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…
It would be “harsh” for Leeds United to sack Jesse Marsch after his side dropped into the relegation zone at the weekend, according to Paul Robinson.
Leeds let slip of a lead to lose 3-2 to Fulham at Elland Road, adding to the misery of the midweek defeat at Leicester.
Marsch has now seen his side fail to win since August, losing six times in their last eight Premier League matches.
Robinson has pointed out that most of those defeats haven’t been against the stronger teams in the division and suggested that Marsch is now facing a battle to keep hold of his job.
“I think Marsch has a long way to go to turn the fans around. Once you lose the fans and you lose the crowd, it’s an uphill struggle,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“I think he earned the right to stay in charge this season after what he did last season. But this season, it’s arguable that it’s the worst start they’ve had since 2003/04 when I played for them.
“They’ve had a worse start than they did with Marcelo Bielsa last season when it was documented that they had a really poor start. They’re worse off now so it’s not a good start and we’re in a results business.
“It’s all well and good giving managers time when you’re Mikel Arteta and Arsenal when you’re not going to get relegated, you can have time to give the manager time to put his stamp on the team. When you’re Leeds United, Aston Villa, Bournemouth or Wolves, you fire a manager for a reason and it’s to stay in the Premier League.
“Leeds have got a tough decision to make.
“I like Marsch personally. I think he’s very infectious but tactically, they’ve fallen short a few times this season.
“They play too narrow and concentrate too much on the centre of the pitch to try and counter-press rather than spreading the pitch wide when they have good wide players.
“I don’t think a manager would be expected to do a lot when they go to Liverpool this weekend and they have a tough run of games. They’re at home to Bournemouth then, which is becoming a must-win game. And then they’re away at Tottenham. It’s a very difficult one.
“The board saw it fit to give him the job in the first place so to pull the trigger at the first opportunity would be harsh but you can understand how and why.
“Leeds seemed devoid of ideas versus Fulham.
“Yes it was 3-2, they only lost by one goal but it’s not like they’re being beaten by top sides.
“This week was disastrous being beaten by Leicester and Fulham. It’s not like they’ve been torn apart by two of the league’s best sides, they’ve lost against sides you’d expect to be in the bottom three.
“There are problems there.”
Leeds hired Marsch to replace Marcelo Bielsa in February.
He’s since won just six of the 23 Premier League games he’s managed.
Mail+ reported on Tuesday (25 October) that Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani are scouring the market for potential replacements for Marsch.
In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.