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Ken Bates speaks out on Leeds United, and has no plans to return

Leeds United fans do not have to worry about their former owner making a comeback.

Leeds United have had a rollercoaster week off the field, but fans can rest assured it is not going to be complicated more so by an old face.

Massimo Cellino has been disqualified from owning the club by the Football League due to an old conviction over a missed tax bill in Italy, and intends to appeal. He has more positively, helped secure £20 million towards helping the club regain financial balance to meet ongoing payments.

Former owner Ken Bates is in part accountable for the situation Cellino inherited, along with GFH, but says he has no intention of returning.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Bates said he had heard rumours, or fears, from fans on national radio phone-ins, that the Football League decision was in some way manoeuvring on his part to get back involved at the club.

He said: "I have no wish to return to Leeds United. I've done my stint.

"I spent eight years, bloody hard work, 55 hours a week. I put £30 million into it, and lost it all. In return, we had a Premier League (standard) ground, and cleared out the Risdale debts.

"Cellino is rebuilding he mess slowly left behind by GFH, it'll come right in the end."

Bates' time at Leeds is far more complex than he makes out, deciding against buying back Elland Road from outside investors, with the club still renting it - although Cellino has stated it is his desire to buy it back outright.

The situation at Leeds is currently tangled enough without Bates sticking his oar in, and a nightmare for fans would be a sudden return as temporary chairman if Cellino were to stand down - yet it appears quite clearly, that won't be an option.

The rest just comes down to whether fans believe he is truly out of the picture, or still lobbying various parties behind the scenes and having his say.

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