The appointment of Jesse Marsch as new Leeds United manager has been called into question with a pundit highlighting three dubious decisions made by chairman Andrea Radrizzani.
The 48-year-old American is looking to save Leeds from the drop. He arrives as a replacement for iconic boss Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine will live long in the memory of Leeds fans, though results on the pitch had taken a startling nosedive this season. That said, he will forever be revered, leaving Marsch with near-impossible shoes to fill.
His first two games, however, have not gone well. Leeds were unlucky to lose Marsch’s first match – a 1-0 setback at Leicester. However, they were not at the races in his second match in charge, a woeful 3-0 home loss to Aston Villa.
Fans voted with their feet at that loss, with the ground half empty by the time the full-time whistle blew.
Leeds United supporters, in the main, are saddened to see Bielsa depart.
And Frank McAvennie claims supporters are understandably concerned by their slide towards the relegation zone.
Marsch and Leeds now face a criticial match against Norwich on Sunday. And in the build-up, McAvennie has questioned three gambles taken by Radrizzani.
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“I just can’t understand it, if you are getting rid of Bielsa you have to appoint someone who knows what they are doing,” McAvennie told Football Insider.
“Who is this guy? I bet the fans are asking as well. I think it was the first time the fans have turned on the owners [against Aston Villa].
“That’s not good. You need everyone pulling in the same direction when it comes to a relegation fight.
“I have said countless times how important Elland Road is for Leeds. That place can win you points when it’s rocking.
“I can’t believe it was half empty by full-time the other night, like I say, not good at all.”
Three Radrizzani gambles questioned
As well as axing Bielsa and appointing Jesse Marsch, McAvennie has also hit out at the decision by Leeds not to spend a penny in January.
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They did chase RB Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson for some weeks only for the Austrian’s to resist their offers.
And ultimately, the Whites finished the window empty handed, passing up deals for two other midfielders.
“I hope they can turn it around but some of the decisions they have made this season are so strange.
“They needed transfers in January and I think that’s why some fans are annoyed.
“It was obvious and they have money. They just didn’t do it for whatever reason.”