Leeds United fans' words on Alessandro Barcherini speak volumes as coach joins Sunderland

Sunderland have added ex-Leeds United coach Alessandro Barcherini to their ranks with comments from Whites’ fans overwhelmingly positive regarding the Italian.

The coach previously worked under Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch in his roles as first-team assistant goalkeeping coach and head of academy goalkeeping.

The 36-year-old will start work at the Academy of Light on Thursday ahead of the team’s trip to Bristol City on Saturday. After announcing that he was leaving Leeds earlier this month, fans and figures in football were quick to react to the news:

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: The Leeds United fans show their support during the 2022 Queensland Champions Cup match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Leeds coach Marcos Abad said on Twitter: “All the best, you don’t need luck, because you are ready for the next step. You deserve it and we are happy for your next challenge. Big thanks for all your support personal and professional.”

@debswj62: “All the best, thanks for all your experience and work at the club. Hope you enjoy the next challenge wishing you good luck for the future.”

Carlisle United's Ryan Edumson added: “Top guy this bloke. Helped me a lot during his time at the club. All the best mate.”

@toad_elland: “I hope you enjoy a nice glass of wine when you see Illan playing for France in a World Cup, shortly after breaking the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.”

@nevhopwood: “Thank you for everything Alessandro. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I wish you every success in the future and your continued journey through football.”

@snb7x: “Thank You Alessandro. What a time to have spent 3 years at our club … what a quality 3 years experience you have to list on your CV too! Best wishes as you take this (& the memories) into the next chapter.”

@Andyandrach: “All the best for the future. I can not thank you enough for all you have done. Great coach and most of all a great bloke. You will be missed. Forever grateful.”

@jtwknowles: “Good luck for the next chapter, Al. Viewing from afar you've done an incredible job, which comes as zero surprise.”