By Saikat Mandal

5th Feb, 2023 | 7:40pm

Leeds United to sack Jesse Marsch after defeat v Nottingham Forest - View

Leeds United suffered a 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on 5 February at the City Ground. 

The Whites have not managed a win since the World Cup break. They are just a place above the relegation zone and have picked up only five points away from home. 

If Leeds board still feels that Jesse Marsch is the man to take the team forward, they’re living in a fools’ paradise. They have to sack him now.

You can point out the style of football and the dressing room harmony, but that’s not enough – you’ve to win games as well. 

Leeds managed 69% of possession and attempted 10 shots, and yet they couldn’t break the Forest defence [BBC Sport]. This is so frustrating to watch at the moment.

These are the games, Leeds must target to win. If they can’t pick up a point against other relegation strugglers, then it’s hard to keep confidence in the manager. 

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Marsch keeps on telling us that the Whites won’t be dragged into the relegation battle and that there’s a long way to go in this season. But the stats reveal something else. 

It doesn’t need stats to show that the Whites are very poor defensively. They keep on conceding goals from set pieces, and we saw that again today. 

Luke Ayling found himself in a no man’s situation allowing Brennan Johnson to have a shot at goal. The defenders keep on making individual errors, and at some point, you wonder whether is it down to poor coaching. 

The club have backed Marsch in the transfer market. They gave him what he wanted, and the board must demand results now. He has been given enough support, but there’s hardly any progress. 

It’s time for him to go. 

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