Jesse Marsch has told Friday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube – that the Angus Kinnear has “subtly” told Marsch that Leeds need to have a good run in the FA Cup, ahead of Sunday’s third-round clash at Cardiff.

Leeds begin their FA Cup campaign this weekend with a trip to struggling Championship side Cardiff. The second-tier side are in a poor run of form, living dangerously just above the Championship drop zone. Leeds are favourites.

However, Leeds have a woeful recent history in the FA Cup. It has been 20 years since Leeds got past the fifth round – and in 2002-03, we were knocked out in the quarter-finals. Leeds fans want an FA Cup run this time around.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the trip to Cardiff, in which Leeds are taking 6000 fans south, Marsch said that Kinnear has spoken to him about a Cup run. He says that the Leeds CEO subtly told him to do well.

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“Angus subtly spoke to me last week and said ‘maybe, we should focus on having a good FA Cup run’. I said ‘message received’,” Marsch said in Friday’s press conference, in a video published on Leeds’ YouTube channel.

Marsch: Kinnear has ‘subtly’ said Leeds need a good FA Cup run

About time. It is a good sign to see the club – both in terms of management, and hierarchy – understand not only the fans’ desire to have a good run – but the need for it, too. Leeds do need to focus on the League, but morale is key.

A very weakened side against Wolves saw us lose in the Carabao Cup. But the FA Cup is a level above and the fans have been starved of the excitement of a Cup run. Kinnear’s comments hopefully make Marsch pick a strong side.

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