Leeds United have sacked Jesse Marsch after less than a year in charge

After less than a year in charge, Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has been sacked.

Sunday’s match against Nottingham Forest was Leeds’ sixth Premier League game without a victory. Leeds lost 1-0.

They last recorded a league victory on November 5, and as of now, they are only one goal above the relegation zone in the standings.

After American Marsch succeeded Marcelo Bielsa in February, Leeds finished 17th in the previous campaign.

A club statement read: “We would like to thank Jesse and his backroom staff for their efforts and wish them well for the future.

“The process of appointing a new head coach is under way and we will continue to keep supporters up to date throughout the coming days.”

Coaches Rene Maric, Cameron Toshack and Pierre Barrieu have also been sacked.

On Wednesday at Old Trafford and again on Sunday at Elland Road, Leeds will face Manchester United.

Only four of Marsch’s team’s 20 league games were victories, with six games ending in draws and ten games in losses.

After 32 Premier League games as the manager of Leeds, he had a 25% win rate before being defeated by Nottingham Forest in his final game in command.

He took over with Leeds 16th in the standings as a former coach of RB Leipzig, New York Red Bulls, and Red Bull Salzburg.

On the final day of the previous campaign, they defeated Brentford 2-1 to prevent relegation to the Championship.

Marsch is unable to continue despite ensuring top safety

Leeds have struggled again this season in the league, with their only top-flight success away from home this season coming at Anfield in October.

The win looked like it could be a catalyst for Marsch to build on and, after beating Bournemouth 4-3 at home a week later, Leeds moved up to 12th in the table.

But since then defeats by Tottenham, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Forest, plus draws with Newcastle, West Ham and Brentford, have left the club fearing relegation once again.

While their league form has been disappointing, Leeds have progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup and will face either Fulham or Sunderland away at the end of the month.

Speaking after the Forest result, where his side had good chances in the first half to take the lead, Marsch said it was hard for him to accept the position the club finds itself in.

He added: “We are struggling to turn performances into results. We have been in this place for a while. It’s frustrating.

“I’ve got to find ways to change that feeling and find ways to help our team to get the results we think we deserved.”

Although the board’s quick response after Sunday’s loss against Nottingham Forest was unexpected, it seemed inevitable that Marsch would be fired.

The away section is always a reliable indicator of how a fan base feels about the head coach, and at the City Ground, it seemed even Marsch’s most fervent supporters were not willing to spare him.

The perception is that Marsch was not able to maximize the potential of an enviable squad after a stunningly successful January transfer market spending binge that included record signings Georginio Rutter, Max Wober, and Weston McKennie in addition to numerous key incomings last summer.

The narrow Red Bull style he brought to Elland Road was a huge departure from the aesthetically pleasing one of his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa, and suffered constant criticism not least for an absence of consistent results as well as a confusing system.

Keeping Leeds in the Premier League in dramatic fashion last season after a brutal 12-game scramble for survival was one thing. But since then two wins and 11 points after beating Chelsea in August is the worst record of any Premier League side.

That brutal fact means Leeds are in a relegation battle and majority owner Andrea Radrizzani and shareholders San Francisco 49ers Enterprises, who are expected to complete a takeover, have both invested heavily and have acted decisively to protect their and the club’s best interests.

It is likely that Chris Armas, who was appointed as Marsch’s assistant just last week, will take caretaker charge of the trip to Manchester United. The club hopes to make a permanent appointment shortly.

The Bielsa widows may still weep but there will be few tears at the news of Marsch’s departure. A really decent man but who was unable to coach Leeds United to the next level.