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LUFC Radebe not to join Leeds coaching staff

Leeds United boss Simon Grayson says he will not be adding to his backroom staff, ending rumours of a return to the club of former Elland Road favourite Lucas Radebe.

South African Radebe had hinted during the World Cup finals, which are taking place in his home country that he was returning to Elland Road in a coaching role.

Grayson speaking about the situation said, "Nobody has spoken to me about that. Whether there are plans for him to come back in some sort of ambassadorial role or working with the younger ones, I don`t know, but it hasn`t been mentioned to me at first-team level.

"We are fortunate that we have one of the best backroom staffs number-wise, so I am not looking to bring in anybody else."

Radebe who eared the nickname 'The Chief` during his time at Elland Road, spent eleven seasons at the club making over 200 appearances before retiring from the game in 2005.

He was the club captain during their years under David O`Leary when they finished in the top four of the Premier League in successive years and lost in the semi-finals of both the UEFA Cup and Champions League.

Radebe is still a firm fans favourite at Elland Road with chants at every Leeds game in his honour.

He was so popular amongst some fans who are musicians that they named their group after his first club in South Africa and are famously known as the Kaiser Chiefs.

The former South African international made 70 appearances for his country, was recently awarded a PFA Merit award for his contribution to football, and joins an illustrious club of people to receive the award.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 5 2010

Time: 3:20PM

Your Comments

I'm sure he could get some sort of ambassadors role at Elland Road. He's very much respected in the game around the world and we couldn't ask for a better representative
dazza71
I'm sure he could get some sort of ambassadors role at Elland Road. He's very much respected in the game around the world and we couldn't ask for a better representative
dazza71
I'm disappointed that he's not joining the coaching staff but I do hope that the find some sort of role for him.
king billy
It all sounded so positive on TV. I was impressed with his reading of the games and his analysis and am sure he would have been a plus to have with the younger players.
erni
In fairness its a striker we need and not another coach! id be spending the money more wisely. Was nice to see Radebe on itv though...what a sound guy.
theboss1919
Think his imput could have been a big factor in defence - and with current defensive coaching team doing such a "good" job (not) he must wonder whats going on
simonfire1
He could have also been a very strong influence on bringing in a few defenders especially from Africa.
DonnyEd
`As ba defensive coach would have been ideal, he might have sorted out the problems we've had for the last 3 seasons conceding too many goals, lack of communication do I need to say anymore
Tiny T
I'm sure the club will find some role for Lucas. Whether it be coaching the youngsters or some sort of ambassadors role. The guy is a legned!
AndyCapsXI
 

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