Marsch claims Leeds United board remain ‘very supportive’ but aware results are important

Marsch claims Leeds United board remain ‘very supportive’ but aware results are important

Jesse Marsch believes the hierarchy at Leeds United are still “very supportive” of him amid their run of eight games without a win.

A portion of Leeds United’s supporters have been calling for Marsch to be sacked as they have slipped into the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Next up for Leeds is a trip to Anfield on Saturday to face Liverpool having not won a game in eight in the league.

Marsch said: “They (the board) have been very supportive. I’ve spoken with Angus (Kinnear, chief executive), Andrea (Radrizzani, chairman) and Victor (Orta, director of football) multiple times.

“We’ve done a few things, we’re modifying our World Cup schedule to think about how we can maximise what we need in the moment, everything from matches to where we are travelling for training.

“We’ve talked about adding staff, we’re looking carefully at things like psychologists and adding to the complexity of what we’re doing as staff.

“Transfers obviously, and they have been very supportive, but of course, I’m not dumb, I understand exactly that if we don’t win games I put them in a very difficult situation to continue to support me.”

Some feel it is a long way back for the 48-year-old American, who first heard the fans turn against him in significant numbers during the recent defeat at Leicester.

The ‘Marsch out’ chants grew louder in last Sunday’s home loss to Fulham, but the Leeds boss said the protests were understandable given his side had taken only two points from the last 24 available.

“I think Elland Road was not overly negative,” he added. “I actually thought the way that they treated the team and the situation we’re in, given the negativity they could be feeling, I felt it’s a fanbase that still loves the club and their team.

“They all recognise we’re not in a situation we want to be in. Of course, some of them want me out.

“Some people just want to see us find a way to turn the corner because they can see that the performances are not bad.

“It’s normal. Whether it’s with the board or whether it’s with the team, we have to find a way to start getting results or the questions come more and more in my direction.”

Few Whites fans will be optimistic of a first win since August at Anfield on Saturday evening, and a daunting challenge could be even harder given five players are in a race to be fit.

Marsch confirmed Luis Sinisterra (foot), Liam Cooper (glute), Tyler Adams (calf), Rodrigo (adductor) and Joe Gelhardt (knee) were all doubtful and will be assessed.

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