Phil Hay has insisted that people at Leeds United had been speaking about Jesse Marsch’s future since early January.
The Lowdown: Marsch’s sacking appeared inevitable
After just 11 wins as Leeds manager, it’s no surprise to see Marsch sacked after yet another loss last weekend, however, the fact he was recently backed in the transfer window does raise some questions.
Marsch has had to stand on the touchline and listen on as Leeds fans chanted for him to be sacked in recent games, which may well have been a sign of him losing the fanbase, and it’s difficult to come back from that.
Some may see the decision to sack someone you’d just handed three new players to in January as a knee-jerk one after the Forest loss, but it appears many at Leeds had been unhappy with Marsch for some time now, according to Hay.
The Latest: Leeds considered Marsch’s future for some time
It appears as though some people high up at Leeds haven’t been convinced by Marsch since they lost 2-1 at Aston Villa in mid-January, as Hay highlighted on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show.
He said: “The first time his future was actively discussed was after the defeat to Aston Villa back in the middle of January. Again, dissent from the away end that evening, but the decision was made to keep him and Victor Orta in particular [was] very supportive of Marsch and very determined to try and make this work.
“You have to say that since then, it’s been kind of full-on support for Marsch via transfers and via the appointment of Chris Armas as his new assistant.”
The Verdict: Orta was potentially delusional
The fact that Orta was seemingly very keen on making his Marsch appointment work may well have blinded him from what was actually happening on the pitch.
Leeds haven’t won a league game this calendar year and indeed have just two wins in their last 17 league outings, which is quite telling of where Marsch was going to be taking Leeds if he wasn’t sacked soon.
Marsch was clearly out of his depth having won just 11 games and despite being backed with several American players and ones also from the Red Bull Group he is very familiar with. He simply couldn’t get a tune out of them, so the right decision was made, albeit perhaps a bit later than was necessary.