Leeds United report £21.4m annual pre-tax loss for 2018-19

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Leeds United were top of the Championship when the season was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic

Championship leaders Leeds United have reported an annual pre-tax loss of £21.4m for the year ending June 2019.

The accounts cover the 2018-19 season, during which Leeds narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

The club made an operating loss of more than £36m, although player sales brought in more than £15m.

Turnover rose from £40.7m to £48.9m compared to the previous financial year, while the club's total wage bill went up from £31.3m to £46.1m.

Leeds' previous set of accounts for 2017-18 showed an annual loss of £4.3m.

It is also revealed in documents filed at Companies House that Leeds may have to pay bonuses of almost £20m to players and management staff if they are promoted to the Premier League this season.

After finishing third in the Championship last season and then losing their play-off semi-final to Derby County, Marcelo Bielsa's side have once again challenged for promotion in 2019-20.

They were top of the table with nine matches left to play when the campaign was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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