Leeds: Potential next Elland Road manager 'similar to Bielsa'


Journalist Pete O’Rourke thinks Leeds United would continue to play on the front foot next season if they opt to replace Marcelo Bielsa with Jesse Marsch this summer.

Bielsa is moving towards the end of his fourth campaign at Elland Road, and it appears that this could be his final one at the club.

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The Argentine coach guided Leeds to a top-half finish last term as they returned to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.

However, his side have been unable to back up their promising first season in the top-flight, and are in danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap over the coming weeks.

It has been reported that Bielsa is likely to walk away from the club when the season concludes, and Leeds are understood to be on the lookout for potential replacements.

According to reports, Marsch is their first-choice target, should Bielsa opt to bid farewell.

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What has O’Rourke said about Marsch?

Marsch has never previously managed in England, but O’Rourke has claimed that he is keen to test himself in the Premier League.

He has hinted that the 48-year-old would not make any significant adjustments to how Leeds approach games if he does get the role.

Talking to GIVEMESPORT, O’Rourke said: “Jesse Marsch has that attacking style of football, similar to Bielsa. High press, high energy, obviously, I think he’s previously admitted he would love to come to manager in England as well at some point.”

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Do Leeds need to change their style of play?

This is a debate that pundits and fans alike have been having up and down the country since Leeds returned to the Premier League.

At their best, Leeds are a free-flowing team who can give any side problems with their intensity and willingness to commit players forward whenever they attack.

However, all too often this season, they have been made to look a little naive as some clubs have been able to pick them off on the counter-attack with ease, yet Bielsa’s men have rarely tried to adapt their style.

Admittedly, they have not been helped by injuries to key defenders including Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling, but they have still been too easy to play against at times.

Leeds have become one of the most entertaining sides to watch over the past two years, and this has largely been due to them taking the game to the opposition.

If Marsch does come in for Bielsa, though, he may need to make the team a little more street-wise in order to stop them from conceding so many soft goals, which has been the main reason for their struggles this season.

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