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Bamba: We're not far off promotion - but things need to be better upstairs

The Leeds loanee has been discussing his side's promotion chances ahead of next season.

It's not often a team finishing 15th discusses earning promotion the following campaign.

But Leeds United are no ordinary team. Such is the size of their support, a Premier League berth would be far from inappropriate.

And how good would the Yorkshire club be without the off-field turmoil that affected them so much this term? They wouldn't be far off promotion, Sol Bamba thinks, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

Indeed, the Ivorian centre-back, on loan at Leeds this season and hoping to making his deal permanent at Elland Road, thinks his side have shown all the requisite qualities for a promotion tilt - in spurts.

But, for Leeds to be able to challenge consistently in the Championship, Bamba admits things need to improve 'upstairs,' thereby delivering a clear message to owner Massimo Cellino and the rest of the club's hierarchy. 

The 30-year-old said: "I think we're not far at all, to be honest. We've showed when we play against the best sides in the Championship that we can compete. It's all about keeping clean sheets and taking your chances, being resilient and never giving up.

"And I think we've shown that during the season. We're definitely not far away but things needs to be better upstairs - the decision-making - for us to be focused on the football.

"Because, at the minute, even if you don't want to get involved too much, you can't help it, because everyone's saying and thinking about it, it's difficult not to listen. It's difficult when you don't know who the manager's going to be."

A stable summer will, of course, be crucial to Leeds' hopes next season - whether that's to do with challenging for promotion or just vying to stay in the second tier.

Let's see what the coming months will throw up at Elland Road. Whatever happens, it's likely to be eventful...

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