Leeds appoint ex-Manchester United coach Chris Armas to Jesse Marsch’s backroom team

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United assistant coach Chris Armas to Jesse Marsch’s backroom team.

The Athletic reported last week that Leeds were close to appointing Armas, 50, after Mark Jackson’s exit to become manager at MK Dons. He will share the role of assistant head coach at Leeds with Rene Maric, who was appointed to the role last summer.

Armas previously worked with Marsch from 2015 to 2018 when the latter was head coach of New York Red Bulls. He took over at NYRB once Marsch left for RB Leipzig.

Armas worked for Manchester United last season while Ralf Ragnick was interim manager of the Old Trafford club.

On Armas’ appointment to his team, Marsch said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris to Leeds United.

“He will be a fantastic addition to the staff, he brings a wealth of experience from across the world and having worked closely with him previously, I am sure he will help us to improve every day.”

Director of football Victor Orta added: “We always have constant ideas to improve the team around Jesse and with Chris it is a perfect fit, they have both worked together in the past and he has experience of working in the Premier League.

“Chris was one of the best ever players in the history of the United States and his determination and skills will add value to our club and we are really happy he has joined us.”

Armas is a former USMNT international and spent his playing career in MLS.

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