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New Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani’s priority is to lock Garry Monk into a long-term deal

Date Posted,May 23, 2017

Andrea Radrizzani wants to tie Garry Monk down to Leeds on a long-term deal after buying out Massimo Cellino at Elland Road.

Radrizzani has bought Cellino’s remaining 50 per cent stake to assume total control and becomes Leeds’ new chairman.

Radrizzani’s first priority is to agree a new contract with Monk, whose one year deal ends next month.

The Italian said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to become a custodian of this great football club.

“This is a long-term commitment with a lot of hard work ahead of us and I’m aware of my responsibilities as owner of Leeds United.

“I can assure all supporters that everyone at the club will be doing all we can to build a successful team at Elland Road.”

Andrea Radrizzani has grand ambitions for the club (Photo: Didier Baverel/Getty)

Radrizzani, a sports TV rights entrepreneur who co-founded media agency MP & Silva in 2004, began talks to invest in Leeds in August last year.

He appointed former Real Madrid director of strategy Ivan Bravo to the board at Elland Road in April and his takeover ends the stormy three-year reign of fellow countryman Cellino.

Cellino, 60, who took control at Elland Road in April 2014, sacked six head coaches before appointing Garry Monk last June and had been urged to sell by the majority of fans, who had grown weary of his off-field controversies and handling of the club.

The former Cagliari owner was banned by English football’s authorities three times during his tenure at Elland Road.

Massimo Cellino has left the club
Massimo Cellino has left the club (Photo: Getty Images)

In February, Cellino announced he would bid to clear his name in the High Court despite an 18-month ban and £250,000 fine for breaching Football Association rules on players’ agents being reduced on appeal.

His FA ban and fine, imposed in December 2016 for breaching regulations over the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014, was reduced to 12 months and £100,000 respectively.

In April 2014 an independent QC overturned the English Football League’s decision to disqualify Cellino due to a tax conviction and the Italian completed his takeover at Leeds having agreed a deal in the January to buy a 75 per cent stake from previous owner Gulf Finance House.

But Cellino was disqualified by the EFL for three months in December 2014 after an Italian court confirmed his conviction for tax evasion had been a dishonest act and in October 2015 he appealed against a further EFL ban for another tax conviction in Italy.

Leeds appeared on course to secure a play-off place under Monk this season, but a poor run of results in their last eight games saw them slip out of the top six.

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