Ken Bates hits out at Leeds United owners

Chairman Ken Bates of Leeds United talks to the press during a press conference at Elland Road Stadium on January 27, 2005
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Ken Bates believes that it is important for current owners Gulf Finance House Capital to sell Leeds united quickly.

Former Leeds United owner Ken Bates has called for the company currently in charge to get "out the way" as uncertainty continues to surround the club.

Gulf Finance House Capital were unable to complete a deal to sell the club to Massimo Cellino, who failed to pass the Football League's owners' test after being found guilty of tax evasion in Italy last week.

Bates, who sold Leeds to GFH in December 2012, believes that any solution would be better than the current situation the club is in.

"[GFH] claim to be a multi-million-pound bank, so why did my wife have to lend them £1m this time last year to pay wages? And why are they scrabbling around today to pay the wages tomorrow. It's hand-to-mouth all the time," the 82-year-old told Radio Yorkshire.

"I'd like to see GFH out the way. Somebody, anybody, who takes it over must be better than them."

Cellino has confirmed that he will appeal against the Football League's decision.

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