By Coral Barry

Leeds legend Gordon McQueen has accused the Whites of happily selling off their best players.

The Championship giants have been guilty of selling off their best players in recent years and most recently sold promising academy graduate Sam Byram to Premier League club West Ham in January for £3.5million.

McQueen is disgusted by the current culture at Leeds and cannot see how any progress can be made with such a philosophy at the club.

“If any player shows any promise, Leeds sell him right away,” said McQueen speaking to the Scotsman. “They don’t have any assets on or off the field in not owning their stadium, their training ground, or even their car park.”

McQueen spent six years at Elland Road as a player, winning the first division championship in 1974, but has slammed the club after 12 years outside the top flight.

Leeds currently sit in 13th position in the Championship and have not come close to promotion back into the top tier of English football since the 2006 play-off final defeat to Watford.

The Yorkshire club even spent three years in League One between 2007 and 2010 and have endured a turbulent time under current owner Massimo Cellino.

The Italian took over in 2014 and has twice been banned by the Football League with Leeds having spent most of his reign avoiding relegation.

Massimo Cellino

Deal maker: McQueen does not think Leeds or Cellino have any ambition

McQueen was speaking after Whites defender Liam Cooper was called up to the Scotland squad.

Cooper was born in Hull, but qualifies through his grandfather and McQueen has slammed the country he once represented for its selection policy.

McQueen described Cooper’s inclusion as “an indictment of Scottish football and Leeds”.

The Scotsman added: “Let’s be honest about this, Scotland and Leeds are not in good shape.

“It feels as if anybody can get a try-out with the national side in certain areas.

“I don’t think we [Scotland] produce players for many positions any more but the situation is really desperate at centre-back.”

In other Leeds news, an ex-Whites player says the current crop of players at Elland Road are ‘soft’.