Leeds United coach Jesse Marsch is hanging onto his job by a thread.
After winning two of their first three Premier League matches this season, Marsch’s men are now winless in seven consecutive league games. Currently, Leeds is just above the relegation zone in 16th. The club has nine points after 10 games.
The latest defeat came at the hands of fellow relegation battlers Leicester City on Thursday. Leeds lost 2-0 on the night and dropped level on points with 18th placed Wolverhampton Wonderers. It was only Leicester’s second victory of the current campaign.
Marsch didn’t do himself any favors with the Leeds fans as he went straight down the tunnel after the match. Normally, players and coaches acknowledge the away fans, regardless of the scoreline, prior to departing the pitch.
The coach apologized during his post-match interview. “I want to say sorry to them,” stated Marsch. “It was nothing against the fans. In that moment I am disappointed and trying to figure out what I am going to say to the team. My focus is on stopping the bleeding.”
Jesse Marsch last chances with the Leeds job
While fans have seemingly turned on their coach, The Yorkshire Evening Post reports the club still believes in the American manager. The local newspaper claims that the team’s board is behind the coach and believes he can still get positive results.
Nevertheless, board members can be influenced by fans inside Elland Road. If the atmosphere reaches a boiling point, the club’s board may be forced into making a managerial switch.
The next match for Marsch will be a crucial test. Leeds face Fulham at home on Sunday. Fulham find themselves in the top half of the table, but the West Yorkshire team believes they should win the match. The Cottagers only just returned to the Premier League after relegation following the 2020/21 season.
Jesse Marsch could very well be out of the Leeds job if his team flops against Fulham at the weekend. The American has only been with Leeds since February, as he replaced the popular Marcelo Bielsa as head coach.
PHOTO: IMAGO / Paul Marriott
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