Ian Harte attended Leeds’ under 23 draw with Birmingham under 23’s today and he had some strong words for the club once he departed. Harte wasn’t happy that the players and coaching staff were speaking Spanish and he has accused the club of losing it’s identity.
Harte via twitter
“Fuming tonight, went to watch @LUFC under 23s vs Birmingham. Leeds is losing its identity, as all I could hear was Spanish been spoken by players and manager!!! We are a club that has over years and years brought through quality players. But what I witnessed is players lacking passion, desire to wear the @LUFC shirt with pride. Needs sorting ASAP.”
Harte went on to say that he thinks Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta are very good but he wasn’t happy with the situation and it has sparked a mixed reaction from fans. The general opinion is that if you are good enough it doesn’t really matter where you come from. The desire and attitude is something the club need to address if that is an issue but in terms of British and Irish players there were nine in the squad today. The thing with the local lads is that most of the very good players have already made the step into the first-team and a couple are out on loan.
The club responded to Harte’s comments (Phil Hay twitter account)
“We believe a player or coach should be picked on talent not their passport” Club point out that 9 of 16 players in today’s squad were from UK/Ireland, and that two UK academy players – Vieira and Pearce – were on the bench at Hull”