Jesse Marsch took a big risk when he first decided to criticize Marcelo Bielsa’s methods at Leeds United, and now has to back it up.
The American appeared on talkSPORT yesterday morning (April 12) and was asked about injury problems at the club this season by Ally McCoist.
He blamed the problem, which saw Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper headlining an unprecedented list of absentees, on his predecessor’s training methods, in a major shift from to its previous tone.
Darren Bent is seen reacting to the significance of the white boss’s remarks in the interview video on talkSPORT YouTube channel.
Marsch said: “The injury issue has a lot to do with training methodologies. These players were over-trained, right?
“And that caused them to be physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally…in a tough place to recover from week to week, game to game.
“So I have a very specific methodology with the way I work, and I have a reputation for having high running data in the way we play, but also having healthy, fit and strong players. that can meet the standards of the game we want.
Has nailed its colors to the mast
Since his arrival, the former Red Bull Salzburg manager has made it a point not to step on Bielsa’s toes.
He’s as aware as anyone of the Argentine’s special position among this club’s fans.
But now that he’s made a significant turnaround in terms of results, he’s clearly regained the confidence to speak his mind.
The implication is not only that it was Bielsa’s fault that players kept getting injured, but also that it’s possible to have fit players who go a lot of distance without getting them into the ground. in training.
As long as he continues to deliver results and keep the club in the Premier League, people are likely to return to that way of thinking, if they haven’t already.
But with survival yet to be confirmed and the most recent performance at Watford far more uneven than the 3-0 scoreline suggests, it’s a risky move.
If the odds turn against him and the results or injury concerns suddenly change, criticizing the manager that many fans didn’t want to see go even if it meant being relegated will come back to bite him.
The drop seems unlikely now, but even if a downturn saw survival by a tight margin, supporters could quickly turn on him for suggesting he knows better than Bielsa.
He has given himself less leeway but is clearly supporting himself to make it work.
In other Leeds United news, the Sky TV manager for the Watford game sent an important message to a Whites star through the headphones he was listening to the commentary on.