Report: Leeds coach plans to leave in the summer - and take up England post

By Alex Stevens

Leeds goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis has resigned and will leave the club at the end of the season, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Hartis has told the club he is quitting the job after Leeds’ last Championship game away at Preston North End on 7 May.

Hartis, a former Manchester United coach who previously worked at Leeds in the last 1990s, has been on the staff at Elland Road for less than 12 months in his second spell after joining from Cardiff last summer when ex-manager Uwe Rosler appointed him to his backroom staff.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Hartis could now be poised to take a up a position within the England youth set-up.

The 48-year-old’s reported departure increases an already significant number of vacancies at Thorp Arch following the departure of Leeds’ academy director Paul Hart 12 days ago.

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The Championship’s best-supported club have been without an official head of recruitment since Martyn Glover left for Sunderland shortly after Christmas.

Hartis’ decision to move on comes at a time when Steve Evans’ future is also in doubt.

Evans, who will become owner Massimo Cellino’s longest-serving manager at Elland Road on Saturday when Reading visit for the Championship fixture, has a contract until June and is yet to be told if that deal will be extended.

Meanwhile, in other Leeds news, Evans has revealed that two players are doubtful for the clash against Reading.