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Leeds United's head coach Jesse Marsch, center, applauds after loosing 0-1 against Nottingham Forest during an English Premier League soccer match at City Ground stadium in Nottingham, England, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

American Manager Jesse Marsch Out At Leeds United

Leeds United have fired manager Jesse Marsch following a disastrous first half of the season, per club statement.

Leeds have also confirmed that managerial assistants Rene Maric, Cameron Toshack and Pierre Barrieu will also depart with Marsch.

Marsch joined the club in February 2022 following previous manager Marcelo Bielsa’s firing. Bielsa had Leeds in the relegation zone, and Marsch was able to save the club. The American’s late-season revolution set up massive expectations for this season.

He’s had no such luck this season, with the club sitting 17th in the Premier League. The Elland Road club is one place out of the relegation zone, only ahead of Everton on goal differential.

“Leeds United can confirm head coach Jesse Marsch has been relieved of his duties. Marsch joined the club in February 2022 and was instrumental in keeping the club in the Premier League on the final day of last season,” said the club.

“We would like to thank Jesse and his backroom staff for their efforts and wish them well for the future. The process of appointing a new head coach is underway and we will continue to keep supporters up to date throughout the coming days.”

Marsch has become a sort of cult hero among American soccer fans, with many considering the manager the real-life Ted Lasso. He led the Major Leeds Soccer movement, bringing in American players Tyler Adams, Brenden Aaronson, and most recently, Weston McKennie. American viewership of Leeds United grew exponentially during the coach’s tenure, giving viewers in the United States a common Premier League rooting interest.

Marsch is a popular name in the USMNT’s coaching search. The national team lacks a head coach following former manager Gregg Berhalter’s domestic violence investigation.

About Connor O'Bryan

Connor O'Bryan is a world soccer reporter for ESPN Gainesville. He also sometimes covers baseball and other sports. He has previously written for WUFT Gainesville and for Atrium Magazine. Connor also cohosts the "Off The Bar Podcast", a student driven podcast that focuses on the global soccer landscape.

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