Leeds United staff profiles
Written by Simon Austin — April 2, 2018
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
Middlesbrough's chief scout for 18 months before leaving at the end of 2016/17. Previously at Seville (where he worked under the legendary Monchi), Zenit and Elche. Pivotal in bringing Bielsa to the club. Explained his philosophy in episode #7 of the TGG Podcast.
Succeeded Marcelo Bielsa at the end of February. A product of the Red Bull system, having worked for their New York, Salzburg and Leipzig clubs. Won consecutive league and cup doubles with Austrian side Salzburg, although his time in Germany with Leipzig was short-lived and he was sacked after just four months.
Worked for Swansea City's Academy for six years, mainly as their U23s lead. Also managed Paphos in Cyprus for 10 months in 2019/20. Son of former Liverpool legend and Wales manager John Toshack.
Worked with Orta at Boro for the last four months of 2016/17, having previously been with him at Elche, where he spent seven years. Had a "big offer from China" but instead chose Leeds, according to Orta.
Made 159 appearances as a player for Red Bull Salzburg from 2009 to 2015 before retiring because of injury. Went on to become assistant at Liefering and manager of Ried, both in Austria.
Returned to Salzburg as Jesse Marsch’s assistant at the start of the 2019/20 season and, after winning two league and cup doubles, they left at the end of the following season.
Youth player for Leeds and began his coaching career with them in November 2015, taking charge of the U15s & U16s before becoming U18s boss in 2018. In September 2020 he became Head Coach of their U23s.
MEDICAL & SCIENCE
HEAD OF MEDICAL & PERFORMANCE
Held the same role at Hull City for five years, having previously worked with Liverpool and the Football Association. Responsible for getting the players physically prepared for Bielsa's notoriously demanding style of play.
A graduate of Leeds Beckett who joined the club as an intern in October 2011. Progressed to become a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Academy Sports Scientist before being promoted to the first team in June 2016.
Worked at Krasnodar in Russia for a year before joining Hull in July 2016, where he worked with Rob Price. Moved to Leeds at the same time as his boss.
Joined the Thorp Arch team in August 2012 and promoted to the first team in November 2015. Became head physio when Steve Megson left shortly after Marcelo Bielsa's appointment.
Played more than 550 games as a pro and was capped by Wales. Experienced massage therapist who has also worked for Notts County, Derby and Leicester.
Joined from Northampton Saints in October 2018.
HEAD OF EURO RECRUITMENT
Close friend of Orta, with whom he worked at Elche and Boro. Well known in Spain as a TV pundit and the creator of PC Futbol, the country's equivalent of the Football Manager game.
First arrived at Elland Road in 2015 after meeting the Cellino family in Miami. Valued as an analyst under Garry Monk but moved into scouting under Orta.
A recruit from Seville, where he worked with Orta.
At Elland Road for more than eight years. Started as Performance Analyst, promoted to head of department and then moved to scouting after Bielsa arrived.
HEAD OF ANALYSIS
Worked with Orta at Middlesbrough for a year - and exited with him in May 2017. The Spaniard brought his compatriot on board with him at Elland Road.
Worked with Atletico Madrid women's team for a year before joining Leeds in September 2017.