Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has been called out by the TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan following his recent comments on the Engish press.
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The Whites have endured a difficult 2022/23 campaign so far and find themselves mixing – once again – among the relegation scrap in the Premier League.
And this has seen major question marks surrounding the future of the American in Yorkshire with suggestions some of the players aren’t in favour of him:
“Even this report that comes out, the ‘BS’ that some of the players are against me, is just awful, just awful. We are united, we are together, we are doing everything we can as a group,” said Marsch.
Which has then seen Jordan hit out at the 49-year-old on TalkSport with the pundit suggesting the American is only in power at Leeds because of their American backing:
“He is rattled, and I don’t think he has the chops to do the job. I think Leeds, as I said the other day, are one manager and probably a change of ownership away from really kicking on again.”
“And I think that he is only in situ because they’ve got American influence in that boardroom as a result of the American investment. Otherwise, he probably wouldn’t have been in the conversation. I think he’s okay. I don’t think he’s a great manager. I think that in every dressing room in every football club, there’ll be people that are against him.”
“You’re a Premier League football manager in the most spotlighted league in world football. You’re paid commensurate to that, grow up, push your chest out and get your team winning, and the conversation will reduce, won’t it?”
It was certainly damning to hear Jordan suggest the American manager needs to grow up given the spotlight that is on all managers in the Premier League.
There is certainly some merit to that comment given the likes of Frank Lampard and Graham Potter are perhaps seeing even more scrutiny put on them by the media amid their struggles.
And given the Whites’ underwhelming start to the campaign, it is probably a stretch to deny the notion that some of the players are not in favour of Marsch being the manager.
Should Leeds sack Jesse Marsch if they lose vs Brentford?
As Jordan suggested, even outside of their struggles in the league, there will likely be some unhappy players who may not be getting the game time under Marsch that they may feel they deserve.
But with results not improving since the return from the World Cup break, it will likely leave the Leeds board with a decision to make on Marsch’s future.
Leeds were able to pick up a victory in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night but face a stern test at home to Brentford on the weekend.
The Bees have produced some big performances this season with victories against Liverpool and Manchester United so it will be a big opportunity for Marsch to silence some of his critics.
But perhaps, instead of taking offence to the comments being made in the press, Marsch should take note of some of Jordan’s comments and focus on what is really important at Elland Road.