Well, where do we start? That’s been some week even by Leeds United’s standards.

We lose 4-0 at home to Tottenham, Marcelo departs, a new manager is appointed almost immediately in Jesse Marsch, and now we go to Leicester for the live TV game tomorrow lunchtime.

Starting at the beginning, I have to say that the Tottenham game came as a shock, even after the hammering we’d had at Liverpool a few days earlier. The manner in which we conceded the goals and rolled over at Elland Road was nothing short of unbelievable and Tottenham will not have an easier game all season. We were poor. Very poor.

Obviously that prompted the finger pointing and perhaps the most emotive debate about the future of a Leeds manager I can ever remember. The rumours started swiftly that Marcelo was gone and it all looked very messy from the outside at first. None of us are privy to what exactly happened and how it all unfolded, but the club had clearly spoken with the new man way before last weekend because of the speed he was installed. And when you think about the discussions that Leeds had when Marcelo was appointed you’d guess that talks had been going on with Jesse for some time. Maybe the plan all along was for him to come in this summer, we’ll never know because he’s here now.

And what about Marcelo? It’s sad to see him go, especially in the manner that he did. He was the man that breathed life into the club again, he brought us a brand of football we’d never seen before – and maybe won’t again – and he took us back to the Premier League. He somehow got players to reach levels of performance that they would never have imagined, and he got people talking about our great club once again. He is a true Leeds United legend. A great, great man.

Did he deserve to go? That’s the million dollar question. We’ve had a terrible season if we’re being truthful. We’ve looked a shadow of the team of previous seasons. Our attacking verve and swagger has only rarely reared its head and we’ve conceded sloppy goal after sloppy goal. We needed a Plan B, but there didn’t seem to be one. That was the concern. Marcelo wasn’t helped by injuries to key players, but equally the size of the squad was a major handicap and we’re led to believe that was his call. Why didn’t we strengthen in central midfield and buy an out and out striker last summer? Was that Marcelo or was it out of his hands? And this isn’t hindsight talking…it was clear what we needed to do and what areas needed more quality, especially as cover should anything happen to Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford. Which it has.

Were we going down? It certainly looked like that after last weekend because you couldn’t see where we could go next. No confidence, no chances created, daft errors, and a group of players who looked on their knees and out of their depth. But…if anyone was going to get us out of this, surely Marcelo was that man. Some of the problems may have been of his own making, but equally he knew the group, he had the experience and desire, and we’d have all backed him to the hilt.

Now we’ll never know. Marsch was swiftly appointed as his successor and what impact he has will be seen over the next few weeks. If we are to stay in the Premier League it has to be a positive impact and quick. Coming into a club and presiding over a relegation inside your first two months isn’t how anyone would envisage the club’s next manager starting, but it’s a real possibility. And where would we go from there? I genuinely don’t know because there is a huge re-build needed whatever.

Jesse came in and re-assured us that comparisons with Ted Lasso were way off the mark, but that hadn’t crossed my mind. We’ve got to trust in the decision that has been made – and the timing – and wish him all the very best. And we’ve all got to get behind him and the team in these coming weeks because we’ve got a hell of a job on here.

And it all starts at Leicester tomorrow.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Privacy Policy

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed.

Please read the following carefully to understand how we will treat and regard your personal data.


  1. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our website. This includes information provided at the time of registering an account or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our site or the services you have purchased.
  2. If you contact us by letter or email, records of the correspondence may be kept.
  3. Telephone conversation may be recorded for training purposes.
  4. We may ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.


  1. The personal data that we collect from you will be stored on our servers inside the European Economic Area (“EEA”).
  2. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.
  3. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
  4. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.


  1. To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  2. To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
  3. To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
  4. To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
  5. To notify you about changes to our service.

If you are an existing customer, we will only contact you by electronic means with information about goods and services similar to those which were the subject of a previous sale to you.


  1. We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in UK Companies Act 2006.
  2. We may disclose your personal information to third parties:
    • in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets; or
    • if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use; orYou have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by contacting us directly.

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from other websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.


  1. We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
  2. For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general Internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:
    • To estimate our audience size and usage pattern;
    • To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests;
    • To speed up your searches;
    • To recognise you when you return to our site.You may refuse to accept cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our site.


Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page.