By Daniel Feliciano

1st Nov, 2022 | 12:48pm

Leeds United set to appoint Paco Gallardo after talks with Victor Orta

Leeds are set to appoint highly-rated Spanish coach Paco Gallardo as part of their first-team coaching staff after talks with Victor Orta, according to Mucho Deporte.

Gallard was previously the manager of the Sevilla Atletico team, which is the reserve team of La Liga side Sevilla and has been unemployed since his dismissal last year.

But after holding talks with sporting director Orta this week, Gallardo is now set to take up a role at Elland Road as part of the coaching staff going forward with all levels of the squad.

“His role in England, a priori, will be to work with the youngest players at the level of individual development to give them the final push before reaching the elite,” they said (1 November).

That could see him working with the likes of Archie Gray, Wilfried Gnonto and Mateo Fernandez to help them make the step up to Premier League level.

Interesting

Could this be the beginning of the end of Jesse Marsch’s reign at Leeds United? Highly unlikely.

The American coach was able to bring in his own backroom staff once he arrived at the club and most of them are people he has worked with before in some aspect.

But Gallardo is a highly-rated coach with a good record at the top level, and his addition to the club will be big for players looking to make the step up to the highest level.

It’s more support for Marsch and his coaching staff than a replacement, but his managerial experience will likely see people try to stir the pot around the managerial situation at the club right now.

While Marsch is in charge the club and the fans must back him and stay behind him, regardless of who else walks in the door, and for now Gallardo looks like an excellent addition to the club as we look to cement ourselves as a Premier League club for the foreseeable future.

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