Sky Sports pundit fears major Leeds United threat with Jesse Marsch still at risk
Jesse Marsch will remain under pressure at Leeds United for as long as the major threat of relegation is a factor, says David Prutton.
Having kept the Whites in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth on the final day last season the American appeared to be heading the same way, until two dramatic wins over Liverpool and Bournemouth before the World Cup break lifted the mood at the club.
Sky Sports pundit Prutton remains fearful of the club dropping back into the Championship within the next two seasons considering what it took to get back to the top flight, and believes job threat will be a constant for Marsch, or any hypothetical replacement, until the task of establishing Leeds United as a Premier League side again is complete.
In his Yorkshire Evening Post column on Thursday (17 November) he said: “I know there have been frustrations with Jesse Marsch and Jesse knows himself the position that he finds himself in.
“If Leeds come back and have a rubbish December and new year then he’ll be under pressure, of course he will, and he knows that.
“That’s just the very nature of the job and the team that he works for. He absolutely understands.
“Leeds had been away from the Premier League for 16 years and God forbid they drop out of it this season or next season. That then puts a lot of good work back a couple of seasons.
“The situation that Leeds are in and how precarious it can be at times means that whoever is in charge will always be under pressure until the club is properly re-established in the Premier League.”
This season more than most the fortunes of any club can change in a short space of time as the table is so congested, and with the way Whites games have been lately it is possibly more true in West Yorkshire than anywhere.
Another relegation battle was looking depressingly like an inevitability at the start of November, but nine goals in the past three games, including away trips to Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, appeared almost from nowhere.
Conceding eight in the same stretch shows just how fine the margins remain for the club, and a couple of losses upon return after the World Cup could see them headed for the relegation zone again.
The fact that Marcelo Bielsa made the first campaign back in the Premier League look so easy has probably made the following season and a half that much harder to grind through.
But if the defence can be sured up, which could be quite a major task, then there are recent signs that the attack has enough to go toe to toe with anybody.
It has been almost 12 months now where it has been a matter of points over performances virtually the entire time, and while the entertainment levels have gone through the roof recently it doesn’t feel like a sustainable way to stay up, or for Marsch to stay in a job, so there is work to be done on the training ground, and probably in the transfer market, still.
In other Leeds United news, one summer signing has shone in a frustratingly short amount of action, while another has flattered to deceive while being almost ever-present in the Whites’ summer transfer ratings.