Leeds United chiefs

Leeds United have handed a massive 44 per cent pay hike to one of their directors, according to the club’s newly-published accounts.

The Championship giants today announced a pre-tax loss of £21.4m for the year ending June 2019 even though turnover climbed to £48.9m.

Analysis from Football Insider has found that the Leeds wage bill for last season rocketed from from £31.3m to £46.1m.

This was mainly due to bumper new contracts for the senior players and the deals worth £6million-a-year that were handed to Marcelo Bielsa and his coaching staff following their July 2018 arrival.

But it was not just the players and coaches cashing in as owner Andrea Radrizzani sanctioned a big promotion push.

The director, who is unnamed but is believed to be chief executive Angus Kinnear, was also a major beneficiary.

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His pay went up from £202,768 in 2017-18 to £291,540, a climb of 44 per cent.

Despite the considerable investment in the club’s key personnel, Leeds failed to secure promotion to the Premier League.

They finished third in last season’s Championship and were defeated in the play-offs by Derby County at the semi-final stage.

Bielsa’s side were well placed to clinch a top-two finish and secure automatic promotion when the season ground to a halt last month due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

They are top of the Championship and seven points ahead of third-placed Fulham with nine matches of the campaign remaining.

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