An “angry” Jesse Marsch appeared in front of the media on Thursday afternoon and told reporters that he is fed up with Leeds playing well, but not earning the points they deserve – coming out fighting, it will strike a chord with fans.
Marsch, 48, is coming under intense pressure surrounding his future as Leeds manager. The Whites gaffer has watched his side perform admirably against the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Aston Villa – without picking up a win.
Yes, there have been poor performances, too. Leicester was woeful – but even then, Luis Sinisterra hits the bar and Crysencio Summerville should have scored. Against Fulham, a lack of defensive cohesion stopped Leeds.
So, the performances are there – but the results are not. But now, it is crunch time. Marsch needs those results, two months since his last win as Leeds boss. The Whites are without a win in eight games, and in the relegation zone.
Speaking on Thursday, Marsch said: “I am tired of playing matches where we are better than the opponent and walking away with nothing. I am tired of not capitalising on moments when we are the better team in matches.”
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Angry Marsch will strike a chord with Leeds fans
While some will point to Marsch’s emotional press conference as a man suffering from pressure, perhaps it is a man that is ready to roll his sleeves up and fight. Firstly, his comments will come as a warning to players.
Mr. Nice Guy Marsch is gone. Now, he is putting pressure on the players. In the past, Marsch has often defended his squad but now, he is pleading for more. Rightly so. Some of the Leeds players are underperforming. More is needed.
So, hopefully, it will get more out of the Leeds side. Secondly, and more importantly, his comments will surely get fans back on side. Following the defeat to Fulham, many booed Marsch – who still applauded fans on a lap of ER.
We’re hurting. It is not a nice time to be a Leeds fan; the wounds of last season are beginning to re-open, the stitches are coming undone. But Marsch showed fans that he is just the same, aware that this is horrible.
Striking a chord with Leeds fans, he showed a bit of passion, a bit of hurt – that he feels the same as us. Ahead of Saturday evening, he will have got a lot of Leeds fans back on side. We go to Anfield, more together.