By George Overhill

25th Oct, 2022 | 6:40am

Jesse Marsch has kept his Leeds United job as “there isn’t a Plan B” because the board who put so much time into appointing him, according to Adam Pope.

The Whites boss has presided over four straight defeats, including highly damaging ones against Leicester (20 October) and Fulham (23 October) in the past few days, that has seen the club fall into the relegation zone again after they beat the drop on the final day last season.

Despite being under enormous pressure from the outside he is currently being backed by Andrea Radrizzani and BBC Leeds reporter Pope believes it is because there is no way to get rid of him while maintaining the appearance of having a plan.

Speaking on the BBC podcast Don’t Go To Bed Just Yet (24 October, 18min) Pope said of the calls from fans for Marsch to go: “So how do you do that and spin it to make it sound like it’s the right decision to go and do that, when you’ve clearly gone against everything that you’ve spent a lot of time on?

“Leeds haven’t chosen Jesse Marsch on a whim, they just haven’t. If they were to get rid of him, how do you then go, ‘Well, we’ve been looking at the next guy for a couple of years, and that’s the way forward’?

“That’s why right now there isn’t a Plan B I don’t think, and he stays in his position.”


If the board are only keeping Marsch in place because it will make them look bad to get rid of him then it is no wonder that there is as much, if not more, clamour for them to go as there is the manager, as Pope admitted on the podcast.

It is bad enough to make a mistake in appointing the wrong man but failing to accept that when things are getting worse by the week is far more damaging.

It is completely possible that the process that went into bringing the former Red Bull Salzburg manager to Elland Road was logical and subsequent factors have stopped it from working out.

But if it isn’t working and he needs to go then the hierarchy have to admit their errors and be as decisive as possible.

If they genuinely believe Marsch can turn things around then that is a debatable stance but it is at least a proper one, but hoping for the best in order to save face is only going to make things worse.

Recruitment may have largely been done to suit the manager’s style, but if the left-back and striker questions went unanswered during the summer and are now negatively affecting things now then that is another failing that is more at the door of Victor Orta than Marsch.

Who is more at fault and who should go is a moot point though if the status quo is being kept in place to cover backs rather than because it is the right move, and doesn’t inspire confidence that this mess will be cleared up any time soon.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has outlined the unique opportunity the club currently have to replace Marsch.