Jesse Marsch has taken to Instagram to bid farewell to Mark Jackson after the first-team coach left Leeds United to join MK Dons and embark on his first-ever managerial spell – and Marsch has reminded him he will always be Leeds.

Jackson, 45, has been back at Leeds for seven years – returning to the club he played for as a defender. He worked up the ranks, eventually helping the second string gain promotion to the top tier of Premier League 2 in 2020-21.

Then, following the appointment of Jesse Marsch, he became first-team coach at Elland Road. But now, Jackson leaves Leeds to follow his own manager path – taking over at League One side MK Dons, who are in the drop zone.

Marsch has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to his first-team coach – who he has described as “amazing” in the past. He says that he hopes Jackson thrives at MK Dons, but reminds him he will always be “Leeds”.

Marsch bids farewell to Jackson after leaving Leeds to join MK Dons

It is a massive blow. Of the Leeds squad, there are not many that are Leeds through and through. Captain Liam Cooper is, but even his career started off at Hull City and then to Chesterfield before joining Leeds in 2014.

Kalvin Phillips left the club in the summer and it does feel like the club is in a modern era. That could change with the crop of young stars – with Charlie Cresswell impressing out on loan. Archie Gray is very Leeds, even his family.

So, while there are members of the Leeds squad that could bring back that relationship with the fans – one of their own – another part of it has left the club. Jackson is a brilliant man manager and who knows, a future Leeds boss.

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