Jesse Marsch has reacted angrily to allegations of locker room riots, insisting he has the full support of the Leeds United team.
The Elland Road head coach revealed that after the report circulated online earlier this week, several players went to see him to underline their support.
This suggested that team members lost faith in the American after two streaks that left them two points above the relegation zone in their last 15 Premier League games.
“The actors came to me, some came together, some came separately,” Marsch said. They didn’t want to escalate it, but they wanted to make sure everyone knew that I knew and that we were all together. They were angry with the report.”
Marsch accepts criticism for the disappointing string of results, but is dissatisfied with what he sees as false accusations, such as low morale and divisions in the camp. The 49-year-old added: “I can be criticized for a lot of things and we know the results aren’t good enough, but I don’t think anyone needs to invent anything else.
“We have to handle the criticism, but questioning the character of what we’re building here is unfounded, so the players wanted to cut that out right away. The quality of the people we have here at the club is better than I’ve ever been. Here we support each other and communicate like teammates.”
With a record £36m signing for Leeds, Georginio Rutter is confident he will form a true partnership with PlayStation hero and new teammate Rodrigo following his arrival from Germany side Hoffenheim this week.
The France Under-21 international is expected to make his home game at Brentford on Sunday, and said: “It would be great to play with Rodrigo because he’s been on my PlayStation team for a while. .
“He’s really fast in the video game and I’m ahead of him, so I must have seen the future! I can see why fans love him so much.”
Rutter’s fee dwarfs the £26m Leeds paid Valencia for Rodrigo in 2020, but the newcomer insists the hefty price tag doesn’t bring any extra pressure.
Added Rennes youth product. “The size of the transfer fee is between clubs, there’s really nothing I can do about it, so I have to concentrate on playing football. I don’t think the fee puts any more pressure on me, I just want to repay my debt to the club.” for the faith they showed me.
“It was my dream to play for a big club in the Premier League, so now I want to show the fans what I can do. We deserve to be higher up in the league and I hope I can help us move up in the league.” “