By Harvey Byrne

Former assistant Pep Clotet sent his thanks to Leeds fans on Twitter following his return to Elland Road on Saturday as Oxford boss for a pre-season clash.

The 40-year-old Spaniard joined the Yorkshire giants as part of Garry Monk’s coaching staff last summer.

He proved a popular figure amongst fans and some were keen to see him take over from Monk on the touchlines earlier this summer.

However, following the appointment of Thomas Christiansen at Leeds Clotet left the club to become manager of League One outfit Oxford.

The Spaniard didn’t have to wait long before returning to Leeds and on Saturday he watched his side fall to a 2-0 defeat with goals from Kemar Roofe and Stuart Dallas.

It would have been a disappointing result for Clotet, but after the match he gave his thanks for the warm welcome received via his personal Twitter account and posted an image of his son on the Elland Road turf, stating he wished the club well.

Saturday’s clash marked Leeds’ final pre-season match and Christiansen will be happy that his send ended with a victory.

The famous club will now prepare to face Bolton at the Macron Stadium in seven days for their season opener where they will look to beat the last campaign’s seventh placed finish.

In other Leeds news, Aitor Karanka has named the Whites’ best summer buy.

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