by Phil Hay
Hisham Alrayes has resigned from the board of Leeds United, according to Companies House.
Alrayes stepped down as a director last week in a move which appears to have ended his short association with the Elland Road club.
Gulf Finance House’s acting chief executive was an influential figure behind the takeover of Leeds by GFH Capital in December and he joined United’s board the following month.
But notice of his exit from Leeds has been published on Companies House’s website along with confirmation that Alrayes is also stepping down as a director of United’s holding company, Leeds City Holdings Limited.
Former club chief executive Shaun Harvey, meanwhile, has also formally resigned as a director ahead of the start of his reign as Football League chief executive next Tuesday.
The departure of Alrayes and Harvey leaves only three members on the United board - chairman Salah Nooruddin, managing director David Haigh and GFH Capital employee Salem Patel.
A spokesman for GFH Capital said the appointment of Nooruddin as chairman and Haigh as MD had established a “clear management structure” at Leeds and allowed Alrayes to focus on other projects.