Mark Jackson, former head coach of the Leeds United under-23s and first-team coach under Jesse Marsch, has accepted an offer to manage League One side, MK Dons.
Having replaced Carlos Corberan in September 2020 as head coach for the Leeds u23s, Jackson has followed his predecessor’s impressive trajectory, as he now embarks on his own first-team management journey.
During his time as Leeds u23s head coach, he led a talented group of young stars to storm the Premier League 2 Division 2 title in 2020/21. This led him to join the first-team coaching staff when Jesse Marsch replaced Marcelo Bielsa in 2022.
BREAKING! Mark Jackson has been named the new head coach at MK Dons ️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/10Bsi13uNt— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 23, 2022
Speaking to leedsunited.com, Marsch said:
“Jacko has been outstanding during my time at Leeds United.
He is a top coach, but more importantly a great person and he taught me and the other staff what it means to be Leeds.
He will be sadly missed around Thorp Arch, but this is an opportunity he needs to take to grow.”
Director of Football, Victor Orta also said:
“Not only has Jacko been instrumental in progressing many of our young players, but he has also been a really important part of Jesse’s team.
“We will always be grateful to Jacko and I am sure that the fans will always welcome him at Elland Road.”
Jackson now embarks on his mission to keep MK Dons in League One, as they currently languish in the relegation zone of the third tier.