Bahrain businessman takes up Leeds Utd role

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A Bahrain-based businessman has been appointed vice-chairman of Leeds United after acquiring a 3.33 percent share in the English football club.

The Championship side said in a statement that Salah Nooruddin, who is said to have interests in real estate, would take up the role with immediate effect.

"I am delighted to accept the position as vice-chairman of Leeds United and look forward to working with the club's staff so as to achieve the best possible results both on and off the field," he said in a statement on the club website.

Nooruddin joined the club’s board on April 26, taking on what GFH Capital described as a responsibility for “bringing new investors on board as part of GFH Capital’s strategy of building a successful and sustainable future for the club".

Dubai-based GFH Capital, an affiliate of Bahraini investment bank Gulf Finance House, finalised a deal last year to take over the club, which finished the season in 13th place.

"Mr Salah comes with 25 years' experience in the investment business in various regions including the UK," said GFH Capital acting chief executive officer Hisham Al Rayes.

"He will be working closely with the club's executives to achieve our visions and goals. He will be in regular communication with the club to achieve this."

Last month GFH Capital confirmed the appointment of Brian McDermott as the club's new manager with immediate effect.

Neil Warnock left Leeds United earlier in April with six games of the season to play after a disappointing run of results.

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