Steve Parkin, frequently linked with Leeds United takeover, sees his company name on to East Stand

Elland Road East Stand

Clipper Logistics will be sponsoring the East Stand at Elland Road.

Leeds United will have a new sponsor of their East Stand for next season and the company sponsoring the stand will certainly be of interest to takeover rumour flame-stokers.

This is the picture released by the official Leeds United Twitter account yesterday, showing Clipper Logistics as the new sponsors of the East Stand:

Of course the sponsorship is no surprise.

Leeds United announced the deal in March on their official website. The Leeds-based company’s founder and Executive Chairman Steve Parkin told the Leeds website:

"As a lifelong Leeds fan, I’m delighted to have the business I’ve built over the past two decades become a sponsor of the club.

"It will expose the Clipper name to a global audience, as we continue to grow as a business and help shape the future of retail logistics. This association is a great partnership between Clipper and Leeds United, and I look forward to seeing it flourish."

As Parkin stated he is a lifelong Leeds fan and, in the past, has been heavily linked with a takeover of Massimo Cellino at Leeds United.

In November last year the Mirror reported that the maverick Italian was ready to sell the club to the Leeds businessman in a reported £30 million takeover.

They even quoted Cellino as stating:

In February the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Parkin had become a regular in the director’s box at Elland Road this season and that he had already tried to buy the club a decade ago.

Now Parkin has certainly made a mark at Leeds through his company and sponsorship. Many a Leeds fan will still be hoping to see him takeover from Cellino in the near future.

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