By Mark Smith

31st Oct, 2022 | 4:10pm

Phil Hay: Leeds United cut holiday of players in World Cup break with staff changes also made

Leeds United have cut the holidays of players who are not going to the World Cup this winter with numerous changes being made, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist has shared that there was a re-assignment of coaching staff at Thorp Arch too, with Jesse Marsch looking to make changes while under pressure.

It worked perfectly in the 2-1 win at Liverpool, with the squad now three games away from that World Cup break where they will be staying in Europe, despite talk of an American adventure.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Phil Hay Show podcast on Monday 31st October, Hay shared the change of plans at Thorp Arch throughout the past week.

“They’ve decided to cut the amount of holiday that the non-World Cup players are going to have when the season breaks after Tottenham away,” he said.

“There was re-assignment, re-adjustment, realignment of staff duties – who was looking after set-pieces, things like that.”


There is a real feel-good factor at Leeds right now, despite the fact that they hadn’t won since August before that famous victory at Anfield on Saturday night.

Marsch and his players looked stronger than ever, and there was always that belief that despite not getting the results, they deserved much more than they were getting.

It is imperative to make sure that now we pick up points and hopefully wins against both Bournemouth and Spurs going into the break in the Premier League to keep that feeling going.

Four or six points from those two would cement Leeds in mid-table for now, rather than going into the break sitting in the relegation zone and dreading the return to action.

The players will hopefully see that cutting this holiday time is a positive, rather than a negative, as they get stuck back into things at Thorp Arch and really kick on with plans for the second half of the season.

With Manchester City to play on the first game back after the break and most of their squad being at the World Cup, this could be the perfect chance for Leeds to take advantage – starting with the early work at the training ground.

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