Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch has denied allegations of dressing room unrest at Elland Road after reports emerged several senior players had approached the board asking for him to be sacked.
Marsch’s comments came after the Whites demolished Championship strugglers Cardiff City 5-2 in an FA Cup third round replay yesterday evening [18 January].
Leeds’ victory saw them secure a fourth-round clash against either Accrington Stanley or Boreham Wood.
The American went so far as to dismiss the reports as “bull****” in his post-match press conference as the Whites gear up to host Brentford in a crucial Premier League match this Sunday [22 January].
“This report that comes out, the bull**** about some of the players are against me is just awful. It’s just awful. We are united. We are together,” Marsch said, as per Planet Sport.
“We are doing everything we can as a group, we are all harbouring the responsibility, especially me, and we believe in ourselves.
“We know we’re going to get better and so we’re certainly not done and we have a big challenge on Sunday, but we’re going to keep going.”
To see Marsch using such strong language in a press conference is, above all else, an indication of the pressure he is feeling in the top job at Leeds at the moment.
It is also a sign of frustration at reports which emerged which, in truth, are unsubstantiated. The last thing any manager needs when in a bad run of form is the media whipping up a frenzy against them.
If the reports of backroom unrest do have an element of truth to them then it wasn’t shown on the pitch last night as Leeds put in a fantastic performance against a poor Cardiff side.
Of course, it must be taken into account that the Whites were facing a team at massive risk of Championship relegation this season but, as the old saying goes, you can only play what’s in front of you and Leeds did so with some aplomb.
Whereas Marsch appears to have a lost the support of a vast majority of the Leeds United fanbase, he does still appear to have the backing of both the board and the players who he manages, if the transfer investment and recent performances against Aston Villa and Cardiff are anything to go by.
This could just prove to be his saving grace when his side faces Brentford on Sunday.