The Kaiser Chiefs Are Trying To Get Rid Of Ken Bates

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

It’s no secret that English rock band The Kaiser Chiefs are huge Leeds United fans. Even their name comes from Kaizer Chiefs, the first club of Leeds’ legendary former captain Lucas Radebe. So why are they now campaigning against Leeds chairman Ken Bates?

Bass player Simon Rix explained that the band were unhappy with the dismissal of manager Simon Grayson:

The Leeds manager, Simon Grayson, came to our gig in Llandudno. He knew the team hadn’t been playing well but he was positive about things. So I renewed my season ticket – and then he got sacked.

We put “Bates” on (guitarist Andrew “Whitey” White’s) amp and “Out!” on mine.

Leeds used to be one of the great clubs of English football, with a time-honored tradition, but everything is average nowadays. So with their campaign, the Kaiser Chiefs might hope to start an angry mob. Some might even predict a riot unless Bates goes into retirement in the hope that the heat dies down. Ruby.

Full Story: The Guardian

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