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Paul Robinson was surprised to see Leeds United sack Jesse Marsch so soon after spending so much money on new players in the January transfer window.
Leeds were the sixth-biggest spenders in the Premier League in January, splashing £46.5million on new arrivals [Sky Sports]. That doesn’t include the £30million option-to-buy clause included in the loan deal for Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.
Georginio Rutter became the Whites’ record signing arriving from Hoffenheim while Max Wober came in from Marsch’s former club Red Bull Salzburg at the start of the month.
Marsch has clearly had a degree of control over transfers in the last year, bringing in fellow Americans and other players who he’s previously managed in Austria and Germany.
And after the big-money arrivals in the January window, Robinson suggests he’s a bit confused by the timing of Marsch’s exit, even though the actual sacking wasn’t too much of a shock.
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“I’m not surprised as it’s been coming for a while,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“The only thing that does surprise me though is the amount of backing he’s been given by being allowed to bring in his players who he’s worked with before.
“It was the same again in this window. He was heavily backed and then as soon as the window closes, he’s gone.
“I’ve said it before but the worst results Leeds have had this season were their wins against Bournemouth and against Liverpool because it protected his job before the World Cup.
“I just think they missed a trick with Sean Dyche. You can see the impact he’s made straight away at Everton.
“You’re not going to get a manager in now who can create a project to make the team stronger. They just need to come in to stay in the Premier League.
“If they did want Dyche, they were late to the party and now they need to find a manager who’s going to have to keep them up and get the best out of this squad.”
Everton hired Dyche to replace Frank Lampard in January.
He won his first game in charge on Saturday when the Toffees beat Premier League leaders Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Leeds and Everton are level on points in 17th and 18th place respectively in the Premier League.
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