Leeds: 49 y/o could seal Elland Road reunion as Marsch plots backroom changes

Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch could look to seal a reunion with current Manchester United assistant manager Chris Armas as he is contemplating whether to make alterations to his backroom staff, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Marsch was appointed as the Whites’ boss just 24 hours after predecessor Marcelo Bielsa was sacked in February and it appears he could make changes on and off the pitch at the end of the season.

What’s the latest news involving Armas?

According to The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent Phil Hay, Marsch looks set to make adjustments to his backroom staff in the summer.

The report suggests Armas is under consideration for a role which would see him swap Old Trafford for Elland Road.

Armas headed to the Premier League for the first time in his coaching career when he was unveiled as Manchester United’s assistant manager last December.

His appointment came after Ralf Rangnick was put in charge of the Red Devils on an interim basis less than a month earlier.

Armas has worked with Leeds chief Marsch before, having been his right-hand man during their time together at Major League Soccer franchise New York Red Bulls.

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What has Dean Jones said about Armas?

Jones would not be shocked if Armas were to seal a reunion with Marsch following a backroom staff shake-up at Leeds.

The transfer insider believes the 49-year-old would be shown more respect at Elland Road than he has been at Old Trafford.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “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 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.”

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Could Armas stay at Manchester United?

It is unlikely as Armas only signed a short-term contract lasting until June 30 when he linked up with Manchester United.

A change of management is also in the offing at Old Trafford, with current Ajax chief Erik ten Hag being appointed as the club’s new boss from the end of the season.

The Dutchman’s move to the Premier League was only possible after the Red Devils agreed a £2.5million compensation package which included ten Hag’s Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag heading to Manchester.

With ten Hag bringing his own man with him, it appears there will not be a place for Armas at Manchester United after the season reaches its climax.

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