The Lowdown: Maric appointed
The Whites have been busy adding to their ranks both on and off the pitch this summer, with the appointment of Maric confirmed on Saturday.
The 29-year-old has previously worked alongside Marco Rose at Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund and turned down other offers to work with Jesse Marsch.
The Latest: ‘Massive help’
Whelan was asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Maric’s appointment at Elland Road. He believes that the Austrian will be a ‘massive help’ to Marsch and could offer some ‘invaluable’ knowledge from his work on the continent.
The 47-year-old former Leeds striker gushed:
“It’s about intelligence and information behind the scenes, it’s not all about spending money on players.
“This is someone who has spent a lot of time around top-quality players and successful teams. He can pass all that knowledge on and help improve these players, it’s invaluable.
“It’s not all about buying the best players for the most money. It’s about the coaching, making them better on and off the ball and mentally as well.
“It’ll give them every attribute to be successful. It’s a great signing and a massive help for the manager.”
The Verdict: Coaching coup
Maric has 246 games of experience as an assistant at three high-profile clubs despite his young age, so it looks as if Leeds have landed a coaching coup by bringing him to Yorkshire.
Where will Leeds finish this season?
Hopefully Maric – along with the likes of Sharp, Barrieu and Skubala – will add something different to the Whites and could help young talents such as Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville to improve even further after they all penned new deals on Tuesday.
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