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Interesting Thorp Arch agreement looming as Leeds United’s Jesse Marsch continues to strengthen

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Leeds United are close to appointing a new under-21 head coach in the shape of departing FA national mens’ coach Michael Skubala.

Leeds have been in the midst of plenty of change in 2022, with Marcelo Bielsa departing and making way for Jesse Marsch midway through the Premier League campaign.

After bringing in his initial group of staff, the American has been tinkering with his backroom setup since as he looks to take a total grip of proceedings heading into 2022/23.

Having seen Mark Jackson promoted to the first-team setup in Marsch’s early days as Leeds boss, Andrew Taylor took over the reins in the under-23 setup where the side unfortunately fell to relegation back to the PL2 Division 2.

As Marsch looks to mould the youth side as well as the seniors, Football Insider are reporting that the club are closing in on an intriguing appointment for the newly-branded under-21 side.

Michael Skubala is reportedly set to become the club’s new under-21 manager after an interesting past in the game.

Skabala was previously England’s futsal coach before being appointed an FA national mens’ coach, while he has also become a published author (via Joe Donnohue):

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It’s hard to say whether this is going to be a really good appointment or not, but one thing we do know is that Skubala is going to bring vast amounts of knowledge to the role.

While many could question how he is able to translate his work in the futsal community to Leeds’ under-21 setup, it is clear he has a strong background in various areas of the game.

The club have done so well to raise the standards of the youth setup at Thorp Arch and this could be another very well-calculated and successful move.

Some investment in the youth side with signings would go a long way too, given how many have moved into the first-team lately.

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