By Mark Smith

16th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

Richard Keys rages at Leeds United under Marcelo Bielsa, hails job Jesse Marsch has done

Richard Keys has hailed the job that Jesse Marsch has done at Leeds United after replacing Marcelo Bielsa with the goal to keep them in the Premier League.

The Whites are one point above the bottom three, although Burnley have a game-in-hand, with fans chanting for El Loco during the 1-1 draw with Brighton on Sunday [15 May].

Keys exploded at Bielsa, insisting that Leeds would have been already relegated from the Premier League weeks ago had the South American still been in charge.

Writing on his own blog on Monday afternoon [16 May], Keys didn’t hold back any punches with his assessment on matters at Elland Road.

“Whatever happens at Leeds is not Jesse Marsh’s fault,” he said.

“If Bielsa had been left in charge Leeds would’ve been relegated weeks ago. Bielsa left a team brutalised by his regime – absolutely shot – running on empty.

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“Marsh has done brilliantly to have Leeds in with a chance of survival. I’d save all three clubs if I had my way. It’s going to be tough losing one this week.”


Keys certainly did not hold back with this assessment of the Whites.

Maybe Leeds fans chanting for Bielsa brought on this rant, but if not, it certainly has come out of the blue given the scenes after we equalised against Brighton in what could be a huge goal.

Marsch has done well, but certainly could have done better – getting points from the games he was expected to, and battered in any questionable match-up.

The only thing he will be judged on though is if he keeps Leeds in the Premier League because the football itself has not been fun to watch one little bit.

Who knows whether Bielsa would have done better with this group in the final few months? It is impossible to judge that at this stage.

As long as we remain in the Premier League, we don’t care whether it is Marsch or Bielsa in charge – let’s just have everything crossed that the American and the squad can get it done next weekend.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if Andrea Radrizzani heard fans chants during the Brighton draw