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Jesse Marsch issues apology to Leeds fans and speaks out over future at Elland Road

The American has insisted that he maintains the full backing of the board at Elland Road

Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch has, on Thursday, spoken out regarding both the club’s supporters, and his position in the dugout in west Yorkshire.

The Whites, of course, marked their return to action a short time ago.

After being dragged into the thick of the relegation scrap owing to a run of six without a win, Marsch and co. made the trip to fellow strugglers Leicester City, for a Premier League clash.

And, when all was said and done at the King Power Stadium, the woes of the visitors only went from bad, to worse.

This came as Robin Koch’s early own goal was followed by a Harvey Barnes strike shortly before the interval, to guide Leicester to a 2-0 triumph.

On the back of yet another disappointing evening for all associated with Leeds, in turn, it should come as little surprise to hear of the club’s boss being widely targeted by the Peacocks faithful.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Marsch, in turn, was drawn on as much.

The tactician, though, was quick to assure that he meant no offence, with his focus instead already shifted towards the next round of fixtures:

“In that moment I’m disappointed and I’m trying to figure out what to say to the team and how to regroup for Sunday.

“My focus is totally on Sunday. It’s nothing against the fans, maybe I should go over there next time no matter what. I want to say sorry.

“But it had nothing to do with anything other than focusing on everything we need to do to get ready for Sunday.”

Pressed further on the subject of unrest amongst Leeds’ fanbase, Marsch continued:

“Have they been against me? I think they’ve supported me really well, the board have supported me really well.

“Tonight, no-one’s happy. I’m probably as disappointed and frustrated-slash-angry as I’ve ever been in terms of football. In the end we have to manage the situation and when we step on the pitch on Sunday, invest everything to get that result.”

Finally, regarding his own future, the ex-RB Leipzig chief remains adamant that he boasts the full backing of the powers that be at Elland Road:

“I know I’m supported by the club. Right now I’m just trying to figure out how to help our team win games.

“Frustration and disappointment and we make life difficult for ourselves, more difficult than we need to. The focus is on stopping the bleeding on Sunday.”

He added: “The board, we’re totally unified. That’s not an issue.”

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