Ellis leaves Leeds

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Leeds assistant manager Sam Ellis has left the club by mutual consent.

Ellis departed Elland Road with immediate effect following the expiration of his contract at the end of May.

Manager Kevin Blackwell paid tribute to the contribution he has made to Leeds during his time in Yorkshire.

"Sam has been with the club for two seasons and has been instrumental in helping build it back up from the ruins," Blackwell told the club's official website.

"He has done a fantastic job and he leaves with our thanks."

Striker Rob Hulse, meanwhile, is confident that Leeds can put their play-off heartache behind them next season and gain promotion to The Premiership.

He also hailed the fans who travelled to Cardiff to watch their defeat to Watford.

"The fans have been great all year and a lot of them stayed right to the end and we appreciate that and we want to repay them next year for it," he said.

"To lose like we did was massively disappointing, especially for the fans that came down to see us, we won't forget that and I certainly won't forget how good they were.

"They stood with us for 90 minutes and our message right now is don't give up on us because we won't give up on trying to get this club back to the Premiership.

"We have to be positive, we will obviously mourn this defeat but you can't stay like that forever.

"We will try and look at the positives from the season and we know we have to work on a few things."