Leeds United Under-23s coach Darren Arnott has left the club to join Norwegian side Stromsgodset this week.

It was confirmed on Monday afternoon that the coach who has worked closely with Marcelo Bielsa, has taken the decision to leave Thorp Arch.

Arnott has been at the Whites for two-and-half-years, working with Carlos Corberan and Mark Jackson during their spells in charge of the under-23s.

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The Whites have a tight-knit coaching staff, especially with the academy sides, and usually tend to promote from within as they did when Corberan left.

Stromsgodset claim in their report that the coach has gained knowledge from Bielsa during his time at Thorp Arch.

It is suggested that Arnott was a good link between the under-23s and the first-team, with plenty of youngsters making the step up during his years at the club.

That has continued this season, with Sam Greenwood, Jack Jenkins, Niall Huggins and Charlie Cresswell some of the names to make the jump up to the senior side.

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Arnott has great experience in his career and will be a massive loss.

Having worked in the MLS and in Spain, the coach played a big part with the first-team as well as the under-23s as they won the Championship title last season.

Arnott has previously described working with Bielsa as a “dream come true”, so it must have been a tough decision to make to leave the club.

We can only imagine that Stromsgodset have offered him lucrative terms and opportunities to leave Thorp Arch and Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Joe Gelhardt mystery continues as U23s talent missing again

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