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Jesse Marsch goes big with Leeds United prediction he’s ‘not supposed to say’

Jesse Marsch, Leeds United manager addresses the media presser - pic via LUFCTV

Jesse Marsch outlined his long-term aims at Leeds United which included making a bold prediction he’d never have made while managing in Germany.

Leeds’ season hit a crossroads last month with Marcelo Bielsa seemingly unable to arrest their spiralling woes. The Argentine will forever be loved in the city for ending their 16-year exodus from the Premier League.

However, the club’s hierarchy deemed a change necessary to give them the best chance of remaining in the top flight.

American Jesse Marsch was the man entrusted with beating the drop. After losing his first two matches in charge, Leeds have gone unbeaten in their next three, winning two.

That has pushed the Whites six points clear of Burnley in 18th. Yet when speaking to BBC Sport West Yorkshire, Marsch revealed he has far grander plans than simply avoiding relegation each year.

When probed on what being a success at Leeds United would look like, Marsch indicated only trophies in the cabinet would do.

That is an aim he stressed he would not have made while managing in Germany, though feels emboldened to dream big at Leeds.

Marsch hints at summer re-think

Marsch said (via Leeds Live) “What does success mean? I don’t do this without the end goal in mind and I don’t mind saying we want to win trophies.

“This was a big thing in Germany. You’re not supposed to say that. Because you’re only setting yourselves up for failure.

“But come on, man, this is this job. This business is about dreaming big, and pushing every day to try to achieve those goals.

“I want this club to be everything it deserves to be. [I] want this club to day by day, year by year, see if we can climb the ladder a little bit and establish ourselves more and more and more.

“I know how important it was for the club to get back to the Premier League and certainly, our focus right now is to maintain our ability to stay in this league.

“And then, in the summer we really have to think ‘okay, how do we implement a plan that can help us stage by stage, step by step, get bigger and bigger and better and better.”

One of Marsch’s first major hurdles when the campaign concludes will be to broaden his first-team playing squad.

Leeds operated with a smaller squad at the behest of Bielsa, though that has proven to be a barrier to success this season.