'Great signing' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as senior Leeds hire confirmed
Noel Whelan says that the appointment of Andy Foster as the new head of academy coaching is a “great signing” for Leeds United.
The former Whites striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that there used to be doubts over the club’s decision making when it came to senior decisions but those fears have gone.
BBC reporter Adam Pope stated that Foster would be taking over Richard Cresswell’s role after the latter’s departure over the summer, with the former Middlesbrough man confirming his appointment via his personal Twitter account.
I understand that Andy Foster will be named as the club’s new head of Academy coaching after Richard Cresswell’s departure in the summer. He is well thought of in coaching circles. He joins from Middlesbrough and has a FA background as a National Coach Developer. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) November 20, 2019
Thanks Dean. Ryan – I’m the new Head of Coaching for the Academy.
— Andy Foster (@AndyFoster07) November 20, 2019
Whelan says that the decision making from the top brass at Elland Road has improved significantly and that Foster’s appointment is another brilliant move.
Whelan told Football Insider: “They don’t make decisions or appointments unless they’re going to be beneficial to the football club. We’re no longer rash like that.
“There’s a lot of thinking that goes into Leeds United and how they can improve the first-team but not only the first-team, the academy, where we’re getting a lot of joy from at the minute. That, to me, is a great signing and I trust what they do and who they appoint now.
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“For a few years there’s been a cloud over appointments and wondering why they’ve gone out and done this. Now I think there’s a real structure, a real intelligence behind appointments and it can only be beneficial to the club.”
Cresswell, a former striker at Leeds, had held the head of academy coaching position at Elland Road from the summer of 2018 but stepped down just over a year after his return to the club.
Leeds’ academy has seen a number of players break through into the first-team over recent years, the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Leif Davis some of the most recent graduates.
In other Leeds United news, Darren Bent has destroyed an Elland Road ace set to depart the club in January.