By Liam Thomas

19th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

Angus Kinnear celebrates with Jesse Marsch as Leeds United sack talk continues

Leeds United CEO Angus Kinnear may have squashed the rumours of a potential Jesse Marsch sacking by greeting the American with a celebratory hug after the club’s 5-2 win against Cardiff, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

This comes after Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna reported that Leeds United have a shortlist with several names on it to replace Marsch, should he be sacked.

Nevertheless, if the Yorkshire Evening Post’s words are anything to go by, it seems Marsch is still very much in the good books of Kinnear and co.

“There were no programme notes from CEO Angus Kinnear for the Cardiff City game, although the print deadlines for an unscheduled cup game likely saw to that rather than some deeper, ominous meaning, but if anyone was still in doubt where he stood on Marsch it was made clear after the game,” as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. (19 January)

“The head coach was just sitting down to speak to the press when Kinnear entered the room to embrace Marsch and congratulate him on the victory.”

Perfect time for answers.

There is no denying that Marsch’s record before the Cardiff City game was quite woeful but the performance against the Bluebirds and Aston Villa suggest this squad are still very much behind him.

Brentford and Nottingham Forest will be huge games for Leeds United and Marsch and if by the end of them, at least four points haven’t been picked up, then some questions need to be raised.

Anyway, isn’t it normal for clubs to have backup plans for managers who have been in and out of trouble? That news from the Foot Mercato journalist just seems like normality in modern football.

Kinnear’s hug doesn’t mean much either, although, the hierarchy’s backing of Marsch in the transfer window screams volumes of their support for him moving forward.

Leeds United look like a team who are chomping at the bit to be a half-decent side in the near future, if they can start to translate this into results, Marsch could be onto a winner.

In other Leeds United news, this player has jetted into the UK with his dad to be toured around Thorp Arch before signing for the Whites.