Last updated : 30 January 2003 By Editor

Leeds’ deal with Newcastle for Woodgate has all but been pushed through as the moneymen apply the pressure on your Yorkshire friends. Such is the seriousness of Leeds’ position part of their Thorpe Arch complex has been sacrificed to developers whilst their lucrative (when Leeds were in Europe anyway!) travel business has also been cashed in.

The on-off-on Woodgate sale may well have been orchestrated to reflect as well as possible on El Tel and keep the fans off his back but such is the club’s desperation we hear two other saleable “assets” have been used as “collateral” to raise money from American bankers. With the “assets” in question having found out our snout wings in: “Elland Road isn’t a happy place to be right now, heh heh.” El Tel’s position is left hanging by a thread but having said that, his position is probably only marginally less secure than the future of the club itself.

And the best thing of all this is of course…..

…..this is exactly the future the Divs face given a failure to qualify for Europe. Oh, the fun of seeing rivals mortgaging their future.