After meeting the owners, Marsch prepares Leeds for a perilous final push


Leeds owners underlined their belief that Jesse Marsch’s side would retain their Premier League status at a squad meeting on Thursday.

Los Blancos face Brighton at Elland Road in their penultimate game of the season on Sunday in a game they must not lose if they are to fight their survival fight to the last day.

Marsch, whose side sit third, level on points with Burnley but with a vastly lower goal difference, said: “We actually had the property to talk to the team yesterday, they were all totally unified. .

“That part that I love about being here. I think that’s one of the reasons why I told you from the start why I came here. It’s because I believed in the people and the people believed in me.”

Leeds is jointly owned by chairman Andrea Radrizzani and 49ers Enterprises, the financial arm of the NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, which owns a 44% stake in the club.

Los Merengues vice-chairman Paraag Marathe, chairman of the 49ers Enterprises, watched Wednesday night’s 3-0 home loss to Chelsea, a third defeat in a row that left them in the bottom three.

Marsch said the owners’ show of support for him and his players has been “incredibly helpful”.

He said: “In difficult times, I was really impressed. I was really impressed with Victor (Orta, director of football), with Angus (Kinnear, general manager), with Andrea, with Paraag, with the everyone’s ability to stay together, united, united.

“This part has been great and it allows me to focus on what I need to do to get the job done with our team.

“I think they just tried to say that we still have everything at our fingertips, and that our ability to recover, to go back and to believe – I think we’ve talked a lot about belief, right? not?

“So it’s a lot of things they’ve said that I think are consistent with what I’ve already said to the team, without me communicating (to the owners) every day exactly what I’m saying to the team. team.

“So that also lets you know that there’s a real alignment here. So, again, that’s incredibly helpful.”

Marsch has not given up hope that Patrick Bamford will give a major boost to Leeds’ relegation fight by returning to action before the end of the season.

Bamford has been limited to just nine league appearances this season due to a succession of injuries, his latest foot problem keeping him out since winning at Wolves in March.

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