Millionaire Leeds tycoon will make fans despair over Evans revelation
By Coral Barry
A Leeds millionaire has admitted he would not want to be the club’s owner at this moment in time.
Steve Parkin, a life-long Leeds fan, made his fortune through fashion distribution and his net-worth is estimated to be around £100million.
The Yorkshireman attempted to buy the club in 2013 and was again mooted to be close to a take-over late last year, but he has admitted Leeds in its current state is not attractive partly due to the publicity it would create and partly due to the conduct of Steve Evans.
“It would be hard work with the manager,” said Mr Parkin, speaking to the Telegraph.
“I’m not into having my mugshot over the papers. I’ve got four young children. That’s what scares me about it. At the moment I wouldn’t do it because I haven’t got time.”
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Leeds is currently owned by the controversial Massimo Cellino.
Cellino has attracted plenty of press since taking over in 2014, including receiving two Football League bans on his ownership of Leeds.
The Italian however remains in charge and is on his sixth manager at the club, with speculation growing he could be about to move onto his seventh.
Steve Evans was only appointed in October, but after a run of 12 league games with just two wins, the 53-year-old is under pressure to turn Leeds around.
The Whites are languishing in 16th place in the Championship and Leeds-based Parkin believes to make his beloved club a success again, he would need to take full control.
He said: “At some stage, I’ll ease off here, but if I put my money into Leeds, I’d want to being running it.
“I’d want to know what was going on and I haven’t got time for that right now.”
Leeds face a trip to Cardiff on Tuesday as they look to put together successive league victories for the first time since December.