By Mark Smith

17th Oct, 2022 | 6:10pm

Phil Hay: Angus Kinnear and Leeds United board need Jesse Marsch to work out

Phil Hay has insisted that Jesse Marsch has to make it work at Leeds United for the sake of the board after their decision to bring him in.

It comes after Angus Kinnear openly criticised the American and the performance in the 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend, ahead of the loss at home to Arsenal.

Hay shared that Kinnear and the board want the reign of Marsch to catch fire once again at stay alight at Elland Road as they look for more success.

Writing in his latest column for The Athletic, Hay shared what the fallout could be from those programme notes with a response certainly shown on the pitch.

“Angus Kinnear, writing in yesterday’s programme, described that part of the Palace match as ‘lacklustre’ and ‘not up to standard’, a chief executive extolling room for improvement — and by extension, the club doing the same,” he wrote.

“The board need this to work — for their sanity, for the good of their roadmap and for the credibility of the decision to get into bed with Marsch in the first place. They want his reign to catch fire and stay alight.”


We can all see the effort and some of the brilliant performances that are being put in, but football is a results business and right now, Marsch isn’t getting them.

The American will have been delighted with his squad and their efforts against Arsenal, and on another day, the Whites would have smashed the current table toppers.

With games against Leicester and Fulham coming up in the next week though, these are the outings that will determine our season, and likely the fate of Marsch further down the line.

Leeds need wins, and getting a couple of them here would certainly count as catching alight and it would push us up the Premier League table instantly.

The 49ers were in town once again over the weekend, and Marsch in charge suits them down to the ground, so Andrea Radrizzani will want the manager to prove his decision right to replace Marcelo Bielsa in the long term.

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