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20th May, 2017 | 6:00am

Confirmed: Monk confidante leaves Leeds after just one year

By Matt Bullin

Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford will leave the club on May 31, it was announced on the club’s official website on Friday.

Mansford had been in the role at Leeds since June 2016 and has played a key role in the club’s efforts to re-connect with the community this season as well as being a close confidante to manager Garry Monk.

He had fulfilled a similar role at Barnsley prior to joining the Whites, and as well as his work within the community he also led the commercial side of the football club.

He spent three years with Barnsley, which saw him take up a role as one of the youngest CEOs in football.

Whilst at Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals, he saw them relegated from the Championship and then promoted quickly thereafter.

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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.”

Monk has led Leeds’ to a seventh-place finish in the Championship this term, one of the club’s most successful seasons in recent years.

However a play-off finish was a real possibility for Monk’s side, who sat in the top six for much of 2017, only for poor form in the last few weeks of the campaign see them finish in seventh.

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