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Paul Hart tells the story of how he was offered a role at Leeds United

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Leeds United have appointed Paul Hart as the director of their academy.

Leeds United's new academy director Paul Hart has told LUTV about how he first heard of the club's interest in him. 

Hart was running a coaching session with an independent group when he received a phone-call from Adam Pearson, who was then the Whites' chief executive, asking if he would be interested in re-joining the club.

Hart jumped at the opportunity, and even a mammoth seven-hour journey up to Elland Road could not dampen his excitement at taking on the role. 

"I got a phone-call while doing a coaching clinic with an independent school in West Sussex from Adam Pearson and he said to come and meet with him and Massimo Cellino the following day," he said. 

"I did that, but it took my seven hours to get up there! It was bank holiday weekend, and the Friday as well. I arrived at Elland Road at 7:15pm, it was ridiculous, but I was extremely excited and remain that way. It's such a privilege and a pleasure to be let in."

Hart's appointment at Leeds makes it the third time that he has represented the club in some capacity. 

The 62-year-old played for the Yorkshire club for five years between 1978 and 1983, and he was also part of the coaching team during the 1990's. 

His career since has seen him take on numerous other jobs, including managerial roles at Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth, but he has now returned to Elland Road to oversee their youth development.

It was a job which was previously Neil Redfearn's, before he was appointed as first-team manager, and Hart has inherited a very talented group. 

The 62-year-old has a number of bright prospects to work with, with Leeds' youth academy flourishing in recent times. 

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