By George Overhill

25th Mar, 2022 | 6:30am

Darragh MacAnthony expects Jesse Marsch to leave Leeds United within three years

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony doesn’t think Jesse Marsch will last three years as the manager of Leeds United.

The American replaced Marcelo Bielsa at the end of February, and has overseen two wins in his past two games to drag the club away from the relegation zone.

But while the Posh chief expects the new boss to keep Leeds in the Premier League this season, he believes he will not be given the time that his predecessor was afforded if things go bad.

On his podcast The Hard Truth, via Leeds Live: “It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the summer. Do I see him [Marsch] being at Leeds in the next two, three years? No.”

“The shadow of Bielsa [will hang over Marsch]. You know, Bielsa got a lot of time with a lot of bad results.

“I’m not sure if the roles are reversed and this guy gets the same results; six, seven games losing 5-0 and 6-0 and whatever that he’d get the same grace period.”

Pessimistic

The shelf life on any manager is short these days, especially in the Premier League.

But Andrea Radrizzani has proven himself willing to stick by his head coach.

Marsch is clearly far from becoming the institution that Bielsa was at the club and in the city.

But he has got off to a positive start, and has also endeared himself to the supporters.

If he keeps the club up when they were falling apart under the Argentine then it suggests he’s got some quality.

There is currently no reason to believe that, provided he delivers on this season’s main aim, he wouldn’t be around for the long haul.

But he will have to avoid the kind of collapse seen under Bielsa this season.

Despite his impact at Elland Road, he was only at the club for three and a half seasons himself, but the awful form his team regularly showed eventually forced the owner’s hand.

Marsch is some way to proving that the right decision and now has to complete the job.

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