“Focus is to stay in the Premier League”-Leeds United’s new boss Jesse Marsch opens up on the challenges he is facing
Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch
Leeds United are not having a great season in the Premier League. The Whites are on the wrong end of the table and are hovering just above the relegation zone. Leeds United’s former boss Marcelo Bielsa helped the Whites secure a place back in the Premier League last season after spending almost 2 decades in the Championship. Bielsa’s team had a very good first campaign since returning to the League as they finished 9th and played attacking football.
However, things did not go to plan this year and numerous injuries to their main players saw Leeds United fighting for survival with other clubs just above the relegation zone. Leeds are currently 16th in the Premier League table and are just 2 points above the relegation zone. The Whites have played 2 games more than the other teams in the fight.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team used to play attacking football and because of that, Leeds United conceded too many goals against teams. The Whites conced 4 goals to their main rivals Manchester United in February, followed by another 6 goals conceded at Liverpool and then finally capping off by conceding 4 more goals to Tottenham Hotspur. This confirmed the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds United’s new boss Jesse Marsch opens up on his new appointment:
Leeds United confirmed the sacking of Marcelo Bielsa earlier this week after the team’s heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. The club soon confirmed the appointment of American manager Jesse Marsch with a contract running till 2025. Jesse Marsch opened up on his new club in his latest interview.
Jesse Marsch said,” I am not perfect. The only way I know how to do things is to go all in, give everything I have, believe in who I am and who I work with and to maximise what we are every day. If you do that effectively, you can be incredibly surprised with the human spirit and what you can achieve….that sounds like Ted Lasso!”
Marsch also said,” To say there is an Americanisation of this club would be inaccurate. Everyone here has distinct vision for what this club is and will become and the 49ers, or me, are side notes. But I think my ethos fits well with the team and the city.”
The American manager added,” Where I am from, Milwaukee in Wisconsin, reminds me of Leeds. My father worked in a factory for 32 years. Working hard is the only thing I know. I was here until 9pm last night talking about tactics and what we think needs to change.”
“We have to change quickly and find success quickly. I didn’t want Marcelo to go out like this. I wanted to see him continue and finish his legacy to keep the team up. I wanted to make that argument with Victor when he called me. But I could see the team suffering, so I had to wrap my head around it. My focus is not to think about the Championship. My focus is to stay in the Premier League,” said Marsch when asked about his appointment.
Lastly, the American ended things by saying,” I know there are a factions of people that may not accept me so well because of their love to Marcelo. But I want to show that as good as Marcelo was, that the team and players are good too. I don’t have to be Marcelo Bielsa. I need to be myself.”