Jesse Marsch might be facing the sack from Leeds United by the end of the month, with his current efforts merely delaying the inevitable, it has been claimed.
Marsch is coming under pressure at Leeds amid a downturn in form. They began the season fairly well, but wins against Wolves and Chelsea feel like they were a long time ago now. Indeed, Leeds have not tasted victory since beating Barnsley in the Carabao Cup back in August.
Since then, they have endured eight games without a win in the Premier League. They are currently on a run of four consecutive defeats, which have come to Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Leicester City and Fulham.
With the form Arsenal have been in, at least one of those is understandable enough. But Leicester have also been hovering around the relegation zone, Crystal Palace have lost more games than they have won, and Fulham are newcomers to the Premier League this season.
There have already been managerial changes at five Premier League clubs since the campaign kicked off. Hence, Marsch could be someone looking over his shoulders if Leeds hit the panic button.
Some reports have suggested Leeds could give the American tactician more time. Other sources have began speculating names who could come in to replace him.
Everyone will have their own predictions of how much danger Marsch might be in. But one man who thinks he is under immediate pressure is Gabby Agbonlahor.
Far from the most popular pundit for Leeds fans, the former Aston Villa striker has now made a prediction that might resonate with some of them.
According to Agbonlahor, the end could be nigh for Marsch. In fact, a heavy defeat to Liverpool in their next fixture, which takes place on Saturday October 29, could spell disaster.
‘Matter of time’ before Jesse Marsch sack
“He’s under big pressure,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider.
“The next game is Liverpool away so that’s a game where you can make a statement with a win against a struggling Liverpool. Or, you can get battered by Liverpool and that could be the end for him. It’s a massive weekend for Jesse Marsch.
“He’s come in, got the crowd going and tried to be that manager who is sprinting around, screaming at everyone. That’s not enough to get the crowd on side. It can help you have a few extra games but it’s about results.
“If you are not getting results and the fans are singing, ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’, it’s inevitable what’s going to happen. Look at what happened to Steven Gerrard.
“I feel it’s a matter of time before Jesse Marsch gets the sack. Leeds will know other teams are down there and have got rid of their managers, they can’t be any different. It’s not looking good for Jesse Marsch.
Premier League survival battle could be harder than last season
“Leeds are probably looking at the Premier League and thinking it’s going to be even harder to stay up this season. Everyone thought Leicester were down and they go and beat Wolves 4-0. It’s a battle down there and Leeds are in the battle.
“You can’t lose at home to Fulham. I know Fulham have done well this season but Leeds are meant to be that team where they like playing at home with the fans behind them so they can’t lose at home to Fulham.”
Lose at home to Fulham they did. Now, Marsch faces a battle to win his doubters over. Before the World Cup break, there is the Liverpool fixture to contend with, as well as meetings with Bournemouth, Wolves and Tottenham.
It remains to be seen if he will be in charge for all of them, and how many points Leeds could take from them.