Leeds United could appoint Rene Maric as assistant manager before the start of the season, according to reputable reporter Tim Thornton.
The lowdown: Red Bull reunion
It’s been a case of ‘stick to what you know’ so far this summer at Elland Road as Jesse Marsch has targeted familiar faces to bolster the squad, already capturing the likes of Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson and Rasmus Kristensen.
The Whites are also now reportedly in the market for Fenerbache striker Mergim Berisha, known to the American after their time spent together at Red Bull Salzburg.
But, it’s not just on the field where Marsch is seemingly seeking continuity as the 48-year-old attempts to bring former Salzburg assistant and Borussia Dortmund first-team coach, Maric, to Thorp Arch.
The latest: ‘Could get done’
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Thornton – who works as a reporter for Sky Sports – claimed that the appointment of the 29-year-old as assistant manager could be confirmed before the 2022/23 campaign gets underway.
He said: “It’s potentially very, very exciting for Leeds. We know that Jesse has been trying to bring somebody in to work alongside him. I think there’s a good chance that he could get done before the start of the season.”
The verdict: Fingers crossed
After strong speculation linking fellow American coach Chris Armas to Yorkshire subsided, Marsch and Victor Orta will be delighted to land Maric and finally get their ducks in a row having also almost appointed Michael Skubala as head coach of the youth side.
The highly regarded Austrian has co-created a revolutionary website covering tactical and statistical analysis, Spielverlagerung, and his expertise were once called upon by Brentford and FC Midtjylland owner Matthew Benham.
Currently without a club having left Dortmund at the end of last season, Leeds should be in the clear when it comes to any potential compensation fee owed, a handy boost given the remaining time left in the transfer window to pursue possible targets.
Whether the new arrival triggers another reshuffle amongst the backroom staff for the likes of Franz Schiemer, Cameron Toshack and Mark Jackson remains to be seen, but, allowing Marsch to bring his preferred staff members in can only be viewed as a positive for the Whites moving forwards.
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