Report: Radrizzani seals second Leeds deal, new man to join in three weeks
By Harry Sykes
West Ham marketing chief Angus Kinnear is quitting the Premier League club to become the new chief executive of Leeds United, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim the deal has been sealed for the experienced Premier League man, who is marketing director at the Hammers, to take on the senior role at Elland Road.
It is said that Kinnear will leave West Ham at the end of the top-flight season in three weeks and take on his new post at Leeds.
He has been directly recruited by Leeds joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani, who is making his influence felt as he prepares to make a series of major changes behind the scenes.
Leeds announced last week 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.
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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.
The reportedly impending arrival of Kinnear could have major repercussions for Ben Mansford, the current chief executive.
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 news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.