By Craig Scott

6th Jan, 2023 | 2:10pm

Mauricio Pochettino to Leeds United talk emerges amid fresh Jesse Marsch twist

Jesse Marsch is under mounting pressure to keep his job at Leeds United, according to The Athletic journalist Sarah Shephard.

Writing on The Athletic website on Friday (6 January), Shephard reported that at least one more Premier League manager is expected to be sacked this season and name-dropped Frank Lampard at Everton, David Moyes at West Ham, Antonio Conte at Tottenham and Leeds’ American boss Marsch.

Ex-Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently without a job and has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.

However, it is understood that the 50-year-old is unlikely to be interested in a move to Leeds amid this new update on the pressure surrounding Marsch’s job.

Shephard wrote: “His name gets linked with most of the ‘big’ jobs that open up, but the former Spurs manager knows he has little to lose by waiting for what he perceives to be the ‘right’ option.

“It’s unlikely he would move to a side that hasn’t secured Champions League football, but then there are few guarantees at present (Manchester City aside, perhaps).

“It’s also difficult to see him returning to the Premier League at the likes of Everton, West Ham or Leeds, but he makes no secret of his love for the league and desire to return.”

Marsch out?

It doesn’t feel as though the pressure on Marsch is that great at the moment.

He earned himself a stay of execution before the World Cup break with wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth and he’s since earned draws with Newcastle and West Ham and suffered respectable losses to Manchester City and Tottenham.

It’s not all doom and gloom, let’s put it that way.

There is some encouragement about the way Leeds are playing.

We’re obviously lacking a proper goalscoring striker but the midfield and wide players seem to be doing well – it’s just that pesky defence.

Marsch hasn’t been able to improve on a defence that looked shaky at best under Marcelo Bielsa’s reign and if the American was to be sacked, there’s no doubt it would be that rearguard who’d play a major role in that.

Would Pochettino, for example, do any better?

In truth, it’s a personnel issue in the defence. Liam Cooper is a Championship-standard centre-back who only plays due to experience and the fact he has a captain’s armband. Diego Llorente and Robin Koch were big-money signings and are full internationals for major European countries but are massively underperforming.

Improvements need to be made this month and we doubt that Max Wober is the answer.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this in-form Eredivise player who’d cost over £15million.