Jesse Marsch to avoid Leeds United sack despite dressing room unrest amid 49ers takeover update - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson has major doubts about Jesse Marsch’s management at Leeds United but doesn’t believe he’ll be sacked any time soon.
Marsch, 49, has found himself under increased pressure in the last week with Leeds just two points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone and on a winless run of seven matches in all competitions.
MOT Leeds News revealed exclusively on Tuesday (17 January) that there is dressing room unrest at Leeds and a group of senior players have gone to the board to ask for the American to be sacked.
However, Robinson doesn’t believe that Leeds will pull the plug on Marsch because of an impending takeover from 49ers Enterprises.
Since the US-based investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers increased their share at Leeds to 44 per cent in November 2021, the Whites have signed two USA internationals in Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams while also hiring Wisconsin-born Marsch to replace Marcelo Bielsa last February.
And with the 49ers set to complete a full takeover this year [The Times], Robinson doubts that a move will be made to sack Marsch just yet despite his worries about the ex-RB Leipzig boss.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “The board aren’t going to sack the manager when there’s the situation of a potential takeover that’s very imminent.
“I still think there’s a question mark over the manager, especially after what he said after the Villa game when he said he’d take a lot more defeats. He said something along the lines of rather seeing his team lose like that than play the way they did the week before and got a point.
“It’s disappointing and you question whether he realises Leeds are in a relegation battle and whether he understands the format of the Premier League.
“I still question whether he’s the right man to take Leeds forward.
“Those wins against Liverpool and Bournemouth in that week could potentially be the two worst wins Leeds got because it kept him in his job before the World Cup.
“I’d like to be proven wrong but I haven’t seen anything to prove me wrong.”