Leeds fans mail pens to Ken Bates in bid to oust owner

Ken Bates
Ken Bates has come under intense pressure from Leeds fans this summer, who are angry at his continued ownership of the club. Photo: PA

Fans of Leeds United have begun sending pens to owner Ken Bates as part of a campaign to oust the 80-year-old and hurry through a takeover of the club.

The cheeky campaign, dubbed Pen4Ken, originated on Twitter, with fans arranging to send pens to Elland Road, addressed to Bates, for him to use to sign off on a reported takeover deal which has dragged on throughout the summer.

An official Twitter account has also been set up and on Friday morning published details of Bates' home address in Monaco.

A takeover of Leeds had looked on the cards earlier this summer, when an unnamed group thought to be from the Middle East entered into a period of due diligence ahead of a potential purchase of Bates' 72.85% share of the club.

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Sent off my #Pen4Ken , there's going to be one bemused postie on Princess Grace Avenue for the next few days. #fortheloveofgodmanjustgo

But earlier this month it appeared the deal had stalled, with the exclusivity period for the consortium ended without a takeover going through.

Since then no progress has been made, and though Leeds fans had hoped for cash investment to fire their promotion push this season, the chances of a takeover before the transfer window closes on 31st August look slim.

Manager Neil Warnock admitted as much in his press conference on Thursday, in which he admitted his side had "not a cat in hell's chance" of promotion without significant transfer funds.

"It would be great for me to sign three or four good players on loan or permanently but it’s not to be," Warnock said.

"All managers know what the situation is at their club and that’s why, as a manager, all you can do is do your best, try to put out a team who’ll give everything and get every ounce of energy out of them."

Ken Bates bought Leeds United in January 2005, and has overseen the club's relegation to League One, a 15-point deduction in the wake of a controversial administration process, and their subsequent return to the Championship.