Shepherd Buying Leeds United May Be A Good Deal


Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd, is apparently considering a bid to buy Leeds United.

Shepherd made more than £37M by selling the Shepherd family’s 28% stake in Newcastle United to new billionaire owner Mike Ashley. It’s been said that Freddy is missing the day to day excitement of running a big club.

Certainly he would seem to have the funds to buy Leeds United, which has a great brand name in English Football.

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Freddy Shepherd – considering a bid to buy Leeds United Football Club

Certainly we think the purchase of Leeds United by Shepherd could be a good deal. Generally in business you look for a good brand name and if it’s in trouble that’s usually a good time to buy. Leeds United has been one of the top clubs in England since Don Revie became manager 40 years or so ago. It is now struggling big time but that’s only indicative of a good time to buy.

We think with Freddy’s experience of being the chairman of Newcastle United over the last 10 years he would have a good chance of getting the club back into the Premiership and if he can do that he’ll make a killing on the deal.

Ken Bates, the former Chelsea chairman now owns Leeds United and he has already held some discussions with Freddy and these are reported to be at an advanced stage. Shepherd and Bates were reportedly spotted dining together in Newcastle last week.

There are some complications with the deal. Apparently the old football club company, Leeds United Association Football Club Ltd, will be taken from administration into liquidation, probably by administrators KPMG. The funds received from Bates for the club will then be used to pay off non-football creditors at a reported rate of 11p in the pound. Then the club, under the new name of Leeds United 2007 Ltd, a company in which Bates, Shaun Harvey and Mark Taylor are all directors, will be allowed to re-apply for full membership of the Football Association. Presumably once this is all completed, a bid from Shepherd can be officially lodged.

So it may take a little while but on paper it looks like it may be a good place for Shepherd to put some of his millions, if he can get the club at a decent price. One last thing – you have to wonder if Shepherd was involved in getting Paul Huntington to Leeds United in any – an interesting thought.

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24 comments so far

  • Pete

    Sep 9, 2007 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #1

    we all hate leeds scum

    durty leeds

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  • TheGelderdEnd

    Sep 9, 2007 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    I wish people would actually bother to do some research before regurgitating tat by the National media hell bent on fuelling unrest at Leeds United. FACT ken bates CANNOT sell my club to anyone until next July at the earliest. This is an “anti embarrasment” clause put in by the KPMG after they sold tmy club back to him. So NO STORY-well at least unti after Christmas?

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  • JoshI

    Sep 9, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    We all hate Shepherd scum

    dirty Shepherd

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  • Hammy

    Sep 9, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh dear…….

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  • Dirk

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #5

    well im from wakefield which is next to leeds n its a great place!! alan smith is from wake to n as i recall milner is from leeds so f*&k off pete

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  • Dirk

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #6

    leeds always get gr8 talent

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  • Dirk

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    smith viduka milner lennon woodgate robinson ferdinand kewell bowyer all played for leeds all rated highly

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  • Sam

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Brilliant Business For Leeds, Who Are The Best Team In England

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  • Pete

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #9

    whats the premiership, championship and a cordless drill got in common?

    No Leeds

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  • Dirk

    Sep 9, 2007 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #10

    dun mata theyll b back inthe prem in no time n even as low as they r they they can still fart more talent than half the teams in the prem

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  • Chris F

    Sep 9, 2007 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #11

    indeed. thats why they now boast tore andre flo up front. *ahem*

    anyway, ridsdale….bates….shepherd………..it’s like a who’s who of a shit chairmen.

    i’d feel sorry for leeds fans, theyve had to endure some right old shit these past 10 years.

    but then i remember that they’re leeds fans.

    so i just laugh.

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  • TheGelderdEnd

    Sep 9, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Dirk, Smith is from Rothwell a suburb of South Leeds not Wakefield.

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  • Glenn

    Sep 9, 2007 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I really do hope Fat Fred takes over, just so we can laugh at the same high-quality comedy entertainment that the rest of the country has enjoyed for the past 10 years! As for you Leeds fans, haven’t you suffered enough? Oh well if any of you Yorkshiremen are fans of bluff, bluster and b*ll*cks and prefer a big pop-star signing to distract attention from the knee-jerk, shambolic way the club is being run and a total lack of long term strategy you’re in for a fantastic time!!!! Oh well Risdale, Bates & Shepherd, at least you can say you’ve done the sh*t chairman treble.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 9, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #14

    thats all they need a big fat twat makeing life even harder than it is for leeds

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  • Obafemi Martins

    Sep 9, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha! Rose-tinted glasses Ed? Shepherd is a poisonous, meddling, self-obsessed megalomaniac who damn near did the same to Newcastle that Ridsdale did to Leeds. I feel sorry for Leeds fans. Lovely place in the world, a great fans’ club, runied by a greedy twot, repeatedly relegated, put in financial administration several times, sold the whole club to an even greedier, more dodgy old man for a sum of money less than a third that of the value that you got for Rio Ferdinand’s transfer less than three years previously, now facing the prospect of purchase by fat self-serving crook Freddy Shepherd.

    R.I.P. Leeds United Football Club, what did you do to deserve this?

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  • WelshWizard

    Sep 9, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #16

    @Dirk

    Smith’s from Rothwell, that’s Leeds not Wakefield…
    Milner’s from over towards the airport from Horsforth

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  • Rich

    Sep 9, 2007 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #17

    oh dear, from Ken Bates to Freddy Shep??

    i feel soo sorry for leeds, they dont deserve this sort of treatment!!

    ED – Why have my posts stopped appearing when i post them???

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  • michael

    Sep 10, 2007 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Kicking a club when they’re down?
    Poor Leeds. I fear they may never again see the top division at this rate.

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  • evil dick

    Sep 10, 2007 at 5:08 AM

    Comment #19

    haha! go freddy! take them to the conference!

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 10, 2007 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Not sure who’s worse; Ridsdale, Bates or Shepherd?

    Leeds Utd are a PL side and the sooner they’re back the better…….

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  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 10, 2007 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Rich – I’m not aware they haven’t appeared (???)

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  • rich

    Sep 10, 2007 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Hey Ed, its strange sometiomes when i post it doesnt appear when i post but an hour or two later and other times its instantly? not sure why?

    ah well, again i feel sorry for Leeds, i think Shep will be an improvement on Bates but still…Leeds deserve to at least have a fighting chance!!

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  • Craig Allen

    Sep 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Shepherd to buy Leeds? Oh crap … just when you thought low was low enough

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  • perry

    Sep 11, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #24

    I dont care if Sheppard but what ever club he want. But for me, manage to get rid of Sheppard is the best moment as NUFC fans.

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