Leeds could name a ‘puzzling’ repeat of Marsch

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Leeds United could be on the verge of looking for a new manager, with the aim of escaping the Championship as soon as possible.


That’s according to a report from The Times earlier this week, which confirmed that Sam Allardyce will quit his job at Elland Road, having failed in his bid to retain Premier League status.

With Andrea Radrizzani having also agreed a deal to acquire Sampdoria but not wanting to reveal whether he will leave Yorkshire as well, the Italian could be expected to seek instant promotion so he can sell for the highest possible price. next year.

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In a bid to achieve this, the report also states that Steven Gerrard has emerged as the favorite for this vacancy. Given his last stint in management, fans have every reason to be wary of this nomination.


Is Steven Gerrard worse than Jesse Marsch?

While many fans might find it hard to think of worse bosses than Jesse Marsch, given that he was arguably the main factor in their relegation last season, it is perhaps easy to forget how much the ex-Liverpool midfielder was sad in the Aston Villa dugout.

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His team, which was laden with quality like Ollie Watkins, Emi Buendia and Douglas Luiz, had won just twice in 12 Premier League games before his sacking, after being beaten 3-0 by Fulham to put the final nail in his coffin.

Going deeper into his tenure at Villa Park, it was arguably as disappointing as the American’s at Elland Road, with the only difference between the respective fates of these huge clubs being the timing of their sacking and the choice of successor.

After all, the 43-year-old would only win 13 games out of his 40 games in charge, averaging just 1.18 points per game, via Transfermarkt.

With Marsch down to 1.16 per game, having won 11 in 37, the talent gulf between these two teams is surprising.

Not only that, but Gerrard displayed a stubbornness that just wouldn’t pan out well in the Championship. His tight 4-3-3 formation, described as “poor“of Gabby Agbonlahor, often overlooked wingers and a philosophy he has stuck to despite poor results.

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The former RB Salzburg boss would emulate such a stubborn vision, again maintaining his failing formation until his dying days.

Such was his underperformance with such a top side, journalist Josh Bunting even wrote an impassioned plea for Villa to sack the former Rangers manager in October, affirming:

“Aston Villa have to do what’s right for the football club, can’t keep Steven Gerrard for their name. Tonight again they lost in a tactical battle, Villa are so confusing you can’t read them, l Offense is clueless when it has the potential to really work. The balance isn’t there.

The disparity between Gerrard and Marsch is almost non-existent, and considering how Unai Emery would go on to lead this team to a European spot, the former’s job is all the more embarrassing. At the very least, Javi Gracia and Allardyce failed to improve Leeds’ disappointing side.

If Radrizzani remains furious at the appointment of this young boss, he could well be a long way from earning that quick return to the top flight that this big club dreams of. Indeed, he uncovers so many negative similarities to their former boss who doomed them to downfall.

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