUST manipulating the situation or are LUST being manipulated themselves? I really can't understand what was to be gained from yesterday's announcement if the best interests of the club are the primary concern. Maybe it is just egos at stake in the case of LUST or maybe it is something more sinister. As an organisation, they keep calling for openness from Bates, but they are holding a pack of marked cards to their own chests aren't they? Why don't LUST reveal who and what they know and why, exactly, they are in this take over loop?
Calls for clarity cut both ways don't they?