BREAKING NEWS: Leeds United sack Jesse Marsch ahead of Manchester United double-header


Marsch spent less than a year in charge of the Elland Road outfit, who face Manchester United twice this week.

Leeds United have sacked Jesse Marsch ahead of the club’s two clashes with Manchester United this week.

The Whites are currently only being kept out of the relegation zone by goal difference following Sunday’s loss to Nottingham Forest. They make the trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday before hosting the Reds at Elland Road on Saturday, both of which are Premier League games.

It is thought that Chris Armas – the former assistant of Ralf Rangnick at United – will be put in caretaker charge of Leeds until an appointment is made. Marsch was announced as the successor to Marcelo Bielsa on February 28 last year.

In the 37 matches he managed Leeds for, Marsch won 11 and lost 16. He helped the club avoid relegation on the final day of last season with a 2-1 win over Brentford.

However, Leeds have decided to part ways with the American after just two wins in his last 17 matches. A number of Marsch’s backroom staff have also left including Cameron Toshack, Rene Maric and Pierre Barrieu.

A statement from Leeds United said: “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 underway and we will continue to keep supporters up to date throughout the coming days.”

Leeds’ trip to Old Trafford in October was postponed amid the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II meaning Marsch never managed against United.

United’s 4-2 win over Leeds in February last year preceded the Whites’ 6-0 and 4-2 losses to Liverpool and Tottenham respectively that led to the club dismissing Marsch’s predecessor Bielsa.

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