By Liam Thomas

29th Oct, 2022 | 10:10am

Jesse Marsch makes new permanent staff hire amid Leeds United psychological doubts

Jesse Marsch has hired a new psychologist to improve Leeds United’s mentality, after questioning whether some of his players can handle another relegation battle.

The American brought in the new member of staff after the Whites fourth successive defeat in the Premier League, which left his team in the relegation zone.

Marsch confessed that he has to “psychologically analyse” every player again after his team’s poor run of form has brought his management into question.

“I’m trying to figure out which guys can be counted on at the highest level, which guys are ready to fight for everything. Certain players are built more internally to handle these moments and other players start to waver a little,” said Marsch as quoted by the Mail Sport.

“People talk about the physical and tactical side, but I think the psychological often gets neglected. Often that is the most important thing, to unlock insecurities and reinforce confidence in people in ways to help them perform.

“The goal is that she [the psychologist] is a partner with me. If I can find the right person so we are on top of the psychology of what we are doing, how we are maximising the potential of myself and the behaviour of the players, that would be a massive goal.”


Saturday’s clash against Liverpool looks like it could be Marsch’s last in charge of Leeds United, especially if they suffer a damning defeat.

The American’s pressing style has become stale and the team’s horrific defensive frailties have been laid bare too many times to count this campaign.

Something needs to change and getting rid of Marsch is a solid place to start, his brand of football just isn’t working with this current crop of Leeds players.

Marsch’s latest attempt to employ a new member of staff seems like a desperate move to save some face, but he needs to take some responsibility for this poor form.

He’s been let down by his lack of forward options, but ultimately it has been Marsch’s tactics and formations that have doomed the Whites.

It now seems the best option for all parties involved is to move Marsch on, the intense criticism he’s facing comes with genuine reasoning and once the fans have turned there’s little he can do.

In other Leeds United news, this “fantastic” manager is bound to replace Marsch in charge of Leeds.