Leeds United’s sacking of manager Jesse Marsch earlier today has left the club’s future somewhat unclear.
Some clarity has now been provided – in the short-term at least – via a recent club update. It states that coaches Michael Skubala, Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas are set to be in the dugout when the Whites travel to Old Trafford to face arch-rivals Manchester United on Wednesday.
Skubala is currently head coach of Leeds’ Under-21s side, with Gallardo occupying the position of development coach.
Armas remaining in Yorkshire despite Marsch’s sacking is slightly surprising considering the relationship he had with Leeds’ former manager. He was drafted in as recently as this January to assist Marsch with his coaching duties.
The club’s statement also revealed that it will be Skubala who will assume the club’s media duties following Marsch’s departure, beginning with Tuesday’s pre-match press conference.
A chance at retribution – on a personal and professional level
Once an assistant coach at Wednesday’s opponents Manchester United, Armas was reportedly mocked and dubbed ‘Ted Lasso’ by Manchester United’s players during his time there.
Armas will no doubt be hoping to get one over on a team who previously ridiculed him. For the Whites however, the stakes are far higher as they slip closer to the dreaded Premier League drop zone.
It is hard to overstate just how critical any sort of result on Wednesday night could be for a Leeds side in a dire patch of form. A victory – against our fiercest rivals no less – could prove to be monumental.