Rio Ferdinand delivers honest verdict on Jesse Marsch job security at Leeds United
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Rio Ferdinand delivers honest verdict on Jesse Marsch job security at Leeds United

Rio Ferdinand has told his Vibe With Five YouTube channel that Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is “holding onto his job” but feared for the American gaffer with Bournemouth winning 3-1 on Saturday – claiming the Leeds fans were “turning”.

Having taken the lead through a Rodrigo penalty, Bournemouth came roaring back. The Cherries looked as though they had done enough to win the match, after goals from Marcus Tavernier, Phillip Billing and then, Dom Solanke.

But credit to Marsch, his substitutions changed the game. He switched to more of a 4-3-3, playing Brenden Aaronson and Sam Greenwood in front of Tyler Adams. Greenwood came on on 54 minutes, replacing Marc Roca in midfield.

Greenwood made it 3-2 with his first senior goal, before laying on the corner in which Liam Cooper equalised from. Then, another sub in Willy Gnonto, provided a wonderful assist for Crysencio Summerville to score a late winner.

Ferdinand was asked about his old club’s manager. He says that the ex-Leipzig gaffer is holding onto his job as things stand – but suggests that it could have been a lot different, had Bournemouth held on to their 3-1 lead.

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“Yeah he is (holding on to his job). I think that result there for Leeds was a massive result because I think the place would have been turning given how the game started for them, going behind and what not,” Ferdinand said.

Ferdinand: Marsch holding onto Leeds job after Bournemouth comeback

What a win it was. While it secures another crucial three points and propels Leeds into 12th in the Premier League, it also gives us momentum. Marsch will be wanting his Leeds side to finish strongly, with Wolves and Tottenham next.

They are sides Leeds can get at. Wolves have one win in their last eight games, a narrow 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Then, Spurs in the League. Tottenham are miles off their best, losing three of their last four League games.

It is not inconceivable to think that Marsch could end the first half to the season, ahead of the World Cup – with four consecutive wins. But, ultimately, progressing past Wolves and avoiding defeat against Spurs would be excellent.

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