Jesse Marsch says he has the backing of the Leeds United board

‘It’s the first time I’ve heard that… they have the right’: Jesse Marsch shrugs off Leeds fans singing Marcelo Bielsa’s name as their winless run stretches to seven, with American boss insisting he has the board’s backing

  • Leeds loss at Leicester leaves them with nine points after 10 games and in 16th
  • Jesse Marsch insisted he still has the confidence of the board despite latest loss
  • Section of the travelling support heard chanting Marcelo Bielsa’s name at end
  • Win lifts Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester side off the foot of the table after hard start 

Under-fire boss Jesse Marsch insists he retains the support of the Leeds board despite their poor form.

United only sit outside the Premier League drop zone on goal difference after Robin Koch’s own goal and Harvey Barnes’ strike condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

Luis Sinisterra hit the bar for Leeds but the visitors fell away dramatically in the second half as the Foxes climbed off the bottom of the table.

Jess Marsch said he had the backing of the board after the game as Leeds’ winless run stretched to seven games

The travelling fans vented their fury at the end of a seventh winless game with some even chanting former manager Marcelo Bielsa’s name, forcing Marsch to defend himself.

He said: ‘The board, we are totally unified. That’s not an issue. One of the things I saw before I came was the way the board supported Marcelo for many years. I can only say I felt that same support.

‘Everybody’s p****d off. We’re all feeling like we’re letting ourselves down but we’ve got to be ready to stop the bleeding and fight for each other on Sunday (against Fulham).

‘It’s the first time I’ve heard that from fans. They have the right. I’m here doing what I can to help.

Koch looks on following his own goal on what proved to be a miserable night for his side

‘It’s nothing against the fans, maybe I should go over to them next time no matter what, I need to say sorry to them. I know I’m supported by the club.

‘There were parts of the first half which were quite good but we lost the ball and almost their first time down the pitch they get a weird own goal.

‘It was a big hole we dug for ourselves. It wasn’t as if it was terrible but we let ourselves down.’

Leeds fans couldn’t hide their frustration as their winless streak stretched to seven games

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