Leeds United could yet lose Jesse Marsch despite latest heroics amid twist at Southampton
Many Leeds United fans have been in the “Jesse Marsch out” boat in recent weeks, but two wins from two seems to have brought him back from the brink.
Prior to this run of consecutive wins the Whites had gone eight games without picking up three points, their most recent back in August against Chelsea at Elland Road.
Some fans still want Marsch gone from the club, knowing that short term success doesn’t necessarily mean a corner has been turned and they may be about to get their wish after a stunning turn of events on Sunday.
Following a 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St Mary’s (6 November), Southampton have decided to sack Ralph Hasenhuttl (The Athletic, 6 November).
The Saints sit in the relegation zone with just three wins from their 14 games so far this season, but this isn’t the first time that it was believed Hasenhuttl would be sacked.
It was reported by The Times (7 October) that Leeds boss Marsch was among the candidates to replace the Austrian boss should he leave the south-coast club, although nothing was advanced.
But with a decision now made on Hasenhuttl’s future, it’s possible that they look to make their move for Marsch knowing that his stock at Elland Road is at an all-time low with the fans.
It would take an incredibly difficult decision for the board out of their hands by agreeing a compensation fee to let him leave, rather than paying him one to sack him, and could reunite the fan base if the American was to leave the club.
With a month-long break set to take place after the next Premier League fixture, it would be the perfect time for all parties involved to move on.
Marsch would head off to a team that want him and already have a lot of his values instilled because of the Red Bull links to the club, while Leeds would get time to bring someone new in to take the team up a level and get the fans back on side.
It would be a remarkable twist for the manager to leave, considering he seems happy with Leeds and has been backed to the hilt, but it’s not something that can be ruled out.
Both clubs are in similar positions in the league, so the task wouldn’t be any more difficult at either club, but it could be the perfect reset both sets of fans need during a difficult time.
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