Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch is set to make changes to his backroom staff this off-season and one move seems likely to happen…
The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported that current Manchester United assistant Chris Armas was one of the candidates for a permanent position under the American at Elland Road, despite being impressed by Mark Jackson’s impact at the club.
Further fuel has since been added to the fire, with transfer insider Dean Jones believing that it’s a real possibility that Marsch’s former NYRB right-hand man swaps Old Trafford for west Yorkshire in the summer.
“It would be a much better fit for him because, at the moment, it sounds like there’s almost zero respect at Manchester United,” he told GIVEMSPORT.
“He needs to work with people that understand what he’s good at and give him the respect that he clearly deserves in his field of work.
“Jesse Marsch is somebody that knows him well, he’s definitely contemplating how his backroom team shapes up for next season and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if he turned up at Elland Road.”
This would be something of a major boost for the 48-year-old as working with people he’s enjoyed success with before is only going to help Leeds improve tenfold.
Armas has also been getting experience in the Premier League, under Ralf Rangnick, so should the Yorkshire giants stave off relegation, then it will come as another bonus.
Described as “very helpful” and a “good expert” by the interim Red Devils boss, the 49-year-old assistant was part of the set-up that won NYRB’s the Supporters’ Shield in 2018 and it’s believed that his social skills make him a valuable part of any backroom staff.
“Chris cares about people deeply. He wants to foster and establish relationships that go beyond the soccer field. As an athlete, I can tell you that’s one of the most valuable assets that an assistant coach can have – or any coach for that matter. It doesn’t surprise me that Ralf would want someone like that on his staff,” former New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty told The Athletic.
Some have even claimed that he has an “infectious positivity about him.”
With Erik ten Hag soon to be coming through the door in Manchester and his contract expiring on June 30th, we could well see Armas in the Leeds dugout next season and that is surely going to delight Marsch, who has worked with him before across the Atlantic.