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Report: Andrew Umbers to step down as Leeds United chairman as Massimo Cellino's return approved

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Changes are coming at Leeds United.

Andrew Umbers is to step down as Leeds United chairman, report the Yorkshire Evening Post, with Massimo Cellino set to return.

The Italian owner had been suspended by the Football League, but has told the newspaper he has now received permission to return.

The report states: "Andrew Umbers - the financier who was named as chairman when Cellino quit the board - is vacating that role but remaining at Elland Road as a director."

Cellino's return means important decisions can now be made concerning the club's immediate future.

He was not permitted to make any under the terms of his suspension, and Andrew Umbers was reticent to make any decisions regarding sporting matters.

This left a vacuum which has led to the uncertainty regarding head coach Neil Redfearn, with it still unknown whether he will be kept on next season.

Key decisions are also due on soon to be out of contract players, with the Football League requiring a retained list in advance of May 15, as well as personnel issues regarding players on loan, and whether any will be signed permanently.

This is likely to hinge on the club's transfer embargo being officially lifted, which prevented them from signing players in January, with only loan deals and free agent deals permitted.

The future of sporting director Nicola Salerno is still unresolved, who is currently back in Italy and has been since he controversially suspended Neil Redfearn's assistant Steve Thompson, who himself will be awaiting news on his future.

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