Leeds United: Haigh and Nooruddin finally quit board

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COMPANIES HOUSE confirmed today that David Haigh and Salah Nooruddin have resigned from Leeds United’s board - several months after the two men actually quit as directors.

The departures were announced on Companies House’s website, despite Haigh and Nooruddin tendering their resignations around April of this year.

Haigh stepped down as United’s managing director days after current club owner Massimo Cellino completed his takeover.

The 36-year-old, who is currently under arrest in Dubai and facing allegations of fraud, was in line to become chief executive under Cellino but left Elland Road after a fall-out with the Italian.

Gulf Finance House - the Islamic investment bank which sold 75 per cent of Leeds to Cellino - confirmed today that Nooruddin also resigned from the board in the aftermath of Cellino’s buy-out.

Nooruddin held the position of chairman at Elland Road and, under the terms of the Share Purchase Agreement between GFH and Cellino, was due to stay in that post until the end of this season.

But a statement from GFH said: “Salah chose to step down as chairman following Massimo’s takeover.”

No explanation has been given for the delay in Companies House confirming his resignation or that of Haigh.

Nooruddin - a minority shareholder at Leeds - was one of two directors appointed to the board by GFH, which continues to manage a 25 per cent share in United.

Salem Patel remains as a director and GFH revealed that Jinesh Patel, the CEO of Dubai-based GFH Capital, joined him on the Leeds’ board earlier this year.

“In addition to Salem, who remains, Jinesh Patel was appointed to the board since July,” the statement added.