Paul Hart explains his role in developing youngsters at Leeds United

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Leeds United hired Paul Hart as Academy Director earlier in the summer.

Speaking to LUTV, Paul Hart has discussed his role at Leeds United, and how he intends to help young academy players establish themselves in the first-team set-up.

He said: “I suppose what I do, is try and teach them certain things in terms of how to play football. But I also give them boundaries, and try to create an environment that complements the learning process. And so, [for] the people that are willing to learn, it’s not a bad place to be.”

Hart returned to Elland Road earlier in the summer, taking up the title of Academy Director at Thorp Arch.

The 62-year-old is something of a legend for Leeds, and his spell in charge of the youth program in the early 1990’s saw Hart develop one of the best generations of youth players to have come out of the club.

He led two sides to FA Youth Cup wins, with the first one defeating Manchester United’s famed 1993 side, whilst the second beat Crystal Palace, and was instrumental in bringing through the likes of Paul Robinson, Harry Kewell and Jonathan Woodgate.

Hart returns to Leeds at a time when their academy is full of talented youngsters, and he has outlined the kind of work he intends to do to ensure they can reach their full potential.

Hart has proven his reputation as a youth coach across a long and impressive career, and if he can create one more generation of Leeds stars to replicate his previous work, his return to Elland Road will go down as one of the best decisions made by the club in recent years.

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