Following a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday past, Leeds United decided to “part ways” with manager great, Marcelo Bielsa. This then led to the frantic search for a new manager, which did not last long, as the club’s owners identified Jesse Marsch as a Bielsa replacement quite soon after his departure.
It has been a tough run for Leeds United this season, displaying not even the world’s best managers can hide from the second season syndrome in the Premier League. Following promotion in 2019/20, Marcelo Bielsa and his boys set the Premier League alight.
A ninth-place finish in their welcome back party was matched with some electrifying football in the Premier League, and more was assumed to follow in their follow-up campaign.
But an injury list as big as they come and an inability to find fresher and better tactics ultimately led to Marcelo Bielsa’s demise. An all-time great fell victim to a curse seldom broken, showcasing nobody is safe and the good can get ugly, very quickly.
The exit of Bielsa marks the beginning of Jesse Marsch
The only uncertainty was: is a successor of long-term qualities needed or a manager with saviour qualities required? The decision was of course the former with Jesse Marsch the man to see the plan through.
Now it is just a matter of when they will announce him. The club is finalising a work permit for him. Once completed, he will be able to be announced as the new man to take a once exciting and attacking team back to their best.
The American coach left his post as RB Leipzig manager back in December 2021 and was a doubt at first, with some reports suggesting he was not ready to take on the mammoth job left by former boss, Bielsa.
"Marcelo Bielsa has been sacked by Leeds on the back of a 4-0 hammering by Tottenham at Elland Road on Saturday, with American coach Jesse Marsch expected to replace him.Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018 and led them back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence two years later, as well as a ninth-placed finish in the top flight in 2020/21, but he leaves with the club only two points above the relegation zone and on a run of five defeats from six games.Marsch, who left RB Leipzig in December, is expected to be announced as Bielsa’s replacement on Monday.Bielsa’s contract was already due to expire at the end of the season and after the Liverpool defeat he admitted he was concerned the Whites could be relegated back to the Championship. (Via: Sky Sports)"
He has a lot of work to do once he starts. Starting to clean up things at the back and stop the leak in defence will be his point of priority. The Whites had no problem in attacking but were struggling with their end product.
Sadly, because they are the worst conceding team in the league with 60 — that’s five more than the closest team to them and who sits in last place in the EPL standings, Norwich City.