By Liam Thomas

23rd Dec, 2022 | 10:10pm

Journalist shares his verdict on Mark Jackson Leeds United exit

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has shared his thoughts on the departure of Mark Jackson from Leeds United on 23 December.

Jackson has left Jesse Marsch’s coaching staff to take the head coaches role at MK Dons and it seems he has a host of fans at Elland Road.

Smyth confessed that if you spoke to any ex-players from the Leeds United academy they would gush over how Jackson “cared for them”.

“Never walked by without coming over for a handshake or to ask how things were,” gushed Smyth on Twitter.

“Speak to ex-academy players and they talk about how he cared for them as people, not just footballers.”

Unsettling the group?

Will Jackson’s exit unsettle Marsch’s group, especially if his man-management skills are as great as Smyth describes?

Potentially, but with Victor Orta revealing on 23 December that a replacement had already been lined up, it’s likely not much will change in Marsch’s first-team squad.

There is little time to mourn Jackson’s departure anyway and the club must move forward and look towards the 28 December clash against Manchester City.

It doesn’t get much harder for Marsch and the Whites than the visit of the Citizens to Elland Road but the team can take much from their performances against Premier League juggernauts this campaign.

Wins over Chelsea and Liverpool have proven Marsch’s high-pressing tactics to be strong against bigger teams and this may play in the Whites’ favour against City.

A strong performance against Arsenal also highlighted Leeds United’s progress against the upper echelons of the league, this should be all the motivation Marsch and his team need to put in a classy showing against City.

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a major decision being made on Liam Cooper after he missed the friendly defeat to Monaco.