Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has told his pre-West Ham press conference – in a video published by Leeds on their Twitter – that he “hates the stress” of being Leeds manager, and admits he has felt “lonely” at times during his tenure.
Marsch, 49, took charge of his 30th game as Leeds manager on Saturday. The Whites held on for a clean sheet and a point against Newcastle, an excellent result – given the Toon sit in third place in the Premier League table right now.
But it comes after back-to-back defeats to Tottenham and Manchester City, either side of the World Cup. That run of facing teams in the top six comes to an end on Wednesday night, when Leeds play host to West Ham at Elland Road.
The Hammers have been poor this season. Having qualified for Europe in their last two seasons, they currently sit in a dismal 17th place in the Premier League table. Marsch said he does not enjoy the stress of the job, and has felt lonely.
“It’s always stressful. It’s like I hate my job but I have to keep going. I try to enjoy the moments and try to be there for the team, but I hate the stress. 2022 has been a difficult challenge for me but one I’ve really enjoyed.
“I’m really thankful to be at this club. We’re really unified. It can be lonely as a manager, but when you have people giving everything as part of the project, you can take solace from that,” Marsch said, after the 0-0 draw with Newcastle.
Marsch hates the stress of being Leeds manager, admits he has felt lonely
It has been a difficult ride for Marsch. The joys of surviving relegation on the final day of the season, the reunions with Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams and now Max Wober. The wins over Liverpool and Chelsea.
But the frustration of injury, the time it has taken to get Leeds to where we are now, the inability to beat the big teams – but struggle against the worst. It has eaten at Marsch. Many have pointed out Marsch looking tired in the media.
The Christmas period is a challenging time and the demands of the Leeds fans are high. But, a win over West Ham and suddenly, everything looks a whole lot better. The stress evaporates somewhat and Leeds can look up, not down.