By Craig Scott

17th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Jesse Marsch’s future as Leeds United manager is in serious doubt with a number of senior players turning on the American, MOT Leeds News understands.

Leeds are 14th in the Premier League table and their winless run extended to seven games in all competitions with a 2-1 defeat away at Aston Villa on Friday night (13 January).

As it stands, the Whites are just two points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone and Marsch’s leadership of the team has started to cause major unrest behind the scenes at Elland Road.

MOT Leeds News has been told by a source close to Thorp Arch that a number of senior players have grouped together and told the board they want Marsch to be sacked.

The 49-year-old replaced Marcelo Bielsa as the Leeds United manager on 28 February 2022.

He’s since won nine of the 33 matches he’s managed, including a win away at Brentford to survive Premier League relegation on the final day of last season.

However, after achieving top-flight safety last season, Leeds’ Premier League status is once again under threat and there are now serious relegation concerns among certain members of the squad at Elland Road.

After an FA Cup third-round replay against Cardiff on Wednesday night (18 January), Leeds face a run of games featuring a number of relegation rivals.

This weekend, Leeds welcome Brentford to Elland Road (22 January) before playing Nottingham Forest away, Manchester United at home, Everton away and Southampton at home.

New-signing Georgino Rutter, who arrived at Leeds from Hoffenheim for a club-record £35.5million [Sky Sports] last week, should be available to make his debut against Thomas Frank’s side this Sunday.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.