Senior Leeds man axed by Cellino after defeat - report
By Tom Blackburn
Leeds have sacked club solicitor Stephen Taylor-Heath in the wake of the club losing a sexual discrimination case against former employee Lucy Ward, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim that owner Massimi Cellino has dismissed Taylor-Heath just six months after recruiting him to the club.
Former welfare officer Ward was awarded more than £132,000 in the unfair dismissal and sex discrimination case in April.
The Star estimate that the outcome of the industrial tribunal case cost Leeds a total of £250,000 in legal and compensation fees.
Taylor-Heath worked on the Ward case and has now been sacked after Cellino appeared to blame him for the tribunal finding in favour of the woman who was the club’s longest-serving employee.
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Leeds were left humiliated when a court found Cellino guilty of wrongfully dismissing and sexually discriminating against Ward, who was the club’s longest-serving employee.
News of the reported dismissal come after Cellino claimed to Italian sport website Isola 24 Sport on Wednesday that Red Bull had been in contact with him about buying the club, but that he had no interest in the sale.
The Italian took over at the club in January 2014, and has sacked six managers in the subsequent controversy-strewn two and a half years.
Cellino has been embroiled in a number of scandals that have left him close to dismissal by the Football League.
In October 2015, it was announced by the Football League that Cellino had been disqualified as Leeds United owner for a year, for an issue regarding Italian Tax Legislation.
That ban was overturned in May of this year though, when he was acquitted of tax evasion after an appeal.
Meanwhile, current manager Garry Monk has been given the opportunity to be active in the market this summer and as he looks to continue his Elland Road revolution – with the goal of returning the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
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