Why is the Bahrain based company interested in the club? No mention of a great heritage, the trumpet call of all Leeds fans, instead the key factors cited are the fan base and the fact that Leeds are debt free. (Please note, it seems like this is a commercial venture, not a Manchester City style spendfest.)
Now Bates may have done his best to undermine that fan base during his time at the helm, but it was his very careful stewardship which has put the club's finances in order. The decision to go into administration and take the points deduction was controversial - and represented cheating in some people's eyes - but a new Leeds rose, phoenix like, from the ashes of the Ridsdale era and, whilst the wilderness years have been agony for the fans, the now very real prospect of a return to the Premiership Promised Land should be compensation enough. A financially bouyant club stands a much better chance of flourishing in the top division than a club struggling to service debts.
Of course, there's many a slip between hand and mouth, so the deal may yet flounder but that seems unlikely. And if it goes through, LUST and all the critics of Bates should order a large slice of humble pie. Chelsea fans hated him but look at where Chelsea are now. Maybe, just maybe, Bates has worked his magic and pulled another rabbit from the hat!