BusinessBusiness RecoveryLeighton prepares ‘best’ Leeds rescue bid

Leighton prepares 'best' Leeds rescue bid

Allan Leighton, the former deputy chairman of Leeds United FC, is believed to be putting together a rescue bid to save the club from administration.

Link: Administration threat hangs over Leeds

Leighton resigned from the Leeds board in December to work on a rescue plan for the ailing club which has debts of £80m.

He is one of the most powerful business executives in the UK; he is currently chairman of the Royal Mail, where he has orchestrated a successful reversal in its fortunes and is also chairman of BskyB’s audit committee. He is also chairman of online retailer Lastminute.com.

Dr Bill Gerrard, professor of sport management and finance at Leeds University Business School, told the BBC Online that Leighton offered the best hope of survival for Leeds:

‘I think there has been one consortium being put together that had enough credibility to get Leeds a “standstill agreement” until 19 January, and that is Allan Leighton’s consortium.

‘I have said since September 2002 that the one person with the experience and the ability to sort this out is Allan Leighton.’

Earlier this month Leighton was named ninth most influential person on Accountancy Age’s Financial Power list for 2004.

Related Articles

EY hired by Carillion to review finances

Accounting Firms EY hired by Carillion to review finances

3m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Using insolvency as a debt recovery tool

Business Recovery Using insolvency as a debt recovery tool

4m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
UK government should support mid-sized businesses to create a ‘new economy’ post-Brexit, says BDO report

Business Recovery UK government should support mid-sized businesses to create a ‘new economy’ post-Brexit, says BDO report

6m Alia Shoaib, Reporter
Manor Racing Formula One team company enters administration

Business Recovery Manor Racing Formula One team company enters administration

9m Stephanie Wix, Writer
Oil and gas sector insolvencies hit “new high”

Accounting Firms Oil and gas sector insolvencies hit “new high”

9m Stephanie Wix, Writer
Over 800 jobs saved as Endless LLP acquires Jones Bootmaker

Business Recovery Over 800 jobs saved as Endless LLP acquires Jones Bootmaker

7m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
FRP Advisory expands operation with new office, partner appointments

Accounting Firms FRP Advisory expands operation with new office, partner appointments

8m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Business confidence drops to second lowest level since 2011

Business Recovery Business confidence drops to second lowest level since 2011

9m Stephanie Wix, Writer