By Jonty Banks

24th Dec, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United: Andrea Radrizzani breaks silence as Mark Jackson quits

Andrea Radrizzani has broken his silence following the news that first-team coach Mark Jackson has left Leeds United to become manager of League One side MK Dons.

Jackson, 45, was charged with coaching various age group sides since his arrival at Elland Road in 2020, and in March, he was promoted to work under Jesse Marsch as first-team coach.

The former Leeds and Scunthorpe defender will replace Liam Manning at the Stadium MK and will face Forest Green in his first game as manager on Boxing Day.

Leeds owner Radrizanni was quick to thank Jackson for his services when the latter Tweeted about his first day at the midlands club.

The 48-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Good luck Mark. Thank you for everything you have done.”

Big blow

The question is, will Jackson’s exit have a profound effect on the first team as they enter a crucial part of the season?

A first-team coach can play a huge role in a manager’s plans at a club. Take Michael Beale under Steven Gerrard, and the impact his exit had, for example. Once the now-Rangers boss left the west midlands, Gerrard’s side went from bad to worse in the league, eventually resulting in his sacking.

Considering Victor Orta announced he has already lined up a replacement (23 December), the transition shouldn’t prove too tough, though, and there aren’t likely to be any major changes.

All eyes should now be looking towards their crunch fixture against Manchester City after Christmas (28 December), which will prove the ultimate test of Marsch’s managerial skills.

Wins over Chelsea and Liverpool do bode well for Leeds as they look to topple the Premier League giants, but they will need to be at their best defensively to stand a chance.

In other Leeds United news, an announcement is imminent at Leeds as Victor Orta speaks out on Friday.