Noel Whelan hailed Leeds United manager Mark Jackson’s ‘great appointment’.
The former white striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insiderclaimed the 44-year-old had done a ‘brilliant job’ in charge of the Under-23 side.
Jackson, who had managed the club’s Under-23 side since September 2020, has been promoted and will now take on “first-team duties”.
The former defender, who played 19 times for Los Blancos between 1995 and 2000, oversaw the development of a number of youngsters – including Charlie Cresswell, Joe Gelhardt and Jamie Shackleton.
Whelan insisted that Jackson would be a “massive help” to Marsch.
“I don’t think there’s a better man for the job,” he said Football Insideris Ewan Kingsbury.
“I certainly don’t think there’s anyone who deserves it more than Mark, to be honest. He did a great job with the Under-23s.
“He’s been at the club for a very long time – he knows the values and the ins and outs of the club.
“He has proven to be a very good manager, especially with the development of some of the kids we see in this first team.
“He knows the players inside out and he will be a huge help for the new manager. He is massively respected at the club for everything he has done.
“I think it’s a great appointment and I wish him the best in this new role.”
Leeds United take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow (5 March) in Marsch’s first game in charge.
Los Blancos are in 16th place in the Premier League.
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