By Alex Briggs
As more dark clouds loom over Elland Road, owner Massimo Cellino has released his latest weather report predicting a bright future for the whites.
Leeds United have confirmed that season ticket sales have doubled from this stage last season following the unique offer from the club.
It was announced last week that the Yorkshire club would freeze prices on their season tickets whilst offering up to 50 percent back should Leeds fail to make the play-offs.
Leeds fan Graham Scaife said: “most people are buying so they can continue the support of the team and days out with family and friends. Why should Massimo Cellino deny them that.”
Boasting one of the league’s most passionate fan bases, this initiative has encouraged some supporters to invest in the club as they aim to reach the heights of yester years.
However not all are over joyed by the release, as fan Josh Morris, 19, said: “We shouldn’t need an incentive like money back to finish in the play-offs we should be doing that anyway.”
Jack Brownridge, who has remained a loyal supporter of Leeds through the thickest of times, sent out this tweet after having his season ticket renewal letter posted this morning.
Got my season ticket renewal stuff in the post this morning.. Went straight in the bin😂🙄 #lufc
— Jack Brownridge (@Jack_Brownridge) 29 April 2016
The idea as a whole has divided opinions but it is without doubt an intriguing way to go about the clubs business. As finance has always troubled Leeds United some have said this is another ‘jigsaw piece’ to the puzzle as confusion to whether refunds will in fact take place circulates.
With two games remaining of the 2015/16 season only an optimist would predict this current Leeds United squad to finish inside the top six places. Should they not reach the play-offs, the club could be dipping deep into its back pockets to refund the faith that the supporters put in the hierarchy.
It remains unknown as to the exact amount of tickets sold, but with the clubs ticket office releasing a quote to which they said “sales for the 2016-17 term are more than twice as high as they were for this season at the same stage last year”