Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has revealed that the club are close to appointing a new Academy director.
The position has been vacant since the release of Neil Thompson, who has just taking up a coaching post at Sheffield Wednesday, at the end of 2010. The position oversees the youth development side of the club, and has produced such gems as Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate, James Milner and Aaron Lennon in recent years. During his weekly address on Yorkshire Radio Bates told Ben Fry “This week we have been interviewing candidates [for the role] which means we will be able to make an appointment sooner rather than later.” The candidates have been selected from a shortlist drawn up by Technical Director Gwyn Williams, team boss Simon Grayson and Chief Executive Shaun Harvey. “Things are moving along, and we have to get the right man in for our future” Bates added.
Bessone rues missed opportunity.
Summer signing Fede Bessone has spoken of his disappointment at the failure of his Leeds United career.
The Argentinian left back, signed from Swansea in the summer, left to join Charlton Athletic on loan until the end of the season during the January transfer window. Talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post the 27 year old spoke frankly about his time at Elland Road: “I feel disappointment, yes, but only with myself,” he said. After starting United’s first eight games, Bessone limped off shortly after gifting Barnsley an equalising goal which set up an embarrassing 5-2 defeat. It was his last contribution in a Leeds shirt, and Bessone knows he let himself down: “You know when you’re at a big club that if you don’t play to your best, other people are waiting. I lost my place.”
TV game moved.
Leeds United have had another fixture re-arranged for live TV Coverage with the announcement that the home game with Reading has been moved to Good Friday at the request of Sky.
It’s the third game in recent weeks to be moved, with the clash against Swansea City on 26th February being shown live on Sky. BBC1 will show the potentially crucial game against Nottingham forest on Saturday 2nd April. The Reading game will kick off at 7.45pm on Friday 22nd April, giving Leeds an extra day preparation before an Easter Monday trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.