By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

8th Feb, 2023 | 11:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson believes there’ll be a group of Leeds United players who’ll be “delighted” with the decision to sack Jesse Marsch.

Leeds axed Marsch on Monday (6 February), less than 24 hours after a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest left them without a win in seven Premier League matches and with just two victories in their last 17.

Leeds’ rotten run means they’re currently 17th in the table, level on points with 18th-placed Everton, who are on the verge of leaving the relegation zone after hiring Sean Dyche as their new manager in January.

Marsch cannot have any complaints about being sacked, according to Robinson, who also feels that there might be a divide in the Leeds squad over the American’s exit from Elland Road.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Marsch had a lot of say in transfers. Victor Orta took a backseat with the manager being allowed to bring a few players in. He’s been backed heavily so he can’t have any complaints.

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I know we’ve had the World Cup but Leeds haven’t won [in the Premier League] since 5 November. He can’t argue that he hasn’t had time and hasn’t been backed because he has.

Players will react. Some will be delighted he’s gone and some will be upset he’s gone.

Players who’ve been left out and struggled to get in his squads will be delighted but there will be some who are disappointed.

Marsch added to an American contingent at Elland Road by signing Weston McKennie on loan from Juventus in the January transfer window.

He’d already signed Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams – players he’d managed at Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig respectively – in the summer.

Marsch had also been allowed to sign other Red Bull players in Rasmus Kristensen and Max Wober.

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