Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has hit back in no uncertain terms after Ian Harte criticised the Under-23s set-up at Leeds, saying that his comments were “unacceptable”.
After attending the Under-23s game against Birmingham, where Leeds struggled to a 2-2 draw, Harte released a series of tweets that criticised the core of Leeds’ youth policy.
Harte said he was fuming after what he saw as Leeds losing its identity saying, “All I could hear was Spanish being spoken by players and manager!’
Harte was worried that too many foreign players were stopping local lads progressing.


In an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Radrizzani started off by saying that he appreciated Harte was a club legend and would be welcome at the club anytime.
However, he saved some stinging criticism for Harte saying, “We treat him with kindness and we expect that when he has something to say to help the club to improve, it’s better he comes here to my office and shares his ideas rather than do this publicly.
“It’s not the right way to help the club I think. It’s not acceptable in my opinion. He needs to decide what he wants to do.”
Radrizzani said the priority at Leeds was to bring through local players but that it wasn’t easy to find good players in England quickly.
He also pointed out that it was good to have a mix, of local and international players, to create an environment that could bring out the best of both worlds.
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