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“The coach was messing with the squad” – Klich points finger at former coach for Leeds exit

Former Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich points finger at Jesse Marsch for his exit in January.

In a recent interview with Polish media WP SportoweFakty, Klich talked about his time under the American coach. The 32-year old says he was ready to stay at Elland Road till the end of his contract, but Marsch forced his decision:

“I wanted to finish my contract at Leeds and leave in one and a half years.

“Before the season, I knew that I would not be a starting player and I would be coming from the bench. I had a loan offer from the Netherlands, but I decided that it was okay.

“I agreed to the role and was curious myself how I would handle it. I like to play football and I want to do it as often as possible.”

The polish midfielder started zero games under Marsch for the first half of the 2022/23 campaign, something he says he was angry about.

“For the first few games it still looked good, I felt OK. After that, we started to play very poorly and I think I should have had a few chances from the first minute of the game. However, I didn’t get any, which I was angry about.

“I saw that the coach was messing with the squad, throwing other players in different positions, and not taking me into account at all, although, for example, in the previous match I played well. Eventually, I started to get nervous. It was pure ambition.”

Klich still respects Leeds officials

Despite his scathing comments about Jesse Marsch, Klich still respects the club’s hierarchy for allowing him to depart. He speak well of Victor Orta and Leeds senior officials for his smooth exit from Elland Road:

“The club has been great. Nobody wanted me to leave, but they understood my decision. Anyway, I wasn’t 100% convinced that I was doing the right thing either.”

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