Report: Proven performer to join Leeds from PL club in coming days, second senior man to follow
By Harry Sykes
West Ham managing director Angus Kinnear will complete a move to Leeds United in the coming days, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the experienced Premier League man, who has held senior roles at the Hammers and Arsenal, will imminently take up a similarly principal role in the Elland Road hierarchy.
It is said that United are also in the process of recruiting a technical director to oversee football operations, which is likely to include recruitment and contracts at all levels of the club.
The impending double appointment is a further signal of intent from joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani, who is close to completing a full takeover of the Championship giants.
It has been widely speculated by Kinnear will take over as the new chief executive at Leeds after Ben Mansford confirmed on Friday that he has quit the Championship giants.
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But the Yorkshire Evening Post do not specify that will be the case, even though Kinnear’s background and experience suggest he is well qualified.
The West Ham man has the seal of approval from Radrizzani, who is making his influence felt as he sanctions a series of major changes behind the scenes.
Leeds announced recently that former Real Madrid senior man Ivan Bravo, who is a key associate and adviser of Radrizzani’s, has joined the club’s board of directors.
It appears Kinnear will be the sports media tycoon’s second major appointment although there has not yet been any official confirmation from either West Ham or Leeds.
Kinnear joined West Ham in 2013 after spending nine years at Arsenal, where he had senior sales and marketing roles.
He was instrumental in Arsenal’s successful move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium, and had similar involvement at West Ham, where the club also had a stadium move from their historic home of Upton Park to London Stadium.
In other Leeds United transfer news, a deal worth multiple millions will be tired up by the Yorkshire giants next week and the fans will be over the moon.