By Craig Scott

13th May, 2022 | 12:10pm

Phil Hay moots Jesse Marsch break clause in contract at Leeds United

Phil Hay wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a break clause in Jesse Marsch’s contract at Leeds United.

Leeds hired Marsch as their replacement for Marcelo Bielsa in February with the American signing a lengthy deal that runs until the summer of 2025.

He was tasked with keeping the Whites in the Premier League but with just two games to go, it’s looking very likely as though the Yorkshire giants will be returning to the Championship.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast (13 May, 23m28s), The Athletic’s Hay was asked whether there’s a break clause in Marsch’s contract that would mean he’ll leave if Leeds do get relegated.

The former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said: “I honestly don’t know that. I’m not certain.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if there was but I’m just guessing.

“It is quite often the case but the only thing is that it’s quite a long contract, it runs until 2025.

“And he’s said more than once that he’s ready to manage in the Championship.”

Hay added: “Speaking as of before [the Chelsea game], I get the sense the board do like him, they do want to keep him on as head coach.

“That’s how it seems to me regardless of what happens.”

Stick or twist?

Leeds can still avoid relegation but we have to admit, we’re very likely to be going down now unless Marsch can produce a couple of wins against Brighton and Brentford.

If Marsch does avoid the drop then he deserves to stay and build a squad of his own this summer because, let’s face it, the squad he inherited is a mess.

Marcelo Bielsa, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani can all share the blame for that because Bielsa wanted a small squad and said no to certain signings while Orta and Radrizzani failed to offer the manager players who he wouldn’t have been able to turn down.

Marsch is using another manager’s squad and has had to try and move away from a tactical system and a style of play that was deeply ingrained in the players.

In all honesty, sacking Bielsa was the wrong decision because the next manager after him was always being set up to fail.

However, Marsch is here now and we need to stand by him and what players he has left available to play the last two games of the season.

If Leeds do go down, you could understand why they’d part ways with Marsch.

However, if they do go down, it won’t entirely be his fault.

In other Leeds United news, a video clip has emerged of Raphinha losing it with Leeds fans at Elland Road.