The news that Garry Monk has quit his job as Leeds United head coach came as a surprise to most people but life goes on, and today Andrea Radrizzani has appointed highly thought of Angus Kinnear as the managing director at Leeds United.
The news comes less than 24 hours after the news of Garry Monk’s departure from the club and it is a move that was expected to happen. Kinnear has been linked with the club for some time now and with Andrea Radrizzani keen on improving the infrastructure at Leeds United and in particular a Elland Road it’s no surprise that someone who has recently helped West Ham move stadium and Arsenal (not so recent) build a new stadium has arrived. It is thought Radrizzani is keen to extend the South Stand very soon. More important to Leeds fans, this may well trigger the move to buy back the stadium, something Radrizzani says he will have done by the end of summer.
Leeds issued the following announcement.
“Leeds United are pleased to announce the appointment to the Board of Angus Kinnear as Managing Director.”
“Angus joins the club after spending the past three years as Managing Director at West Ham United where he presided over the Hammers move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium, growing the season ticket base to over 50,000 and doubling commercial revenue.”
“Prior to his spell at West Ham, Angus spent a decade at Arsenal as the Gunner’s Director of Marketing, Sales and Partnerships.”
“During his time with Arsenal, he led the club’s sales and marketing strategy for the Emirates Stadium and the surrounding property regeneration before focusing on growing Arsenal’s brand and commercial interests internationally.”
“Speaking about the appointment, Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani said, “I am delighted to bring in a Managing Director of Angus’ calibre and experience and on behalf of everyone at Leeds United, I would like to wish him a very warm welcome to the club.”
“I have experienced working with Angus in the past and I am confident his commercial experience and management skills will help to bring Leeds United to the next level of engagement for partners and fans.”
“Angus has an excellent track record during leading roles at Arsenal and West Ham and I am sure he will contribute a great deal to the club.”
“I am looking forward to working with him as we drive Leeds United forward into a new era.”
Angus Kinnear will officially join the club on 8th June 2017.