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Adam Pearson gives update on Leeds United buying back Elland Road

Leeds United want to take back control of their own stadium.

Leeds United are getting their house in order financially and strategically after a dismal and unpredictable decade, but Elland Road itself remains a thorny issue.

The club are in the unusual position of not actually owning their own stadium, and instead pay rent on it every month, a drain on the club's resources.

Owner Massimo Cellino has been vocal in his desire to buy it back, stating last August to The Guardian that he aimed to complete a deal by November. By time the month came around, Cellino was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post explaining negotiations are on hold.

New chief executive Adam Pearson has told BBC Radio Leeds he is optimistic that the club can achieve their goal.

He has put a timeframe on it too, projecting they can do so within a year.

He said: "Bringing back the catering, bringing back the season ticket revenues, huge strides for the club. There only remains for the stadium to come back within it's portfolio assets, and it certainly will be happening within the year would be my guess."

Fans have heard these promises before, but Pearson has generated a huge amount of goodwill since being appointed in May, achieving a lot in a matter of months, when the club seemed as chaotic as ever.

There might actually be belief at last that Leeds can get it done.


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