By Sean Fisher

23rd Oct, 2022 | 6:40am

Jesse Marsch urged Leeds United to 'control' fate, insists board is 'unified' with staff

Leeds United fell to a 3-2 defeat to Fulham on Sunday afternoon, and the pressure is quickly piling on Jesse Marsch’s shoulders.

Despite a late goal from Crysencio Summerville, Leeds couldn’t do enough to avoid defeat against Fulham at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

With the Whites now facing an eight-game winless streak, Marsch is under immense pressure. But the American’s post-match comments suggest he’s still being backed by the board.

In a post-match interview with BBC Sport, Marsch said: “It’s disappointment, frustration. In the first half we started strong and got the lead. It felt like we’d take control of our moment and our season.

“But we conceded from a situation where it was not that complicated and we go in 1-1. Then we were trying to find a way to control our fate but missed a chance or two and you could see the confidence is low, that we don’t believe in ourselves as much as we’d like.

“We are unified here, from the board to the staff and the players. We are hurting, it’s painful. We feel we’re doing little things that aren’t getting a reward.

“I understand the fans, their ire should be directed at me. I’ve got to find ways for us to get wins and points.”

Board could be lenient

If Marsch is right- he may be afforded more time to turn things around at Leeds. After all, after the Fulham defeat is the first time Leeds have been in the relegation zone this season.

Plus, the squad still seem to be fighting for him. As Marsch mentioned, the start was incredibly bright from Leeds and finishing was again the only thing stopping them from building an early lead.

However, set-piece errors and poor defending again cost the side, and the fans quickly turned once the scoreline flipped.

That will be Marsch’s biggest challenge if he is to turn things around at Elland Road. For so much of his tenure, the supporters have pushed the side to victory.

Now, it seems the atmosphere at every match will be toxic and volatile, which only puts more pressure on Marsch and the players.

Once the fans turned, it seemed set in stone that Marsch will be given his marching orders. The board may try and give him until the World Cup to fix the current situation, but all that may do is waste valuable time.

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