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Leeds United make major boardroom changes

McDermott will receive financial backing (©GettyImages)
McDermott will receive financial backing (©GettyImages).

GFH Capital, the major shareholders in Leeds United Football Club have announced significant boardroom changes at the club which will bring about change with regards to how Leeds United have been run in recent years.

Salah Nooruddin has been appointed as club Chairman, replacing the widely unpopular Ken Bates who has moved into a presidency role.

David Haigh, who is current Deputy CEO of GFH Capital, has been moved into a managing director role at Leeds United. 

This is a response to the confirmation that Shaun Harvey who had been in position as Leeds United CEO since 2004 had vacated his position at the club.

The official Leeds United website has confirmed that whilst Haigh had been involved with 'the introduction of many new initiatives' at the club since GFH Capital took over in December 2012. 

He would now, in his new role as managing director, be responsible for the day-to-day running of the club which will for the foreseeable future whilst the transfer window is open. 

He will be assisting Brian McDermott in bringing in players of a high quality to Elland Road with the first of which being Crewe Alexandra starlet and captain Luke Murphy.

Nooruddin - in an interview given to the Leeds United website - spoke of his delight in Haigh becoming such a key part of the Leeds United boardroom. 

 saidNooruddin: "We are pleased to welcome David Haigh to his new role. He and I will work with Brian McDermott and his team to build the foundations on and off the pitch for successful future for Leeds United."

Haigh then - in the same piece - spoke about his pride at being in such a respected position within the club however he did send a message to Leeds United fans which had more than an air of caution about it.

Haigh added: "We are at a time in the development of the club when we have to balance immediate ambition against our long-term strategy for success." 

This suggests that whilst Leeds United supporters were hoping the days of frugal spending and more than frequent departures of their best players that characterised the Bates era were now over, they may well not be seeing the kind of wanton spending they had expected from their new Middle Eastern owners.

 

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