By Wayne Veysey

13th Oct, 2016 | 3:04pm

Replacement identified after Leeds abruptly axe senior man - report

By Alex Stevens

Experienced football administrator Liz Coley has been hired by Leeds to cover the role of club secretary, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Coley has been seconded following the sacking of Stuart Hayton at the end of last month.

Hayton, a former Wigan and Liverpool employee, was dismissed from his post after 15 months on the day before Leeds’ 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town.

Neither he nor the club have made any comment about the reasons behind his departure.

Coley, who is an associate at Leeds solicitors Walker Morris, has a CV showing previous jobs at Fulham, West Ham United, Southampton and the Football Association.

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Her last full-time post in football, as Sunderland’s club secretary, ended shortly after an administrative mix-up which saw South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won play in four games despite being ineligible.

Hayton moved to Elland Road in May of last year when he joined from Premier League giants Liverpool.

But Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on 23 September  that Hayton had ended his spell at the club earlier in the day.

Hayton joined Leeds in the summer of 2015 shortly after a number of other high-level appointments, including former manager Uwe Rosler and ex recruitment chief Martyn Glover.

That duo have subsequently left Elland Road, where the turnover of senior figures under owner Massimo Cellino has been extensive during his two-and-a-half years at the helm.

Hayton had joined Liverpool as a secretary in 2013 after previously spending many years at Wigan. It was agreed in April 2013 that he would leave Anfield by mutual consent at the end of that season.

In other Leeds news, a 25-year-old has signed after agreeing new terms with the club.