By Alex Stevens
Leeds coach Andy Gray quit the club after being asked to take a wage cut, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the former Under-18s manager left his post shortly before Christmas after Elland Road chiefs wanted him to accept a drop in his salary.
The senior Leeds team are flying high under the stewardship of Garry Monk and his astute number two Pep Clotet but performances have been wretched this season among the club’s youth teams.
Both the Under-23s and Under-18s are bottom of their respective divisions, securing just five wins apiece from 20 matches.
The development squad, managed by Jason Blunt, have not won for 12 matches, with their horror run stretching back to their last victory in November.
The Under-18s have fared little better following a forced coaching reshuffle at the end of last year.
Gray and former Leeds defender Mark Jackson began the season in joint charge of the Under-18s but only the latter now remains.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that earlier this month academy director Adam Underwood travelled to Qatar to visit the Aspire Academy, a scheme set up to harness the potential of Qatari athletes.
Aspire is led by Ivan Bravo, a close associate of United co-owner Andrea Radrizzani and a one-time employee of Real Madrid who, at various stages, has been linked to the job of sporting director at Elland Road.
Meanwhile, Leeds senior side are back in action on Saturday evening when they travel to play-off rivals Reading for a Championship fixture.
Monk’s team are fourth in the division with a haul of 69 points from 38 matches and aiming to nail down a top-six finish.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.