By George Overhill

21st Oct, 2022 | 2:40pm

Andrea Radrizzani and the Leeds United board are prepared to give Jesse Marsch time because he saved the club from relegation last year, The Mirror reports.

Following a miserable 2-0 defeat at previously-bottom side Leicester on Thursday night (20 October) the fans turned on the American in a way not seen since the dark days of last season’s battle against the drop, with the club now winless since August.

But the manager is not in imminent danger of the sack after he won that battle last time, and because the club have apparently taken a charitable view of recent showings from the players.

David Anderson wrote in The Mirror on Friday afternoon: “Leeds’ travelling fans turned on him after Thursday’s lame defeat at Leicester and many have lost faith in him.

“But chairman Andrea Radrizzani and his board believe Marsch can still turn Leeds’ fortunes around.

“They are prepared to give him longer because he saved the club from relegation when he replaced Marcelo Bielsa in February and feel the team are playing better than results suggest.”

Short leash

It can never be taken away from Marsch that he kept the club from a return to the Championship on the final day last season, when it was beginning to look like a foregone conclusion under Marcelo Bielsa.

For that he deserves major credit, and it looks like he has got it from his employers, but it surely won’t last long if things continue in the same vein.

Going toe to toe with the top team in the Premier League currently at the weekend was admirable, but improved showings count for nothing in the league table.

With the games against Chelsea and Arsenal the two best at Elland Road this campaign it is clear that the manager’s style of play is capable of matching the best sides in England on the right day.

That is all very well, but those sides are in the minority and if he can’t set up his team to get more out of the rest of the league then there is only so far he can go.

Leicester City, bottom of the league as they welcomed the Whites to the King Power, with their manager under more pressure than Marsch now is, and with star man James Maddison – the architect of their only win all season – suspended, should have been a chance to feast on a team struggling as badly as anyone while gaining a psychological boost and points.

Instead that is what Brendan Rodgers’ got out of the meeting as the Foxes are now just a point behind United.

Some performances have been better than results suggest, but some have been every bit as bad, and if none of them result in wins either way it is immaterial, so Marsch is going to have to seriously make the most of the time he is given or this season will quickly get out of hand.

In other Leeds United news, one pundit has shared his concerns over a Whites star who is a “long way off” where he needs to be.