On this day: Leeds United released seven first-team players

The likes of Michael Brown, El-Hadji Diouf and Luke Varney were let go.

A year ago, on the 16th May 2014, there was plenty going on in the world of football.

Arsenal and Hull City were getting ready for the FA Cup final, Tottenham midfielder Paulinho ruled out a move to Chelsea and Liverpool were being linked with a £40m double swoop for Southampton pair Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana - a move that did indeed happen.

But the big news from the day came from Leeds United, as the club released seven first-team players.

Leeds cull

Leeds United had just finished a tumultuous campaign which saw Massimo Cellino takeover the club. Since then his relationship with Brian McDermott and the Leeds fans was highly fractious. A year ago today, they cut several members of their first team.

The names in question were Michael Brown, Danny Pugh, El-Hadji Diouf, Adam Drury, Paul Green, Luke Varney and Jamie Ashdown - with youngsters Simon Lenighan, Nathan Turner, Lewis Turner, Richard Bryan, Smith Tiesse and Gboly Ariyibi all departing.

Leeds went on to sign several foreigners, several of which came from Italy, and failed to produce the goods.

None of the players Leeds released, bar Varney, have gone on to have significant success elsewhere.

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