The Lowdown: Marsch’s job far from secure
The American has endured a tough spell as manager this year, finding himself under huge pressure ahead of another possible Premier League relegation battle.
Marsch did enjoy something of a resurgence after big wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth recently, however, prior to Saturday’s 4-3 defeat away to Tottenham.
With Leeds now heading into a six-week break during the World Cup, the club’s owners have a key decision to make regarding the 49-year-old’s future, with reports prior to the defeat to Spurs on Saturday claiming the club could still sack Marsch.
The Latest: New manager incoming?
Speaking to Football Insider regarding the update on Marsch in the last 48 hours, former Hibernian forward McManus hinted at potential talks over the coming weeks.
“I have said for a number of weeks now that managers will lose their jobs during this break. What is interesting is that since I said that, Leeds have won a couple of games and it looks like they are on the right track now.
“What I am certain of, is that there will be high-level meetings between the board members at some point over the next few weeks.
“Who knows what might happen then? They might have someone in mind to come in, we don’t know. I always said if Leeds drop towards that bottom three then Marsch will go.
“They have been down there so I think everything is on the table. I don’t think Marsch can complain if he does go, it hasn’t been a great season.”
The Verdict: Still deserves time
There is no doubt that Marsch deserves criticism for certain aspects of the job he has done, but equally, he has shown resilience during a tough period recently.
Supporters seem split over his future as manager, but there has been enough spirit and quality shown by Leeds against Liverpool, Bournemouth and Spurs to suggest that he should be kept on beyond the World Cup.
Should results nosedive in the New Year, a decision may have to be swiftly made regarding Marsch, but sacking him in the coming weeks would feel harsh, following some pleasing improvements on the pitch.
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