Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch being under pressure to keep his job is ‘bizarre’, according to pundit/insider John Wenham.
The Lowdown: Marsch given next few games
Marsch has been given the upcoming three league fixtures to prove his worth, starting with Saturday’s trip to Liverpool, but he has very little wriggle room now and the home clash with Bournemouth could decide everything.
Should the 48-year-old be relieved of his duties before the break for the World Cup, it would mean he hasn’t even completed a year as Leeds manager.
The Latest: Wenham bemused by situation
Speaking to Football Insider, Wenham, a regular pundit and Tottenham insider for FI, admitted he was bemused by the situation, saying Marsch should be given more time:
“I’m sorry, this seems completely wrong to me. They brought him in last season and he kept them up, they then allowed him to sign players that he wanted this summer. He got two from Salzburg and Tyler Adams as well.
“What are we, ten games into the season? And they are talking about getting him out. What are the expectations at Leeds, I’m sorry, what? Do they think they should be pushing for the top six?
“They haven’t made the recruitment, they don’t have the players to do that. How are they pushing him already? It’s bizarre and it seems a bit soon for me.
“I don’t watch Leeds every week. There will be Leeds fans telling me I’m wrong, ‘who is this southerner wading in on our club?’.
“I just see it as, they have played 10 or 11 games and the club let him get his own players, do you have to sack him now? They are 18th, fine.
“Where were they expecting to be? They aren’t far off being in the top 10. It’s five points.”
The Verdict: Is it too harsh?
It is a tricky situation at Leeds currently, with Marsch clearly underperforming and the threat of relegation to the Championship seemingly increasing by the week.
Then again, he did keep the Whites up last season, picking up the mess left by Marcelo Bielsa, and there is an argument to say that he deserves more time to turn things around.
Patience in football has gone in the modern game – Sir Alex Ferguson famously didn’t win a trophy for nearly four years at Manchester United, but they stuck by him – so it is easy to see Wenham’s argument.
Opinion will clearly be split on the matter, though, and there is no denying that results simply must improve if Marsch is to continue as Leeds boss.
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