Leeds United for the drop?
Leeds United have been a totally different team this season and have played their way into a relegation battle. Things have been so bad at Elland Road this year that the club opted to sack fan favourite Marco Bielsa.
A football team sacking their manager is hardly shocking these days, I think all football fans became numb to sackings after Leicester decided to sack Ranieri less than a year after he won them the Premier League! Football owners these days are ruthless and they are no longer expecting results more so demanding results.
To be honest it was a surprise how long Leeds kept going with Bielsa in the end. They currently have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, they have lost 50% of their games, and only Norwich City and Burnley have won fewer games. Against the ‘Big Six’ of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal they have conceded an average of 4.3 goals a game this season.
In their first season back in the top flight of English football, they showed a lot of promise finishing in 9th place and just three points off a Europa Conference League spot. A highlight of the season was a 2–1 away win at The Etihad.
It is a sad state of affairs at Leeds United seeing a great name in English football being thrashed home and away. The move to appoint Jesse Marsch is a very contentious one. The American manager has never managed in English football before let alone the Premier League. Rather worryingly, he was sacked from his last job as manager of RB Leipzig after just 21 games in charge. The appointed I’m sure has gone down like a led balloon at Elland Road.
Surely in desperate times like these, you need to bring in a manager with Premier League experience who has been there and done it before? Rafa Benitez is available why not bring him in until the end of the season? Claudio Ranieri? Mark Hughes? Roberto Martinez? Nuno Espirito Santo? Ronald Koeman? Plenty of available coaches out there with Premier League experience.
Leeds have put all their faith in the inexperienced Jesse Marsch to rescue them from the mess than they are in. Will that gamble pay off? Only time will tell.
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