By Joe Ellis

10th Jun, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leeds United begin search for U23 head coach role, 30 June deadline set

Leeds United have started their search for a new Under-23 head coach after promoting Mark Jackson to a senior position on 3 March.

Jesse Marsch was quick to promote Jackson into his backroom staff when he joined the club [Yorkshire Evening Post] after previous manager Marcelo Bielsa left the club along with a number of his own helpers.

Now, the Whites have posted on Jobs for Football to advertise for a new Under-23 head coach before the 2022-23 season kicks off in August.

The club have set themselves a tight deadline for applicants of 30 June after which they will look to interview potential candidates and appoint a new head coach quickly to take control of pre-season training.

As of Friday (10 June), the position has only had one applicant but it was only posted on the website on 9 June so more should apply by the time the deadline rolls around.

Too late

We have known that a new Under-23s manager would be needed for quite some time now but we are only now starting to ask for applicants for the role.

It really isn’t good enough to have waited for so long to initiate this process which has left us with a race against time to get someone fully integrated into the club before the season begins.

We should have been straight on this as soon as Jackson moved up to the senior coaching staff even though he was maintaining his role with the Under-23s until the end of the 2021-22 season.

The new person in the role could have already been here for a couple of months and that time, no matter how small in the grand scheme of things, would make a big difference and the club really can’t afford to be so slow to get on with things like this given what we saw last season in the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, one of Jackson’s standout players from the 2021-22 campaign needs to now be fast-tracked to the first team to keep him happy at the club.