The pressure mounted on Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch on Thursday night after a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City – but the American gaffer has been defended by Fulham boss Marco Silva – as per he YEP – ahead of Sunday’s clash.
Leeds went seven games without a Premier League win on Thursday. Despite coming into the game after an impressive display against Arsenal, a game where we should have got something, Marsch’s side were dismal at the King Power.
A whole host of defensive mistakes was combined by being overpowered in midfield, and blunt in attack. A Robin Koch own goal, and a neat finish from Harvey Barnes – who annoyingly, continues his record against us – saw Leeds lose.
Now, attention turns to Sunday. The YEP claim the Leeds board have no plans to sack Marsch. But a defeat at Elland Road will increase fan pressure to relieve Marsch of his duties. However, Sunday’s opposing boss Silva defended him.
“Passion is the first thing I see. You can feel it on the touchline, how he feels a game when playing. He is trying his best for his team. He is a very good manager. Last season he had a good impact on the squad when he came after Bielsa.
“I say it’s a challenge, we are challenging a very good side in a very good environment and a tough place to go but at the same time it’s a good place to enjoy and play a good game and Marsch is a very good manager,” Silva said.
Leeds manager Marsch defended by Fulham boss Silva
Should Marsch be wary of the sack? Well, yes, in one word. Of course, he has credit in the bank after keeping us up last season. His work alongside Victor Orta in the transfer window should not go unnoticed. But he is under pressure.
A defeat to a side, albeit in good form, who will be in and around Leeds this season will be a real frustrating one. The benefit of Elland Road should make Leeds favourites, but the Cottagers will be confident come Sunday afternoon.
At the end of the day, a point against Fulham would see Marsch fight to survive another day. A win, would relieve some pressure. But a defeat and it might be that fan pressure convinces the Leeds board to call it a day for Marsch.