Report: Mansford helped advise Delph on 2009 Leeds exit

Birmingham City's Wade Elliott (L) in action with Leeds United's Fabian Delph

New Leeds United chief executive used to be an agent.

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds UnitedGeneral view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

New Leeds United chief executive Ben Mansford has a history of closing transfer deals - but not have all been to the Whites' benefit before now.

Mansford left Barnsley to take up a the vacant position at Leeds United, after three years at Oakwell.

The Yorkshire Post described his spell at Barnsley as 'tumultuous', but he ended on a high note with the club earning promotion into the Championship.

Barnsley players celebrate after the gameBarnsley players celebrate after the game

Perhaps most intriguing is his time previously working as a football agent, which will surely help Leeds with their recruitment this summer, and aided Barnsley previously in the market.

Mansford reportedly had a role in one high profile transfer deal concerning a Leeds player in 2009 - with Fabian Delph exiting the club for Aston Villa.

Birmingham City's Wade Elliott (L) in action with Leeds United's Fabian DelphBirmingham City's Wade Elliott (L) in action with Leeds United's Fabian Delph

The Star reported this week in an article about Mansford's 'legacy' at Barnsley and background:

"He played leading roles in helping the Reds secure the a number of influential players during his tenure, especially loan players last season, including Ashley Fletcher and Lloyd Isgrove.

"This is man who of course who helped advised Fabian Delph on his transfer from Leeds United to Aston Villa for £8m - and advised the administrators of Crystal Palace on the sale of Victor Moses to Wigan for £2m.

"Quite simply, Mansford was good at getting deals done and, at Barnsley, that was something the club needed having let key players slip through their grasp before."

Now Mansford is on the other side of the table, and will be hoping to advise Leeds United's key players to stay at the club.

Lewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham ForestLewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest

Leeds face a challenge hanging onto key players Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt, who each have just one year left on their current deals.

The Mail reported last week Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was making slow progress in this regard, and Mansford's arrival could change that, if indeed he makes it his top priority.

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