Last night Leeds United Chief Executive Officer Ben Mansford was interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds’ West Yorkshire Sport Daily programme (below) by Gareth Jones.
Below are five things Mansford that the Leeds United CEO spoke about during his interview.
‘Straight Outta Mansford’ – five things from the interview
1. On Lewis Cook: “I can assure the supporters that the deal involved a considerable fee and a fee that is on parity with what somebody of Lewis’ quality should go for…[after talking about the relative richness of other clubs in the Championship]. Lewis was sold because an offer came in that the club felt was acceptable if Lewis wanted the opportunity to play in the Premier League.”
2. On how the Cook transfer fee will be used by Leeds United: “Sensibly. Look, I think the business we’ve done at the moment, the six signings in is excellent. I sort of said last week how positive I was about a good number of them. I think the fans that made the journey to Ireland and our Irish-based fans there saw a bit of a feel of the likes of Roofe and Antonsson. I think the other, the first half against Peterborough on Saturday showed the kind of intensity and quality of football, I think all the signings contributed to that.”
3. Further business to be done: “The rest of the window is going to see us making other purchases and loan signings and adding to the quality of the group. As well as maybe taking a view on keeping some of the others.”
4. On renegotiating and extending contracts: “We run the risk on Charlie [Taylor] that he could possibly go for free if we hold on to him. [Responding to a question regarding negotiations] Look we are engaged with Alex [Mowatt] and his representatives, the same with Charlie. Some of that is from before my time at the club. So it is a little bit difficult for me to answer where things mighr have historically been with Charlie. I think it’s right to say this moment in time Charlie doesn’t want to extend his current deal with us.”
5. On the protests against owner Massimo Cellino: “I think some of the negativity at times has probably gone too far. I think when you read up on certain instances of certain campaigns against him, I think it’s too much. I think actually it probably cost them any populist support, one or two things going too far.”