Big boardroom shake-up at Leeds: Harvey out, Nooruddin in

LEEDS UNITED have ANNOUNCED majoR boardroom changes, with vice-chairman Salah Nooruddin to take over as chairman, David Haigh to become managing director and Shaun Harvey to step down from his role as CEO.

From left: David Haigh, Shaun Harvey and manager Brian McDermott.
From left: David Haigh, Shaun Harvey and manager Brian McDermott.

The club confirmed that Harvey will remain at the club as a director, but Haigh - formerly a director - will now be responsible for the day-to-day running of the club.

Bahrain-based businessman Nooruddin, confirmed as new chairman following the end of Ken Bates’ chairmanship on Sunday, said: “We are pleased to welcome David Haigh to his new role. He and I will continue to work with the rest of the board, the management tram, Brian McDermott and his team to build the foundations on and off the pitch for a successful future for Leeds United.

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“At the same time, we extend our thanks to Shaun for his services to the club over the past nine years. Shaun will remain as a director of the club to offer us his considerable footballing experience.”

Nooruddin bought 10% of GFH Capital’s 100% stake in Leeds in March. He used to work for Bahrain’s International Investment Bank and has interests in real estate.

Haigh, born and raised in Cornwall but a long-time Leeds supporter, said: “I look forward to my new role and continuing to work with everyone at the club to help create, with the support of the owners, the long term and sustainable success which Leeds United’s great past merits.

“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.

“We have an excellent manager in Brian McDermott and I’m confident that by working as a team we can achieve our aims.”

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