Jesse Marsch's mission accomplished: Leeds United stays in Premier League

American Jesse Marsch  took the Leeds United helm, replacing Marcelo Bielsa, on March 1, after Leeds United had conceded 21 goals in six games. It was in 16th place, two points above the relegation zone with a  5-13-8 (W-L-T) record.

On the last day of the 2021-22 English Premier League season, Leeds United beat Brentford away, 2-1. The result, combined with Burnley's 2-1 home loss to Newcastle United, earned Leeds a 17th-place finish, three points ahead of Burnley, which joined Watford and Norwich City as this season's relegated teams.

"Staying in the Premier League was our objective this year and we’ve managed to obtain our top-flight status, but this is not success and improvements are needed," Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani wrote on the club's official web site. "As a board, we will work hard with Jesse Marsch this summer to improve the squad and find a way to deliver the kind of performances you all deserve.

"We believe that with time and a full preseason, Jesse will be the man to take this club forward."

Leeds and Burnley entered the final day of play even points but Burnley had a commanding goal difference advantage. Leeds' survival depended on Burnley giving up points against Newcastle, which took a 20th-minute lead on a penalty kick converted by Callum Wilson, who also made it 2-0 in the 60th minute. Maxwel Cornet  struck for Burnley in the 69th minute.

Raphinha gave Leeds United a 1-0 lead with a 56th-minute penalty kick. Segi Canos equalized for Brentford in the 78th minute and was ejected two minutes later. Jack Harrison, an Englishman who went to high school in the USA, spent one season at Wake Forest, and two in MLS with NYCFC, scored the stoppage-time gamewinner to sweeten the celebrations.

Leeds had earned only two points from their previous five league games, which included losses to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Leeds United's EPL record under Marsch is 4-5-3 (W-L-T).

"There is so much to do," Marsch. "We have started the process in a good way and what we have from a resources and a people perspective means we are just scratching the surface. It's been a stressful time. We will have a meeting in a few days to build the roster and this club to represent what we want it to be. Teams always change. From the academy upwards we want to maximize its potential."

11 comments about "Jesse Marsch's mission accomplished: Leeds United stays in Premier League".
  1. Wayne Norris, May 22, 2022 at 8:12 p.m.

    Welcome Brendan Aaronson!

  2. Daniel Williams, May 23, 2022 at 7:05 a.m.

    I'm hoping the Aaronson deal goes through. Leeds needs him. Maybe Luca De La Torre is also available. Christian Puli so ic perhaps 

  3. Santiago 1314 replied, May 23, 2022 at 2:15 p.m.

    Daniel, excellent idea... I have been hoping some team, will Take in all these "Sojournering" Americans, and make a Team out of them .. Add In; CCV, EPB, Dest, Busio, Sargent, Tessman, Musah, Adams, passports would be the issue

  4. Grant Goodwin, May 23, 2022 at 10:44 a.m.

    So happy to see this for Leeds and Jesse Marsch.  I know that the skeptics will never cease on Marsch being an American manager, but at least they might quiet down for a bit.  Great job Jesse and Leeds!  

  5. R2 Dad, May 23, 2022 at 12:08 p.m.

    JM pulled one out of the fire, but I don't think he will be given a transfer budget. In fact, they might replace him and give his replacement a transfer budget. We can complain about anti-american bias all we want, but that won't change the facts on the ground. Truth is, being a "fixer" in the premier league has lead to long careers for managers like Neil Warnock, Martin O'Neill, Tony Pulis, Steve Bruce, and Sam Allardyce--stop-gap/caretaker managers to tread water until "things improve". Time will tell.

  6. frank schoon replied, May 23, 2022 at 12:49 p.m.

    R2, excellent explanation. To give JW credit for being a 'fixer' is giving this way too much credit.

    Leeds United is at a crossroads of deciding on change or stay on the one that over time has shown the turbo soccer producing lots of foam on the mouth showing little soccer but lots of fight. It has to prepare to invest in 'footballers' who are creative along with good coach for JW is not a creative but a more Turbo type.....

  7. Greedy Striker, May 23, 2022 at 4:09 p.m.

    Glad they stayed up, because another failure by an American coach would not look good. To be honest though, it had far less to do with Leeds, and more to do with Burnley being terrible. Duchess getting the sack was bizarre and seemed like an emotional move, rather than a good business decision.
    The signing of Aaronson probably means Raphina is gone. Phillips will likely be leaving for bigger pastures as well. They stayed up despite Bamford's absence as a true CF with proven goal scoring ability. Dallas injury looks long term, so that's another absent leader. I don't think the answer to improving is to buy US players on the cheap wit's little to zero EPL experience. They should follow a more long term approach and sprinkle in some proven vets! There's no doubt Marsch will get to build his style of play now, there are no excuses now and he can't blame Bielsa for failures going forward. 

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, May 23, 2022 at 8:57 p.m.

    Greedy; Leeds could "Muddle" along with "Retreads" and "Leftovers", and Probably end up in Relegation Battle AGAIN or; GO FOR BROKE, and Bring in a Bunch of Hungry "Americans" who will "RUN THRU A BRICK WALL" for Jesse Marsch and the Chance for American Players to PROVE that "Americans" can play at this level .!!! High Risk, High Reward

  9. humble 1 replied, May 24, 2022 at 1:16 p.m.

    I would agree to NOT load up on Americans, you already have the coach.   Unless the American players dominates in their league, and it is the top league of Spain, France, Italy or Germany, they will find it extremely challenging.  English Premier league is the hardest league in the world by many measures, even harder for American's (read: colonists) who coming in thinking they'll have it easy, because they 'speak' the language.  They will fast realize only understand half of what is said by the locals, do not grasp the culture, and the food will make their stomachs turn. Then in game, James Milner or the like will sub in and his first play will be to clatter them in a fair 50/50 tackle. No card.  Colonist/player laying on the soggy deck on a cloudy windy striken day thinking; what am I doing here?  Better to come up through the ranks of Championship, where all that will happen, but it will not be done under the microscope.  Keep it going! 

  10. humble 1 replied, May 27, 2022 at 12:07 p.m.

    Well, now we read Aaronson is in at Leeds.  Should be a nice windfall for him from the xfer fee and a nifty prem grade contract.  Find a good banker and accountant, then get some rest and get fit!  Wish him nothing but the best!  Great opportunity.  

  11. Greedy Striker, May 23, 2022 at 4:11 p.m.

    Glad they stayed up, because another failure by an American coach would not look good. To be honest though, it had far less to do with Leeds, and more to do with Burnley being terrible. Dyche getting the sack was bizarre and seemed like an emotional move, rather than a good business decision.
    The signing of Aaronson probably means Raphina is gone. Phillips will likely be leaving for bigger pastures as well. They stayed up despite Bamford's absence as a true CF with proven goal scoring ability. Dallas injury looks long term, so that's another absent leader. I don't think the answer to improving is to buy US players on the cheap with little to no EPL experience. They should follow a more long term approach and sprinkle in some proven vets! There's no doubt Marsch will get to build his style of play now, there are no excuses now and he can't blame Bielsa for failures going forward. 

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