Leeds United: Ex-chairman Umbers leaves Elland Road board

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Former Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has left the board of directors at Elland Road.

Companies House confirmed today that Umbers’ appointment as a director was terminated on October 12 - two days before owner Massimo Cellino was banned from running Leeds by the Football League.

Financier Umbers took charge of the Elland Road board last season after Cellino was hit with a previous Football League ban, overseeing the running of United between January and May.

His influence was diminished when Cellino returned to Leeds at the end of the season and named himself as chairman.

The subsequent appointment of Adam Pearson as executive director during the summer ended Umbers’ day-to-day involvement at Elland Road.

Umbers has not been active at Leeds for a number of months but he was spotted with some of the club’s other directors during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Fulham, despite his removal from the board.

His appearance at Craven Cottage raised questions about whether Cellino might turn to him to run the club again if the Italian fails to avoid a second Football League ban.

Cellino is set to be barred from controlling Leeds until June of next year following his conviction for tax evasion in Italy four months ago.

The 59-year-old has until Wednesday to appeal against his ban but faces being absent until the end of this season if the penalty is upheld.

Umbers - one of the men responsible for brokering the sale of Leeds by Ken Bates to Gulf Finance House in 2012 - was a possible candidate to control United in the meantime, despite the controversy which marred his first spell as chairman, but news of his departure from the Elland Road board emerged this morning.

Neither Umbers nor Cellino have responded to requests for comment.

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