Leeds United have appointed Nick Hammond as the club’s football advisor on an interim basis in a bid to fill the void left by Victor Orta’s departure from the director of football post last month.
The development comes as the Whites gear up for what should be a busy transfer window, with plenty of incomings and outgoings.
Hammond has previously served as director of football at Reading and as head of football operations at Scottish club Celtic, before later going on to perform a consultancy role at Newcastle.
In a statement, the club acknowledged Hammond’s period of service will be only temporary, with the expectation being that a director of football will be permanently appointed by October.
“Leeds United are pleased to confirm the appointment of Nick Hammond as the club’s interim football advisor on a short-term contract,” the statement read.
“Hammond will help support the club during the summer transfer window.
“The experienced 55-year-old, former director of football at Reading and head of football operations at Celtic, worked in a similar consultancy role at Newcastle United.
“The process for finding a new, permanent, director of football at Leeds United is underway and the club aim to complete this process by October, allowing the successful candidate to focus on the January transfer window.”
Hammond’s appointment brings to an end any rumours about Stuart Webber – who recently left his post at fellow Championship outfit Norwich – joining Leeds as director of football at present, after significant speculation that he would do so.