• Kenny Dalglish, Ross McCormack and Micky Quinn on guest list • ‘This isn’t a farewell or a farewell bash, we’re a club in transition’
The Premier League’s first non-Premier League owners are gathering at their modern stadium this week. They include Kenny Dalglish, Ross McCormack and Micky Quinn, while talks will centre on the running of the newly renovated Elland Road stadium.
Discussions are in progress to switch the move of the fixtures to 1400 GMT after the finishing line of the Championships on Sunday and the next round of the FA Cup on Monday.
Quinn had a six-year stint at Leeds that included winning the League Cup in 2000 and providing John Carver with his first win as manager in September 2013.
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The current owner Andrea Radrizzani, who owns Serie A side AS Roma, is excited about what lies ahead for Leeds, which ended a 12-year absence from the top flight last season.
“I think the new stadium has come at the right time. There is a huge opportunity now to regenerate a club that has such a huge history,” he said. “The new facilities and facilities for the people inside the stadium have to be out of this world. The bar has to be raised in all areas and I know that the new technical director is already talking to him about it.
“Everyone remembers that we had the lowest wage bill in the league. I think that’s been identified as a good condition to fight and win in the Premier League.
“This isn’t a farewell or a farewell bash, we’re a club in transition. That’s what I like. The people here are passionate, they love the club and I want this to be the best.”