Significant boardroom shakeup at Leeds United Football Club
GFH Capital, the major shareholders in Leeds United Football Club have this morning announced significant boardroom changes at the club which will bring about change with regards to how Leeds United has 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 with the club whilst David Haigh who is current the 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 David 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, be assisting Brian McDermott in bringing in players of a high quality to Elland Road with the first of which looking to be Crewe Alexandra starlet and captain Luke Murphy who is due in Leeds for a medical in the next twenty four hours. The fee is rumoured to be around £1million which is a significant outlay for a player coming from League One.
Salah Nooruddin in an interview given to the official Leeds United website this morning spoke of his delight in David Haigh becoming such a key part of the Leeds United boardroom, “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.”
David Haigh then in the same piece spoke about his pride at being in such a respected position within the club however did send a message to Leeds United fans which had more than an air of caution about it, “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 Ken Bates era were now over, they may well not be seeing the kinds of wanton spending they had expected from their new Middle Eastern owners.
Leeds United have also announced that January acquisition Steve Morison who was part of the deal that took Luciano Becchio to Norwich City, has returned back to Millwall on a one year loan deal as part of David Haigh’s first act of business in his new role. Brian McDermott confirmed that Morison did not fit into his plans for Leeds United next season, “I am looking to re-shape my squad for the new season and there was an offer on the table for Steve to go to a club that he has already played at.”
Written by Chris Winterburn
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