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Andrew Umbers: It will be two years for benefits to be seen at Leeds

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has warned fans it will be a long journey for them to see progress.

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has told the Yorkshire Evening Post it could be up to two years before fans see the benefits of the current setup at the club.

Umbers is excited about various aspects of the club but has urged caution from supporters in terms of their eagerness.

“What we’re trying to do doesn’t take six months. It takes a minimum of two years,” said Umbers.

“To start with you have to put in the hard yards and make the club financial viable.”

Leeds are still surrounded by a little bit of uncertainty in various aspects where solutions won’t arrive quickly.

Massimo Cellino, recently resigned from his position as president, is due to return to the club in April (as reported by talkSPORT) to regain control of the club.

That makes progress over the next couple of months difficult because real change can’t take place without Cellino at the helm, if he has long term commitment plans to stay at Elland Road.

Financially, the account aren’t going to change overnight. Umbers confirms in the Yorkshire Evening Post that the club’s long term financial aim is to break even after the 2015/2016 season.

That shows a strategy over a longer period of time, which could be jeopardised by certain decisions in the short term.

The paper’s report also states the club still owes Gulf Finance House around £20 million in loans, which is another aspect of the finances unlikely to be resolved quickly.

There is a plan, but things aren’t going to happen quickly.

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