By Craig Scott

7th Oct, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch on shortlist of one at Southampton after unexpected Premier League twist

Leeds United will have to batten down the hatches if they want to stop Southampton making a move for Jesse Marsch after Steve Cooper was crossed off their shortlist as soon as he emerged on it.

Cooper’s been under pressure at Nottingham Forest but the newly-promoted club showed a shock display of loyalty towards the Welshman on Friday morning (7 October) by confirming that he’d been handed a new contract at the City Ground.

It came out of the blue, especially as many outlets had been reporting he was on the brink of being sacked [Daily Mail] and was already being linked with other jobs.

Hours before Forest made that announcement, The Times reported on Friday that Cooper was on the shortlist at Southampton as they consider sacking Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Times claimed Hasenhuttl might only have two matches left to save his career at St Mary’s and the two managers named on the shortlist of possible replacements were Cooper and Leeds manager Marsch.

However, Cooper is obviously not in contention to move to the south coast now, meaning Marsch could be on a shortlist of one.

Should Leeds worry about losing Marsch?

Southampton seems to be either a sideways or backwards step from Leeds. It’s not a step up.

In the summer, the Whites proved that they would back Marsch and the growing American influence at Elland Road is bound to keep the Wisconsin native happy.

But it wouldn’t go amiss if Leeds make a move similar to Forest and do something for Marsch to convince him that staying put is the right thing to do.

More investment in the squad would be great because there are areas we should seek to improve in the January transfer window.

In other Leeds United news, forget Joe Gelhardt, Marsch needs to unleash this player for the first time against Crystal Palace this weekend.