Laura Woods shares what she's heard about new Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch
Laura Woods has heard that Jesse Marsch may opt to play a more defensive brand of football at Leeds United than Marcelo Bielsa did.
Bielsa was sacked by the Whites on Sunday [27 February], less than 24 hours after his team were hammered 4-0 at Elland Road by out-of-form Tottenham.
Marsch has since replaced the popular Argentine and while talkSPORT host Woods feels the American is perhaps a more pragmatic choice, Darren Bent admits he still has his doubts.
Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning [1 March], Woods said: “I’ve also heard that [Marsch] might be a little more defensive and they do not need to something obviously to stop shipping those goals.
“If they want to stay up, Darren, do you give them hope now?”
As shown in a video clip on the talkSPORT YouTube channel, Bent replied: “I’d give them as much hope as I did when Bielsa was in charge, if I’m honest, because he’s engrained in them the style of football they play, which is going to take some time to kind of change.
“I know it’s kind of different circumstances but look at Crystal Palace and Roy Hodgson. For so long, Crystal Palace were used to playing in the same way and even though we probably all agree that watching Palace this season under [Patrick] Vieira is better, they’re not any better off points-wise than they were last season.
“But I think it’s a risk, absolutely.”
It’s hard to get excited about hiring a new manager so soon after one of the club’s most iconic and most legendary has been sacked.
We feel a bit sorry for Marsch, in that regard, as he hasn’t had the fanfare he’d have no doubt wanted to arrive at Elland Road to.
It’s always going to be tough to follow a manager when he’s done such a good job anywhere but we cannot look at Marsch as someone who’ll never be as good as Bielsa because, well, that might not be true.
Victor Orta will have been sounding out Marsch for a while because it was always going to be on the cards for Bielsa to move on this summer.
Marsch has had experience in working across the world to varying degrees of success and he also likes to employ the style of football Bielsa does too.
However, as Woods points out, the American isn’t as gung-ho as Bielsa.
If that’s the case, are we looking at a manager who could potentially be an upgrade on the Argentine? A manager who’s not only proactive but also knows when to be reactive?
Bielsa’s stubbornness may have cost him his job at Leeds but it doesn’t have to cost Marsch if he learns from mistakes and tweaks his system to counter specific threats.
In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips’ agent has spoken out about Bielsa’s dismissal.