Marcos Abad

Marcos Abad Peidro (born 12 September 1985) is a Spanish Goalkeeper Coach who works as First Team Goalkeeper Coach at English side Leeds United, after previously holding the role of First Team Goalkeeper Coach at then Premier League side Middlesbrough F.C. and former La Liga side Elche CF.[2]

Marcos Abad
Personal information
Full name Marcos Abad Peidró[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-12) 12 September 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Alcoy, Spain[1]
Club information
Current team
Leeds United (Goalkeeping coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
2009–2010 Alcoyano (goalkeeper coach)
2010–2017 Elche (goalkeeper coach)
2017 Middlesbrough (goalkeeper coach)
2017– Leeds United (goalkeeper coach)


[3] After graduating the University Of Alicante with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Sports degree he started his Goalkeeping Coach career in 2009 when he joined Spanish side CD Alcoyano where they made the play offs to earn promotion from the second division with Paco López coach. In 2010, Abad joined Elche CF,[4] where he worked with goalkeepers like Przemysław Tytoń, Willy Caballero, Toño, Juan Carlos Sánchez, Juan Carlos Martín. He was able to develop his knowledge with coaches of the caliber of José Bordalás, Fran Escribá, Rubén Baraja,[5] Alberto Toril. Abad held the role of Goalkeeper Coach at Spanish La Liga Side Elche CF for 7 years before joining Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough F.C. in February 2017, the move saw him link up with Goalkeepers Victor Valdes [6] 3, Brad Guzan and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.[7]

After the sacking of Aitor Karanka towards the end of the 2016/17 season and the departure of Director Of Football Victor Orta in the summer, Abad left the club in the summer of 2017.[8]

On the 19 June 2017, Abad was announced as the new Goalkeeper Coach of Leeds United, again linking up with Victor Orta as part of new Head Coach Thomas Christiansen's backroom staff.[9][10] Orta revealed in the press conference unveiling Christiansen that Abad had turned down a higher wage in the Chinese Super League to join Leeds in the role.

In the 2018/19 season he was responsible for the training of goalkeepers under the orders of Marcelo Bielsa.

The season started with two young goalkeepers: Jamal Blackman who would suffer a serious injury, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell who became an International with Northern Ireland national team. The injury Jamal Blackman allowed to incorporate a star from Real Madrid Kiko Casilla.[11]

Ahead of the 2019/20 season, he also became Translator for Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa.[12]

They managed to be Champions of Championship with Leeds United de Marcelo Bielsa and with it the promotion to Premier League. Counting on the goalkeepers Kiko Casilla and Illan Meslier.

In the new 2020-21 season, Leeds United will once again be in the English top flight at the hands of Marcelo Bielsa, after 16 years waiting for this moment.