The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce that former Leeds United and QPR analyst Andres Clavijo has joined the club’s coaching staff for the upcoming season.
The Colombian, who has spent much of his life in England, moves Down Under for his first role outside of Europe, becoming an analyst and coaching assistant for the Mariners.
Fans of the English Premier League may recognise Clavijo from his high-profile stint with Leeds United. He joined the club as a First Team Analyst, while also notably being First Team Manager Marcelo Bielsa’s translator for all media appearances.
Clavijo spent four years with the English club, helping Leeds achieve promotion to the Premier League in the 2019/20 season. The following campaign in the topflight was extremely successful for the North English team, finishing in ninth place with 59 points.
The Colombian departed the club alongside Bielsa in February 2022, after four hugely positive seasons.
Prior to his work with Leeds United, Clavijo spent time with Queens Park Rangers as an analyst, before moving into statistics work and scouting.
Clavijo is extremely excited to get started with the Mariners, having reached out to Nick Montgomery during the off season.
“I am super excited to be on the Central Coast. It seems like an amazing place to work, and I cannot wait to get started with Monty, Sergio and all of the boys,” Clavijo said.
“After the success that the club has had over the past two seasons, I have a relationship with Monty, so we spoke. I told him that I wanted to come here and help the club progress and help to continue the success. That is why I am here and I can’t wait to contribute.”
Montgomery is thrilled to have Clavijo join the Mariners ahead of the upcoming campaign, seeing him as a valuable addition to the coaching staff.
“I have been speaking to Andres for a while and he was looking for a new challenge. He will add great value to the football staff in many areas where we need to continue to improve,” Montgomery said.
“His popularity during his time at Leeds and working with a manager the calibre of Bielsa speaks volumes about his character.”