Leeds United: Physio Sharman to depart club after Hull clash

United physio Harvey Sharman (right) with Sam Byram
United physio Harvey Sharman (right) with Sam Byram
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Leeds United have confirmed that head physiotherapist Harvey Sharman will leave the club to take up a job with American baseball team the Washington Nationals after Saturday’s game against Hull City.

Sharman secured the role of executive director of medical services at the Nationals last month and is set to end a 14-year association with United this weekend.

Sharman became assistant physio at Leeds in 2001 and was promoted to his current role after his predecessor, Dave Hancock, left to join Chelsea in 2007.

Hancock later relocated to the USA to become part of the medical staff of basketball club the New York Knicks.

Leeds said a replacement for Sharman is lined up and the YEP understands that the club intend to appoint Bolton Wanderers’ physio Steve Megson - himself a former United employee - in the weeks ahead.

Academy physio Henry McStay is being promoted to the first-team backroom staff at Thorp Arch.

Sharman told United’s official website: “Saturday will be tinged with a bit of sadness. I’ve spent 14-and-a-half years at this football club - almost a third of my life.

“It will be a bit of a sad day to walk away from a club I’ve grown very fond of over that period of time. I’ve seen the highs, the lows. It’s been interesting but what a fantastic club to work for.”