David Seaman: Jesse Marsch 'done' as Leeds United boss, could be sacked before World Cup
Jesse Marsch could be “done” as Leeds United manager if they continue to lose games and may even be sacked before the World Cup, says David Seaman.
Marsch has overseen the Whites to six defeats in their last eight games, having gone winless since 21 August when they beat Chelsea at Elland Road and now sit in the relegation zone.
And the former Leeds academy stopper was speaking on his Seaman Says podcast [27 October] when he admitted that the World Cup could be the perfect time to change things up with a new boss, with the American annoying him with some of his antics.
“Liverpool against Leeds, and as a Leeds fan I am not looking forward to this,” he said. “This isn’t what we needed after getting beaten at home by Fulham.
“Jesse Marsch is under a lot of pressure. You could feel the crowd turning quite a lot towards the end of the game, and the 3-2 flattered Leeds a little bit I felt. It’s going to be a real struggle for Leeds.
“How many games are left before the World Cup, there’s still quite a few, so he might not even be there then. If a lot of these results go against us, he’ll be done, and then it’s time for a new manager to get more time with his players and get his ideas across when there isn’t the pressure of games.
“So there will be a lot of coaching going on during the World Cup break. It might be a godsend for Leeds because the start of the season has not been brilliant. The actual start, the first few games were great, but since then I think it’s only a couple of points out of seven games.
“It got to that stage where Leeds were shipping a lot of goals [under Bielsa],” Seaman said. “But as much as they were losing four or five-nil, they were still getting other weird results, they were still winning games, whereas now we scraped avoiding relegation last year.
“At one stage we were done, on the last day of the season, we were down, so it went right down to the wire. So I’m still not fully convinced if I’m honest. I was really surprised by his [Marsch’s] celebration at the end of the season, when he went on the pitch and he was falling down.
“It annoyed me a little bit, and I don’t get easily annoyed.”
Timing is everything in football, but Seaman seems to be thinking in a similar way to the rest of the fan base with how this is likely to go.
Marsch has lost a large section of the supporters at the club and while the board are backing him, it seems more likely that it will be because if they sack him so soon after bringing him in it will bring to light their own failures.
But with a month long break set to be enforced, it could be ideal to get in some fresh faces and new thought processes to get the team firing again and move away from the poor form.
Obviously if Marsch is capable of turning things around in the games prior to that break then he would have earned himself some time in the hot seat still, but it seems highly unlikely that will happen.
Difficult fixtures mean the board could just be holding out to give the new man a clean slate and let Marsch go out on his sword, but they must be careful it’s not irreparable damage before the end of the season.
In other Leeds news, five to be axed as Marsch fights for his job in predicted XI vs Liverpool