I am not joking, I would rather listen to Katie Hopkins that hear even one word drip from the lips of Peter Ridsdale. I never took to him then; even less so now.
Ridsdale is now involved at Preston North End but it’s his involvement at Elland Road that rankles. Under his guidance, Leeds borrowed £60m against future gate receipts as they chased a dream.
It was less of a Field of Dreams that Ridsdale was building and more a Field of Screams. Ridsdale’s dream? That Leeds United would qualify season-after-season for the Champions League – they failed to do that. Indeed, they went from Champions League Semi-Final to League One in six seasons. Despite claiming not to be to blame, by the time Ridsdale left in 2003, Leeds United were £103m in debt and a failure on the field.
Now he’s firmly snug at the Lilywhites who have just raided near neighbours Wigan Athletic for their Euxton training ground. PNE hope to migrate their players and staff and operations over to the new site ready for October international break.
Commenting on the security of this new facility, Ridsdale joked:
“I’m sure Bielsa with his spies (if we get them in the) FA Cup can get over the wall! From our point of view – which the fans may not like – it’s discreet in the sense it’s behind closed doors so you can’t just walk in and watch.”
Peter, stop talking. The mess you helped to create at Elland Road means that your privilege to talk about the Whites has been revoked.
Has anyone got Katie Hopkins’ number? Failing that, needles for my eyes.