Leeds United: Child’s spell at Whites is over UPDATED

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LEEDS UNITED chief operating officer Matt Child has left the club after less than three-and-a-half months in his Elland Road post.

Lifelong United fan Child, appointed to the position on December 12, has resigned on his own terms, with neither he nor the club having yet commented on the developments.

Child, with a background in telecommunications, while also previously holding senior positions in private equity backed companies, was handed “immediate responsibility for the management of day-to-day business” when United president Massimo Cellino announced his appointment in December.

It is unclear if his vacant post will be filled by Leeds, whose owner Cellino is currently serving a disqualification from running the club until May 3.

Meanwhile in a separate development, Malaysian conglomerate Genting have stated they have “absolutely no interest whatsoever” in purchasing or investing in the club following recent rumours.

Speculation had suggested that the global company, who have interests in tourism, resorts, gaming and plantations, were preparing a bid for the club.

But a Genting statement firmly quashed the talk, stating: “Following rumours circulating around social media and the local press, Genting would like to make it clear that we have absolutely no interest in purchasing or investing in Leeds United Football Club.”

The rumour mill has also linked Hollywood actor and United fan Russell Crowe with a potential move to buy Leeds, which prompted chairman Andrew Umbers to state that the club was not for sale late last month.

Umbers stated on February 26 that the Cellino family did not wish to sell the club, adding that the club have no received any approaches either.

He said: “The club is not for sale, nor do the Cellino family wish to sell and nor have we received any approaches contrary to reports in the press.

“Leeds United is currently being successfully restructured, rebuilt, significantly invested in, with care and planning for the longer term with the Cellino family at its heart, for the benefit of its long-suffering and passionate fans, the city and its players and staff.”

Fulham have been charged by the FA by failing to control their players after an incident in their 3-0 loss to Leeds at Craven Cottage last Wednesday.

Several home players angrily confronted referee Chris Kavanagh shortly after defender Kostas Stafylidis was dismissed in the 52nd minute.

Fulham have until tomorrow to respond to the charge.