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Jesse Marsch has responded to reports linking him as Leeds United’s planned successor to manager Marcelo Bielsa.
The White will be in the market for a new boss this summer should Bielsa walk away after his contract expires. He seems to be doing so, with several suggestions popping up that he feels he has taken the Yorkshire club as far as he can.
While his decision apparently will not be made until the end of the season, Leeds are preparing for his departure as they should.
It was claimed last week that former New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Salzburg and RB Leipzig head coach March was their number one replacement choice.
The 48-year-old American is considered the strongest candidate there is.
And he would not cost a penny because he has been out of work since Leizpig fired him just four months into his reign last December.
Marsch was rejected with Leipzig as number 11 in the Bundesliga table after winning five matches from 14.
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He appeared in CBS Sports’ Champions League coverage on Wednesday night and was asked if he joined Leeds by expert Jamie Carragher.
“You’ve read the newspapers and Twitter too much,” Marsh replied (via metro).
“Listen, I enjoy being unemployed, let’s just say it. I’m enjoying some free time now. ”
The answer was boring and not much can be taken from it. There are, of course, months left until Marsch would be appointed.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, Huddersfield Town coach Carlos Corberán and, according to UOLthe Portuguese manager Abel Ferreira are all other candidates.
Leeds are focusing on the end of the season
Meanwhile, Leeds football director Victor Orta insists that those in power on Elland Road remain calm and that there is still confidence that they will not be relegated from the Premier League.
The Whites go to Wednesday night’s match against title challengers Liverpool at Anfield in a bad shape.
In fact, they have only one win in their last six games – away against West Ham – to show for their efforts. And a defeat at Merseyside would mean four losses in their last five games if beaten.
That said, Orta insists Leeds are not yet in a panic over the fall …
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