The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has reported on Patreon that Leeds United first-team coach Mark Jackson is in the ‘final contenders’ to take over at League One side MK Dons – with the third-tier side currently sat in the relegation zone.

Jackson, 45, has spent the last seven years at Leeds as a coach. Rejoining the club he played for as a player. He has starred in his coaching role, going up the coaching ladder until being awarded the U21 managerial role in 2020.

He won promotion with the second string. Then, he was promoted to Marsch’s coaching staff upon the arrival of the American in February. Jackson has remained in and around the first team, now with the title of first-team Leeds coach.

His growth within the walls at Elland Road has been impressive. Perhaps then, little surprise that he is being linked with senior management roles. Nixon reports he is in the ‘final contenders’ at MK Dons – with a decision expected soon.

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Leeds coach Jackson is in final contenders to take over at MK Dons

Losing Jackson would be a huge blow. The first-team coach was branded an “amazing guy” by Marsch when our current manager arrived at Elland Road. But there are many reasons why Leeds should do everything to keep him.

Jackson is Leeds through and through. While there are only a handful of Leeds players that hold that title – Liam Cooper, a boyhood Leeds fan, or youngsters Charlie Cresswell and Archie Gray – Jackson is properly Leeds.

He knows what it means to play for this club, he has been through it all. Combining that, Jackson is a superb coach and specialises in working with young players. Jackson has a great relationship with the young players at Leeds.

So, while losing Jackson would be gutting for Marsch and the other Leeds coaches – it is a great move for him personally. To go straight into management with a League One club is impressive. It could be the start of a career.

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