By Craig Scott

20th Dec, 2022 | 4:40pm

Leeds United coach Mark Jackson in the frame to become MK Dons manager

By Darius Needham

Leeds United coach Mark Jackson is among the final contenders for the MK Dons manager vacancy, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

Jackson was promoted to Jesse Marsch’s coaching team back in March and since then, his reputation has come on leaps and bounds in the football world as he is now within a shot of becoming number one at the League One club.

The 45-year-old started his footballing career at Leeds United as a youth player. He spent five years at Leeds from 1995 to 2000 making just 19 appearances for the club.

After managing the Leeds United under 18’s side for four years, in 2020, Jackson was promoted to manager of the Under-23s side. A year later, his Under-23s team won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title, earning promotion to Division 1.

Nixon reported via his Patreon on 20 December that as well as Jackson, Leam Richardson is also in the running for the MK Dons job with the third-tier club set to “make their choice in the next 48 hours”.

What are his chances?

Jackson would be a good fit for a struggling MK Dons side who currently sit in the bottom three of League One, with 18 points and only five wins in 21 games this season.

Jackson has impressed so far at Leeds United with MK Dons’ interest in him to become potentially their next manager justifying this.

It would be a good move for Jackson to showcase his football knowledge and expertise as a number one in the third division of English football, with the hope of being able to turn MK Dons’ season around.

We doubt that Leeds would stand in Jackson’s way.

He’s already had quite the rise in the coaching team at Thorp Arch and Marsch doesn’t seem like the kind of guy to stand in the way of one of his coaches progressing their career.

If Jackson moves to Stadium:MK, we’ll wish him all the best.

In other Leeds United news, this player seems to be getting cold feet about quitting Elland Road.