Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch reveals exactly why he appointed Cameron Toshack as coaching staff contract length confirmed

New Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has said Cameron Toshack’s people skills were a key reason he added him to his coaching staff.

Elland Road chiefs this week named American Marsch as the replacement for Marcelo Bielsa in South Yorkshire after a series of poor results.

It ended a special era at the club, with Bielsa a cult figure with the supporting base – a fact that is unlikely to change.

But the form of the pitch was dire towards the end of the Argentine’s term and a change was ordered, with Marsch being the first choice.

The club moved quickly to appoint him, with Toshack’s inclusion in their coaching staff raising eyebrows when revealed on Monday.

But those in South Wales will need no convincing of his talents, with the coach a key part of Swansea’s academy rise, with names including Daniel James, Oli McBurnie and Joe Rodon thriving under his leadership.

A spell in Cyprus followed, and now back on these shores, Toshack will bring a wealth of experience to the Premier League side.

March, during his first press briefing with the pressexplained why he brought Toshack and other team members on board.

He said: “(Franz)Schiema knows how I like to play.

“Toshack is very observant, he understands how to inject the right way. He has a good way of relating to people.

“Only two days with Mark Jackson, but it feels like we’ve been working together for years. It reminded me of us playing against each other. In 1997 in the US on tour. I had asked if I had made a mistake.”

On their website, Leeds confirmed that their coaching staff would be in place until the end of the season.

A statement read: “Leeds United are pleased to confirm Jesse Marsch’s backroom squad which will be in place until the end of the season.

“Franz Schiemer joins Los Blancos after working with Marsch as assistant head coach at Red Bull Salzburg. As a player, the 35-year-old made over 150 appearances for Salzburg, earning 25 caps for the team Austrian national.

“Former Swansea City manager Cameron Toshack also joins the new setup after leaving his role as head coach of Cypriot First Division side Pafos FC in October 2020. Toshack brings a wealth of experience to the role after having worked at both academy and first-team levels since 2011.

“Finally, Jesse will be supported by our current Under-23 head coach, Mark Jackson, who will move into first-team duties. Jackson is a popular figure at Elland Road and has overseen the development of various players who are now involved. in the first -team team.

“Former Middlesbrough and Cardiff City player Andrew Taylor will take over as caretaker Under-23 head coach. Taylor joined Leeds United from Sunderland in 2021 after spending several years with the club. the Ligue 1 club’s first team.

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