By Danny Wright

Ian Harte has said that he is “gutted” to see Jason Blunt leave his role as Under-23 manager at Leeds.

The Whites announced in a statement on their official club website on Wednesday that Blunt will be exiting Elland Road on his own terms at the end of July to take up a job at a Cornwall-based academy project instead.

Former Leeds full-back Harte, 39, took to his personal Twitter account after the news broke to suggest that it might be hard for his old club to replace the outgoing coach.

“Gutted to see Jason leaving Leeds, a top coach and person. He will be missed,” said the ex-Republic of Ireland international on Wednesday.

Harte played for Leeds between 1996 and 2004 and was part of the famous squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2000/01.

He made 213 league appearances for the Yorkshire giants and scored 28 goals.

Blunt, 39, has spent the last seven years as a member of the Leeds academy staff and was promoted to the development squad boss in 2016.

The statement on the Championship club’s official website has said that academy manager Adam Underwood and director of football Vincent Orta will ensure that Blunt is replaced as soon as possible.

It has created another managerial whole the needs filling as a successor to Garry Monk has yet to be appointed, although owner Andrea Radrizzani has said that he will be in discussions with potential candidates this week.

In other Leeds news, a reliable journalist has said that the Whites have not made an approach for this manager to replace Monk.

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