By Mark Smith

3rd Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United and the board could be set to ignore their fans yet again as the drama surrounding Jesse Marsch’s future at Elland Road refuses to go away.

That’s according to Stuart Rayner, who admits that a “disillusioned” Elland Road crowd can be hard to work against for the American and Andrea Radrizzani.

Back in February 2022, Leeds had no choice but to go against fans and sack Marcelo Bielsa, something that may become the case with Marsch with two games to go until the World Cup break.

Writing in his latest column for the Yorkshire Post, Rayner shared how things could go badly wrong for the hierarchy with their relationship with the fans.

“So when a brilliant coach too stubborn to change methods which were sliding his team towards relegation, Leeds United felt they had no option but to ignore supporter sentiment and make a change in February,” he wrote.

“Fast-forward nine months, and they are ignoring the fans again, this time to stand by Marsch. After the defeat to Fulham, it felt like the tanker was getting hard to turn, particularly without the support of the fans.

“It is not just brave to ignore fan opinion, it can sometimes be unwise. Elland Road’s passion is such an asset that to thumb your nose at it threatens to take away one of the team’s big strengths. A disillusioned crowd can be hard to work against.”

Disillusioned?

Leeds fans want success, that is clear.

They are not expecting to win the Premier League or even qualify for Europe right now, but progression and consistency has to be there to start jumping that table.

Marsch was starting to produce some stinking results before the win at Elland Road and was even worst than Bielsa when he was shown the back door.

Picking up points against Bournemouth is critical to go into that final game of the Premier League before the World Cup against Spurs full of confidence.

The board is making the decisions, but they are also coming under serious stick from the fans for their lack of clear investment over the summer after raking in big money for Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.

No one is safe at Elland Road, and for good reason, but now is the time for everyone to get on the same bandwagon and really try and push forward in the coming years.

In other Leeds United news, Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta have started scanning the market for potential upgrades on Jesse Marsch at Elland Road