Lianne Sanderson predicts Jesse Marsch will be sacked by Leeds United if he doesn’t oversee an improvement in results as soon as possible.
Leeds dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone with a 3-2 defeat at home against Fulham on Sunday (23 October).
During the game, Sky Sports pundit Sanderson noticed footage of Marsch turning to his bench to ask his staff how to get a result out of the game against the Cottagers.
That footage was unseen to the public as Sanderson revealed it was on her monitor in front of her with Leeds’ defeat to Fulham not being aired on live TV in the UK.
When asked if she thinks the pressure on Marsch has increased, Sanderson told Sky Sports News (23 October, 04:05pm): “I think so. I think the pressure was there before the game. Like I said, they had no wins in seven. He rang in the changes today and brought Luke Ayling back into the line-up, who I thought had a good game.
“But ultimately, you want your team to play good football but you want to get points and results at this moment in time. Jesse Marsch and Leeds are just not doing that.
“I felt like in the first half, they started the first 20 minutes on the front foot. But as soon as Fulham scored, it seemed to be like they went inside themselves. The fans went quieter, you could hear the moans and groans.
“And there’s a picture I can see right now – nobody else can see it – Jesse Marsch goes back towards his own dugout to say, ‘what do I need to do to get this result?’.
“You can see he’s very dejected and I feel for him.”
She added: “He has to [turn it around] because at this moment in time, that’s football.
“He won’t be in a job much longer if he doesn’t turn it around and ultimately, the players have to take responsibility as well.”
Off you go
Marsch needs to go.
Leeds are a sinking ship under his leadership and it’s really no surprise given how poorly he did in his last job and the fact that he was only going to do well at Red Bull Salzburg because they dominate Austrian football.
His MLS record shouldn’t count for anything, really.
Marsch used his links to Red Bull and the fact that he’s American to sign players in the summer as he seemingly took some of Victor Orta’s control on transfers.
Orta didn’t have the usual influence over recruitment but Marc Roca and Luis Sinisterra – two players signed who aren’t exactly Marsch signings – have so far done well.
March’s signings haven’t done badly either but it’s his in-game management, team selection and tactics that have been woeful.
Why isn’t Joe Gelhardt getting a game? What was his team selection all about against Leicester? Why was Rasmus Kristensen left out against Fulham?
And there are big questions for Orta too.
Why on earth was Daniel James loaned to Fulham with an Under-23s striker signed to replace him?
There are a lot of issues right now.
One can be addressed by sacking Marsch.
In other Leeds United news, a 3/10 player stunk out Elland Road in our player ratings for the defeat to Fulham.