NEW managing director Angus Kinnear said Leeds United would become a “formidable force” after confirmation of his arrival from West Ham United.
Kinnear, who has spent the past three years as managing director of West Ham, will renew ties with new Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani after the duo first worked together at Arsenal.
Prior to landing the role of MD at West Ham, Kinnear spent a decade at Arsenal as director of marketing, sales and partnerships, where he first worked with Radrizzani through Radrizzani’s MP & Silva international sports agency.
Kinnear will now replace outgoing Whites chief executive Ben Mansford who will leave his role next Wednesday.
Kinnear will start on Thursday, June 8 with United on the hunt for a new head coach following Thursday’s resignation of Garry Monk.
And United’s new managing director has immediately signalled his high ambitions for Leeds who is confident can be restored to a footballing force.
United appeared destined to finish in the Championship’s play-offs for the first time since 2006 this term when holding an eight point gap to the chasing pack with eight games left but the Whites ultimately fell away to finish seventh.
Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka remains the strong favourite to replace Monk who himself is a strong contender for the Middlesbrough job.
Alan Pardew, Nigel Pearson, Marco Silva, Claudio Ranieri and Sam Allardyce are among other names prominent in the betting to replace Monk.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to join this great club with its legendary fan base,” said Kinnear.
“I share Andrea’s ambitious vision and will work tirelessly to realise this club’s immense potential and make our supporters proud.
“I am confident that with our supporters, team and board united, we will become a formidable force.”
Kinnear joins Leeds after spending the past three years as MD 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.
During his time with Arsenal, Kinnear 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.
Kinnear will officially join Leeds a week on Thursday, eight days after Mansford departs.
Mansford was offered new roles at Leeds by Radrizzani in an attempt to keep the current chief executive at the club.
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.”