By Jonty Banks

31st Mar, 2023 | 7:10pm

Leeds United news as Angus Kinnear speaks out on Elland Road redevelopment

Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has admitted that Elland Road is “not fit for purpose” when speaking with the Supporter Advisory Board about the state of the West Yorkshire ground.

Kinnear was the board representative for the Supporter Advisory Board (SAB) meeting earlier this month, where several issues regarding the state of the Elland Road stadium were addressed.

Areas such as the cleanliness and condition of facilities at Leeds’ home ground were discussed, with Kinnear admitting that the stadium was in need of “significant redevelopment”.

The minutes from the SAB meeting were disclosed on Friday afternoon (31 March), and read: “AK [Kinnear] acknowledged that a lot of work needs to be done around the stadium and that there are areas that are not fit for purpose.

“The club accepts it needs to be better and will look at ways of making some quick improvements in certain areas, especially with regards to cleanliness, toilet seats and improving period products for supporters etc.

“AK also mentioned that as we do have such an old stadium a lot is down to needing significant redevelopment and so the club doesn’t want to spend too much money on areas that will then be demolished.”

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Not a great look

It is no shock that Kinnear has come out saying that Elland Road is not fit for purpose, with fans having been disgruntled about the quality of facilities for quite some time now.

Obviously, wear and tear in an old stadium such as Elland Road is expected, but how it has been allowed to reach this level hasn’t painted the club in a good light whatsoever.

It does seem like the wheels could be in motion for a redevelopment of the stadium, but as has been seen with Everton and their Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, financing such projects can often be difficult.

The extent of Leeds’ expansion of the stadium is likely to hinge on the takeover by the 49ers Enterprises and the club’s Premier League status at the end of the season, so plans still have the potential to be changed.

Leeds United fans will hope that securing their top-flight status for next season will, in turn, kickstart the redevelopment of their historic but run-down Elland Road stadium.

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