By Daniel Feliciano

25th Jan, 2023 | 3:40pm

Chris Armas expected to be in Leeds United dug-out v Accrington Stanley as he officially links up with Jesse Marsch

Leeds are likely to have a new face in the dugout against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup fourth round after confirming Chris Armas has joined the club.

Armas has joined as part of Jesse Marsch’s backroom staff as his number two alongside Rene Maric, replacing the outgoing Mark Jackson who left to take the manager’s job at MK Dons earlier this month.

And while the deal is still subject to the American getting a work permit, the Daily Mail wrote (25 January) that he is expected to be in the dugout for the FA Cup clash this weekend.

“Marsch’s side will next be in action in the FA Cup when they face Accrington Stanley, before they travel away to Nottingham Forest on February 5,” they wrote.

“Armas, who is expected to be in the dugout for Saturday’s FA Cup match, had a successful playing career in MLS, with both LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire, where he played with Marsch.”

Welcome

Armas had a not-so spectacular spell in the Premier League with Manchester United last season as Ralf Ragnick’s assistant, but hopefully this will be more successful.

Armas and Marsch have worked together in the past at New York Red Bulls, before Marsch left for Leipzig and Armas took over as the first-team manager himself.

That means he will know exactly how Marsch wants to set his teams up, how he wants to train and the expectations he will have on his players and the demands of the league too.

It’s a smart and sensible appointment to make and while Jackson will be missed at Elland Road having worked with the youth squads too, Armas is a more than capable and adequate replacement.

It’ll be good to see him on the touchline at the weekend and seeing his relationship develop, and fingers crossed he can have an effect on the squad to move us away from relegation.

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