Former Leeds United defender Ian Harte took to his personalTwitter account to congratulate the club’s Under-23 side for their title success – and namechecked four men as integral to the triumph.
The former left-back turned football agent hailed the contributions of manager Carlos Corberan, academy chief Adam Underwood, director of football Victor Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani.
— Ian Harte (@ianharte23) March 25, 2019
This comes after Harte was very critical of Leeds’ youth set-up via the same social media platform only last year, pointing out how the club was losing its “identity” due to the Spanish influence.
Fuming tonight, went to watch @LUFC Under 23s v Birmingham. Leeds is losing its identity, as all I could hear was Spanish been spoken by players and manager!!! We are a club that has over years and years brought through quality players. But what I witnessed is players lacking
— Ian Harte (@ianharte23) February 2, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Credit to Harte for bigging up the achievement of Leeds Under-23s on Monday, when they romped to the title with two matches to spare, a phenomenal achievement given the eyecatching style in which the side has played and how they have blowed all opponents away. The former defender, who was such a key player of the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in the early 2000s, does not go as far as to say sorry, or admit he got it wrong when laying into the overly-Spanish influence at the club. But, at least, he has named the owner and the director of football as integral to this week’s achievement. Cynics might also point out that Harte represents a number of Leeds young guns and it is in his and their favour to be in the good books of the decision-makers and paymasters ahead of contract talks that are imminent.