Eddie Gray comments on Leeds Fans United takeover attempt

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Leeds legend comments on attempted fan group takeover.

Eddie Gray has told Radio Yorkshire that he felt a fan group takeover of Leeds United was simply too idealistic to work.

The club legend told the station on Wednesday at 8pm that football is too complex a business, and too expensive, for a group of fans to have total control.

Leeds Fans United claimed to have an agreement in principle to buy out Massimo Cellino's majority stake last October, The BBC reported, only for the Italian to later deny the reports.

Cellino remains in charge at Leeds, despite the ongoing desire of many fans for him to sell up.

Gray, reflecting on the saga, said: "The finances just were not there.

"I think some fans think, 'if we were in we'd run it we'd get all local players', it doesn't work like that. There are agents in the game, and players want to move on."

The concept of Leeds Fans United was an idea which energised much of the fanbase, believing that the dream of forcing Cellino out was possible.

The problem is as Gray points out, financially it is a huge ask, and meeting Massimo Cellino's asking price would only be the start.

Money would be required to spend on players, and also to buy the stadium and training ground, which are currently leased.

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