Marsch laughs off ‘Ted Lasso’ jibes after hiring fellow American Armas as his new assistant at Leeds
Jesse Marsch laughs off ‘Ted Lasso’ jibes after hiring fellow American Chris Armas as his new assistant at Leeds… as both have been unfavourably compared to the hapless US coach from the TV comedy series
Jesse Marsch has joked how Leeds now have a new Ted Lasso after hiring fellow American Chris Armas as his assistant.
Armas previously worked under Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, where players disparagingly nicknamed him after the hapless US coach from the Apple comedy series.
Marsch has himself received unfavourable comparisons to Lasso since his arrival at Elland Road 11 months ago.
Chris Armas (left) has joined Leeds boss Jesse Marsch’s staff as assistant head coach
And when asked why he appointed Armas, the Leeds boss replied: ‘First, maybe it’ll take away the Ted Lasso moniker from me and give it to him – that might be better!
‘Chris and I have known each other a long time. As a human being, he’s one of the best I have met.
‘We’ve won championships together, we have played for the national team together, we have worked together as coaches. My respect level for him as a team-mate was probably higher than any other team-mate in my career.
Armas (left), pictured playing against Marsch (right) in 2007 as Chicago Fire play Chivas USA
‘When he got the experience at Manchester United, I was excited for him, and I knew it would qualify him to be with me with at some point on my adventure in Europe.
‘I think he will communicate effectively with the team in ways to make them better. He knows the principles, the tactics and the football we want to play. It is a good fit.’
Marsch also believes the appointment of his close friend Armas is further proof that the Leeds board still back him.
During his time at Man United there were reports Armas was likened to fictional Ted Lasso (left)
Asked if it was a public show of support, he said: ‘Yes I think so. We have been very aligned. I understand the criticism. We have to win more. But I am very thankful to be here and have the support I have.’
Meanwhile, Marsch insists that Jack Harrison’s future lies with Leeds amid interest from Leicester. The winger has less than 18 months on his contract but Marsch said: ‘I haven’t even discussed it with Jack because for me it’s really clear – we need him.
‘His commitment to being here has been amazing. He’s an important guy for us.’
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