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Last Updated: Friday, 14 April 2006, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Blackwell will not quit Leeds job
Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell
Blackwell has led Leeds into a guaranteed play-off place
Leeds United boss Kevin Blackwell says he will not walk away from the club despite receiving hate mail from fans.

Blackwell had been quoted as saying on Friday: "If people are not happy with what I'm doing, I don't have to hang around here."

But later he told BBC Radio Leeds: "At no point have I considered leaving the club and I will certainly not be driven out by those who make threats.

"I am very proud to be manager of Leeds United Football Club."

The earlier quotes from Blackwell included him saying: "If they don't want me, that's the way it is going to be. When I get threats to my well-being, you have to wonder why people do the job sometimes."

But now Blackwell has told the BBC he has no intention of being forced out.

The abuse from a minority of supporters has, according to reports, included threats of physical violence and the 47-year-old fears for the safety of his family.

The Elland Road club have not won in six games and have failed to score in over six hours after moving to within three points of second-placed Sheffield United.

However, Leeds' failure to take advantage of the Blades' wobble has seen their Yorkshire rivals open up a nine-point lead with only four games remaining.

Blackwell, who worked for 17 years under Blades boss Neil Warnock, has led the west Yorkshire side to a guaranteed play-off spot in just his second year in charge at Elland Road.

"There's a history we have to carry and it's a heavy burden for players to carry but I think they have done it fantastically well this season," he added.

"I said to people there would be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season and that has proved to be the case."

Leeds issued a statement of support of their manager and condemned those responsible for sending the threatening mail.


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