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Leeds ponder stadium sale


Birch says a supermarket could replace Elland Road
Leeds chief executive Trevor Birch has admitted that the club will consider leaving Elland Road.
Defeat at Southampton sent Leeds to the bottom of the Barclaycard Premiership on Saturday and crippling debts mean they may be forced to sell players.

Birch admits Leeds need a new stadium to raise the revenue required to compete at the highest level.

And he believes the site of the current ground would be ideal for redevelopment as a supermarket.


"Yes, it's true we are exploring every option and the possibility is that one day in the future the site will be redeveloped," said Birch.

"We need to have a new stadium, whether it's at Elland Road or elsewhere, to have the revenue needed to compete at the highest level. It's a simple fact of life in the Premiership.

"Redevelopment for the stadium will, at some stage, be the goal but it's a long way down the line. I think it will happen.

"It's in a prime industrial area and would be an ideal site for somewhere like an Asda. It's worth a great deal of money."

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These words from Birch sound quite shocking:eek:

Selling the stadium was believed to be the last resort, something that hardly would happen.Our chief executive publicly admitting that stadium sale is a possibility sounds very alarming.And where would the club go from Elland Road? Is there any other stadium in Leeds with moderate capacity? I haven't heard of any.Is it really possible that LUFC will start playing home matches outside of Leeds?
 

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Good luck and welcome to the club. :groan:
 

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oh my God..
the situation is very desperate.. Leeds can't sell players forever..
I really wish you the best of luck, seeing that it got to the point where selling the stadium is the last soloution, then you'll need a miracle to pull you out of the current crisis.. an Abrahamovich type miracle, and by the way, if that Bahrini sheikh was really interested in buying the club, he would have done so already
 

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Balis-of-Steel said:
But is that stadium sale to reduce debts and stave off banruptcy? or a sale for a bigger stadium?

probably for the debt, if they want to build a new stadium, than they'll go back to the drawing board, Arsenal are building a bigger stadium, and it's really affecting their spending, and they're a big club which has been in the top 3 every season since 1998 (or maybe even before), so I guess a new stadium for Leeds would mean more financial problems for them
 

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When the unthinkable happens and Elland Road is sold then ground share with another club (Bradford? :rolleyes: )is the only possibility.Building new stadium would cost such a fortune LUFC can only dream about.
 
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