Bates’ time at Leeds comes to an end

Ken Bates. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Ken Bates. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Leeds United have confirmed that former chairman Ken Bates has left the club after ceasing his role as President.

In a statement on the club’s website, managing director David Haigh said: “Mr Bates will now no longer have any role within the football club.”

Ex-Chelsea owner Bates, 81, became club president on 30 June, having remained chairman after the sale to Middle East-based private equity group GFH Capital.