By Craig Scott

28th Oct, 2022 | 11:10am

Phil Hay shares Leeds United mutiny update at Thorp Arch as Jesse Marsch gets ready for backroom changes

Phil Hay has assured Leeds United fans there has been no mutiny among the playing squad at Thorp Arch but he claims Jesse Marsch could change some of his backroom staff.

Marsch is under a lot of pressure with Leeds dropping into the Premier League’s relegation zone at the weekend when they lost 3-2 at home against Fulham.

While there’s been no effort from the players to push Marsch out of the club, The Athletic journalist Hay does suggest that Marsch will be making changes behind the scenes in order to try and get the Whites out of their current rut.

Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast (28 October, 8m50s), Hay said: “I think the point he’s trying to make – and certainly the message he’s trying to portray – is that it isn’t a mutiny inside the training ground and inside the squad.

“There might be tweaks and changes to his backroom staff and it certainly seems there’ll be changes to the World Cup plan.”

Hay added: “They are trying their damndest to stand by [Marsch] and not to sack him.

“They probably have all the reason they need to do that based on the crowd’s reaction.

“It makes it easy to say, ‘look, the relationship there has broken down and that’s going to lead to underlying friction for the weeks ahead, which makes it very difficult to play for the team in those circumstances’.

“They are trying to press ahead with this and they are trying to make it happen, to stick to this idea that Marsch is right for them and Marsch will work.”

Desperate

It’s odd that Marsch would try to change his backroom staff.

It feels as though some of his allies have only been there for five minutes and if he is thinking of making changes, does that seem as though he’s passing the buck a bit?

Marsch needs to be taking responsibility for Leeds’ poor form.

Sure, he’s been let down by some of the players at times with Diego Llorente culpable of defensive howlers and Patrick Bamford missing chances galore at the other end of the pitch.

But ultimately, his team selection and his tactics have led us to this position more than anything else.

Raphinha’s exit and Kalvin Phillips’ exit in the summer won’t have helped but the money gained from their sales was spent quite well with Leeds fans mostly agreeing the additions of Brenden Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra and Tyler Adams have been good purchases.

But there are still holes in this squad and why we didn’t sign a new striker in the summer was absolutely baffling when Bamford’s had nothing but injury issues for well over and year and Rodrigo is inconsistent.

A lot is going wrong right now and the quickest change we can make it to sack the manager.

Marsch seems to be trying to go down other routes first but he needs to be careful that he’s not showing his staff that he blames them for the demise and isn’t admitting responsibility himself.

In other Leeds United news, this “fantastic” manager is bound to replace Marsch in charge of Leeds.