Leeds United assistant Franz Schiemer expected to leave the club
Leeds United assistant manager Franz Scheimer is “unlikely” to be at the club past the end of this season according to Joe Donnohue.
The Austrian is currently “right-hand man” to Whites boss Jesse Marsch, but is not expected to remain at Elland Road, although could still work for the club in some capacity.
The 36-year-old was in talks to become part of the backroom staff with his country’s national team until Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick agreed to take the job, but still looks set to leave.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Joe Donnohue wrote on his Twitter page last night (4 May): “LUFC assistant Franz Schiemer arrived as Jesse Marsch’s right-hand man but it’s unlikely he’ll stay beyond this season.
“Family remain in Austria & conversations had with the ÖFB about a coaching job before Ralf Rangnick agreed to become new Austria boss.”
In his YEP report he added: “Schiemer is expected to return to Austria this summer but admitted his association with Leeds may not end there.”
Schiemer is quoted from an interview with Kurier as saying: “Talks are underway about maybe working for Leeds United in a different way in the future.”
It is always the risk with an ambitious young assistant coach they will be looking to move on before too long.
Losing his second in command is unlikely to entirely derail Marsch’s operation at the club, but having been sounded out on the possibility of taking over from Marcelo Bielsa some time before it eventually happened he surely put some thought into choosing the former assistant for the role.
If Schiemer is due to return to Austria but maintain a relationship with the club it could be in some sort of scouting capacity.
Having a permanent representative around the Austrian Bundesliga would give the club a head-start on unearthing the next Brendan Aaronson.
The club are expected to revisit the failed January transfer for Marsch’s former player in the summer.
Whatever happens in the relegation battle, and certainly if the Whites are dumped out of the Premier League, there is likely to be significant change at the club.
At least one star man is likely to leave for big money either way, and with numerous others coming of injuries, underperforming, or heading into the later years of their career, it is sure to not only be the manager’s assistant who needs replacing.
In other Leeds United news, BBC Leeds’ Adam Pope says he “couldn’t quite believe me own eyes” at what he saw from one Whites man.