Chris Armas has been axed from Leeds United’s backroom staff after just four months in the role, with Javi Gracia taking over as the club’s new head coach.
The former Manchester United coach was appointed in October 2020, but his tenure at Elland Road has been short-lived. Leeds have now confirmed that Armas has left the club, with Gracia taking over as head coach.
Gracia, who was previously manager of Watford, has given a cryptic statement on the decision to part ways with Armas. He said: “I want to thank Chris for his hard work and dedication during his time at Leeds United. He has been a great asset to the club and I wish him all the best for the future.”
The decision to part ways with Armas comes after a difficult start to the season for Leeds. The club have struggled to find consistency in the Premier League, and have been unable to replicate the form that saw them finish in the top half of the table last season.
Gracia’s appointment is likely to bring a fresh approach to the club, and the Spaniard will be hoping to get Leeds back on track. He has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, having managed Watford for two seasons, and will be looking to bring his own style of play to Elland Road.
Gracia’s appointment is a sign of Leeds’ ambition, and the club will be hoping that the Spaniard can help them to push on and challenge for a top-six finish this season. It remains to be seen how he will fare in the role, but Leeds fans will be hoping that he can bring the success that they crave.
Armas’ departure from Leeds is a surprise, but it is clear that the club are looking to move in a different direction. With Gracia now at the helm, Leeds will be hoping that he can bring the success that they crave.