billy bremner  statue at Elland Road (Large)Leeds United brought in the post-Bates era with sweeping boardroom changes and big promises for a successful future.

A statement on the official site confirmed Salah Nooruddin as the new Leeds United chairman, while David Haigh becomes Managing Director and Shaun Harvey “steps down” as CEO, but retains a role at the club as director.

Harvey remains a director of the club due to his “considerable footballing experience” Nooruddin told the official site, which is an unusual way to sum up his three administrations, but I suppose he’s better placed than most to spot potential pitfalls – having fallen into the vast majority of them at some point.

Huge potential, great club, excellent fans; all the standard remarks of people joining Leeds United are being thrown around by Nooruddin and Haigh this morning, but they’re coupled with some big promises of investment and plans to make Leeds United a “first class football club”.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope, Haigh told fans that Leeds United “have a fantastic manager in Brian McDermott, and will be investing in the squad this summer” while Salah Nooruddin added “we will bring in a new era for Leeds United, delivering the first class football club supporters crave and deserve.”

All of this comes amid speculation that Luke Murphy is at Thorp Arch this morning to discuss terms with the club and undergo a medical, with Leeds United now frontrunners in the race to sign Crewe’s highly-rated midfielder.

Bright new era or false dawn? Only time will tell, but the new Chairman and Managing Director are saying all the right things and if Luke Murphy does become Leeds United’s first seven-figure signing in eight years later today, it’ll be quite the statement of intent from Leeds United’s new boardroom.

Good riddance Ken. It’s been emotional.