Leeds United icon defends Jesse Marsch after 'weird' development

By Paddy Kenny

5th May, 2022 | 8:30pm

Leeds United icon delivers Jesse Marsch verdict after 'weird' development

Jesse Marsch should not be criticised for his post-match actions after his Leeds United side lost to Man City.

That’s according to former Whites stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the “weird” scenes.

After Leeds lost 4-0 to Man City (30 April), Marsch lapped Elland Road, punching the air and shouting to the fans.

Some criticism was aimed at the American as some suggested he was celebrating the result.

His side are deep in a relegation fight and will drop into the bottom three if Everton win their game in hand.

Kenny has no problem with what Marsch did as an on-side Elland Road could be vital in the relegation fight.

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“Let’s be clear, he wasn’t celebrating, was he?” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I think it was just that thing of trying to keep the fans on board with what he is trying to do.

“It’s easy for heads to drop after a 4-0 loss, even if it is against Man City. The one thing Marsch doesn’t want is Elland Road turning toxic.

“He needs the crowd to be up for it in those games where Leeds can get something.

“Look at how effective the crowd at Goodison Park have been. What Marsch did, did look weird. But you can see what he was trying to do.”

Leeds United are next in action against Arsenal on Sunday (8 May).

They then face a midweek match against Chelsea on Wednesday (11 May).

In other news, Leeds United are plotting a move to sign a Japan star who destroyed West Ham.