By Noel Whelan

27th May, 2020 | 3:00pm

Exclusive: Whelan claims Leeds 'Putting other clubs in their place' ahead of restart

Noel Whelan has lauded Andrea Radrizzani and Angus Kinnear for ensuring Leeds United players and staff are as safe as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds and Coventry forward claimed the Whites are “putting clubs in their place” with their exemplary actions in difficult circumstances.

The Mail revealed that before the EFL had arranged a centralised testing programme, Leeds had already ordered their own on-site testing machine.

The machine capable of producing results in two-and-a-half hours but players at Thorp Arch will now only be tested through the EFL’s official programme.

The first round of COVID-19 testing in the Championship resulted in only two positive cases from the 1014 players and club staff tested – both from Hull City.

When asked by Football Insider how reassuring it was to hear that the club are taking extra precautions ahead of a June restart, Whelan said: “Leeds United have been leading the way in how to deal with things in these difficult times.

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“It goes to show the importance of having the right man in charge, making the right decisions along with Angus Kinnear.

“Leeds United are putting clubs in their place as to how to deal with issues in the right way.

“It does not surprise me that players have got the testing there. Everything has been done right since the owner and manager have come in.

“No stone has been left unturned when it comes to the safety and preparation for the players.”

As EFL clubs returned on Monday the UK government revealed that it would allow professional sports to return to competitive, close contact training.

According to The Athletic, the Championship could return as soon as 12 June.

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