Victor Orta decides on Jesse Marsch future as Leeds United manager amid discontent in squad
Jesse Marsch still has the support of Victor Orta despite pressure building on the Leeds United manager, according to The Telegraph.
Leeds are just two points above the Premier League’s relegation zone and are winless in their last seven matches across all competitions.
MOT Leeds News exclusively reported on Tuesday (16 January) that discontent is growing behind the scenes at Elland Road and a group of senior players have gone to the board to call for Marsch to be sacked.
However, The Telegraph reported via their website late on Tuesday that director of football Orta still fully supports Marsch and “wants the American to be given every chance of success”.
Signing Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim last week suggests that Orta is giving Marsch “the tools to turn results around”.
Going nowhere – yet
Marsch’s job is probably safe as long as Leeds aren’t too close to the Premier League’s relegation zone.
While they’re only two points away from it as it stands, they’re 14th in the table and there are plenty of teams in the relegation mix who are doing worse.
Southampton, Everton and West Ham currently occupy the bottom three, showing that the bigger clubs in the division aren’t immune to potentially going down this season.
And Leeds did act to sack club legend Marcelo Bielsa last February when the going started to get too tough.
Marsch hasn’t exactly won over all Leeds fans in his time at Elland Road.
Sure, he may come across as a nice guy but that has nothing to do with his ability to manage this team and whether or not he’s a popular character in the dressing room.
Marsch has pushed out senior players at Leeds and replaced them with those he’s managed at previous clubs.
While he might not be facing the sack right now, things can change quickly in football and Orta’s stance on the American may start to soften if vital results aren’t picked up in the coming weeks.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now seeking their third signing of the month with a European contract rebel in their sights.