Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch celebrates after his side avoided relegation from the Premier League. Getty Images
Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch said ensuring their survival at the top had been “a band-aid project” as the club remained in the Premier League after beating Brentford 2-1 away on Sunday.
Jack Harrison sent home a last-minute winner, although a draw would have been enough for Leeds, who appointed American Marsch as manager when Marcelo Bielsa was fired in February.
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Their cause was helped by Burnley losing 2-1 at home to Newcastle United. Burnley had edged Leeds on goal difference before the final day of the season.
Leeds had picked up two points from their last five games before Sunday’s clash in west London.
“It’s more of a band-aid project than a style and identity project,” Marsch said after the game in which Leeds looked anxious and got away with some early mistakes.
“We lost a few balls and allowed their players to break free. But as the half progressed we were better in possession of the ball. We pushed at the end and our fate was in our hands. “
However, Marsch has made it clear that he feels his work at Elland Road has only just begun.
“There’s so much to do. We’re well into the process and what we have in terms of resources and people means we’re only scratching the surface,” he told reporters. .
“It’s been a stressful time. We’ll have a meeting in a few days to build the roster and this club to represent what we want it to be. Teams are always changing. From the academy up, we want to maximize its potential.”