Leeds United goalkeeper coach Marcos Abad signs new Elland Road deal
Goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad has signed a new deal at Leeds United, extending his stay until 2025.
In a statement on their official website on Tuesday, the Whites confirmed that Abad, 36, has agreed to continue working at Thorp Arch with Marcelo Bielsa’s goalkeepers.
Abad was hired by director of football Victor Orta in 2017 after previously working with him at Middlesbrough.
Abad has had his work cut out since Orta hired him in 2017.
The former Elche goalkeeper coach has had to work with the Spaniard working alongside both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom before Bielsa’s arrival a year later.
Abad’s had to train the likes of Andy Lonergan, Felix Wiedwald, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Kiko Casilla. While Casilla had a lot of experience, we doubt the eccentric Spaniard was easy to work with in training.
Illan Meslier has no doubt been a breath of fresh air for Abad, who’s working with a very young goalkeeping department at Thorp Arch.
While Meslier is still a baby in goalkeeper terms at the age of 21, he’s shown remarkable progress since joining from Lorient.
Kristoffer Klaesson, Dani van den Heuvel and Elia Caprile are also there on the books at Leeds as they aim to make an impact in the future.
Let’s hope Abad can continue to work well with them and give Leeds fans a sense of calm over their club’s options in between the sticks.
In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling has mooted a major change for Bielsa after a development in the Premier League.