Chris Sutton delivers Leeds endorsement on Twitter
By Alex Stevens
Chris Sutton has strongly suggested on Twitter he is desperate for Leeds to be back in the Premier League next season.
The acerbic BT Sport and BBC pundit, who is renowned for his no-holds-barred views, re-tweeted an article by the Sportsman website on Friday about how Leeds fans are starting to believe once again in their club.
The Sportsman promoted the article by insisting it “would love to see Leeds back in the Premier League”, and Sutton appeared to endorse that view on his personal Twitter account.
Leeds are pushing strongly for a return to the Premier League after 13 years in the lower leagues.
Following five consecutive Championship finishes between 13th and 15th, Garry Monk has transformed the side’s fortunes since taking over last summer and steered them to fourth in the table with eight matches of the campaign remaining.
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Leeds are well placed to secure one of the four play-off spots but their chances of automatic promotion are less likely, given an eight-point gap behind Brighton, the side they beat 2-0 at Elland Road last time out.
A place in the top two secures automatic promotion, with the next four best positioned sides then placed in the end-of-season play-offs in late May.
Promotion to the Premier League is hugely lucrative for all promoted clubs as a result of the £8.3billion broadcasting deal that came into effect at the start of this season.
The bottom club in the Premier League is entitled to a minimum of £100.5million in TV revenue and, bumped up by parachute payments and increases in sponsorship deals, kit deals and match day revenue, a season in the top flight is worth a staggering £189.7million in total.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.