Ten years on from Blackwell's Leeds sacking - where are his players now?

Leeds United's manager Kevin Blackwell

Blackwell was dismissed after just over two years in charge.

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Ten years is a long time in football. £30 million is your average transfer fee instead of £8 million, Zinedine Zidane is now a world-class manager instead of player and Portsmouth have dropped from Europe into League Two. It's also ten years since Kevin Blackwell was relieved of his duties as Leeds manager after a poor start to the 2006-07 Championship season.

Tipped by many to put their play-off defeat disappointment behind them and go up automatically, Leeds started the season badly under Blackwell and eventually were relegated to League One, causing a mass exodus and second financial crash in five years. So where are those players who ultimately caused Blackwell the sack now?

Goalkeeper - Neil Sullivan

The ex-Scotland international started the season injured and ultimately failed to regain his place, despite two successful seasons beforehand, including Player of the Year in 2005. Sullivan went on loan to Doncaster and finished his career there before returning as the academy's goalkeeper coach.

Goalkeeper - Tony Warner

Drafted in on loan to replace Sullivan, the Fulham stopper started well at Leeds, only for Dennis Wise to cast him aside and bring in another keeper, Graham Stack, on loan.

Right-back - Gary Kelly

Still regarded as a club legend, the Irishman stayed loyal to Leeds despite their relegation and stagnation in the Championship. Kelly's farewell campaign at Elland turned sour however, as a lack of playing time under Wise culminated in him losing his status as vice-captain. He retired at the end of that season at the relatively young age of 32.

Leeds' Gary Kelly is watched closey by Boro's Noel Whelan

Right-back - Frazer Richardson

Because of Kelly, the young pretender Richardson never nailed down a place at his favoured right-back; instead playing further forward as a winger. Rotherham-born Richardson would stick with the club following relegation to League One and was eventually named captain. He now plays for Doncaster in League Two.

Centre-back - Paul Butler

One of the first casualties after Blackwell's departure, Butler's age and lack of pace was being exposed, so Wise decided to freshen up at the back. He lost the captaincy to Kevin Nicholls and eventually moved onto MK Dons then Chester, where he retired in 2009 after a fall out with the club's hierarchy.

Centre-back - Matt Kilgallon

It's easy to forget that Kilgallon was one of the brightest prospects to come through the Elland Road youth setup. With his long blonde locks, classy ball play and tough tackling, the defender was a popular figure at Leeds. He was never going to stick around a struggling side for long and moved to Premier League with Sheffield United. His career has mainly floated around the lower end of the Premier League and the Championship since, before signing for Bradford this summer.

Left-back - Stephen Crainey

One of the few players to leave this Leeds side and go on to better his career, the Scot was derided by many at Leeds. He left at the end of the season to join newly promoted Blackpool, before helping them earn promotion to the Premier League in 2010. Crainey, who has 12 Scotland caps, now plays for AFC Fylde in the National League North.

Right-wing - Steve Stone

Stone's career was unfortunately hampered by injury. An achilles problem in pre season of 2005, saw him make his debut in April 2006. The former England international, had a clean pre-season and started the season well. However, injury hit again and the veteran retired in December 2006. His last role was as a coach at Newcastle under Steve McClaren.

Right-wing - Sebastien Carole

Signed to give some much needed pace from Brighton, Carole was only ever a squad player during his time at Elland Road. The Frenchman stuck with Leeds in their relegation to League One. but was let go by Gary McAllister on deadline day in August 2008. He still plays in Yorkshire for Bradford Park Avenue in the National League North.

Shaun Derry at Leeds

Centre-midfield - Shaun Derry

One of the most successful players of this era, Derry's aggressive style endeared him to fans. However, following the sacking, he was mysteriously left out by Wise and accused of being the "mole" who leaked team news to the opposition. He rejoined former club Crystal Palace a year later and is now managing Cambridge United in League Two.

Centre-midfield - Kevin Nicholls

A £700,000 addition from Luton in the summer of 2006, Nicholls got injured in pre-season and only played twice under Blackwell. He was named captain by Wise following his appointment but drew heavy criticism from fans and fellow teammates for saying he wanted to return to Luton at the end of the season. He joined Preston after relegation before getting his move back to Luton. He now works at a player recruitment agency, alongside former Luton player Marvin Johnson.

Centre-midfield - Sean Gregan

Gregan's spell at Elland Road was mixed with some inconsistent performances coupled with excellent no-nonsense displays. However, he fell out of favour due to other options at centre-back and midfield and Wise let him move on loan to Oldham. After a spell coaching at the now-defunct Darlington, he is now a columnist for the Lancashire Evening Post covering Preston.

Centre-midfield - Jonathan Douglas

The Irishman joined Leeds permanently in August 2006 after a successful loan spell the season before. Douglas was one of Leeds' most consistent players and stayed post-relegation. After two injury hit years in League One, he left to join Swindon and has had a journeyman career. Now at Ipswich, he is due to face Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.

Leeds United's Jonathan Douglas fires in a shot

Centre-midfield - Ian Westlake

Yet another player who didn't fulfil his promise, Westlake was in and out of the side the whole season. He couldn't find a place in the XI in League One and had various spells at Wycombe, Cheltenham and Montreal Impact. He last played for his hometown club Needham Market.

Left-wing - Eddie Lewis

The American winger won player of the season and was a rare bright spot. However, Dennis Wise chose to convert him to left-back and switched his squad number from 11 to 3 in League One. He left to join Derby in their torrid Premier League campaign, before returning home to LA Galaxy. He retired in 2010, and has not been involved in football since.

Striker - Robbie Blake

One of the most technically gifted members of the squad, Blake had a decent debut season before struggling with consistent form in 2006-07. He scored eight goals goals before he re-signed for Burnley and eventually helped get them back to the Premier League. A spell in the top flight at Bolton followed and he last played for Team Northumbria in 2013.

Striker - Ian Moore

Moore found it difficult to find a place under Blackwell with fierce competition. However, he eventually found a spot under Wise, before being let go after relegation. He had spells at Hartlepool, Tranmere and Rotherham before retiring in 2013.

Striker - Richard Cresswell

Cresswell was Leeds' last seven-figure signing for eight years before Luke Murphy's arrival in 2013. Like many, his time was hampered by niggling injuries and he also departed after relegation, joining Stoke. He helped the Potters gain promotion to the Premier League, and played a small role in ensuring their survival. He then drifted through the Football League before signing for York where he became caretaker manager for a short spell. He now plays for Tadcaster Albion.

Striker - David Healy 

Northern Ireland's go-to man at the time was also a key player for Leeds, and his exit was inevitable after slipping to League One. However, he never really cut it at Premier League level with Fulham and Sunderland, and his career came grinding to a halt. He now manages boyhood club Linfield in the Northern Irish Premier Division.

David Healy - Leeds United

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