Leeds should've sacked Jesse Marsch EARLIER, claims Simon Jordan

Leeds should have got rid of Jesse Marsch earlier, claims Simon Jordan, saying team ‘stumbled’ to stay up under him last season – as Sam Allardyce gets set to take over at Elland Road

  • This all comes as Sam Allardyce is set to take over from Javi Gracia at Leeds 
  • Gracia took over from Marsch – who struggled this season with the club 
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With Leeds United scrambling to finish their season staying in the Premier League, pundits have been left wondering what could have been if their chaotic managerial nightmare hadn’t occurred. 

After sacking Jesse Marsch back in early February, the Whites have been struggling under Javi Gracia. 

Now, Leeds appear to be pulling the plug as news broke this morning that Sam Allardyce reportedly agreed to return to the managerial ranks and will try to save the club from relegation.

It’s a move that screams of desperation as the club looks to stay in the top flight of English football after being promoted under Marcelo Bielsa in 2020.

Now, pundits like TalkSport’s Simon Jordan are left wondering if the club should have moved on from Jesse Marsch – after the American helped Leeds barely survive in 2022.

Pundit Simon Jordan (L) believes that Leeds United should’ve sacked Jesse Marsch (R) last year

This comes as Leeds are set to bring in Sam Allardyce to lead the team with four games left

Marsch took over the job from Marcelo Bielsa back in February of 2022 after a poor run of form

‘You got away last year, you got away on the last game of the season and you needed to have done better,’ Jordan said. 

‘And a lot of credit was attributed to Jesse Marsch. They stumbled across the line only simply because other sides were slightly worse in the running and that Brentford were on the beach on the last game of the season, otherwise they would have got relegated last year. 

‘So this attribution of success to Jesse March, which then carried him into the following season, I think was a fool’s errand. 

‘They should have changed in the summer of last year, gone with a manager that was capable of taking leads to better heights than operating in the same position that they did the previous year. And all roads lead to the position that is in now.’

Marsch took over late in February after a poor turn in form put on by Bielsa’s men and was tasked with the nearly-impossible job of taking over from one of the more tactically-minded coaches in world football. 

Nevertheless, Marsch picked up 15 points and four wins in eleven matches to secure the Whites’ safety – while Bielsa won five across 26 matches.

This season, Marsch also managed four wins, but did so in a worrisome 20 matches – putting their season in jeopardy while the club were sat 14th in the table.

While in danger of relegation, they never crossed into the bottom three until after Gracia had taken over as the Spaniard grabbed a draw and two losses in his first three matches to fall into 19th.

Marsch saved the team in 2022 with 15 points from the last 11 matches, but struggled this year

That led Leeds to bring in Javi Gracia – who is about to see his time in West Yorkshire end soon

Gracia managed just three victories in his time in charge of the club – with a 1-0 win over Southampton, a 4-2 win over Wolves, and a 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest back on April 4. 

But since then, the Whites have only managed one point from a draw against Leicester City in their previous five fixtures.

Allardyce is now set to come in with four tough contests remaining on the cards – with a road trip to league leaders Manchester City ahead.

Following that, they’ll be hosting top-three side Newcastle United, then will close out their season with a visit to West Ham United and a homestand against Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the season.

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