The Paul Hart XI - Eleven former Leeds United players who worked under Hart at Elland Road

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Jonathan Woodgate, Ian Harte, Gary Kelly, Andy Gray ... the list goes on.

Leeds United have confirmed that Paul Hart is back in charge of the Leeds United academy, 17 years after leaving the club.

Hart managed the Leeds academy throughout the 1990’s and helped to develop some of the best talent at the club in recent years.

So can you make a team of it?

Yes, although with some difficulty.

But here is an XI made up of players who all played under Hart in the Leeds United academy.

GK: Paul Robinson

‘Robbo’ went on to play 41 times for England and with Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers – and won a League Cup. A 1997 FA Youth Cup winner under Hart.

DF: Jonathan Woodgate

The Middlesbrough boys promise is rumoured to be the reason Hart originally left the club, with George Graham not so keen.

He went on to play for Newcastle United, Real Madrid and Tottenham in a career limited by injuries.

DF: Ian Harte

Only recently retired the Irishman arrived at Leeds from Home Farm in 1995 and went on to be a star in the team that made the 2001 Champions League semi-final.

DF: Gary Kelly

Another young Irish lad picked up from Home Farm, Mr. Dependable played over 500 games for Leeds and never featured for anyone else. Had already made his first-team debut when Hart arrived, but continued work in the youth team saw him go on to become a Leeds legend.

DF: Alan Maybury

Not the highest profile name. The Ireland international did form a good career in Scotland with Hearts and also had a memorable spell at Leicester City. A ’97 Youth Cup winner and currently playing with Falkirk.

MF: Stephen McPhail

Considered one of the club’s more talented youngsters at the time another former Home Farm boy who forged his career at Leeds. Went on to have a memorable spell at Cardiff City including an FA Cup and League Cup final.

MF: Matt Jones

One you might not remember. Jones however was a fantastic talent who played for Wales at the tender age of 19.

Suffered a horrific knee injury at Leicester and retired at 23-years-old 11 years ago.

MF: Alan Smith

Another player whose career was blighted after a serious injury. The aggressive and tenacious forward, who reverted to a midfield position later in his career, angered Leeds fans for switching Elland Road for Manchester United in 2004.

MF: Harry Kewell

Perhaps the most talented of the lot, but not a popular figure at Leeds nowadays. Unpopular for the way he left the club and his decision to play for Galatasaray this is one face not welcome back at Elland Road.

ST: Noel Whelan

Now working for local media Whelan went on to score goals at Coventry City and also had spells at Middlesbrough, Millwall and Derby County. A 1993 FA Youth Cup winner under Hart.

ST: Andy Gray

Now working under Hart as under-16 boss striker Gray came through the Leeds academy. He left in 1998 and went on to be a potent scorer at the likes of Bradford City, Sheffield United, Burnley and Barnsley.

Now Hart has the chance with yet another gifted generation of Leeds players to create more stars of the future at Elland Road. Leeds fans will hope a new list can be concocted in just a few years’ time.

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