By George Overhill

23rd Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Jesse Marsch could be sacked as Leeds United boss before the weekend is over if he presides over a loss against Fulham on Sunday says Tony Cascarino.

The American hasn’t got a win in charge of the Whites since defeating Chelsea 3-0 back on 21 August, and the club could finish the day in the relegation zone if other results also go against them.

Following a 2-0 defeat on Thursday (20 October) to then-bottom side Leicester the pressure has ramped up considerably on the United coach, and while the hierarchy decided against making any move after that game, Cascarino believes they are likely to move fast if there is a similar result at Elland Road on Sunday (23 October).

In The Times on Saturday (22 October) he said: “Leeds have not won in seven games and, of the teams they’ve played in that time, only Arsenal were at the top end of the table.

“When I watched Leeds earlier this season, I thought they’d found the balance between the energy and attacking intent of Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds and being more defensively sound.

“But they’ve become limp in front of goal, the fans are turning, and if they lose to Fulham on Sunday, I’d be surprised if he’s still in a job by Monday morning.”

Danger zone

The pressure on this game is huge now that the loss at the King Power has extended the winless run to seven.

Marsch seems to have hoped that he could get a result at the struggling Foxes with a less than full strength side, as Diego Llorente was preferred to Liam Cooper next to Junior Firpo in the embattled left-back’s first start of the season.

That backfired in a major way as Leeds United were targeted down that side, and Pascal Struijk now has to come back in if he is fit.

Another relegation battle is speeding into view, and while the performance against Arsenal was much better at the weekend it still didn’t get any points, and any positivity from that was emphatically lost in midweek defeat.

Perhaps a point keeps Marsch in a job, and it would be reckless to get rid of him without a succession plan worked out, but another loss would surely make his exit a real possibility.

The Whites boss has been on the end of serious criticism from the stands at Elland Road before, notably after a bad loss to Aston Villa last season (10 March), and still rescued the situation.

But after things turned “toxic” in the away end at Leicester according to Henry Winter it is going to be a major achievement to reverse course again.

A win against the Cottagers is vital, but then so was one against the Foxes, so the situation is looking dicy for both manager and club right now.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has laid out why Victor Orta is also on notice amid the struggles.