René Marić named assistant head coach

René Marić named assistant head coach

Whites make key appointment to coaching staff.

Leeds United are delighted to announce the appointment of René Marić as our new assistant head coach.

Croatian Marić arrives at Elland Road with an exciting CV, despite being just 29 years of age.

He began his coaching career at TSU Handenberg before rising to prominence at Red Bull Salzburg, initially as a youth coach in 2016 and then as assistant head coach between 2017 and 2019. 

It was while at Salzburg that Marić began working with Marco Rose. After a successful period in Austria which saw the side reach the Europa League Semi Finals, Marić joined Rose at Borussia Monchengladbach at the start of the 2019/20 season.

By 2021/22 the duo had headed to Borussia Dortmund, before leaving the club at the end of the season despite a second-place finish.

Marić is a highly respected coach and we are delighted that he has chosen to join up with Jesse Marsch’s backroom staff alongside Ewan Sharp, Mark Jackson and Cameron Toshack.

Jesse Marsch said: “I’ve known René for a number of years and we’ve stayed in contact for a long time now. While we haven’t worked together before, we do know each other well and I believe he is the perfect fit for an assistant head coach.

“Our footballing philosophies are very similar, and he will be a really welcome addition to the team, working alongside Mark Jackson, Ewan Sharp and Cameron Toshack.”

Director of Football Victor Orta added: “I am really pleased to see René pick us over several other options he had to choose from across Europe.

“We interviewed numerous candidates over the summer but as soon as we knew René was available and interested, we set our sights on bringing him in to support Jesse. He’s a top quality coach and I believe he can create successful partnerships alongside the exciting staff.”

*The appointment is subject to a work permit.