Leeds United employee Noel Whelan has hailed Jesse Marsch’s man-management skills following his impressive start to life at Elland Road.
The Lowdown: Marsch talks
Marsch has helped the Whites pull eight points clear of safety over recent weeks after picking up three wins and a draw from the last four games.
The American gave an in-depth interview to talkSPORT from Thorp Arch last week, revealing that his first message to the players was to remain ‘calm’ and that he looked to implement his playing philosophy and mentality on a day-to-day basis.
That has impressed Whelan, who has been full of praise for the 48-year-old when talking to Football Insider.
The Latest: Whelan reacts
Former Leeds striker Whelan, who is now an employee of the club, labelled the work Marsch has done as ‘quite incredible’ and described his approachability as ‘massive’.
“He has got up to speed pretty quickly from where he was and where the players were.
“He’s gone in and changed that around. The players have bought into it. He has probably asked the players, one-on-one, what it is they need as well.
“I think it’s really important that you find out from the players first hand so you’ve got something to go off. He’s one of these men that is open to suggestions and he’s open to the players talking to him.
“I think that’s really important because that is a massive part of the game now, man-managing. Not just a squad, but every individual player as well.
“Their needs, what they need from a training session and the rest they need as well. Rest and recuperation is just as important as the intensity that you’re putting out there on the training ground.
“He’s come in and done a really, really educated job with the players. To do it in such a short space of time is quite incredible. There’s no doubt he has got all the credentials you need to be very successful at Leeds.”
The Verdict: Good signs
Taking over from club legend Marcelo Bielsa with Leeds seriously flirting with relegation was always going to be a huge task for Marsch, however, he has rose to the challenge despite a tough first week.
His message about staying calm appears to have done the trick around the training ground, even if fans have remained anything but calm with dramatic stoppage-time winners against Norwich City and Wolves.
Those four points, gained thanks to strikes from Joe Gelhardt and Luke Ayling, could prove to be the difference come the end of the season, where hopefully, Marsch will be preparing for a first full year in charge as a Premier League manager.
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