Ken Bates gives verdict on Leeds clash with Wednesday, and Milanic's next step

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Former Leeds United chairman Ken Bates is optimistic about the club's direction.

Ken Bates is a controversial football figure, and around Leeds he is seen as an unpopular one.

Former chairman of the club, the 82-year-old still has a weekly show on Radio Yorkshire, and was quizzed on Thursday about the progress and previous performance of the Elland Road side.

Bates was highly positive about the side, although whether fans appreciate the comments, given where they have come from, is another matter.

He said, regarding the recent 1-1 draw against rivals Sheffield Wednesday: "We lost 6-0 last time we played them, so obviously it was a tremendous improvement.

"I thought the little passing movements in the first half (were good), second half they went down a bit, it was a bit more physical.

"The Wednesday goal was brilliant, and I thought our equaliser was equally good, and last few minutes their goalkeeper kept us in the game, so I think it's very encouraging.

"We are only three points behind the playoffs, we have the international break, which will give the new coach real time to get to know his players.

"Playing twice a week it's like being on a conveyer belt. Hopefully we will really start seeing results from what is a team beginning to gel."

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