Haigh resigns Leeds post

Last Updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:49

Leeds managing director David Haigh has announced his resignation amid another day of chaos at Elland Road.

Haigh - who was due to become the club's new chief executive following the completion of the takeover by Italian Massimo Cellino - confirmed his exit on an afternoon when West Yorkshire Police said it was investigating allegations of theft at the Sky Bet Championship club.

It is understood the allegations centre on the installation of surveillance equipment in the stadium's boardroom and toilets, although there is no suggestion that Haigh's resignation is connected.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, head of crime for Leeds, said: "We can confirm that police are investigating an allegation of theft relating to Leeds United Football Club following a report made by the club made on April 9.

"The investigation relates to an allegation of club funds being misappropriated for the purchase of technical equipment.

"Inquiries are at an early stage and we are not in a position to give any further information about the nature of the allegation."

Haigh, 35, was due to assume a new role at Leeds after Cellino completed his 75 per cent purchase of the club from Haigh's former employers, Gulf Finance House Capital, under the banner of Eleonora Sport.

Relations between the pair soon turned sour, though, with Cellino embarking on a foul-mouthed rant about Haigh in an interview with a fan that he did not know was being recorded, before last week telling The Sun that he intended to sack him.

Haigh has pre-empted that and walked away, insisting he never did anything that was not in the club's best interests.

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