By Sam Stone

13th Jan, 2023 | 3:10pm

Phil Hay shares Leeds United sack verdict, Jesse Marsch in 'grave danger'

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has suggested Jesse Marsch will be “close” to the sack if there is no sign of results improving at Leeds United.

Leeds are currently 14th in the Premier League and sit two points above the relegation zone, although they do have a game in hand.

However, The Athletic journalist has claimed the American along with a number of other Premier League managers are in “grave danger”.

“I think my observation would be ‘close’ [to the sack] if from here there’s no improvement and sign of results coming,” said Hay (Phil Hay Show, 44:54, 13 January).

“I don’t think he’s that many results away from being quite a way out of trouble. It certainly helps in a coaching sense when there isn’t that pressure of relegation.

“I think in that position that he is in history tells you that in the Premier League manager in that zone are in grave danger of being sacked and there are others down there who will be looking to get results on the board.”

On the edge

Unfortunately for Marsch being a Premier League manager doesn’t provide the best job security in the world. For Leeds, it does feel like they are still a work in progress under the American and that he is yet to get exactly what he wants out of the side.

If Leeds were slightly higher up the table it would give the management team the chance to implement their methods without the pressure of relegation. The Whites crucially have a game in hand over their relegation rivals and it could well be vital in putting some distance between them and the dreaded bottom three.

Despite Leeds still not being the finished article, Marsch has clearly been given plenty of backing in the transfer window and he will have nowhere to hide if results don’t turn around relatively quickly.

It’s time for the Leeds boss to muster a more consistent tune out of his side. If he fails, he could soon be facing the consequences.

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