Kerr hails the return of Leeds

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Former Leeds United player Dylan Kerr has congratulated his old club following their promotion back into the English Premier League, with two games to spare.

The Whites ended their 16-year wait for Premier League football, after fellow promotion chasers West Bromwich Albion were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield on Friday night.

Kerr who played at Leeds between 1989 and 1993 hails the promotion as a massive milestone, specifically for the club’s huge fan base.

“On a scale of 1-100, the return of Leeds United in the Premier League is a thousand and by that the fan base in Leeds is unbelievable,” Kerr tells FARPost.

“When I first started going to watch them at the age of 5 with my Dad, it was massive. It has been a long time and they finally got it right. They have grinded results this year after missing out last year and they got a bit of luck especially towards the end of the season but a fantastic achievement what they have done and the whole Leeds past and present players are all delighted because it means so much to all of them,” he said.

The current Baroka coach adds that a lot of factors contributed to the three-times Premiership Champions taking this long to return to the elite League.

“There has been a few factors, change of ownership, poor ownership where money was not available. It has been a roller-coaster 16 years to be fair and at the end of the day you got to have a manager that players believe in, and since (Marcelo) Bielsa has come over the players have gone out and done the job for him. That is what you need to be successful as a football club,” said Kerr who was part of the team that won the Premier League in 1992.

“Look they have been out of the Premier League for 16 years, the club will have to come out and invest for the nest season if they are going to remain in the Premier League as you know it is always tough. But apparently there is a lot of Middle East people that are interested in Leeds United and I think now that they are in the Premier League you will see some rich Arab similar to Man City coming in and buying Leeds United.

“Leeds has a massive fan base and if you get the right buyer who will give the money and trust the management of the team I can’t see why not,” the 53-year-old said on what it would take for the club to remain in the top League for longer.

Leeds are yet to clinch the Championship title, although a failure for Brentford (3rd placed) to win at Stoke on Saturday will do that.

They are looking to become league champions for the seventh time in club history, while it would be the fourth time they have finished 1st in the second tier of English football.

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