Sky Sports pundit reacts as Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch linked with Southampton job

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 fails to see why Jesse Marsch would want to join Southampton after they decided to sack Ralph Hasenhuttl on Monday.

Southampton fell into the Premier League’s relegation zone at the weekend and acted swiftly to get rid of the Austrian manager.

Interestingly, the Saints were linked with Marsch last month with The Times reporting on 7 October that the American was a manager of interest when they started to consider getting rid of Hasenhuttl.

Marsch had felt the pressure of the sack himself before securing back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth.

However, Robinson couldn’t see why he’d want to go to St Mary’s when Leeds have more potential.

“I don’t see why he’d go to Southampton. It’s not a sideways step – it’s a backwards step,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

Yes, Southampton have been a steady Premier League club for a long time but when you look at the potential takeover Leeds have got coming with the 49ers, the finances available at Leeds and the fanbase at Leeds, I couldn’t see the attraction of leaving to go to Southampton, in all honesty.

They were my tip to go down at the start of the season.”

Luton Town have confirmed that Southampton are in talks with their manager Nathan Jones.

However, as of Tuesday night, nothing has been confirmed about the Saints finalising their move for the ex-Stoke boss.

In other Leeds United news, a European club has confirmed they’ll be doing an official farewell for a player who’s been signed by the Whites.