Confirmed: Paul Hart leaves Leeds United academy position, club issue statement

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Paul Hart has left Leeds United.

Leeds United have confirmed that Paul Hart has left the club, less than a season into his return as head of academy.

Hart was in his second spell in the role, and the club are now searching for a replacement.

The club cited personal reasons for Hart's departure, not elaborating any further.

The official club statement on their website read: "Leeds United can confirm that Paul Hart has left his post as the club's Head of Academy in order to allow more time to attend to personal matters.

"The club is extremely grateful to Paul for his fantastic service to the academy and fully respects the reasons behind his departure. He leaves with our best wishes for the future. The club will now start the search for a suitable replacement for his role at the academy. "

Hart replaced Neil Redfearn earlier in the season, who had spent several years in his post, before being promoted to head coach last season, and later dismissed by owner Massimo Cellino.

Hart was seen as a perfect replacement given his previous success in the role in the 1990s, helping the likes of Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Smith progress to become first team stars.

It leaves the club with a key position to fill heading into the summer, with the academy at Thorp Arch one of their prized assets given the progress of players like Lewis Cook and Charlie Taylor into the first team in recent seasons.

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