By Sean Fisher

23rd Dec, 2022 | 12:40pm

Mark Jackson future at Leeds United in the balance as Jesse Marsch speaks out

Beren Cross believes Mark Jackson faces an uncertain future at Leeds United amid rumours of him being appointed as MK Dons manager.

Jackson has spent seven years as a coach at Thorp Arch, starting off working with Leeds United youth squads and working his way up to becoming a first-team coach under Jesse Marsch.

The 45-year-old has been a crucial part of Marsch’s backroom staff, but Leeds may lose him amid interest from MK Dons. Football League World reported on Thursday that the League One side have officially offered him the job.

Leeds Live journalist Cross reacted to the speculation around Jackson on Twitter, suggesting his future is in the balance.

“MK Dons offering a massive opportunity for his career. If he goes, he goes with last season’s survival as his legacy. Jesse Marsch says they would have gone down without Jackson,” wrote Cross.

Marsch also commented on the rumours in his press conference this week, and the Leeds boss suggested that the club would have been relegated last season had it not been for Jackson.

“Jacko has been an absolute asset for me from the first day that I stepped foot into this building. He has done everything and more than I could have hoped, his passion, his commitment and his love of this club made him essential, essential for me and for us, in our quest to stay in the league,” said Marsch, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“I fully believe that without him we wouldn’t have stayed in the league.”

Under the radar

The amount of praise floating around Jackson at the moment shows just how much of an influential character he has become at Elland Road.

Marsch spoke extremely highly of his colleague this week and clearly wants Jackson to stay, but there’s no denying that a full-time managerial job is an exciting prospect for any budding coach.

Hopefully he decides to see out the season with the Whites and sticks by Marsch’s side until the American can at least identify a fitting replacement, but at the moment it seems he might be edging towards the exit.

It’s certainly not an exit that many fans would have looked at as a major blow before this week, but suddenly Jackson’s future seems incredibly important to Leeds’ survival this season.

If Jackson does choose to join MK Dons there’s no doubt that every fan, player and staff member would wish him well on his new chapter, but there will also be a lot of crossed fingers at Elland Road this week.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay shares Jsesse Marsch’s verdict on the Mateusz Klich exit rumours