'I can promise you' - Paraag Marathe breaks his silence on Leeds United's promotion failure

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A promise has been made to Leeds United supporters by chairman Paraag Marathe that a consistent and deliberate strategy will deliver the most competitive team possible from August. Two days on from a gutting defeat at Wembley in the Championship play-off final has given the American time to reflect on the campaign.

Marathe has called on fans to keep the side’s 90-point tally in mind when they look back on a campaign which eventually left them empty-handed. The 49ers Enterprises chief also congratulated the second tier’s three promoted outfits.

“While we weren’t able to accomplish our final goal of earning promotion this season, I want to thank you all for your continuous support for the club and squad throughout the campaign,” he said. “Daniel [Farke] and the squad earned an impressive 90 points, which is a fantastic achievement and shouldn’t be overlooked.

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“Congratulations to Ipswich Town and Leicester City for their near-historic points totals which earned them automatic promotion, and to Southampton for persevering through the play-offs. We enter this summer with the primary goal of putting ourselves in the best position to compete for promotion next season.”

As with any club that has recently been relegated from the Championship, cloths will need to be cut accordingly at Leeds this summer. While there will be money available for recruitment, sales will be inevitable.

Attackers signed for low fees with significant resale value, like Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto, are likely to be targeted by rivals during the coming transfer window. However, Marathe has tried to remind fans, as they plot their way through the next three months of trading, Farke and the board will make the team as competitive as possible in next year’s Championship.

“I can promise you, as we regroup, we’ll be consistent in our approach of operating with a deliberate strategy to put the most competitive team on the pitch we can,” he said. “Above all, your collective energy and passion at Elland Road, and travelling with the squad, will be critical to our next campaign.

“You are the best supporters in the world and we felt that at every single match this season. I look forward to seeing you all at Elland Road again soon.”