Revealing study suggests Leeds United should not sack Jesse Marsch
All may seem gloomy and miserable at Leeds United, but findings from a recent study suggest things likely won’t improve if Jesse Marsch is sacked.
Marsch is on the brink of losing his job at Elland Road following a disappointing 3-2 loss to Fulham over the weekend. The American has only picked up two points from Leeds United’s last eight games, and alarm bells are ringing.
Many were shocked to hear that the Leeds United board are willing to give Marsch more time, but recent findings from a study conducted by the Yorkshire Evening Post suggest they’re making the right decision.
Their study found that in the last three seasons there have been 20 mid-season managerial sackings. However, of those 20 – only nine teams actually improved their position by the end of the season.
With Leeds currently sitting in the relegation zone, it suggests that the Whites only have a 45% chance of improving their league position should they choose to fire Marsch.
On top of that, only 25% of teams who made mid-season appointments improved on their Premier League position by two-or-more places.
Stick or twist?
Going off the atmosphere at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, most Leeds fans would like to see the back of Marsch immediately.
But while things are going horribly wrong for the American at the moment, could things get worse with a new manager in the hot seat?
After all, Marsch at least stuck to the ‘Leeds way’ in his tactics, urging his players to play with energy and press high up the pitch. Much of that will be thrown to the side if a defensive-minded manager steps through the doors at Elland Road.
Plus, while the Premier League calendar usually ramps up over winter, Marsch will instead be handed a very useful break to regroup and refocus his squad. It could well be the turning point in his managerial career if he stays over the World Cup period.
Frankly, keeping Marsch has to be better than a desperate and short-term option like Sean Dyche. All long-term aims and ambitions are immediately scrapped if Leeds take that route.
So trust in the numbers and the patterns of previous seasons – Leeds are better off keeping Marsch.
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