Ian Harte: Leeds United need to appoint this former West Brom boss

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Bournemouth's Ian Harte has weighed in on the vacant Leeds United manager's job, insisting Steve Clarke is the answer.

37-year-old Ian Harte made his first Championship start of the season against his former club, but ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 defeat.

The former Republic of Ireland international spent eight seasons at Elland Road and was a part of their memorable Champions League run.

Ahead of last night's game at the Goldsands Stadium, Harte did not hold back in giving his opinions on his former club, and told the pre-match programme that a former West Brom boss is the manager they should be targeting.

He said, quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post: "I think now they need to get a proven manager and a strong manager, who will be allowed to bring in his own players and be in control of the team.

“At the time of writing, there hasn’t been an appointment but I think someone like Steve Clarke would be a fantastic person for Leeds.

“Unfortunately, someone of his calibre doesn’t come cheap and it doesn’t look like Mr Cellino wants to spend any money. He sold Ross McCormack for around £11m and it hasn’t really been reinvested yet."

Clarke is currently out of work after being dismissed by West Brom, and has been strongly linked, but owner Massimo Cellino said earlier this week he wants to hire a foreign coach rather than a Brit. 

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