Ken Bates reveals failure to sell Leeds United to Yorkshire based multi-millionaire

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Former Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says he once tried to sell the club to multi-millionaire Paul Sykes.

Ken Bates has told the Oldham Chronicle that he attempted to sell Leeds United to Yorkshire based millionaire Paul Sykes.

The controversial owner eventually sold the club to Bahrain based GFH Capital, who failed to live up to any positive expectations which were held when the took over, with Massimo Cellino's Eleonara Sports currently owning the majority shareholding.

With all the ongoing wrangling off the field over the past few seasons, could it have been different with Sykes overseeing affairs? Bates explains in his interview that the businessman could not be convinced to get involved.

He said: "In the old days, fans went to watch their team play. Now they go to watch them win. You used to be judged weekly, now it’s hourly.

“Unfortunately social media gives anyone the Dutch courage to slag off people in a way they would never do face-to-face. It has lost Leeds three really good investors. I talked to Paul Sykes, who was a Leeds fan, and he told me he didn’t need the aggravation."

Sykes has an estimated worth of £400 million, report The Guardian, with his recent £1.5 million donation to UKIP well documented.

He previously donated £1.5 million to St James Hospital in Leeds, reported the BBC, after being treated there for cancer.

As one of Britain's wealthiest individuals, he would not have lacked the funds to rejuvenate the club on and off the field.

There still may be an avenue to pursue. With Leeds Fans LLP, the group aiming to raise funds to buy back a stake in the club, discussing plans to meet with supporter and actor Russell Crowe, reported by the BBC, an attempt to seek a huge donation from Sykes, who is richer than the Hollywood star, may not be a bad idea either.

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