Retro photos: Returning academy boss Paul Hart playing for Leeds in the 70s and 80s

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Paul Hart is back at Leeds United's academy.

When Leeds United lost Neil Redfearn earlier this summer make no mistake it was a huge loss to the club.

Fans were understandably worried about the academy, after he helped oversee the breakthrough of players like Sam Byram and Lewis Cook.

So it says everything about the right direction the club are moving in that the hierarchy have managed to convince the one man to return that it could be argued is either his equal - or even superior.

That is Paul Hart, who played for the club for five seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with SkySports confirming his return yesterday.

The picture above is a shot of Hart celebrating scoring for the club in a First Division match with Arsenal in 1981.

The shot below features Hart grappling with Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish at Anfield in a clash back in 1978.

He knows all about what it means to represent the club, and his previous work with Leeds' academy in the mid 1990s helped players like Jonathan Woodgate and Paul Robinson break through into the first team.

The academy is in safe hands and fans will be grateful to Massimo Cellino and Adam Pearson for making it happen.

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