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Adam Pope: “I think the timing was always the question, it was when, not if.”


Jesse Marsch was sacked as Leeds United coach yesterday and Adam Pope and the guys have been discussing the decision on the ‘Don’t go to bed just yet’ Podcast.

After a poor run of results in which the Whites hadn’t picked up a win since November 5th, it had seen them sit just outside the drop zone on goal difference. The 1-0 loss to relegation rivals Nottingham Forest seemed to be the nail in the coffin for the American and the decision was made to relieve him of his duties midway through the season.

The club hope to have another manager in place by the weekend and Michael Skubala and the other backroom staff will take charge of Wednesday’s trip to Old Trafford.

The timing is important because now Jesse Marsch’s replacement will have nearly half the season to pick up some crucial points as the Whites aim to stay in the Premier League for the fourth successive season.

Talking on the podcast, Adam Pope was asked how it all unfolded and he said, “Quicker than I imagined if you ask for my personal opinion. As I understand it, you know Jessie, upset at the training ground has been told the news and after the 1-0 defeat to Forest, it’s the decision I think we all expected to come, I think the timing was always the question, it was when, not if.”

Kaiser Chiefs bassist and Leeds fan, Simon Rix added, “I honestly expected it to be in a few game’s time, I felt like after the transfer window where we were all pretty positive about the business that we’d done, and that the board were backing Marsch 100%. So, to give him one game, but the second half was pretty dire, and I feel like obviously the club have just looked at it and gone like, are we gonna get the results? Maybe we’re not going to get any points against Man U, and the games are gradually disappearing, and gone for it.”

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