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Adam Pearson explains the two reasons behind Paul Hart's Leeds return

The former Leeds man is back at Elland Road, mirroring the director's own return.

Leeds United executive director Adam Pearson has outlined two reasons behind Paul Hart's return to the Yorkshire club, according to the club's official website.

Hart has come back to Leeds as head of the Academy and Pearson explained upon confirmation of the switch that it was not only his ability to work with young players that will hopefully hold the Whites in good stead.

Indeed, the new recruit will also be in charge of developing Leeds' other new youth coaches in John Anderson, Andy Gray and Daral Pugh.

Pearson is adamant that, for those two reasons, Hart will be as much of a success at United as he was in the past. 

The executive director told the Leeds site: "Paul was an outstanding leader of the Academy in the past and he has a wealth of experience to develop not only our young players but what is now a talented group of young coaches.

"We have recruited three fine new coaches in John Anderson, Andy Gray and Daral Pugh. They are all good characters who I know well and who will really strengthen what is already a strong coaching team.

"We have some fine talent in the Academy with recruitment expert Terry Potter continuing to unearth talent and we are delighted that Paul is returning to head up what is now a very strong Academy set-up."

Hart's return continues a sensible trend of recruitment at Elland Road this summer, one that started with the return of Pearson himself.

All the way from the executive directorship down to Uwe Rosler and his players, Leeds have signed well, keeping the drama to a minimum.

Hart should extend that down to the Academy and, as Pearson states, also help United's other new coaches.

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