Birch Backs Bates

Last updated : 13 February 2005 By Kevin Markey
Bates revealed recently that he was advised by Birch before he took over the reigns at Elland Road.

And Birch believes that Bates will inspire Leeds to a return to the Premiership and even redevelop the ground.

Birch said: " Having worked with Ken, he will give it his total attention. He hates to fail. He will have one objective in mind, which is to return the club to the Premier League, and knowing him, he will want to redevelop the stadium. Stamford Bridge is testament to that."