Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers admits that the club need to communicate better with the fans.
Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that the club need to work on communicating with the fans.
Many of the Leeds supporters have become frustrated with the club’s handling of key matters, namely the contract of head coach Neil Redfearn and last week’s controversial withdrawal of six players from the squad due to injuries.
Umbers has admitted that last week’s situation before the Championship game against Charlton Athletic away from home at The Valley should have been handled better.
However, the Whites chairman has pointed out that this is not the first time that Leeds fans have not shown full trust in the club’s owners.
When asked to comment on the fact that many of the Leeds fans do not trust what is said to them by the club, Umbers told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “I think, with respect, there’s been a trust issue here for donkey’s years. Fifteen years maybe. It’s always the Leeds United way.
“However, what Massimo has always said, what I’ve always said, is that we respect the fact that the fans pay money. The fans own Leeds United and in a way they own the club.
“The fact is that we need to be able to communicate better. It was handled appallingly (last week) and within 10 minutes of training finishing at Thorp Arch on Friday, before they got on the bus at 2pm, it was tweeted that six players weren’t playing. So of course there’s a conspiracy.”
Umbers is right on both counts. This is not the first time that Leeds fans have voiced their frustrations at a club owner.
However, there can be no hiding from the fact that club needed to have handled last week’s situation better.
After all, it was quite unusual that as many six players withdrew themselves from the game due to injuries on the same day.
It is not just with this situation that the Leeds bosses have left the fans confused. When Steve Thompson was suspended, no official reason was given. That matter should have also been handled better.