Leeds United staff profiles

Pen pics of Leeds United's coaching, science, medicine, scouting and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.

HEAD COACH: Thomas Christiansen

Nationality: Danish

Nationality: Danish

Replaced Garry Monk at Elland Road in June. Born in Denmark but played for Spain, as a striker, winning three caps. Took Apoel Nicosia to last 16 of Europa League and Cypriot title last season, but contract was not renewed after they lost in domestic Cup final.


ASSISTANT: Julio Banuelos

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

The former Real Madrid youth player was a manager in his own right, leading lesser lights Mirandes and Burgos to promotion in the lower leagues in Spain. Joined Christiansen as his assistant at Larnaca and then at Apoel.


ASSISTANT: Paul Butler

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

Unusual in never having played pro football. Intern at Fulham under Roy Hodgson before taking sports science and coaching roles with Paul Dickov - first at Oldham, then Doncaster. Only 31 when appointed by Leeds.


GOALKEEPING COACH: Marcos Abad

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

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.


HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE: Tom Robinson

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

Graduate of Leeds Beckett 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 last June.


FITNESS COACH: Ivan Torres

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

Worked under Christiansen at Larnaca and Apoel. Replaces Sean Rush, who moved with Garry Monk to Middlesbrough.


REHAB & INJURY PREVENTION: Dan Birdsall

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

Appointed to the newly-created role in July 2017, having previously been a fitness coach at Blackpool and Bolton.


MASSEUR: Paul Evans

Nationality: Welsh

Nationality: Welsh

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.


SCOUT: Dani Salas

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

A recent recruit from Sevilla, where he worked with Orta.

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL: Victor Orta

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

Was at Middlesbrough for 18 months as chief scout before leaving at the end of last season. Previously at Sevilla (where he worked under the legendary Monchi), Zenit and Elche. DoF role newly created by Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani after he bought the club.


HEAD OF ANALYSIS: Alex Davies

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

Has been at Elland Road for more than seven years, initially as Performance Analyst, before being promoted to head up the department.


PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Banat Labaien

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

Another who worked at Elche, from July 2016 to May 2017. Assistant coach at Fuenlabrada in the lower leagues in Spain before that.


PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Chris Meek

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

Joined Leeds from Huddersfield in July 2014, initially as Head of Academy Performance. Promoted to the first team in June this year.


SET PIECES COACH: Gianni Vio

Nationality: Italian

Nationality: Italian

Appointed end of October. Previously worked with Brentford (for one season), Fiorentina and AC Milan. Comes up with innovative ways to score from set pieces.


PHYSIO: Steven Megson

Nationality: English

Nationality: English

Was first team physio at Leeds for six years before moving to Bolton in June 2013. Returned to Elland Road in December 2015 as Head Physio.


ASSISTANT PHYSIO: Henry McStay

Nationality: Irish

Nationality: Irish

Joined the Thorp Arch team in August 2012 and was promoted to the first team in November 2015.


HEAD OF EURO RECRUITMENT: Gaby Ruiz

Nationality: Spanish

Nationality: Spanish

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.


RECRUITMENT ANALYST: Andrea Iore

Nationality: Belgian

Nationality: Belgian

First arrived at Elland Road in 2015 after meeting the Cellino family in Miami. Valued as an analyst under Garry Monk.

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