Leeds United have sacked manager Jesse Marsch with the club languishing in 17th position in the Premier League table and without a win since early November.
The Whites are level on points with 18th-placed Everton, who sealed a 1-0 win over Arsenal to mark the beginning of the Sean Dyche era over the weekend.
Leeds suffered a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest, allowing Steve Cooper’s side to pull further clear from the relegation zone while the Whites dangle above on goal difference.
After taking 11 from the last 51 points available, the club’s bosses have axed Marsch. Sporting director Victor Orta is a crucial figure behind the decision.
A statement from Leeds read: “Leeds United can confirm head coach Jesse Marsch has been relieved of his duties.
“Jesse joined the club in February 2022 and was instrumental in keeping the club in the Premier League on the final day of last season.
“Rene Maric, Cameron Toshack and Pierre Barrieu will also leave 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’s position at the club has been under scrutiny for some time despite the American helping them survive relegation last season.
The former RB Salzburg manager joined the club in February 2022, replacing Marcelo Bielsa.
The early rumours tip Bielsa to return for a second spell at Elland Road, although that looks more like wishful thinking from fans enamoured with the Argentine manager.
West Bromwich Albion manager Carlos Corberan, who worked with Bielsa at Leeds, is another name linked with the job.
The Spaniard only joined the Baggies in October 2022 after a spell with Huddersfield Town.
Leeds face Manchester United in back-to-back Premier League games on Wednesday and Sunday. They would love to have a new manager in place to lead them for those matches.
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