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Leeds United boss Gracia reveals Chris Armas’ departure from staff


Chris Armas helped guide the ship during Leeds United’s managerial change earlier this winter, but the American assistant coach was not retained by new head coach Javi Gracia to conclude the season.

Gracia announced Wednesday that Armas is not on his coaching staff after only a two-month stay with the Yorkshire club. Armas was brought in by former Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch as an assistant prior to his firing on Feb. 6.

Armas served along with Michael Skubala and Paco Gallardo as interim head coaches until Gracia’s permanent hiring on Feb. 21. After not being seen on the Leeds United’s sidelines in recent weeks, the news of Armas departure become official this week.

“He’s not part of my staff,” Gracia said when asked about Armas. “He’s not here. It’s something the club can maybe explain better.”

Armas had previously worked under Marsch from 2015-18 with the New York Red Bulls before eventually becoming head coach when Marsch left for Europe. He also served as head coach of Toronto FC, but did not have much success, posting a 1-8-2 record before being fired in July 2021.

The 50-year-old then moved to Europe as an assistant coach under Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United before leaving the club in May 2022.

There is no timetable on where Armas will end up next, but his services with Leeds United have come to a premature end with the Yorkshire club struggling to avoid relegation.


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