Bates blasts Leeds fans

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Leeds manager Ken Bates has labelled fans who protested against his chairmanship at the weekend as “morons” and told them he “ain’t going anywhere”.

Around 300 disgruntled Leeds supporters gathered in the Elland Road car park ahead of Saturday’s home defeat to Middlesbrough in protest at the club’s lack of investment in team strengthening over the summer.

Bates said in last night’s programme notes for the home game with Hull: “I’m saying I’m unimpressed by the demonstrations of a few morons on Saturday and ain’t going anywhere soon.

“Some fans may not like me, or agree with me, but you’re stuck with me.

“I saved your club in 2005 and 2007 when nobody else would. The rebuilding of Leeds United is a bit like sex. In an age of instant gratification, Leeds United is having a long, drawn-out affair with plenty of foreplay and slow arousal.”