Liam Cooper saddened as Leeds physio Steve Megson departs

Liam Cooper of Leeds United in action with Andreas Weimann of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018...

Megson spent three season in his role at Leeds before leaving.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper is sent off by Kevin Friend after earning a second yellow card and a sending off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at...

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has told the club's official website that he is "extremely sad" to see the club's head physio Steve Megson depart after three years in the role.

The news of Megson's departure comes as somewhat of a shock, despite Leeds hiring former Liverpool man Rob Price to a newly-created role of head of medicine just days beforehand.

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Megson had been Leeds' head physio for three years, but had previously spent six years as one of a handful of physios at Elland Road between 2007 and 2013.

In the meantime, he had joined Championship rivals Bolton - becoming their head physio for two years before rejoining Leeds to land the same position. Defender Cooper, 26, expressed his sadness to see Megson leave.

On behalf of the first team squad I would like to place our thanks to Meggo on record for everything he has done for us all," Cooper said. "His professionalism and hard work is evident every day.

"We are all extremely sad to see him leave. We wish him well in his new venture and look forward to seeing him back at Elland Road in the future”.

It remains to be seen where Megson's next venture takes him, with new manager Marcelo Bielsa already shaking up his backroom staff quite significantly. 

The Argentine has brought in coaches Diego Reyes, Diego Flores and Pablo Quiroga and translator Salim Lamrani. Fitness coach Ruben Crespo has also joined the club.

Leeds begin their season on August 5 when they play host to relegated Stoke City, and have so far made one signing under Bielsa in the form of a season-long loan for Chelsea playmaker Lewis Baker.

 

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