'Goodbye and thank you' - Leeds fans react as senior man exits the club
By Matt Bullin
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news the club’s Chief Executive Ben Mansford is leaving the club.
The announcement came on Friday afternoon via the club’s official website and he will leave the club on May 31.
Mansford leaves Elland Road having only joined the club in June 2016, after leaving his role at Barnsley.
He spent three years with Barnsley, which saw him take up a role as one of the youngest CEOs in football, before joining the Whites.
Mansford played a key role in the club’s efforts to re-connect with the community this season, as well as leading the commercial side of the football club.
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Mansford, an ex-sports lawyer, played a major role in bringing Andrea Radrizzani’s investment to the club.
Radrizzani spoke of Mansford’s contributions to the official club website: “Ben has been a major factor in the club’s resurgence in the past 12 months commercially and in the community.
“He has been a great support to Garry Monk and played an important role in my investment process. On behalf of all at the club we wish Ben every success in the future.”
The Elland Road faithful have been largely supportive of Mansford as he leaves the club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Wayne Wellwood (@WayneWellwood) May 19, 2017
Liked Mansford TBH. Did a good job for the club IMO
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) May 19, 2017
Best of luck to Ben, feel his hands were tied at times under massimo but all the best #LUFC
— DavidK (@DavidKershaw7) May 19, 2017
Did a good job ????
— NIC (@CoCaruso) May 19, 2017
Ben Mansford conforming the takeover in his goodbye letter, fair play to him for the part he's played in the transition period #lufc
— Macca (@bigmacca199) May 19, 2017
He was ok was Ben mansford, nice fella. I just didn't like the fact he regurgitated cellinos lies to the fans. Guess it was his job… #lufc
— Fat Lad Jacko (@lufcjacko1919) May 19, 2017
back to Barnsley possibly? They're after a ceo. Wish him well. He's helped bring stability.
— sam (usaiz) (@sam51h) May 19, 2017
Mansford joined the Yorkshire giants at a similar time to manager Garry Monk, who guided the side to seventh-place Championship finish.
However it could have been higher for Leeds, as they sat comfortably in the play-off positions for most of 2017, only for a poor run of form towards the end of the season see them drop out of the top six.
In other Leeds news, the club have been named as favourites to sign this 28-year-old ace.