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Thursday, 30 January, 2003, 17:06 GMT
'Why I am leaving Leeds'
An angry Leeds fan explains wht the sale of Jonathan Woodgate is the final straw

Leeds' decision to sell Jonathan Woodgate was the final straw, the one that well and truly broke the camel's back.

I have had enough.

After watching player after player after player go through the Elland Road exit door - I have decided to follow.

That's right, I am committing football's cardinal sin.

I am divorcing Leeds United, and as of now I am looking for another club.

I have supported Leeds since I was eight years old and I remember all of the lows and the darkest days in Division Two.

Selling our soul

I remember players like Frank Strandli, Ian Baird and Phil Masinga embarrassing themselves on the Elland Road pitch.

I remember the glamour signings, players like Thomas Brolin, Lee Sharpe and Robbie Fowler.

All were feted as symbols of a brand new dawn, but all departed under a cloud.

Phil Masinga
'Fond' memories of Phil Masinga in the mid-90s

I even put up with the sales of Eric Cantona and Rio Ferdinand to our arch rivals Manchester United.

But selling Jonathan Woodgate is akin to selling the soul of the football club.

Only last year Peter Ridsdale described Woodgate, Alan Smith and Paul Robinson as the club's crown jewels, pledging they would never be sold.

But Leeds have become the Premiership's equivalent of a car boot sale - roll up with your money and grab a bargain.

What would happen if Manchester United, or more likely Arsenal, came sniffing around for Paul Robinson?

Answers needed

How will Leeds ever achieve anything again if they sell their best young players?

Leeds fans want, deserve and need answers from Ridsdale.

Why was David O'Leary given money the club could clearly not afford to make non-essential signings like Fowler?

When Fowler came to Leeds the club already had Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Michael Bridges and Robbie Keane, as well as Harry Kewell.

Someone who was controlling the purse strings has made huge and costly mistakes - that person should pay the price.

Rumours persist that Keane and Ferdinand left Elland Road for a fraction of their reported transfer fees.

I have had enough and I have been with the club for years, why would Terry Venables stay - he's only been there five minutes?

I am sorry that it has come to this, there have been good times as well as bad and I will take with me some fond memories.

But enough is enough. I can't take the betrayal anymore - and I doubt very much that I am the only one.

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