Adam Forshaw shares how Jesse Marsch tore Illan Meslier to shreds in Leeds United training session
Adam Forshaw has detailed how Illan Meslier got on the wrong side of Jesse Marsch in a Leeds United training session at Thorp Arch.
Marsch is known for his fiery personality on matchday and it seems that he doesn’t shy away from showing his true colours at Leeds training too.
Forshaw says that even though Marsch let rip at Meslier once in training, it didn’t take long for him to change his tone and show his true affection for his players.
“As a character, he is very personable,” Forshaw told Danny Murphy in an interview for the Daily Mail. “You walk past his office, the door is literally open. There are bits of different terminology, full-backs are outside-backs and you hear him mention red zones [between the lines]. But you quickly pick up on it.
“He’s nice but can switch if he needs to. After one game, a couple of substitutes grumbled about doing pitch runs and he’s made it clear ‘That is your [expletive] job’.
“We were doing phase play in training and [goalkeeper] IIlan Meslier gave a slow pass out, a sloppy one. Jesse ordered him to do it again, which the lads weren’t expecting. Illan gave another slow one and Jesse has ripped into him. Five minutes later, the gaffer is laughing, saying ‘I still love you’. It was a different side from the manager that the lads respect.”
We doubt Meslier is the only Leeds player to have felt the wrath of Marsch in training sessions.
It probably happens with most managers.
We’ve seen it on the pitch where players just aren’t doing what they should be doing and it must be so frustrating for the boss to see his orders ignored.
Marsch clearly didn’t get his message across to Meslier in this particular incident, which led to a more severe reaction that would have no doubt stuck with the French goalkeeper and also his teammates.
Marsch hasn’t done wrong by Leeds since replacing Marcelo Bielsa.
Sure, results could have been better but he won us Premier League survival and has overseen a decent start to this new season.
Leeds play Aston Villa at Elland Road on Sunday as they take to the pith for the first time in around a month.
It’s a big game due to that and the fact that we have so many matches coming up.
Let’s hope Marsch’s message has stuck with his players for the coming weeks.
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