Noel Whelan claims that Leeds United are “leading the way” ahead of rival clubs with their leadership and decision making during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The former Elland Road ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has applauded the Whites for doing “everything right” amid the uncertainty.

In his weekly ‘programme notes’ for the Yorkshire Evening Post, chief executive Angus Kinnear detailed the measures the club are dealing with the unprecedented situation, including investing in new medical equipment and explaining to players the risk involved in returning to playing.

The club have previously outlined their plans to refund ticket holders, with games set to be played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, while the squad took a wage deferral to help ease the financial strain at Elland Road.

Whelan admits he has been blown away by the Whites’ decision making during the pandemic and insists that a lot of rival clubs are now following in their footsteps.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It just says everything about the club and the chairman, how they go about it as a business – because Leeds United is a business – they’re doing everything the right way.

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“They’ve been top of the tree, leading the way of many clubs, not just the Championship but the Premier League with the way they’ve gone about it and handled everything – that is completely commendable to the chairman, Angus, the players.

“Everyone who’s making these decisions have made the absolute spot-on decisions and other teams have followed, they’ve realised – when they’ve made a mistake about the furlough, they’ve looked at other clubs and Leeds United have led the way on many of these important decisions.”

With the Championship season currently suspended, Leeds sit one point clear at the top of the table.

Their last game saw them beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Elland Road in early March.

In other Leeds United news, Whelan has been left thrilled by the latest update on the club’s promotion hopes.