Leeds United have announced the arrival of Chris Armas as an assistant head coach at Elland Road to Jesse Marsch – and in a statement, Leeds have alluded to Armas working for Manchester United as “another Premier League club”.

Armas, 50, joins Leeds after leaving Manchester United at the end of last season – where he worked with Ralf Rangnick. He brings with him plenty of experience, largely in the MLS. He spent five years at New York Red Bulls, leaving in 2020.

The New York-born coach, who clocked up 333 appearances throughout his playing career, worked under Marsch as an assistant. Then, after Marsch left the club in 2018 before his move to Salzburg, Armas was given the job until 2020.

His next job came as Toronto manager, but Armas won just two of 15 games. Then, six months after his sacking, he moved to Manchester United under Rangnick in December 2021. He worked as an assistant coach at Old Trafford.

Rangnick was relieved of his duties at the end of the season, replaced by Erik ten Hag. Armas has reunited with Marsch at Leeds. In a statement regarding his arrival, Leeds did not name Manchester United in their post on their website.

Instead, our club’s statement mention his half-year spell at Manchester United as working “at another Premier League club”: “Last season, Armas spent time as an assistant at another Premier League club, working under Ralf Rangnick.”

Leeds allude to Armas working at Manchester United as ‘another club’

Another example of Leeds showing that they are fans of the club, as well as employees. Us Leeds fans see the Old Trafford club as bitter rivals and while it is a high level of pettiness, especially given Rangnick is named, it is brilliant.

Armas is set to represent Leeds as an assistant head coach against his old club soon. Leeds take on Manchester United twice in the space of four days, on February 8 and February 12. The first being at Old Trafford, and then Elland Road.

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