Weston McKennie has told Stadium Astro that he will miss Jesse Marsch after Leeds United sacked his fellow American on Monday after a loss to Nottingham Forest. Newbie McKennie earned his first start for Leeds on Wednesday night.
McKennie, 24, joined Leeds towards the end of the January window in a move that was seen as a Marsch signing. A player that he knows well, given the duo’s shared nationality. But just days later, Marsch was given his marching orders.
Since, Leeds have been linked with plenty of managers. Andoni Iraola, Arne Slot, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Carlos Corberan, Ange Postecoglou and plenty more. Even the likes of out-of-work bosses Ralph Hasenhuttl and Mauricio Pochettino.
Following his first start for Leeds on Wednesday night, and producing an excellent display in a 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Manchester United – McKennie was asked about Marsch. He says he will be missed, and his sacking was “quick”.
I don’t think it was tricky [to prepare without Marsch]. Every player on the team will have had their manager change and you need a quick turnaround. We’ll miss him, but we’re focused on the job that needs to be done,” McKennie said.
“It’s the quickest manager change I’ve had. Moving away from home, early stages, stuff I’ve been through in my life, it is something that isn’t new to me. I can play under any manager. Hopefully, we’ll find someone that fits as well.”
McKennie says he will miss Marsch after Leeds sacked fellow American
If Leeds are to survive the threat or relegation this season – something Jamie Carragher is unsure about – McKennie will be absolutely pivotal to Leeds. Whether he will sign a permanent deal without Marsch at the helm remains to be seen.
Juve Live says that ‘everything has changed’ but, really? Just because Marsch has gone does not mean Leeds are going to go back on their decision. It depends on whether McKennie shows he is a £35million player before the summer.