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Umbers Appointed Chairman As Cellino Steps Down

Fri 23rd Jan 2015 | Clubs Ownership

Leeds United have confirmed Massimo Cellino has resigned from his post at the club.

The Italian has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the club after losing an appeal against his disqualification by the Football League under the Owners’ and Directors’ test.

In a statement released by the Championship club, Cellino said, "It is with great sadness and frustration that I have to take this step, however I abide by the Football League's decision to temporarily disqualify me from this great football club and will return in April in good health and good spirits.

"I have done my best for a club and fans that I hold close to my heart and it is now financially much stronger than it has been for a long time. It will continue to thrive and I am sincerely looking forward to returning very soon."

Upon news of Cellino stepping down, Leeds confirmed that Andrew Umbers will take temporary charge at the club until the term of his disqualification is served.

“The club can confirm that board director Andrew Umbers will be appointed Leeds United Chairman in the absence of Massimo Cellino,” read the statement.

Cellino added, "Following my resignation and in my temporary absence, the board has appointed Andrew Umbers to become Chairman of Leeds United.

"Andrew has personally worked tirelessly with me in restructuring the football club from May 2014 and shares the same goals, strategy and insights that I do in bringing Leeds United back from its financial abyss to make it the strong entity that its fans, players and city need it to be and to which these foundations are now in place.”

Cellino will return to the club once his disqualification is served on 10th April 2015.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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