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Leeds boss Jesse Marsch focused on ‘stopping the bleeding’ after winless seven-game run

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch focused on ‘stopping the bleeding’ after winless seven-game run
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Under-fire Jesse Marsch has apologized to Leeds United fans but said he is confident he has the backing of the board following Thursday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester, landing the club in a perilous position in the Premier League.

A run of seven winless games, including five defeats, has seen Marsch’s side slip to 16th in the table, level on points with Wolves who occupy a spot in the relegation zone.

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Marsch’s decisions have been scrutinized by Leeds fans, who booed the team off the pitch following Thursday’s defeat — while also criticizing the American for not acknowledging the traveling support after the match.

« I want to say sorry to them, » Marsch said. « It was nothing against the fans.

« In that moment I am disappointed and trying to figure out what I am going to say to the team. My focus is on stopping the bleeding. »

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Leeds, who next face ninth-placed Fulham, have to play Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City within their next five league matches. Marsch said it is « too soon » to talk about another relegation battle, after dramatically avoiding the drop on the final day of the 2021-22 season.

« I know I am supported by the club, we are totally unified, » he added.

« No-one is happy about this defeat. I am as angry as I have ever been.

« One of the things I saw before I came was the way the board supported Marcelo [Bielsa] all the way for many years. I have felt that same support from everyone.

« When a team goes through a bad spell the manager is the first one to be questioned about whether he is doing the right things.

« But we are together. We had to fight our way out of it last year and we have to stay focused. »

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