McInnes concerned after loss

BY foxsports • July 24, 2013

Leeds United's new owner has stated that the club are targeting promotion to the Premier League within two years.

Managing director David Haigh, who is also the deputy chief executive of GFH Capital ltd, insisted that Leeds were English football's 'last sleeping giant', and committed to returning the club to the top tier of English football for the first time since 2004.

Leeds have already signed talented youngster Luke Murphy from Crewe, and Brian McDermott will look to add to a squad that finished in 13th position under Neil Warnock last season.

"Our ambition is to be back in the Premier League in two years and we think that's a realistic goal, it's what we are aiming for," Haigh told The Sun.

"We have said we want to build a sustainable future for Leeds and bring the last sleeping giant in English football out of its slumber.

"There's so much untapped energy at this club. I have been at Leeds when there has been 9,000 fans there and when it's been full to the brim.

"The atmosphere can be supercharged.

"We will need that in pursuit of our goals and we don't think it's unreasonable for us to aim for the Premier League in two years' time."

The Dons went three down to a Rory McAllister penalty and a double from Jordon Brown, who was released by the Dons this summer, before Barry Robson and Niall McGinn pulled goals back.

McInnes said on the club's official website: "Even although it was a friendly game and we give the players plenty of warning about how they are coming up against a determined team, they did not take notice of those warnings.

"I thought there was a lack of resilience and determination for the three goals we conceded. There was a determination from their boys and credit to Jordon Brown who was excellent throughout. We also did not deal with Rory McAllister in the first half.

"We had a few injuries so we had to reshuffle things and I feel we were a lot better in the second half. I thought we played well and showed more determination but when you give three goals away you are always going to be up against it. It is a worry for me."

Clark Robertson and Russell Anderson were taken off because of injury concerns but McIness revealed they were more precautionary measures than anything serious.

Gregg Wylde, Calvin Zola and Willo Flood missed the game through injury but could be fit for the league opener against Kilmarnock on August 3.


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