‘Whatever he was jabbering on about’ - Leeds striker’s disrespectful comment about City chief
PUBLISHED: 12:53 17 May 2020 | UPDATED: 08:47 18 May 2020
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Patrick Bamford went down as a loan flop at Norwich City but now the Leeds striker has put himself back in the social media firing line of Canaries fans, with some disrespectful comments about sporting director Stuart Webber.
Some supporters of the Championship leaders got worked up on Wednesday when Webber gave a wide-ranging interview on Sky Sports News and gave his views on how the suspended season should be completed.
He suggested that relegation would only be fair on the three Premier League clubs that go down if the Championship clubs had also managed to finish off their season, with Leeds currently top, a point clear of West Brom and seven of Fulham in third.
Bamford - who failed to score in seven appearances in the top flight for City when on loan from Chelsea in 2016 - played up to the crowd and criticised that standpoint during a live video on Leeds United’s official Twitter account, when discussing the possibility of promotion being sealed without another ball being kicked.
“If that’s the way it happens I think we’ve done all we can this season to get up,” he said. “I think rightly so. If it finishes now, we’ve been definitely top two, probably the best team in the league the whole season so I think no one could complain about us going up.
“I actually saw about that lad from Norwich who said he was a Leeds fan, whatever he was jabbering on about, it honestly made no sense.
“So I think that if we went up now, one it would be just and two, the fact that I scored the last goal is quite a good thing to tell my kids when I’m older.”
The Football League confirmed in a statement on Friday afternoon that Championship clubs “wish to play on and conclude their season” to clear up any doubts, following the early conclusion of the League Two season earlier that day and talks continuing about a possible League One conclusion.
City chief Webber had said on Wednesday: “In my opinion it needs to be settled on the pitch, not off the pitch, because a big question we have around restarting is it’s fine if we restart and three teams are relegated.
“I appreciate you’re saying we’re adrift but we look at it as we’re only six points off 16th, rather than being adrift, but if we do that’s fine because that’s where football should be played, on the pitch not in the boardroom.
“But the Championship has to restart and play all of its games also. What we could not accept is a situation where we play out all of our games, get relegated, but then the Championship can’t play - because we don’t even know if the government are going to let them play, they automatically promote some teams who haven’t finished the season.
“Because anyone that is promoted from the Championship, it is a 46 or 49 game slog. It’s a bit like saying the FA Cup finishes now, we can’t complete it.
“We’re in the quarter-finals and beat a Championship top six team away, we’ve beaten two Premier League teams away - does that mean we win the FA Cup, qualify for Europe and we all get a medal?”
It’s understood that plans are in place for both the Premier League and the Championship to resume next month, as clubs start returning to training with social distancing and hygiene protocols in place, with English clubs following progress in Germany closely, where the top two tiers resumed action this weekend.
- See the links below for Webber’s full comments from that interview.