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Leeds United's new COO speaks out on Red Bull takeover talk

Leeds United's new chief operation officer has dismissed talk of a takeover by Red Bull.

Speculation regarding a takeover by drinks giant Red Bull at Leeds United has circled even before Massimo Cellino took over the club.

The owner was forced to deny discussing talks with them a couple of months ago, while newspaper The Star reported just on December 2 that Cellino was to meet with the firm to discuss a sale.

There has been plenty of disruption at Leeds off the field over the past few weeks thanks to the Football League banning Cellino from owning the club until March and his subsequent appeal.

A new chief operating officer, Matt Child, has since been appointed, and he has spoken out to try and stub out talk of Red Bull's interest, which continues to be discussed on social media.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said: "The Red Bull nonsense was nonsense. Complete nonsense.

"There are all kinds of rumours, that people will come together to buy the club - it takes a huge amount to buy this club, a ridiculous amount of money, and it's not just about buying it, it's about running it."

Child conceded that the club's communication had not been strong at times over the past year, and this was an area he intended to improve upon.

He went onto add that Leeds have plenty of interest from external sponsors regarding the future direction of the club, and part of his role would be to better engage them and resultantly bring in further revenue.

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