The news of Jesse Marsch’s departure from Leeds United has been met with shock and disappointment by both fans and pundits alike. After taking over the club in February of last year, the American manager was unable to secure the club’s top flight safety, with Leeds finishing the season in 17th place.

This season, Leeds have struggled again in the league, with their only top-flight success away from home coming at Anfield in October. Despite this, Leeds have progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup and will face either Fulham or Sunderland away at the end of the month.

However, their recent form has been a cause for concern, with the team failing to win in the Premier League since 5 November. Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest was their seventh game without a win, leaving them 17th in the table, above the relegation zone only on goal difference.

Marsch’s tenure has been a difficult one, with the team winning only four of their 20 league matches this season, with six draws and 10 defeats. This left him with a 25% win-rate after 32 Premier League games as Leeds boss.

The American manager expressed his frustration at the club’s current position, saying “We are struggling to turn performances into results. We have been in this place for a while. It’s frustrating. I’ve got to find ways to change that feeling and find ways to help our team to get the results we think we deserved.”

Following his departure, Leeds have announced that the process of appointing a new head coach is under way. With the club’s Premier League safety in jeopardy, the pressure is on for the new manager to turn things around and secure Leeds’ place in the top flight.