Chris Armas will help run Leeds United after his friend and colleague, Jesse Marsch, was fired on Monday.
By Michael Lewis
In the wake of Jesse Marsch’s firing on Monday, former Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas appears set to take on an interim role with Leeds United against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Armas, along with Michael Skubala and Paco Gallardo will be in charge of training at Thorp Arch on Tuesday and will be in the dugout for the English Premier League match at Old Trafford, the team said on its website.
They will lead the team, which is hovering just above the relegation zone, as Leeds looks for a permanent manager.
A Brentwood, N.Y. native who joined Leeds in January, the 50-year-old will have an opportunity to exact revenge on a club in which he was an assistant coach last year. Several players mocked Armas behind his back, nicknaming him Ted Lasso, after the fictional coach of the Apple TV series.
Armas, a former U.S. international, also played with the Long Island Rough Riders, LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.
Skubala, who held several roles at the English Football Association, was named as the club’s Under-21 head coach last summer.
Gallardo enjoyed a successful playing career in Spain and served as an assistant at La Liga side Sevilla.