Former Leeds United academy director Paul Hart explains what tempted him into Luton Town move

Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart

Hart is now assistant manager at Luton.

Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart

Leeds United lost plenty of staff last season, including their academy director Paul Hart. Hart, who had previously held a similar role in the early 1990s and helped bring through players such as Harry Kewell, Jonathan Woodgate and Gary Kelly, left with personal reasons cited for his departure.

He took up the role in September last year after the controversial departure of Neil Redfearn and his loss would have been a tough one to take for Leeds – as he brought vast experience and tradition to the role.

Lewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham ForestLewis Cook of Leeds United in action with Henri Lansbury of Nottingham Forest

Strangely, just a month later, he took the job of assistant boss at Luton Town – where he would be working with former Charlton Athletic colleague Nathan Jones.

He has been speaking about that move with Luton Today, trying to explain why he took the role:

“Of course I had meetings with Gary (Sweet, Luton chief executive) about what’s happening further down the line and was really excited to hear some of the news there.

“It was all very positive in terms of a progressive club.

Luton Town players during the penalty shootoutLuton Town players during the penalty shootout

“I’m getting on a bit now, but I never want to stand still, I want to be challenged and be part of an environment that’s going to lead to better things.

“We very definitely want success and to produce a side that can win on a regular basis.”

Whilst Hart gave no reference to Leeds it seems that the 63-year-old was tempted by the project at Kenilworth Road which seemed to excite the former Leeds man.

Whether or not the same could be said about the situation and environment at Leeds would be an intriguing question.

Hart will be hoping to lead Luton to promotion from League Two next season. Leeds on the other hand are still on the hunt for Hart’s replacement.

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