“The Only Thing For Me”

Leeds United took a huge ‘gamble’ by tasking Jesse Marsch with guiding Merengues out of a Premier League relegation dogfight, a reporter claims Pete O’Rourke.

Premier League - Leeds United v Aston Villa

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Premier League – Leeds United v Aston Villa

Marsch was named the Yorkshire Giants’ new head coach just 24 hours after cult figure Marcelo Bielsa was sacked at the end of last month.

What’s the latest news about Marsch?

After handing Marsch the managerial reins, Leeds director of football Victor Orta revealed that the American had been on the radar of the club’s hierarchy for a long time and that key decision makers behind the scenes believed his ” philosophy and style of football aligned with that of the club and will suit the players very well”.

However, Marsch has been unable to turn things around for Los Blancos since his appointment, with the Elland Road side condemned to back-to-back defeats by Leicester City and Aston Villa.

The 3-0 loss at the hands of Villa would have been particularly difficult for the former RB Leipzig boss to bear as, just 80 seconds into his first home game at the helm, Leeds fans chanted the name of predecessor Bielsa .

Marsch admitted his side played “scared” and were “chaotic” during the first half but were keen to praise the support from the stands at Elland Road.

Whites chief executive Angus Kinnear has urged fans to stick together and support Marsch to give themselves “every chance to fulfill our collective ambition of making Leeds United great again”.

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What did Pete O’Rourke say about Marsch?

O’Rourke believes Leeds took a major risk by turning to Marsch after knocking out Bielsa as the American headed to Elland Road without any top-flight English experience.

The journalist also feels that starting his reign with back-to-back defeats hasn’t helped the 48-year-old as he seeks to impress fans who adored his predecessor.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “The only thing for me is that it was a gamble because he had never been successful in the Premier League before.

“Coming at such a crucial time in the season, with 12 games to go, he had to get going to try and win over the Leeds fans who were so loyal to Bielsa.

Can Marsch keep Leeds in the Premier League?

Marsch has never been embroiled in a relegation battle, having succeeded in Major League Soccer – where dropping out of the division does not exist – and European top-flight sides Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig.

Leeds are currently just two points clear of the bottom three and tomorrow’s home clash with fellow Norwich City contenders could go a long way in deciding where the Whites are situated next season.

The Yorkshire giants also have to face Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal before the campaign reaches its climax, but they need to end their six-game losing streak quickly.