By Craig Scott

27th Feb, 2022 | 7:40pm

Richard Keys shares what sources say about next Leeds United manager, Andy Gray rants live on-air

Richard Keys would rather see Leeds United hire Sam Allardyce as their new manager than Jesse Marsch after Marcelo Bielsa was sacked on Sunday.

American boss Marsch has been strongly linked with being the next Leeds manager with The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported that he could be announced as soon as Monday (28 February).

However, after hearing Marsch’s brief CV from Keys, Andy Gray clearly thinks little of the former RB Leipzig manager due to his lack of experience of managing in the Premier League.

“So the new man, beIN SPORTS sources tell us, is Jesse Marsch,” said Keys, as shown in a clip via the beIN SPORTS Twitter account on Sunday [27 February]. “Well, who is Jesse Marsch? American citizen, two international caps, has worked with Ralf Rangnick and he was assistant to Bob Bradley at international level at one point.

“He sacked recently at his most-recent club appointment [at RB Leipzig] and makes him available without cost, which makes him a very popular candidate.”

After hearing Marsch’s CV from Keys, Gray said: “I’m confused by the appointment. I know it had been touted.

“I think if you appoint someone called Jesse Marsch, who pretty much knows nothing about the Premier League – not worked in it and not plied his trade in it.

“And you ask him to come into the most difficult league in world football and say, ‘rescue this team’, that’s there (near the bottom) at the bottom.

“You ask a guy who’s untried at this kind of level to do that, I don’t think these fans [will be pleased].”

Keys then butted in to say: “But with a very impressive CV in fairness, I can understand why Leeds – as they were with Bielsa – are interested in doing something slightly different.”

Gray interrupted, saying: “Come on.”

Keys continued, saying: “If you were to ask me, who I would take at this point, I would be on the phone to Sam Allardyce as we speak.”


Allardyce did brilliantly at West Brom last season, didn’t he?

And do you really think that players like Raphinha and Patrick Bamford would thrive playing Big Sam’s way? Don’t be so ridiculous.

It’s funny how these old English pundits look at old English managers and view them as some kind of god among men in management.

It’s always the same names and do they ever produce the goods? Hardly ever.

And as for Gray’s view on Marsch, it’s one of the stupidest things we’ve ever read.

Does he really think that a manager who’s worked in the USA, Austria and Germany have no idea about the Premier League.

It’s such a stupid cliche to say that a foreigner “doesn’t know the Premier League”.

What is there to know, exactly, that isn’t already public knowledge? Because we’re struggling on that one.

Marsch is highly-rated and done well at times in his career.

Yes, he struggled at Leipzig but Bielsa didn’t exactly thrive at each and every one of the jobs he’s had in his career.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have verbally agreed a deal to hire their next manager.