Jesse Marsch is in “big trouble” at Leeds United with other clubs sacking their managers not helping the American’s situation, according to Jamie Mackie.
Leeds dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone on Sunday with a 3-2 defeat against Fulham at Elland Road.
They’re without a win since August and Mail+ has reported (25 October) that Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta are looking out for potential next managers.
Ex-QPR striker Mackie believes the fact that other teams, like Aston Villa, Wolves and Bournemouth have changed managers could lead to more of a quickfire decision at Elland Road.
“He’s in big trouble at the moment,” said Mackie on Sky Sports News on Tuesday night (25 October, 07:13pm).
“I’ve seen their next four fixtures and they’re tough as well. It often happens when other clubs make big decisions at crucial times.
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“With quite a few games left of the season, that just adds to the external pressure of other people acting quickly where you know it’s very hard to be in that position where you need to win multiple games and especially getting back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
“If you start getting too far away, I think that the external pressure with other managers getting sacked at other clubs within their direct vicinity who you’d be challenging against, it adds that extra bit of pressure.
“Like I say, the next four fixtures are tough and I think Marsch desperately needs a win at this moment in time.”
Jeff Stelling then pointed out: “If you look at the games they’ve lost lately, they’ve lost against Fulham, Leicester, Palace, Brentford and drawn against Villa. They haven’t played the big clubs by and large.
Morrison said: “No, they haven’t and you need to beat the teams that are going to be in and amongst you.
“The pressure will mount for Jesse Marsch, he’ll know that.
“He can come out and clap the fans as much as he wants, he knows at the moment they’re not defending properly and that’s a problem for Leeds.
“At the same time, people will say they’re not scoring or taking their chances.
“They will score two goals at home but you’d expect them to win the game or get the point. But some of this defending isn’t good enough.”
It seems as though Marsch is staying on for no reason based on the fixtures coming up for Leeds.
Our next three league games before the World Cup are against Liverpool, Bournemouth and Tottenham while the first match back in December is against Manchester City, followed by a tricky trip to Newcastle.
If we lose against Liverpool, it would be harsh and nonsensical to sack Marsch.
That game against Bournemouth is the big one, really.
If we fail to win that then it should be curtains for the American, who’d be leaving Leeds after just eight or nine months in the job at Elland Road.
But what if he wins that but loses to Liverpool and Spurs and gets a Carabao Cup win over Wolves? What then?
The World Cup break should be a good time for Leeds to do a hard reset by sacking their manager, bringing in a replacement quickly and getting them bedded in with the squad.
This one-of-a-kind mid-season break could be a godsend for Leeds United.
In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.