By Alan Hutton

18th May, 2022 | 9:43am

Jesse Marsch could force Leeds United U-turn after what I've heard at Elland Road - pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested Leeds United fans will be singing Jesse Marsch’s name instead of Marcelo Bielsa’s next season if he keeps them in the Premier League.

The former Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 48-year-old always faced a difficult task in replacing a club “legend” like the Argentine manager.

As captured during LUTV’s full match coverage of Sunday’s draw with Brighton (15 May), loud chants of ‘Marcelo Bielsa’ could be heard echoing around Elland Road in the final 10 minutes.

Hutton admitted the 66-year-old’s legacy still looms large over the club following his February exit.

However, he suggested Marsch can change that by keeping Leeds in the top flight.

Reacting to the chants, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The fans see Bielsa as a legend for what he did for them. That’s not just going to get washed over, it’s always going to be there.

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“Of course, it’s going to be difficult for the manager moving forward. The only thing that you can do is concentrate on what’s in front of you and get results. If he keeps Leeds up, I’m sure they’ll be singing his name next season.

“Then it’s about him really stamping his authority during pre-season: ‘This is how I want to play. This is how I see us moving forward,’ bringing his targets in and making it his team.

“He’s still having to work with what was left behind, a squad that’s been depleted. With injuries, it’s been hard, confidence is low. He’s had to pick them up.

“It’s a difficult job for him but moving forward, he’ll obviously hope he’s going to be the one to take them forward. Whether that’s in the Premier League or getting them up next year.

“The fans will back him if he gets results.”

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