Leeds: Phil Hay can’t see Jesse Marsch leaving anytime soon
Phil Hay believes that Jesse Marsch wouldn’t leave Leeds United even if the United States national team came calling.
The Lowdown: Future appears secure
Marsch has been in charge for almost 12 months now and it’s safe to say that it has been a period of mixed success so far, having secured a dramatic final-day victory to keep Leeds up last season, while they may well end up in a similar position this term considering how his first full campaign has panned out to this point.
Leeds currently find themselves just two points above the bottom three which will have fans, Marsch and Victor Orta all sweating over the club’s long-term future, but something else that appears more certain is the future of the manager.
It seems as though the USA national side could soon be looking for a new head coach given the controversy surrounding Gregg Berhalter, who recently guided his country to the round of 16.
The Latest: Marsch not edging for an exit
The USMNT have an interim head coach in place at the moment while Berhalter is under investigation by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which could mean Marsch is a target for the future. However, while speaking on The Phil Hay Show, Hay doesn’t believe he’ll be leaving anytime soon.
He said: “The fact that it’s the assistant taking charge of the friendlies that the USA have got coming up at the end of this month suggests to you that we’re going to see a change of head coach for the USMNT.
“Marsch would seem to me to be a very obvious and leading contender for that if the US’s next move was to stay domestic, ie to appoint another American coach to it.
“But my reading of it is that he’s still minded to try and make a go of coaching in the Premier League before he goes for that, or before he puts his name in the hat for it.”
The Verdict: Change may not be a bad thing for Leeds
Marsch only managed to win four league games when he took over last season, and this campaign it’s no better, having tasted victory the same amount of times in the Premier League, so a change in the dugout may not be the worst thing in the world.
However, Leeds certainly don’t appear to be planning for the post-Marsch future given that Orta has handed him yet another Red Bull Group player and looks set to bring in another under the American’s watch in the form of striker Georginio Rutter.
From Marsch’s point of view, the fact he’s still being backed by Orta should be enough of an indication that he is sticking around, while throwing away a Premier League management job would be crazy for anyone, especially to take up an international role when all Marsch has done thus far is be a club manager.
However, just how big of a pull it would be for his country to come calling remains to be seen.