By Peter Lynch

25th May, 2023 | 7:10am

Leeds United behind-the-scenes update as Michael Skubala ‘expected to stay’ at Elland Road

Leeds United coach Michael Skubala is “expected to stay” at the club regardless of what happens to his fellow staff in the dugout, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Donnohue.

The coach is set to remain at Elland Road even if current manager Sam Allardyce and his assistants Robbie Keane and Karl Robinson depart.

Skubala first took on a coaching role in the first team under Unai Emery, before staying in the dugout under Allardyce.

“Any new coach will need to decide which members of staff he wants in his Leeds backroom team,” Donnohue wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Michael Skubala took on a first-team coaching role under Javi Gracia and now Sam Allardyce and is expected to stay at the club even if Allardyce and assistants Robbie Keane and Karl Robinson depart.

“There is the possibility Skubala returns to coach the Under-21 side with whom he enjoyed success this season, given current 21s lead coach Paco Gallardo was a Victor Orta hire.”

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Big summer shake-up

Given the uncertainty in the air at Elland Road, it seems that nobody is really safe at Leeds this season, from the pitch right up to the boardroom.

If the Whites manage to pull off a miracle and stay in the division, it could still spell the end for several players and coaches.

And if they cannot prevent the inevitable and drop down to the Championship, the exodus will only increase, and perhaps at a more rapid rate.

Very few senior players will be willing to stay on at Elland Road following this frustrating season, with many senior stars valuing themselves much higher than a team fighting for relegation or indeed playing in the Championship.

The silver lining is that the club can start anew, with such fresh starts often working wonders for many clubs who have been in this position before.

For Skubala, it will be a challenge, but one that he should relish, as many positive signs remain among the grey clouds in West Yorkshire.

In other Leeds United news, the value of one Whites player has been slashed by 25% as Premier League high-flyers Brighton want to sign him.