‘Pushed aside’ - Tony Dorigo advises Jesse Marsch for Leeds United v Brentford
Leeds United legend Tony Dorigo has advised the Whites manager Jesse Marsch to focus on maintaining a positive environment ahead of the crucial clash against Brentford on Sunday.
The Whites are placed in the 17th position in the league table with 35 points, a point ahead of 18th-placed Burnley.
In his Yorkshire Evening Post column, Dorigo, who made 171 appearances for Leeds between 1991 and 1997, backed his former club to come up with a spirited performance despite their backs being against the wall in the Premier League relegation fight.
“Jesse Marsch’s job is to keep everything else pushed aside, anything that isn’t positive, for this one game at Brentford,” he wrote.
“That’s his sole job. I think he’ll get that done and the players will show their spirit. They might not be showing wonderfully fluid football that we’ve seen before, but spirit is what they always show.
“They’ve got guts and they dig in when things go wrong. It’s easy to waver at times like this, but our boys haven’t done that.
On the brink
Marsch replaced Marcelo Bielsa in February this year when Leeds were only two points above the relegation zone and on a run of five losses in six games.
However, his appointment has not helped Leeds arrest their decline and it’s likely that they will go down after staying in England’s top-flight for only two years.
The Whites are just a point above the relegation zone and their problems are compounded by the fact that fellow relegation candidates, Everton and Burnley, each have a game in hand and also have a much better goal difference.
Leeds will be facing a confident Brentford side, who have only suffered defeat once in their last five Premier League games as they look to secure their place in the English top flight for another season.
Even if they win their last game of the season, Leeds will need other results to go their way in their bid for survival.