Ex-Man Utd coach dubbed 'Ted Lasso' by players could take charge of Leeds for Red Devils double-header
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Ex-Manchester United coach Chris Armas could be placed in charge of Leeds United for their game against the Red Devils on Wednesday following the sacking of Jesse Marsch.
In a statement on Monday Leeds confirmed that Marsch has been relieved of his duties after a year in charge at Elland Road following a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest.
The loss leaves the club above the relegation zone only on goal difference as they prepare for a Premier League double header against arch rivals United.
The second of the two fixtures was postponed back in September following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, so both sides now face the rarity of playing each other back to back in the league.
Former Red Devils coach Armas joined Leeds' backroom staff last month and could now be placed in charge for the first game until a new manager is appointed.
Armas branded 'Ted Lasso' by United players
Armas was Ralf Rangnick's assistant during the brief time the Austrian was in charge of the Red Devils last season, and it was claimed players grew frustrated by their training methods.
Some players allegedly jokingly compared Armas to fictional American coach 'Ted Lasso' - his role at United was his first outside North America.
It didn't go well for both him and Rangnick and they both left the club last summer ahead of Erik ten Hag's arrival at Old Trafford.
Since then United have gone from strength to strength, but the opposite can be said about Leeds who have flirted with the drop zone all season.
Armas may have been brought in last month to help turn things around but he couldn't prevent Marsch's sacking.
However, Leeds could ask him to oversee the squad until a new appointment is made which would see him return to Old Trafford on Wednesday in an unexpected role.
It's unlikely he would receive a good reception given how his time at United went and the fact he would be leading their rivals.
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