Ex-Leeds striker Matt Smith comments on Twitter as report states Whites appoint Paul Butler as first-team coach

Matt Smith celebrates scoring Leeds United's fourth goal

Thomas Christiansen has made the latest appointment to his backroom team at Leeds United, with Paul Butler arriving at Elland Road.

Former Leeds striker Matt Smith has taken to Twitter to comment on the news coming out of the Yorkshire Evening Post this evening that Paul Butler has been appointed as the Whites' new first-team coach.

Butler - not to be confused with the former Whites defender who captained the side to the 2006 Championship play-off final and who shares the same name - was present for Leeds' emphatic pre-season friendly victory over Guiseley on Saturday, and the Yorkshire Evening Post has confirmed that he has become the latest appointment made by Thomas Christiansen to his backroom team.

Matt Smith celebrates scoring Leeds United's fourth goalFormer Leeds forward Matt Smith has given the appointment his backing

The Yorkshire Evening Post adds that Butler - who previously worked for the likes of Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers - was brought in to provide some domestic experience to Christiansen's team. 

Though Leeds fans will probably be reserving judgement on the appointment until the team is up and running in the new Championship season, one familiar face to the Elland Road faithful has given the appointment his backing.

Matt Smith - who spent just over a year with Leeds before being sold to Fulham in a move that was extremely unpopular amongst the supporters - worked with Butler at Oldham, and responded to Yorkshire Evening Post's chief writer Phil Hay's tweet regarding Butler's appointment with a positive response.

Given how popular Smith remains, his endorsement may help Butler win a few extra backers amongst the fans before the football has to do the talking once the new season starts.

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