By Liam Thomas

24th Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch looked shell-shocked at full-time v Fulham - Phil Hay

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch looked shell-shocked at full-time in the club’s damning defeat to Fulham.

Marsch and Leeds now face further scrutiny heading into Saturday’s must-win clash against Liverpool at Anfield, a game that could be the American’s last.

Hay admitted that the manager simply looked “shell-shocked” when the final whistle was blown at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

“I noticed that at full-time, I was watching him when the game finished and he did look shell shocked,” said Hay in response to host Mark Chapman suggesting Marsch looked flustered after full-time on The Athletic Football Podcast.

“At one point he walked past a ball that was on the pitch and hoofed it towards the West Stand which kind of felt like he was taking his anger out on whatever he could find.

“He’s in a huge amount of trouble.”


Hay’s right, Marsch faces a gigantic challenge to lift Leeds United from their apparent doom under his leadership, and the American currently looks out of ideas.

Whether or not he’ll be given the opportunity to continue his role at the club remains to be seen but a loss against Liverpool may be the last hurrah for Marsch.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the American tactician has been unable to get the best out of his Leeds players, there are plenty of talents within the squad to make it thrive.

Ultimately, it must come down to Marsch’s tactics with the players at his disposal, they’ve gone stale and become boring at best in forward areas.

The American certainly hasn’t been helped by the club not investing in an out-and-out goalscorer, with Patrick Bamford misfiring the team has little to no other options up top.

All in all, it looks like it will be a disappointing end to Marsch’s time at Elland Road, it’s hard to see a way back for him from here.

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