Leeds confirm appointment of former Man Utd assistant manager

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United assistant manager Chris Armas in a similar capacity, subject to obtaining a work permit.

The 50-year-old assisted Ralf Rangnick during his spell as United interim manager, but left the club after the appointment of Erik ten Hag.

Armas is no stranger to Leeds manager Jesse Marsch, having worked together at New York Red Bulls between 2015 and 2018, and he should be in the dugout for Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie with Accrington Stanley should all of the necessary paperwork be processed.

“I’m delighted to welcome Chris to Leeds United,” Marsch told Leeds’ official website in a club statement.

“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.”

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Victor Orta, the club’s Director of football, 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’ time as Rangnick’s assistant at Manchester United wasn’t particularly successful, with the club winning just 11 of the 31 games the Austrian took charge of.

Leeds are currently just a point clear of the relegation places but do have a game in hand over the likes of West Ham, Wolves, Bournemouth, Everton and Southampton.