US football pundit and ex-USA international Alexi Lalas has told The State Of Union podcast that Jesse Marsch could be in his final week as Leeds United manager – as pressure continues to surge and potentially boiling over the top.
The 48-year-old has been unable to stop the rot at this early stage in the season. Eight games have come and gone, Leeds picking up just two points from a possible 24. Drawing two, losing six. A stark contrast to the first three results.
Leeds did have seven points from nine after wins over Wolves and Chelsea. They drew 2-2 with Southampton, but really should have got a win – having been 2-0 up. So, what now for Marsch – with a trip to Anfield looming?
Well, MailPlus say the board held a meeting after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Fulham – but it was to help Marsch, not find his replacement. BBC Radio Leeds reporter Adam Pope believes Leeds lack a plan B, giving Marsch a stay of execution.
Now, US pundit Lalas was speaking in his home country. The ex-midfielder, who played 96 times for the USMNT, thinks Marsch could be in his last week as Leeds boss – eight months after joining the club as Marcelo Bielsa’s replacement.
“Jesse Marsch, yeah, he is under pressure and rightfully so. Not because he is an American coach, but because he is a coach in a situation where they are trying to get somebody that cane steady the ship and keep them in the league.
“I don’t know if and when they were to pull the plug but the shouts when it comes to fans out there have gotten loud. This could be the last week that we see Marsch. Even though Liverpool is not Liverpool of old, it’s still Liverpool.”
Lalas: Marsch could be in final week as Leeds manager
It has not been good enough. While there have been admirable performances against the likes of Arsenal especially, the first half against Crystal Palace – nabbing a point while down to 10 men against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.
But bravery, and good performance do not always equate to points. The Leeds board are sticking by Marsch. A loss to Liverpool is expected, and if it is a narrow one, then the board are likely to keep plugging away with Marsch.
A heavy defeat, by three or more goals, and Marsch is surely done for. If he survives Liverpool, then anything other than a win against Bournemouth and you would imagine his time is up. A big couple of weeks for Marsch, then.