Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has said he expects to continue in his role at the club beyond the end of the season – even if they are relegated from the Premier League on Sunday.
Marsch, who was tasked with keeping the Yorkshire side in the division when he replaced Marcelo Bielsa in February, knows his side need to improve on Burnley’s result against Newcastle to stay in place.
They travel to Brentford, who will impressively record a mid-table finish in their first season in the Premier League, in what will be a tricky game in west London.
When asked if he would remain in charge regardless of which division Leeds are in, the American replied: “Yes, absolutely.
“When we talked about coming it was a long-term project and I’m grateful the club has committed to me in this way.
“Now as a manager you always know that when the going gets tough you never know what the future may hold for you.
“But I believe the bonds we have made and the work, the style and the ideas of what we think this life of football is, fit together really well.
“The support I’ve had from everyone has been incredible, but right now I’m not thinking about the long-term project, just Sunday and preparing for it.”
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Leeds fell back into the bottom three on Thursday night when Burnley’s point in their 1-1 draw at Aston Villa lifted them above Marsch’s side on goal difference.
There has been speculation over the future of several of the club’s star players throughout Leeds’ troubled second season in the English top flight.
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips has been linked with several top six clubs, most recently with Manchester City, while Raphinha is said to be keen to seal a dream move to Barcelona.
“I didn’t go player by player and through those scenarios to know exactly what the consequences might be,” Marsch said.
“But I am very aware that the best chance for us – there are always changes from season to season, always – but the best chance of keeping the core of the group together is to stay in the league.
“I really enjoyed the band. I would hate to see some guys leave because I made a real connection with the players here.
“We really enjoyed our time together and I think there’s great potential for what we could become, so a big part of my personal motivation is to continue the relationships I have.”
Marsch added that he hopes Patrick Bamford can give his team a major boost by making his first appearance since mid-March on Sunday after recovering from injury.
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