Jesse Marsch sacked as Leeds United boss after dismal run, as Bielsa replacement lasts less than a year
Leeds United have sacked head coach Jesse Marsch after a run of seven games without a win in the Premier League.
Marsch has lasted less than a year in the job at Elland Road after initially replacing Marcelo Bielsa late last February. The American went on to steer Leeds to Premier League survival with a 17th-place finish, but they are in trouble again this season.
Pressure has been growing on Marsch throughout a seven-match winless run in the Premier League, dating back to before the World Cup break. In the bigger picture, they have won just two out of their last 17 league games under the former USA player.
The final straw was the 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on Sunday, which has left Leeds only out of the relegation zone due to their goal difference.
Now, the club have confirmed they have relieved Marsch of his duties. He departs with a record of 11 wins, 10 draws and 16 defeats from 37 matches in charge.
Members of his backroom team – Rene Maric, Cameron Toshack and Pierre Barrieu – have also departed.
Marsch, 49, has received decent backing in both of his transfer windows in charge of Leeds. For example, the club reunited him with the likes of Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams, Rasmus Kristensen and Maximilian Wober. Most recently, they linked him up with another American talent, Weston McKennie.
However, despite the evolution of their squad, Marsch has not been able to inspire them to higher territory in the table.
Consequently, Leeds will be looking for someone else to oversee their battle against relegation, as well as the brighter note of their run in the FA Cup, which they have reached the fifth round of.
Jesse Marsch reaches lowest point with Leeds United
This was Marsch’s fifth job in management after previous spells with Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.
With Leeds, he has had the lowest win percentage of any of his jobs. Less than 30% of the matches he took charge of for them ended in victory.
Now, Marsch has paid the price for Leeds’ poor form and another new era will await the West Yorkshire outfit.
There are 18 games to go in their league season, which may be enough time for a new manager to implement a different style.
Right now, Leeds simply need to find any way to get back on track. Their next fixture will be against Manchester United on Wednesday, away at Old Trafford.
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