Leeds accused of having ‘no thought’ of finding successor to Jesse Marsch after ‘inflexible’ sacking of Danny Mills, which warns club against re-hiring Marcelo Bielsa
Danny Mills has warned Leeds against reappointing Marcelo Bielsa as manager following their ‘reflex’ sacking of Jesse Marsch.
Marsch was sacked by Leeds on Monday, less than 24 hours after suffering a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest, a result that leaves them one place above the relegation zone.
With two games against Manchester United on the horizon, the first of which you can listen to live and exclusively on talkSPORT on Wednesday, Mills revealed the decision to part ways with Marsch came as a shock to him.
Ex-Leeds defender: “I’m surprised because Jesse Marsch has been massively backed this summer, he’s brought in a lot of his own signings.
“He was pushed back into that window again [January] with his own recruits, players he knows, with whom he has a kind of personal connection.
“I just think the club looked at what happened at Aston Villa, what happened at Wolves, what happened at Everton at the weekend; this new manager bounced back and thought he was panicking a bit.
“Some of his recent interviews haven’t been great, even yesterday saying ‘we’re not in a relegation battle, we’re not even halfway through the season’. Well, both are factually incorrect .
“I just think they may have thought if this continued, two games in a row against Manchester United, seeing what happened there before when Leeds were badly beaten.
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“Obviously United are in fantastic form at the moment, so I think the club are a bit worried about where it might go and they’ve decided ‘fine, enough is enough’.
“Clearly there’s no idea who the next manager will be, maybe it’s a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to the weekend.”
Former Leeds boss Bielsa has recently been linked with the Everton job, which is now occupied by Sean Dyche.
The Argentine is a fan favorite at Elland Road but Mills is against a comeback, saying: “Well he just got back on the plane didn’t he? After speaking with Everton and wanting run their Under-21s for something like £11million a year, and let his other managers do the first team…
“Maybe he could come back from Buenos Aires, just to have a little meeting. I don’t think that would be the right date. ‘Bielsa-Ball’ was great, it was fantastic, but it has its flaws.
“I don’t think that’s what you need to get out of a relegation battle. In fact, that’s what got them into a relegation battle in the first place, it’s very, very difficult to play this type of football.
“You’re bottom of the league because you don’t score enough goals and you concede, it’s as simple as that. You have to deal with one of those situations.
“You look, whether you think it’s right or wrong, you look at Dyche’s appointment to Everton. You’re like ‘well, he’s going to stop conceding goals, he’s going to make them very, very solid’.
“If Bielsa comes to Leeds maybe they could score a goal or two more, but they didn’t do that last time towards the end of his term, and they’re going to concede a lot.
“So, is it going to improve them? I’m not so sure but, incredibly strange, 48 hours to leave for United. It could be disastrous for Leeds.
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