After the speculation that the head Leeds United’s Academy Paul Hart was on a paltry £20,000 per annum, and the hint that he would be leaving, the club have today confirmed that his has been the case.

Ex-Leeds defender Hart took over as head of the Leeds United Academy, based at the Thorp Arch training ground, for the second time at the beginning of September 2015. His previous tenure as Academy head saw him help Leeds United Under-18s to two FA Youth Cup triumphs in 1993 and 1997.

The 1997 squad contained names that are synonymous with the ethos that is promoting from within that Leeds are now well-known for. Names like Paul Robinson, Harry Kewell, Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate and Stephen McPhail went on to star for the Leeds United first team as well as making a multitude of international appearances between them. His leaving was confirmed in a tweet on the club’s official Twitter feed as well as an extremely brief, 76-word linked statement on the club website.

The statement itself is the standard one that you’d expect with regard to such a matter as this and has the club saying that it, “is extremely grateful to Paul for his fantastic service to the Academy and fully respects the reasons behind his departure. He leaves with our best wishes for the future.”

The reason given for Hart’s departure as head of the Academy is that he is leaving in order to “allow more time to attend to personal matters.”

The club reassure fans that they are actively looking for a replacement for Hart.

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