Leeds United Chairman Reflects on Playoff Defeat and Looks Ahead to Future

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Leeds United’s Chairman, Paraag Marathe, has addressed the club’s supporters following their recent playoff defeat, which means another season in the Championship. Despite the setback, Marathe expressed gratitude to the fans and outlined the club’s plans moving forward.

“While we weren’t able to accomplish our final goal of earning promotion this season, I want to thank you all for your continuous support for the club and squad throughout the campaign,” Marathe stated. He praised the team’s effort, noting that “Daniel and the squad earned an impressive 90 points, which is a fantastic achievement.”

Looking ahead, Marathe emphasized the importance of preparing for the next season with a strategic approach. “We enter this summer with the primary goal of putting ourselves in the best position to compete for promotion next season. I can promise you that as we regroup, we’ll be consistent in our approach of operating with a deliberate strategy to put the most competitive team on the pitch that we can.”

In a video interview which is embedded above from Sky Sports News, Marathe confirmed that Daniel Farke would remain as the club’s manager. “Daniel has been fantastic. I’m excited about working with him again this season… we have a long-term plan, a long-term commitment,” Marathe affirmed. He highlighted Farke’s effective management under challenging circumstances and expressed confidence in their partnership.

However, Marathe acknowledged the financial challenges the club faces, particularly regarding compliance with profit and sustainability rules. “Sacrifices will have to be made for the club to comply with profit and sustainability rules,” he noted. Addressing concerns about the club’s financial status, he clarified, “What is not in those numbers that were reported was some of the inbound payments that we also have… the net is already a little bit lower than what was reported.”

Regarding player transfers, Marathe indicated that while some top players might attract attention, the club would strive to retain its key talents. “It’s too early to rule anything out, but they are hopeful of trying to keep hold of their best players,” he said. He acknowledged that trade-offs would be necessary to ensure compliance with financial regulations but reassured supporters that the club would remain competitive. “We have what we need to be competitive, and we’ll shape the squad accordingly.”

As Leeds fans look forward to the upcoming season, Marathe concluded with a message of unity and optimism: “Above all, your collective energy and passion at Elland Road, and travelling with the squad, will be critical to our next campaign. You are the best supporters in the world and we felt that at every single match this season.”

Leeds United supporters will soon be able to mark their calendars, as the club’s fixtures and key EFL dates will be announced on June 26th at 9:00 in the morning.

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