The Premier League table since Jesse Marsch arrived at Leeds United

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Jesse Marsch manager of Leeds United claps his hands and applauds the supporters at full-time after the Premier League match Leeds United vs Arsenal at Elland Road, Leeds, United Kingdom, 16th October 2022

Jesse Marsch is approaching a full year as Leeds United manager – but how have the club fared while he’s been at the helm?

The American manager was appointed as Marcelo Bielsa’s successor back in February, when Leeds were embroiled in a relegation dogfight following successive heavy defeats to Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Having led Leeds to vital victories over Norwich, Wolves, Watford and Brentford during the relegation run-in, Marsch kept the club up by the skin of their teeth, surviving at Burnley’s expense on a dramatic final day.

Marsch’s first summer at the helm saw key players Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips depart, bringing in over £100million through transfer fees, which was reinvested in rebuilding the squad.

Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson were reunited with the American coach, having worked under him at his former clubs, joined by Colombian winger Luis Sinisterra, Spanish midfielder Marc Roca and back-up goalkeeper Joel Robles. Wilfried Gnonto, Sonny Perkins and Darko Gyabi also arrived to bolster the youth ranks.

Leeds began the new season on a promising note, coming from behind to beat Wolves 2-1 on the opening weekend before drawing away at Southampton and producing a statement 3-0 victory over Chelsea. But since then, Leeds plummeted down the table, failing to win in a run of eight fixtures that included games against Everton, Brentford, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Fulham.

“The board, we are totally unified,” Marsch told reporters at full-time following a chastening 2-0 defeat at Leicester. “That’s not an issue. One of the things I saw before I came was the way the board supported Marcelo for many years. I can only say I felt that same support.

“Everybody’s pissed off. We’re all feeling like we’re letting ourselves down but we’ve got to be ready to stop the bleeding and fight for each other on Sunday [against Fulham ]. It’s the first time I’ve heard that from fans. They have the right.

“I’m here doing what I can to help. It’s nothing against the fans, maybe I should go over to them next time no matter what, I need to say sorry to them. I know I’m supported by the club.”

Just when the American was most under pressure, Leeds produced a famous 2-1 victory away at Liverpool – the first side to win in the league at a packed-out Anfield since April 2017. They then followed that up with a vital three points in a seven-goal thriller 4-3 victory over relegation scrappers Bournemouth.

How does Marsch’s tenure look when you examine it with a wider view? We’ve taken a look at the Premier League table since the American was appointed back in February.

Note: we’ve only included the 17 teams that have been in the Premier League throughout Marsch’s tenure at Leeds, so ignoring last season’s relegated trio Burnley, Watford and Norwich and this season’s newly-promoted sides, Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth.

1. Arsenal – Played 28, 61 points, +24
2. Man City – Played 25, 59 points, +52
3. Tottenham – Played 28, 58 points, +46
4. Liverpool – Played 26, 54 points, +28
5. Newcastle – Played 28, 54 points, +17
6. Chelsea – Played 27, 45 points, +12
7. Leicester – Played 30, 42 points, +9
8. Brentford – Played 26, 41 points, +5
9. Brighton – Played 26, 39 points, +7
10. Crystal Palace – Played 25, 37 points, +2
11. Man Utd – Played 25, 37 points, -10
12. Aston Villa – Played 28, 33 points, -21
13. Everton – Played 29, 31 points, -10
14. Leeds – Played 26, 30 points, -10
15. West Ham – Played 26, 25 points, -8
16. Wolves – Played 27, 21 points, -24
17. Southampton – Played 27, 17 points, -35

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