By Pranav Shahaney

11th Apr, 2022 | 1:52pm

David James thrilled by what Jesse Marsch told him after taking Leeds United job

David James was thrilled by what Jesse Marsch told him after he took over at Leeds United to replace Marcelo Bielsa.

The former RB Leipzig manager moved to Elland Road after the Whites appeared heading for the relegation zone.

However, he has managed to steady the ship and has put them within touching distance of safety.

Speaking about his impact on the Premier League Weekend Review, James, a Sky Sports pundit, said, “There was a conversation when he made reference to the people at the club rather than them being players. If you give people credit for it you can see results. His impact has been outstanding.”

Culture change?

It may be early days in Marsch’s Elland Road reign and we are seeing signs of what he wants to achieve there.

He surely wants to win football matches and play the game the right way, but he also wants to bring about a change in the culture.

He wants Leeds to be a more likeable team, not just in terms of playing philosophies, but wants the players to come across well.

Under Bielsa, there never seemed to be a priority on that as the Argentine was focused on just working with them on the training field.

Maybe, Victor Orta saw Marsch as the ideal man to take over from his overly popular predecessor and it’s hard to argue against that decision now.

It remains to be seen how the team looks in the American’s first full season at the club.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to complete a major signing and have already opened talks to seal a £25m deal.