Paul Hart was bought as the replacement for the traitorous
Gordon McQueen who had skipped over the Pennines to play for some
other team, and the £300,000 that Hart cost Leeds from
Blackpool was repaid many times over in the 5 years he was at
Elland Road as a player. He didn't get off to the best of starts,
with the finger being pointed his way for several defensive
cock-ups and OGs, but in the end he clocked up well over 200 games
at the centre of the defence, and although he was one of the side
that saw the club relegated in 1982, he wasn't the most culpable.
An old-fashioned centre-half who could also play in midfield, he
lasted for a few years more as a player up to the end of the
He had not totally successful spells in management with Notts
County (as player-coach) and Chesterfield (as manager), before
finding his real niche - as a trainer of young players. He started
out at Forest before coming to Leeds and seeing his proteges take
the FA Youth Cup Final in 1993 and then again in 1997. Along with
Eddie Gray, he was responsible for many of the current crop of
stars when they were in the youth side, and his return to Forest to
take over their youth setup was a blow to Leeds, although Eddie
Gray, Roy Aitken and Brian Kidd look to have another promising crop
of young players lined up.
In July 2001, Paul was appointed manager at the City Ground
following the departure of David Platt to coach the England U-21
team and after stabilising the team - and the club's finances with
the sales of talented young players like Jermaine Jenas and David
Prutton - he has got the club into an excellent position to
challenge for promotion as the 2002/03 season draws to a close.
Darren Kerry says: Paul Hart took me to Leeds in 1990 as a YTS
from Manchester United schoolboys and it was a move that I will
always thank him for. And as a Manchaster United fan that is saying
Mia says: Do you still talk with Darren Kerry? Darren Kerry, if
we are talking about the same one is our coach. He's awesome.
Scott Stevens says: I sold Harty boy a old Ford Granada when he
was playing for Leeds, i'm pretty sure it was about 1983, he was
living on a street called Norman Street.
paul hart says: hello, my name is paul hart. (not related) but i
am contacting all the paul harts in the world to form a symposium
on world issues... please contact me at paulyhart.com